I think it was exactly two weeks ago that I noticed an ad on craigslist for not just a Riv, but the flagship, longest continually carried Riv, the Riv that Grant himself claims as his own daily rider... the Rivendell Atlantis. The one in question, at 64cm size, is a touch large for me but actually is the same size as the Trek 715. The price was right so I took the plunge buying the frame and fork with headset, bottom bracket, crank and seatpost included.
Between a couple of drastic alterations to other bikes and a deep dive in my own, and the Velocity Co-Op's parts bin I've cobbled together a fully functional bike now and can share a couple photo's. The initial ride around the neighborhood this afternoon was excellent, the bike handles very well. Completely 'neutral'... much more stable front end than the Trek... as advertised! I'm planning a longer shake down tomorrow morning so I'll have to get back to you on the results. Enjoy the photo's!
First we have to recoignize the 'donor's...
|Just a preview, but the MB-5 isn't done in the cockpit experimentation zone! :)|
And now on to the main event!
|Original Moustache bars... Nitto Dirt Drop, tube's-as-tape (I've got a couple rolls of newbaum's that are in the mix). The shifters, Suntour power-ratchet friction shifters are awesome... great feeling set of shifters!|
|I just love this detail on the handlebar shim...|
|I don't love having the bell on the stem, preferring it closer to my hand position but I'll give it another try.|
|One of the co-op finds was this sweet Suntour arx front derailleur, shined up pretty nice.... the TA Specialites crank was included with the frame and I believe to be original equipment. Note the chain-suck scars (beusage!)|
|Pre-adjustment glamour shot of the FD... the adjustment was a bear, my fault I'm sure. Anyway I've got all three chainrings dialed in now.|
|Onward to many-many happy miles!|