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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: 15   Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Sweet Ride May 19, 2015
Reviewer: Cynthia Garr from Ogden, UT United States  
I have ridden my new Atlantis for a month now and thought I should rate it.  I am a 5'4" 51 year old gal who has been riding for quite some time.  In my younger days I was into racing and riding hard.  I would consider myself a failure if I did not ride two hard tours (i.e Colorado) a year.  I would climb a pass like no other until I had total knee and back surgery done.  Now I just want to ride and be comfortable and enjoy my ride.  Well I have found it.  I am so comfortable on this bike it is like it was a custom made bike.  It rides anywhere and everywhere I want to go.  I am totally in love with this bike!

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
as advertised. April 9, 2015
Reviewer: mike w from chicago, IL United States  
I've been testing one of these out since 2001.... seems to hold up to city riding and chicago winters... thinking of keeping it.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Atlantis March 16, 2015
Reviewer: William Waller from Madison, WI United States  
It's magic. That's the word: magic. All the chatter about planing and compliance and so on dissolve to dust when you ride this bike. The handling is extraordinary.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A Work of Genius! February 6, 2015
Reviewer: James Lubitz from Columbia, MD United States  
I've had my Atlantis for 11 years, and have never regretted my purchase.  I use it for winter riding, for rough road riding and for "fun" riding.  (My other bike is a "fast touring" steel framed bike).  I cannot emphasize enough the feeling and reality of stability that the Atlantis provides.  Unless you have ridden such a stable bike, you do not know what stability in a bike is and the enjoyment it can give.  Design genius in action.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
The bike for everything January 25, 2015
Reviewer: Jeremy Dearing from Saint Ann, MO United States  
When I first discovered Rivendell I was blown away that such a thing existed, and loved all of the bikes but never thought I could afford one. I did research and slowly bought all of my dream parts and built my "resurrectio" MB-3, but it was way too small among other limitations in versatility. I had a really good tax return the year I decided to drop the money on the frame. I have not once regretted the expense. The bike is just breathtakingly beautiful and really can be equipped with anything. Fat knobby tires, no problem. You know what, there's still room for fenders! Downtube bosses so you can run dt shifters, bar ends, whatever you want. I built mine with NOS mountain bike parts, very similar to the 93 MB-1 with Shimano 7 speed rear and Ritchey Logic triple up front.

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