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Rivendell Atlantis


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Made in: Wisconsin, USA

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product code: F-ATLANTIS


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The Rivendell Atlantis

Frame, fork, and headset: $2300
Complete bike: somewhere around $3600 for our suggested build. With fenders, racks, top-shelf stuff, $3900 and up.

If you want to upscale it here or there, we've done it before and offer great advice. Want top of the bar shifters, a second set of brake levers, STI? We've done it all. We won't let you wreck the bike with a fantasy part that doesn't work, but we're quite flexible if you have a notion you'd like to explore, or just want our opinion about some idea you might have.

The Atlantis is our most versatile bike, our best-seller, and as evidence of its mature design, is virtually unchanged since we introduced it as our first production bike in 1999.75. It is ideal for loaded touring, trail riding, commuting, and general riding where you're likely to want tires 35mm wide or wider most of the time, and fenders a lot of the time. Around here, we have a saying: You can do anything on an Atlantis. Because you can.

The Atlantis frame and fork weigh about a pound more (combined) than our A. Homer Hilsen, a road frame. The extra weight comes by means of stouter tubes and a wider fork crown, and pays for itself in the extra durability needed for rough riding and load-toting. A pound is hardly anything, when you consider the weight of your body and between 16 and 21 pounds of parts, wheels, racks, and fenders. So don't let that pound scare you. There isn't an ounce of fat on the Atlantis. It's just a rugged, strong bike, and one you'll likely have and ride for the rest of your life.

The Atlantis used to be built by Toyo, in Japan. All new Atlantis frames are built in Wisconsin. Quality is the same, highest quality.

How long to get one, and how do I get the ball rolling?

Frame only:

If it's in stock, we'll charge you the full $2300 and ship it right out. If we have to build the frame, lock it in with a $1,150 deposit and we'll charge the rest when it ships.

For complete bikes:

If we have the frame in stock, it won't take long at all, maybe a month to build and ship. Put $2300 down for the frame and we charge the rest the day the bike ships.

If we don't have the frame in stock, put down the $1,150 non-refundable deposit. We order up the frame. The rest gets charged when it ships. In the meantime, you have plenty of nights to think about the parts.

Of course, special-ordered parts, custom wheels, and custom paint take longer.


47, 51, 53, 54.5, 56 (designed for 26-inch wheels);
58, 61 (designed for 700c wheels).

One color only. The Atlantis creamy greenish blue. For another $350 you can get it painted any color you want (that we approve).

See more customer photos of the Atlantis here.

See Also: the Rivendell Bicycles group on Flickr. There are tons of photos there!

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 10   Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Solid August 4, 2014
Reviewer: Mr. Banana Grabber from United States  
Despite owning a few other very nice bikes the Atlantis has ended up being my go to for almost everything. Perfect for commutes, groceries, long rides with friends, trails, and general nosing around/exploring. Set it up how you like it and you're likely to never look around for another bike.
As a testament to it's sturdiness I was rear ended by a car recently(going fairly fast). The wheels looked like tacos, components were shredded, the handlebars bent, etc. I had a shop check the frame thoroughly. The only thing that needed adjustment or realignment was a single dropout on the fork. The mechanic at the shop said he had never seen a bike with more flawless alignment.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Have one; love it October 31, 2013
Reviewer: Forrest Meyer from Chicago, IL  
I have one. I love it.

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  3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
The best bike in the world. June 18, 2013
Reviewer: Clayton Bailey from Bend, OR United States  
I bought my Atlantis in '97 or '98 or therabouts. I have used it without tenderness both as a hardcore backcountry bike packer, a daily commuter, a mountain bike, a road bike and as my "car". I have not owned a car in 4 years or so and went another few years without a car in the early part of the last decade. My Atlantis has been my only transportation during those periods. In the winter it gets spiked tires and ridden through deep snow. It frequently gets overloaded. With a proper touring load onboard, it is resilient and lively. Unloaded it's a bit stiff. Off road at speed, it's springy and absorbent. In other words it works perfectly as a touring/adventure bike.
  I love my Atlantis and constantly worry about it getting stolen. I sit and stare at it like I would watch a TV. How much more can I say? BUY ONE, you won't regret it. I am curious about the Hunqapillier though....

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
58cm Staff Bike April 11, 2013
Reviewer: dave riv from berkeley, CA United States  
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With the standard build kit and some big tires (i'm not big on too-fancy parts, i'm rough on my bikes) you can do anything in this bike. Now I have 40mm Schwalbe touring tires, fenders, basket and bags, and its my go-to commuter, throw on panniers and its ready for our overnight campouts, coastal road tours.   but it has led other lives. recently as an almost-29er monster cross trail machine. It has that versatility.  150mi High Sierra dirt tour, done.

I like that it's a pound heavier than the homer. thats my road machine, but it gets a lot less use now that this atlantis has the basket and fenders. I figure, what's a pound of frame weight to a 200lb guy in work boots and jeans carrying three water bottles and 20 pounds of crap around on a mountain bike trail?

I'm lazy with maintenance and cleaning, my fenders are wonky and ugly with age and it may make me look like bum on the street, but it still gets gawks from bike geeks on the sidewalk.

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  7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
Go-To Bike September 12, 2012
Reviewer: Tod Rodger from Newmarket, NH United States  
I bought my Atlantis 8 years and 45,000 miles ago as a semi-custom touring bike replacement for my aging Specialized Expedition.  I expected strength, reliability, and comfort for my 6-5 body; which I have found in spades.  I did not realize it would also become my go-to bike, the only one I have ridden for several years.  It still looks like new and gets many compliments, although naturally, I have replaced many components.  I am occasionally tempted by a new custom Independent Fabrications bike from their new factory in town, but what would it give me that I don't already have?

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