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    My first bigger than 26" bike.. Bombadil!!

    This is a crosspost from VRC.......

    Decided I wanted gears again and lugged tubes.

    Always been a Fan of Rivendell and just never thought I would actually own one of these.

    This is a Bombadil which is their MTB type bike with 650b wheels. The frame is just amazing and the ride is SMOOTH. More than likely the most comfortable bike I have ridden. My ass is getting used to the new Brooks B17 special.....never had a Brooks. Need to get a pair of gloves for use with these cork grips.

    The finish on the Frame fork and bars is raw with a clearcoat. Very classy and looks kinda like ti.

    This is the most comfortable and practical bike I have ever owned. I should have bit the bullet a long time ago. Slick tires should be here today since I am riding pavement mostly these days.

    the bars are really cool they sweep back alot......guess I need to take another pic...



    Upgrades to follow......swap black Paul Thumbies for silver, add some nice Brake levers in silver such as Paul or Real, add a Nitto mini rack or this crazy Ahearn rack I saw, hammered fenders. I may even go with different bars such as Nitto Porteur bars. I would also like to get a dyno front hub so I can have a good light for commuting. My office is now only about 5 miles from my house.


    Enjoy and let me know what you think......sorry for the rushed pics...lug details coming.


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    Nice!

    Great looking bike! I can't put my finger on why, but these bikes remind me of a 1940's "Army Truck"!

    Cheers,

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    Dude!! That bike is a pile, and outdated. I will do you a favor and buy it from you. Just to help you out some!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Pacenti
    Great looking bike! I can't put my finger on why, but these bikes remind me of a 1940's "Army Truck"!

    Cheers,

    KP

    Thanks Kirk

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    Beautiful bike! I've been wanting one of those since they came out; although my size would come in 700c only.
    Yes, I do have a 29er. And yes, I still ride my 26er

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    Hot damn! Where are the disc brakes? What sort of travel does the frame take?

    I kid, sorta. Riv is a little retrogrouchy for me sometimes. They make a beautiful bike, and most are really versatile, but for a mountain bike offering I'd at least want the option of disc tabs because they make such a huge different in my area. It has been a while since I checked their site out, but what sort of clearance does the bike have? Think it could run a 2.35?

    It is a purty ride. The VO porteur bars aren't worth taking offroad, but those bullmoose bars are the ****. I await a singletrack report...

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    Sort of reminds me of something like this
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    Definitely keep the bullmoose bars. What chainrings are running on that crankset?
    Yes, I do have a 29er. And yes, I still ride my 26er

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    Nice. I like the fact it's super versatile (e.g. racks & fenders).

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Hot damn! Where are the disc brakes? What sort of travel does the frame take?

    I kid, sorta. Riv is a little retrogrouchy for me sometimes. They make a beautiful bike, and most are really versatile, but for a mountain bike offering I'd at least want the option of disc tabs because they make such a huge different in my area. It has been a while since I checked their site out, but what sort of clearance does the bike have? Think it could run a 2.35?

    It is a purty ride. The VO porteur bars aren't worth taking offroad, but those bullmoose bars are the ****. I await a singletrack report...
    Well the nice part is the frame is raw so adding disc tabs would be pretty easy but I dont think it would be a good idea and I dont know if it would really work that well on this kind of fork.

    Rivendell IS very retrogrouchy (thats a good thing imho) and they have a reason for not specing discs. To me disc brakes would be a downgrade in the sense that it adds complexity that I dont care for. Rivendell is all about minimalism and functionality, if thats not your gig look elsewhere. If you want discs then I would look at a different bike imho.

    The canti brakes I have stop on a dime, they work as well as any V brakes I have had including the Avid Ultimate arch supremes which I always thought were the best V brake ever. I also hate riding in mud so I cant see ever needing better stopping power. Then again I have never run discs on any bike I have had cause im kinda retrogrouchy myself hence my purchase of the Bombadil.

    The bike will handle up to a 52mm tire as noted on their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williwoods
    Well the nice part is the frame is raw so adding disc tabs would be pretty easy but I dont think it would be a good idea and I dont know if it would really work that well on this kind of fork. bike will handle up to a 52mm tire as noted on their website.
    The frame isn't reinforced for tabs, though I guess if one wanted it could be.

