Rivendell Hunqapillar

Rivendell Hunqapillar

Bicycle tourists are an enigmatic lot. Hours in the saddle, enduring the elements, witnessing spectacular vistas without the encumbrance of a roof or engine noise and lots of fresh air will naturally produce some real characters. Give them a marque named Rivendell and it won’t be any wonder it’ll garner a cult following.

This has to be one of the most immaculate Rivendells I’ve encountered. There’s not a component out of place, and there’s even some embellishments that while not necessarily the most functional, only serve to complete an already luxurious tourer. Woodys Fenders will resist water damage as well as any de rigueur fender (anything with four coats of high quality Marine grade polyurethane will) and are the bicycle version of a walnut dashboard. A 14-speed Rohloff / Paul Components drive train is about as classy and mechanically perfect as one can get, and lace the hubs to bronze Velocity Chukkers and you’ve got rolling randonneuring beauty right there. The front hub is a Schmidt dynamo and will provide the necessary illumination for when an ill-timed puncture will postpone the estimated time of arrival past sundown. Schwalbe Marathon rubber should prevent that, though, they’re some of the hardiest tyres on the planet. The Nitto stem, seat post and racks are a garnish on this already perfect bicycle.

The Hinqapillar has a second top tube for added rigidity (like most of the larger sized Rivendells), and that’s only an opportunity to indulge oneself with an extra set of those gorgeous Rivendell lugs.

On their website, Rivendell remarks that a fool will buy a bike for the head badge. In that case, I’d be a fool if I could have a bike with that head badge in my stable. According to Grant from Rivendell, Hunqapillar sounded an appropriate name for a woolly mammoth. Though whether the woolly mammoth came first or the Hunqapillar is a question only Grant could answer. Why don’t you give him a call and ask him while you order your own, so you can become a member of the proudest cult of bike owners on the planet?

PS: There’s more shots of the Rivendell Hunqapillar in the Cycle EXIF Facebook Photo Albums, but head over to Devil.Bunny’s flickr stream for more photographic documentation of his mechanical tinkering.

Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar
Rivendell Hunqapillar

  • I’m a big fan of Rivendell. Lovely bikes. But their site is an unholy mire of confusing prose rife with dead ends, pitfalls, and deadly traps. I tried to decipher the text for their Sam Hillborn frame and almost had an aneurysm.

  • Beautiful-

    What I don’t understand is why they don’t use disc brakes; seems so much more practical & better looking…

  • Spats MacGee

    By what standards are disc breaks better looking? They would be a travesty on this bike, especially considering the amount of work put into making this thing look timeless and elegant. Are you seriously saying that a piston wouldn’t look out of place, not to mention the disc itself? Speaking of class and elegance, nothing beats a rampaging Mammoth.

  • Semilog

    Disc brakes are good pretty much for two things: not accumulating mud when you’re riding through vast amounts of it, and not preventing wheel rotation when you’ve bent your mountain bike rim on a rock 20+ miles from the trailhead. On a bike like this they’re totally pointless. Heavier, uglier, harder to set up. Cantis are the correct choice here.

  • Beautiful finish/attention to detail. Does the extra tube serve a purpose? Or is that an aesthetic thing?

  • Tom

    Such attention to detail… Like to zip ties holding the cables on.

    • Ozonation

      I’ve been staring at these photos for ages, and I finally got a Hunqapillar. The cabling on mine is nowhere near as obvious as in these photos. I think the cabling is because of the internal hub. I have a regular cassette and the cabling is pretty clean.

  • vernon marsh

    Good one Tom. In that respect, and that respect only, it looks like my bike.

  • dontcoast

    on a $$$ build like this, for a bike presumably designed for heavy loads and/or distance…
    I’d like to have seen a custom polished finished hammershmidt crankset for functionality. woulda had to put iscg mounts on the frame though…but it would have been so much more useful

  • WRXr

    Nice color scheme however, I agree: the cables are a mess!

  • GJB

    Can you tell me where you found those moustache handlebars?

    The only ones that I can find are built with a road handlebar diameter, which will not accept the Rohloff twist shifter. Are those custom?

    Great build!

    • MJ

      Those are Nitto Albatross bars flipped.