We're still closed to the public for in store purchases but are shipping parts usually same or next day. If you'd like to pick up your order here, select "Pick it up at Rivendell" and give us a ring when you're 20 minutes out. Operators are standing by to help with bike and frame purchases, although those may take awhile to ship.

Web Special Frame - Clem H - No frame prep

$800.00 $900.00

Dark Green

Product Details

These are new-in-box frames that are discounted because we don't have time to prep them. We're loaded up with bikes to build and ship and would like to avoid adding more to the stack.
If you'd like a build, great! but there's a long lead time, up to two months. Give us a call after you order the frame online.
Also part of the discount hinges on not adding anything else to the order. OK if you need cable hangers or something, that's fine, but please make a separate order if you need other stuff.
**Photos do not reflect actual frameset, they're of a complete build. Framesets only include a headset, bottom bracket, and seat post**
Seatpost dimensions — 26.8mm for 45cm and 52cm and 29.8mm for 59cm and 65cm
All CLEMS, L or H, are our least expensive bikes because there's less labor in them--because most joints are Tig-welded not lugged. Tig-welding is super strong, it just takes about 1/7th the time as a brazed, lugged joint.

But they aren't lug-free! There's a seat lug, two lug-like head tube reinforcing rings, and one of our ultra-duper fork crowns. It's our model RC-05, a wide, flat-shouldered crown that's also used on our Hunqapillar and allows tires up to a 2.4 easily.

As a trail bike, commuter, shopper, all-around ruffabout bike, a CLEM is as pure and perfect as you’ll find anywhere. I/Grant think of it as a mountain bike–and the frame does pass the mountain bike EN test, the toughest in the world, so it’s not going to break on you. But in the 2017 real world bicycle market, "mountain bike" has come to mean 'barely a bicycle anymore, mostly a motocross bike, with motocross bike aesthetics.'

CLEM is no less a mountain bike for its lack of suspension. It doesn't encourage you to ride like beyond your limits, though. With no mechanical suspension, you ride rutted trails with your joints relaxed and absorb shocks unthinkingly-automatically, the same way you’d do it if you jumped to the floor from the top of a ladder.

An unsuspended/natural style mountain bike rules out showing-off and stupid riding. It means you go slower, which means you might not keep up with your full-gizmo’d comrades. You travel over the ground, you don’t go at it with the latest land-conquering weaponry developed for the modern mountain biker.

The CLEM will be around and in use in 60 years and will still be great bikes then. There's nothing weird about it, it will always be easy to service, because nothing is hidden in blackboxes and there's nothing electronic. It's a bike that will outlive all trends and keep on going. Un-obsoletable!
STYLE H (high top tube), formerly known as Boy’s bike; or 
STYLE L (low top tube), formerly known as Girl’s bike 


45cm / 26-inch traditional mountain bikey size wheels.
Typical rider height: 5-0 to 5-5

52cm / 27.5-inch new mountain bikey size wheels.
Typical rider height: 5-5 to 5-11

59cm, 64cm /700c newish mountain bike size (29er)
Typical rider height: 5-9 to 6-8
(We also have made  64cn CLEM-L--a mixte-style big bike. It's a smart bike for any rider over 6-feet tall, but most riders think tall mixtes are only for giant women, so we've made only 12 and may not do more than that. It's not a mistake bike in any sense; it's just a smart bike that nobody's asking for.)

Shipping Bikes and Frames

  • Frames Shipping: $87 +/- to lower 48 states.
  • Bike Shipping: $175 +/- to lower 48
  • International is more complicated - call or email

We'll adjust the final shipping charge when the frame/bike actually ships.

You can always arrange to pick up your bike here in Walnut Creek, California. California pickups and deliveries pay California sales tax. 

  • If you will use Cantis, be sure to purchase cable hangars (not included)

Contact Us

  • Call (800) 345 3918 or (925) 933 7304
    • Monday-Friday 9am-5pm 
    • Saturdays 10am-4pm
  • Email to info@rivbike.com with subject: "Clem build" and one of us will get back to you with more info and estimates. 


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