News from Rivendell on upcoming changes and availability:
We’re nearly out of Sams, except in the 48s and 52s. We’ll have more in February, and you can reserve one with a non-refundable (to ensure sincerity, not to bum you out, and we’ve never not given back “non-refundable deposits in the past, and it’s never a tussle) $100 deposit. They’ll be orange again, and this time there will be a 64, too. Both the 60 and 64 will have double top tubes, which—we could’ve done without on the 60, but the 64 benefits for sure. Hey, in four years every big bike will have double toppers…
You understand what the second top tube does, right? It re-triangulates the frame so the frame resists twisting better. On a bike with a tall head tube, it matters. Tall riders tend to weigh more and so on, so it makes sense.
We got lugs made just for the second top tube. It’s what you do when you claim, as we do, to be Home of the Lugged Steel Frame.
The Simpleone will replace the Quickbeam, and it too will come in Spring. Some as frames, maybe some as bikes. Exactly the same geometry as the QB, and in sizes 54-56-58-60-62-64. The smaller and taller QBs didn’t sell well, so we’re going with these. Not sure of the price, but they’ll cost less than the Quickers and be as good. Made in Taiwan, not Japan.
We have a dwindling number of what seems to be the last of the Japanese-built Atlantis frames. They are stratospherically expensive to buy, and your price, $2,000 for frame-fork-headset, counts only if you buy a complete Atlantis from us. Frame only is now $2,300. Sometimes next year we’ll likely bring in a Taiwan-built Atlantis, also built under the guidance of Tetsu Ishigaki; and the fork will be made in the old Toyo shop, in Japan. There may be some changes. Fewer sizes, more upslope on the TT. It will be a good, good bike.
We’re getting Betty Foy frames in the usual 52cm and 58cm 650-B wheels sizes, plus two new sizes: 47cm (26-inch wheels), and 62cm (700c). These will also be available as Yves Gomez for guys who don’t want to ride a “Betty Foy.”