Why Buy From Riv?
Here's the deal with these. They were supposed to have cream headtubes, but the painter goofed and they are blue, like the rest of the bike. Only a few like this at $235. off. Get some!
Includes Frame, Fork, Headset, Seat post & Bottom Bracket only
I think I
own three of the best bikes in the world. I'm sure I own two of them.
Hillborne (60cm, double top tube) is great. I mean great. The geometry's
exactly what I want. Set up with the Albatross bars, dirt drop 100, love
levers, Motolites, Shimano shifters on Thumbies, and dark piney Viva tape with
twine and clear shellac. That'll be my standard setupI'm all about the comfort.
I rode fifty miles yesterday, to work and back. Complete comfort, no fatigue,
no mid-ride adjustment stops, just beautiful. Cycling as it should be. And
stunning, too. I got stopped.
Today I put
on the Moustache cockpit (Nitto moustache, Dirtdrop 100, Tektro RL-520s,
Shimano bar-ends), which is completely different and also fantastic. I go
fifteen-to-twenty percent faster and climb way more easily. Normally I ride
like Elvira Gulch, but with this I'm bent over a little, which, as I always
suspected, gives me some leverage in my rather stout legs. None of this is a
surprise, it's just impressive.
and road, those are each the best of their kind I can imagine.
haven't done yet is put on the Noodles (48 cm, again with Dirtdrop 100 and
Tektro RL-520s, with Shimano shifters on road Thumbies). That'll be next.
Something tells me I'll find that I have a third, long-distance/complete
comfort/speed combination that may become the standard. Those Albas set a high
bar, though (as it were... Elvira Gulch, remember). They're like
Cadillac-meets-BMW-meets-Audi. Total control, total ease, total luxury.
two-probably-three great bikes for 120% of the price of one great bike, which
by itself was worth 200% of its price. This bike is unreal.
On a down
side, I'm probably going to buy only one more frame from you folks; I can't
imagine needing a "road bike" or a "mountain bike" or a
"touring bike" or a "commuting bike". I've got a bike that
does all of those things as well as I could imagine. But I've always wanted and
will likely get for my fiftieth birthday (just a few years away) a mixte. And
the Betty Foy surely is the Hillborne of the mixte world.
not. I've still got to get panniers (wow... just wow) and wheels (Phil Rivy
front? SON/Dyad?) and knickers (still building up the intestinal fortitude) and
the hats and shirts and socks and other bags and doo-dads. And eventually I'll
run out of shaving cream.
I got my
new Sam Hillborne yesterday, got it set up, and rode it home. It's really a
beautyeven my non-cyclist wife is impressed and calls it a work of art, which
is good because it resides our living room when not on the road.
took it for a twenty-mile spin near the beach. It's fast and handles very well.
I'm very impressed and pleased with this bike. The frame, lugs, and paint have
all exceeded my expectations. I think you'll be selling a lot of these.
again for making a quality product and bucking most of the trends in the bike
my Sam Hillborne today, and I've already started putting miles on it. It rides
a treat, draws whistles from the bike-crowd here in Buffalo, and I'm already
planning some cross-Peace-Bridge camping trips. Just wanted to say thanks to
everyone who talked me through/into ordering it, put it together, sent it.
riding my new Sam Hillborne for a month now, and I've been meaning to send a
note of thanks for working with me on fit and set-up, but I haven't had time.
I'm always out on my bike. I really love it. A lot.
arrived in perfect condition. It was easy even for me to assemble. Thanks for
phoning to ask if I wanted the fenders installed, because I got to try it out
The bike is
gorgeouslightweight, responsive, classy lines... I stopped into my local bike
shop to buy new lights and a lock, and the guy helping me recognized a good
bike and brought out his friends to check it out.
I also want
to thank you for suggesting the Albatross bar. It is very comfortable and part
of why the bike is a perfect fit for me. I'm glad I went with your advice.
guys' work made a very happy customer. I was nervous about buying a bike long
distance, but the product makes me glad I did.
