Great looking bike! I can't put my finger on why, but these bikes remind me of a 1940's "Army Truck"!
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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 That bike is a pile, and outdated.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!!!
Originally Posted by Kirk Pacenti
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
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...
Sort of reminds me of something like this
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
Nice. I like the fact it's super versatile (e.g. racks & fenders).
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.
Originally Posted by umarth
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.
The frame isn't reinforced for tabs, though I guess if one wanted it could be.
Originally Posted by Williwoods
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.
Originally Posted by unsuspended
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....
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.
Here are some updated pics of my Bombadil after much tinkering,
experimenting and of course plenty of saddle time. Everything
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.