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Clem Complete 2023

Clem Complete 2023

Regular price $2,050.00 USD
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Read this first: These absolutely require a mechanic for the final assembly. We've included a checklist of adjustments to be made included with each bike; don't ride the bike until the checklist is completed. If you're an experienced home mechanic, It'll likely take around 30 minutes once you get it out of the box.

A frame built into a complete here by Riv mechanics is at minimum $2,936 without a saddle or pedals, so you're still saving a ton of dough getting one of these and having a mechanic do the final assembly for $100 or whatever they'll charge. 

Clem Smith Jr. is Rivendell’s fat-tire, easy to fender & rack, joyously upright and stable, and more affordable than the rest of our lineup bicycle frame. They're more affordable only because they come as complete bikes straight from Taiwan and most of the joints are tig-welded instead of lugged. Tigs cut the construction time for each frame down by a lot so the price gets lower. It's a perfectly strong way to make a bicycle, although not as pretty to look at as lugs.

Clems still have a strong wide fork crown, napkin-ring reinforcement lugs at the headtube, and a beautiful well-designed seat lug, so it looks far from a generic bike.

These are made by the same people who make the more expensive frames and with the same materials even, so they should ride as well as even our custom frames.

PBH ranges:

45cm - 68 to 81cm
52cm - 74 to 88cm
59cm - 86 to 96cm
64cm - 93 to 101cm

Pick the frame size that your PBH falls most in the middle of the range. For instance: I (Will) have a 96cm PBH, so I could ride the 59cm, but a 64cm will fit better because I won't be maxing out the size.

Since there's no standover issues, you can go bigger if you want:

A lot of our customers and some staff have found that oversizing the Clems makes for a more luxurious ride. If you want to try that, use the following formula to figure out if you can achieve your saddle height on a bigger frame:

Seattube length + 13cm = minimum saddle height. That means the minimum saddle height on a 59cm frame is 72cm, which means someone with an 83cm PBH can ride a 59cm. You may want to go shorter in the stem length, but try it out with the stock stem first. If you're longer in the torso, this is a great way to fit a bike. 

Is there room for customization?

Only if you're picking the bike up here, and there will be a labor charge. Part of the reason we can keep the cost down on completes is that we send them out straight as they come to us. We also can't add additional parts to the boxes; if you need additional parts, please make a separate order. 

Relevant specs: 

Seatpost Dimensions — 26.8mm for 45cm and 52cm and 29.8mm for 59cm and 64cm

Rear spacing - 135mm and QR wheels only. 

Front derailer clamp size - 31.8mm for all sizes. Get a $32 Skeleton Key FD on our site. It's not a looker, but it works so, so well. 

Complete Bikes

  • FSA Duron Headset
  • Shimano 118mm Cartridge BB
  • Rivendell Silver 38/24t Crank w/ chainguard for 45cm and 52cm and Silver 34/24 for 59cm and 64cm
  • Tektro 837AL V-Brakes
  • Tektro RS360 Levers
  • Alex DM24 Rim / Novatech Hubs
  • Kenda K-1129 Kwick Journey 45mm Tires (sturdy, puncture-resistant, reflective stripe)
  • Shimano Acera rear and Microshift front derailer
  • 11-34 cassette
  • A Microshift thumbie for the FD and an Acera trigger for the rear
  • Nitto Tallux Stem - 80mm for the smaller sizes, 110mm for the bigger two.
  • Our world-famous Tosco handlebars, 55cm for the 45 and 52cm frames, 60cm for the two bigger sizes
  • Kalloy Seatpost — 26.8mm for 45cm and 52cm and 29.8mm for 59cm and 64cm
  • Included is Black Clem Saddle, but if you'd like to upgrade to a Brooks B68 please give us a call and we can get you squared away before we ship it out.
  • Braze ons on the rear chainstay for a dutch style 'cafe lock'. Our reccomendation is the Abus Amparo 4750SL Frame/Wheel Lock 104mm Mount Spacing 82mm Clearance

Choose your own pedals, and handlebar grips.  (not included) 

Frame and Wheel Sizes

  • 45cm / 27.5-inch Typical rider height: 5-0 to 5-5
  • 52cm / 27.5-inch Typical rider height: 5-5 to 5-11
  • 59cm / 700c traditional road rim size, but with room for 29er tires
  • 64cm / 700c traditional road rim size, but with room for 29er tires

Shipping Bikes and Frames

  • Bike Shipping: $250 +/- to lower 48
  • International is more complicated - call or email

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

Contact Us

  • Call (800) 345 3918 or (925) 933 7304
    • Monday-Friday 8am - 4pm PST
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