I love my
Sam HillborneI love looking at it in the garage, love the smooth fast ride, and
am using it all the time. My last touring bike I never bothered to ride on
Sundays, but this one keeps seducing me away from my mountain bike.
I like the
friction shifting, as it gives more flexibility to use more combinations of
gears than you can with indexed shiftersthe chain-rubbing problem can always be
adjusted away. I was resistant to the idea of bar-end shifters since I was used
to riding on the top of the brake hoods all the time, far away from the bar-end
shifters. However, I find that on the Hillborne, because the handlebars higher,
I ride in the drops and the shifters are convenient and accessible. I shift
just as much as I ever did.
luck, and thanks to you guys for making and selling all the great stuff.
received my orange Sam Hillborne frame. It was packed perfectly, and you picked
a great color for me. I'm planning on putting on moustache bars and a Brooks
saddle. It's a winter projectit'll be my spring baby. I look forward to
ordering Rivendell components.
I've had my
Sam Hillborne four months now, and I'm enjoying it immensely every time I ride.
It's one of the most pleasant and fun bikes I have ridden.
I got back
two weeks ago from my European adventure. My friend and I rode from Amsterdam
through France to Marseille, and then back up to Amsterdam. I am pretty sure
that there weren't too many other guys on the top of Mount Ventoux with racks
and bikes with threaded headsets. It was about 3500 kilometers in total. Quite
a few on a brand new bikeI think the Hillborne had about twenty miles on it
when we started riding in Amsterdam.
Jack Brown tires, that thing is a heck of a fun descender. This is my first
friction-shifting bike, and I love it. I'm happy to know I'm going to have it
for a very long time.
received my Sam Hillborne. I volunteer to build bikes at Christmas for Secret
Santa, so I unpack many new bikes but wowI wish every company packed 'em for
shipping as well as you do.
My new Sam
is outstanding. It handles great and is a pleasure to ride. I usually have
buyer's remorse with large ticket items, but not in this case. Thanks again.
Hillborne is the smoothest, most comfortable bike I have ever owned. I am
looking forward to creating many good memories on it. The first was a
fifty-mile ride to a pumpkin patch outside of Watsonville this weekend. Great
ride, got to love the miles and miles of coast riding here.
looks good. The fenders, kickstand, and everything else fit beautifully. I am
amazed at how quiet this bike is. Nothing rattles and the Schwalbe tires are
super quiet. Shifting is crisp compared to bike the Hillborne replaced, and I
am surprised at how efficiently the bike climbs. It's so stable descending that
feel fast, but the wind in my ears tells me otherwise.
I took the
Sam Hillborne out for a twelve-mile ride last Friday and a twenty-two-mile ride
last Saturday, and also commuted on it this week. All I can say is, what a
difference! I have not had any of the usual pains in the hands, arms, shoulders
for all your help and suggestions. I hope to enjoy many miles and memories on
this bike for years to come.
Hillborne came in last week, and it's been a blast. I haven't gotten any work
donejust riding and riding. Thanks for all your help. It's a great bike, and
I'd pat all of you on the back if I could.
I got my
Sam frame yesterday, and I'm absolutely in love. The paint job is lovely. Major
thumbs up to all the folks at Rivendell. I think it's safe to say that I'm
I bought a
Sam Hillborne this past summer, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. I
needed a bike to commute on and to ride for pleasure. What is really neat is
that the commute now counts as a pleasure ride. My old commuting bike was a
converted triathlon frame. I couldn't put tires on it that were wide enough to
not fall into the clots in Hong Kong storm drains. You can imagine how
stressful that made a commute in traffic.
The Sam fit
my budget, it's well made, it's lugged and brazed, it's stable and easy to
handle, and it's a wonderful ride. I can't say enough good things about it.
What a wonderful bike.
I love the
bike. I am hoping to do a tour this summer from Hong Kong to Shanghai. I can't
think of a better bike for such a trip.
