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Rivendell Joe Appaloosa




***Note that shipping will be a separate charge and that we require a purchase of at least $500 in parts/accessories with a frame set purchase***

If you are a fan of long things, like Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick, Artamène ou le Grand Cyrus, the Mahabharata, stretch limos and  siphonophores, then you will love the Joe Appaloosa.  Cause it is long.  Not quite as long as a  siphonophore but pretty dang long.  Long bikes are stable, which of course is a good thing.  Unstable bikes are like high school relationships.  They might be fun, but it’s gunna hurt in the long run.  

Rivendell has been slowly enlongening their bikes over the past decade.  The Joe Appaloosa and its touch hole cousin the Atlantis, are both about the same length.  I thought, when I first rode a Joe, that it was going to be weird feeling.  Slow.  Turn like the American Dream.  But that was not the case.  It rode like a bike.  Further confirmed when I took it on a few day tour of Michaux, which has tight singletrack, fire roads, dirt roads, and pavement.  I rode it loaded, and lo and behold, the only thing it didn’t like were the very tightest singletrack switchbacks.  Everything else the Joe Appaloosa handled well.  Climbed in a planted, stable way.  Descending felt super safe, but I could go blindingly fast and not worry about speed wobble.  The frame is stiff.  Gear weight does not phase it.  Stiff is good.  Wet noodles are fun in ramen, not to ride.  

Basically this is the bike to get if you meet the following criteria:

You want a comfortable bike for any distance of riding

You love lugs

You don’t live in a really icy or muddy area

You don’t need a dedicated tight singletrack bike

You don’t mind a quill stem

You don’t need tires bigger than 2.1 inches

You want a bike that will look as good in 20 years as it does today.

Minimum PBH by size:

46cm  (76)

51cm  (81) 

54cm  (84)

57cm  (88)

60cm  (91)

  • 26" wheels in size 46cm
  • 650b wheels in size 51cm
  • 700c wheels in sizes 54cm and up
  • Cantilever or V brakes. Get V-brakes
  • 26.8mm seat post, included. If you want to upgrade to a NITTO, OK!
  • 135mm rear spacing
  • 1" threaded fork - headset included

If you will use Cantis, be sure to purchase cable hangers (not included)