Frame - Atlantis
The new Atlantis has arrived. It's an imported, half-priced, evolutionarily, geometrically and structurally advanced Atlantis frame for about $1,000 less. Yes--every word of that is true, and there's nothing omitted.
The Rivendell Atlantis
Our best known model gets a few tweaks and an easier price.
- Six new frame sizes
- More tire clearance
- Longer wheelbases
- Higher handlebars
- Lower price
- New decals
- Same color
- Everything you'd expect from a Rivendell model evolved over 20 years
The Rivendell Atlantis History
The Atlantis more than any other model is the one most-associated with us, because it was the first production model (since 1999?) made in small bunches. It was a refined and renamed version of the Rivendell All-Rounder, then made in batches of three in Wisconsin. The Atlantis then came out of Osaka a hundred at a time, and reached more riders, and helped get our name and reputation out there. Thanks, Atlantis! Around 2008, the exchange rate shifted dramatically, and the Japanese-built Atlantis was going up in price 40 percent. We predicted doom for sales at that rate, so we brought it back to Wisconsin, where, ironically, it was suddenly somewhat affordable again.
It was a lower key success for about nine years, during which we’d gained experience with Taiwan bikes and our small-shop builders over there, and when it came to pass that our American supplier didn’t have the tooling to deal with some of the improvements we wanted going forward, so we added a second “line” of Atlantis frames from Taiwan. You can still get an American-made Atlantis, but now there’s an option that costs $1200 less and has our latest improvements over an already spectacular frame. Four little things, with the significant cumulative effect of making this new Atlantis a slightly better bike. The classic has evolved, but it’s still, and obviously, an Atlantis.
The color is the same Russian creamy blue-green. Headbadge, the same. Decals are a little different, but I hope we’ve earned your trust there, and you can see the attachments.
People generally suspect all change as a cheapening or as a way to cut manufacturing costs without raising the price. That’s a driving force behind lots of change (and lots of technology). But in the case of the Atlantis, it’s just not true. The upcoming Atlantis is worthy of a higher price than the current ones, but the frame alone is almost half the price. It will go up as the American frames go up.
What you can do on an Atlantis
The Rivendell Atlantis is what we've always called an All-Rounder. An Atlantis is as happy on the road as it is on fire trails, unloaded or heavily loaded. It's not for roadie weight cred or upside-down downhill MTB tricks, but for folks who ride their bikes often and everywhere, generally carrying more than just a water bottle.
It's an every day useful bike and your go-to touring bike.
Where it's made
These here Atlantises are made at our frame shop in Taiwan, where the majority of our framesets have been made for over a decade. Produced in runs of 30-per size and painted, prepped and packaged together, these frames fetch a more competitive price than our one-at-a-time frames. Underneath, the investment-cast Rivendell lugs and custom drawn Silver tubes are the same. All frames are brazed and welded to the highest standards, with samples of each new production passing the rigorous EN tests. It's something you simply do not get with custom made single-production frames (custom builders don't make you two frames, then wreck one on a testing machine).
- If you will use Cantis, be sure to purchase cable hangars (not included)