I just had
my first ride this morning on my brand new Hillborneseventeen miles in a foggy,
fantastic. Definitely my dream bike.
hillborne almost dialed in
I rode it
yesterday afternoon for an hour and a half or so. I can see how the
EcoVelo reviewer would say it was his favorite bike. My friend who
did the bulk of the assembly called me yesterday afternoon to tell me it's the
most comfortable bike he's ever ridden in 30 years. It doesn't get much
better than that.
Hillborne out on it's maiden voyage and had a ball. It is hands down the most
comfy, sure footed machine I've had the joy to ride. It's great to know it can
take the pumps, pot holes. etc with greater ease than a narrower profile
bike...it just feels more sure footed period. Could you send me the following
items and run them through the card on file:
Thanks Keven [...] P.s. the bike is AWESOME ! This is hands down the fastest, plushest bike I've ever had.
absolutely LOVE the Sam. You are right, the ride is amazing. I've been
putting in LOTS of saddle time. About 550km since July 28. It is
incredibly comfy - truly Seven League Boots. The ride feel reminds me if
my 26" Matt Chester: nimble at low speeds, stable at high speed. I am
now riding longer and faster then ever. I'll send pics the next time I
wash Sam. Tell GP that it's so good I may buy another to have it in
stock. Best bike I've ever ridden.
Thanks so much to everyone there. It's a fabulous creation! I COULD NOT be happier.
I've got the Hillborne all put together and I just wanted to say thanks
for your advice when I called up asking about bikes. I knew it would be
good, a dream bike in fact, but it's even better than I imagined. Tough
to put my finger on why it's so good, but whatever you guys do when
considering the needs of bicycle riders, please keep doing it. I really
couldn't be happier, and I'm sure I'll be finding any excuse possible to
keep ordering anything and everything from Rivendell for a very long
time to come.
Hi Keven,After what, to me, seemed an eternity, my new Sam Hillborne is finally here! This is a beautifully put together bike in every way. I've had it out for rides totaling just over 100 miles this past week, and can't wait to get out again soon. Thank you, Keven, for all your help putting my/our thoughts into this bike.Everything about this bike, from build quality and looks, to the instantly comfortable ride, have exceeded my already high expectations! After expecting the darker green on this new Hillborne (which appealed to my Irish heritage), I was surprised, and initially disappointed in the lighter green, but it has grown on me so much in the days that followed my first look, that I've stoppedreferring to it (jokingly, I swear!) as 'Don't Steal Me Green'! My Sam gets nothing but compliments on its design, build, and color. I'm stopped at least once each ride by people asking about it.Thank You, to all at RivendellRCPittsburgh, PA
Hi Keven,First of all let me thank you for nailing the size of the Sam and related bits, they're perfect and that's just after the first ride this morning. If you recall, I bought the 64 Sam frame you guys had, and built it up using parts from a 56cm frame I was sold by some LBS in Calgary. Anyhow, it's the first time in my life where I've been on a bike that felt just right on the first ride, and this is from someone that's 46 years old and been cycling for thirty some years. Go figure. There are still a few things to dial in, like the fact that the handle bar-seat distance is more than two inches longer than I have ever seen, so tons of room to dial the fit in. Here are a couple of pics of it after the initial build, which took a few days longer than planned since (among other things) the frame saver took it's sweet time to drain out of the frame. Oh, and I had to laugh when I used the Pedros Bike Lust on the frame, which proudly noted on the bottle that "it's safe for carbon fiber". I hope it's safe for good old 4130. I'll send better pics of this bike and the AHH in the coming weeks, but in the mean time thanks to you and the rest of the team for the awesome service and for staying the course in these crazy days of plastic and aluminium last-for-maybe-a-couple-of-years-bikes. The quality of your bikes is truly a marvel in these times.Cps The Sam is provisionally being referred to as the 'Praying Mantis' since the cabling and the colour and all the stuff at the front end are highly reminiscent.