I just got the 2010 dealer info from Rivendell, and now I have a month or so to finalize what I'm going to order. You, as a customer, can help me decide! I must say that Rivendell has really made some intriguing changes to its product line this year, and I'm excited!
The Hillborne was our best selling bike in 2009, and for good reason. It's sort of a comfortable touring bike or all-rounder - A Country Bike! - with good tire clearance and plenty of braze-ons for racks, fenders, and miscellanea. It's still going to be $1000 for the frame, fork, headset, bottom bracket, and seatpost, and roughly $2000 for a complete bike, depending on the part-spec. One change for this year: XL-reach sidepull brakes instead of cantilevers. And I'm pretty sure they're gonna be orange instead of green. We can help you with part-spec and sizing.
The Betty Foy is the mixte version of the Hillborne, and it's a lovely frameset. We don't generally sell as many of these as we do Hillbornes, but we'll probably get a few. Where the heck else are you going to get a high-end lugged mixte?
Order a Hillborne or Foy in advance with a $200 deposit by Feb 12, 2010. We expect delivery in May. You can also buy from our stock later, but the $200 deposit assures that we will get one in the right size, especially for you. The pre-ordering helps us choose the correct sizes. Otherwise, we tend to cluster around the most popular sizes, because they sell the fastest. In return for your early deposit and commitment to buy, you'll get a $100 parts credit to help you outfit your new bike (the credit is applied to the final tally of frame + parts + labor). A hundred bucks is, more or less, a Brooks B17 saddle or some fancy tires or derailleurs or _____, FREE!
Remember, to get the $100 in free parts, I need your deposit of $200 by Feb 12.
In March sometime, we have to decide whether to carry the new Quickbeam-replacement SimpleOne single-speed (price and specs TBA) and the newly announced Hunqapillar frameset, which is apparently something between the Atlantis and the Bombadil - in other words, a heavy-duty touring and rough-stuff bike that fits big tires. The Hunqa frameset is going to be $1400. Let me know if you want one, and if it seems like we have enough interest, we'll get 'em!