Rivendell Sam Hillborne

Come by the shop to get your catalog

Come by the shop to get your catalog

First, a disclaimer.  All of the "Expert Description" about the frame below is lifted in its entirety from the 2018 Rivendell Catalog.  This document is one of the most amazing bike industry printed items I have ever seen (joining the 1993 and 1994 Bridgestone Catalogs. If you know what they are, you know what I mean.  If you don't, find one and you'll know what I mean). Come by the shop to get yours. I guess we could send you one for free if you pay for postage.


Sam Hillborne Expert Description

The Sam Hillborne is essentially a Homer with more muscle and grit and stubble. When somebody comes to us for a bike, it;s the first bike we think of because it does so much so well.

It's the bike tp get when you want equal access to road and fire trails, and the option of road touring with up to 40lb loads. Sam's cantilever or V-brakes make fendering easier, and swallows a bigger tire too.

It's not a mountain bike, but a skilled rider on a Sam with chubby knobbies can ride into the boonies and never come home.

In the middle sizes, Homer now has 650b wheels, and Sam has 700c.  You;ll run into those who vehemently defend one size over the other, but we like them equally, and did that just to differentiate them.

Sam is a hair stouter, so we give it more burly points than Homer, but the Sam and Homer are 95% functional clones. and you can pick by color or brake type.

  • Frame, Fork, Headset, Bottom Bracket $1,400

  • Typical Complete Bike: $2,800

  • Size, Wheels: 48, 51 (650b): 55, 58, 62 (700c)

  • Color: Black, Sage

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