    I think disc brakes are easier to set up than cantilevers, personally. Probably a bit stronger. I don't mind cantis, linears and the like, but I ride in Oregon, which means wet and mud and disc brakes have a huge advantage in those conditions. So that is why, even though the Bombadil is sweet, it couldn't be a bike for my offroading.

    I asked about the tires because I wanted to know if the 52 was accurate or conservative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsuspended
    Definitely keep the bullmoose bars. What chainrings are running on that crankset?

    well if I do swap to other bars I will keep the bullmoose so I can go back. I have ridden with them all week and I can say my hands are still trying to get used to them. The truth is I dont see myself getting any real trail time anytime soon so different bars are in order.

    Plus I kinda like the idea of making it into a kind of Porteur style bike. Hammered fenders, front rack, etc....

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    Nice bike man. Even though you're not planning to be riding offroad anytime soon, I wouldn't underestimate the Bombadil's trail worthiness.

    Re: bars I have nitto noodles which are sold by Rivendell and they are great for riding trails. They might be my favorite bars ever actually. They are nice and wide and just super comfortable all day.

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    Hey Guys,

    Here are some updated pics of my Bombadil after much tinkering,
    experimenting and of course plenty of saddle time. Everything
    functions wonderfully.

    Swapped out the Bullmoose bars for these Sycip Singles Bar, found my
    old Specialized branded Dirtdrop stem. This bar is so much more
    versatile and comfortable than the Bullmoose bars I could never get my
    hands comy on them, I figure it had to do with the fixed rear-upward
    angle. As you can see I have these bars rear-downward which feels much
    more natural. Decided I would run the thumbshifters under the bar so I
    would have more hand positions, they function near perfect except when
    I am trying to shift into the lowest gear in the rear its a little
    awkward but im used to it now and doable just a little stretch to do
    it. Of course now the rear shifter is now on the left and the front on
    the right, my brain doesnt have a preference, im totally fine with it.
    I then added the orange tape (yellow would have been better) and
    shellacked and twined the whole thing together its about 4/5 coats of
    shellac. Also twined the chainstay and shellacked that too.


    Added the Suntour Superbe pedals and they are much better to me than
    the MKS touring pedals I had.

    Swapped the Quasi-Moto tires for the Fatty Rumpkins since im not
    riding in the dirt and was planning on fenders which are the VO
    Zeppelin model that are used but not too abused. The fenders had
    several holes from the previous owner that I covered up with Foil
    tape, I also used a small strip on the seatpost to remind me of my
    usual saddle height.

    You can also see that I now have one of the Nitto R cages and a
    Electra Ticino cage, they look exactly the same.

    My favorite mod was running the Bell on the exposed threads of the
    Canti brake hanger. Its a little forward of where you traditionally
    would run it but I can reach my finger easily to the striker which is
    pointing up, the position keeps it out of the way which I like.

    I also had to swap out the headset which was pitted out from being run
    loose, the new headset is one of the really awesome Cane Creek 100
    threaded units which are I think even nicer than a Chris King.

    I was also running the VO 1st gen brakes but got tired of them cause
    there was no toe-in adjustment and no spring adjustment. They stopped
    great but squeeled like crazy and one side of the brke arm on the
    front always ran too close to the rim. These Shimano brakes are pretty
    fiddly but I really appreciate the adjustments and was able to get
    them set-up perfectly.

    And last but not least I bought a pair of the Paul brake levers cause
    they are so sexy.

    The only thing I need now is a front rack, then the build will be
    complete. I still havent figured out which one I want. Kinda like the
    VO porteur rack, but im not settled on that yet. Oh yeah then I need
    bags........it never ends, ah the fun.

    Other upgrades I would like to do: Paul brakes, Swap out the hubs for
    White industries or I have some 8spd DuraAce hubs that I could respace
    to 135mm. Maybe I should just get some rims and build a second set of
    wheels...well see. I would finally like to get a set of the VO 50.4mm
    172.5mm cranks in a 46/30 config.



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    It is a nice looking bike. I'd love to ring it out on some singletrack.

    The fatty rumpkins handle dry trail pretty damned well.

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