First Impression: Rivendell Hunqapillar


What am I looking for in my next bike? I’m sticking with steel. May as well be beautiful lugged steel. Carrying things has become very important to me, as well as a solid ride. And I want to run as fat a tire as possible, with or with out fenders. I want to hit the dirt. And trails. And I want to tour. I’m a big one and I want a bike that fits. This Rivendell Hunqapillar could be the next big thing for me.


Check out the head badge. Formidable, like the Wooley Mammouth represented on it.


A Bullmoose Bosco bar. I’ve wanted a bullmoose bar since Nineteen-Eighty-Something, and now I am riding one. Yes it is overbuilt.


The Hunqapillar is big. And the 58 and 62cm sizes have an extra “Diagatube” tube for strength and stiffness and gawk factor. And it is made in America.


I will not be afraid of dirt with clearance for 58mm tires. Plenty of braze-ons, too.


Did I say it was a wooley mammoth of a bicycle?


Here’s a view of the Bullmoose Bosco Bar. Plenty of places to mount lights and stuff. But the rise might be too much for even me. We shall see after I establish where the shift levers are going to go. I might move them lower or flip them right-side-up so I can get a hand position choices.


You like lugs? The Hunqapillar has more lugs. Bonus lugs! And gorgeous paint! Plus Shimano cantilevers and 2-inch Schwalbe Big Ben tires and a sweet fork crown.

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A Hunqapillar frame will set you back $2,000. Given steel’s longevity and repairability, this bike should be around a long time. The Standard build kit runs $1,340.

Here’s a standard build includes. All stuff that will function a long time.

  • Cromo Albatross Handlebar
  • Nitto Tallux 11cm Stem
  • Shimano MTB brake levers
  • Miesha’s Portuguese Cork Grips
  • Shimano Dura-Ace 9-speed bar end shifters
  • Tektro CR720 Cantis
  • Sugino XD2 172.5mm Crank
  • Velocity made 36h Wheelset
  • Schwalbe Marathon 700×50 Tires (x2)
  • Tubes (x2)
  • Shimano Claris Triple Front Derailer
  • Shimano Deore Rear Derailer
  • Tange or Shimano cartridge bottom bracket
  • Tange or FSA headset (our choice depending on availability)
  • 9sp 11-34 cassette
  • 9sp Chain

Not included in the kit, so you choose your own:

  • Saddle
  • Seat post (Recommended: Nitto Crystal Fellow)
  • Pedals
  • Racks
  • Fenders
  • Fender Installation Labor (if applicable)


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