Rivendell Bicycle Works Sam Hillborne Commuter Bike

Sam Hillborne

  • Investment cast lugs
  • Butted CrMo tubing
  • Rivendell design
  • Clearance for 40mm tires

User Reviews (2)

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Tom Duval   Recreational Rider [Jul 29, 2009]

Frame, paint and lug quality
Very stable and comfortable ride
eyelets for racks front and rear
Comfortable geometry that enables you to put your handlebars at saddle level.



This is a very versatile and beautiful bike. The paint and lugs exceeded my expectations based on the online photos I'd seen. The ride is very comfortable and stable thanks to the steel tubes and the relaxed geometry of the frame. I normally ride a 58cm road bike but chose a 60cm frame based on Rivendell's sizing recommendations and the bike fits perfectly...I think the 56cm frame would have been too small for me and they don't offer a 58cm frame. Most of my rides so far have been along the ocean on flat terrain but the bike climbs well and descends like it's on rails...very stable indeed. This is not a race bike even though you can ride it fast but it does many things well including trips on dirt roads/fire trails. Most people who buy road bikes would be better off with this bike than your average carbon fiber frame which forces you into an uncomfortable position for long rides. If you like to ride all day and multi-task this bike is a great choice for you.

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Fai Mao   Commuter [Jul 24, 2009]

Clearance for 40 mm wide
Low bottom Bracket
Not a speck of carbon fiber
Rack mounts
eyelets for fenders
Old School Charm
High handle bars
132.5 spacing lets you run either MTB or road wheels
Comes with a headset and bottom Bracket installed
Will accept either a long reach side-pull center pull brake or a canti-lever, V-Brake

Exceptional value in a frame of this quality


650B wheels are not that available
Snot green color.
No down Tube shifter bosses (Odd for a Grant Petersen designed bike.
Perhaps not trendy enough for many riders.
The installed BB really only fits one crank. If you want a different crank you have to keep the Bottom Bracket.

No brazed on rear cantilever cable stop

The huge tire clearance makes fitting a cyclo-computer problematic

This is a cool and practical if not exactly main stream bike. However, it should be a main stream bike. Lots of people could ride and enjoy this bike.

This bike is extremely stable and predictable. Well suited for medium/heavy duty touring, commuting or pleasure riding. This bike is lugged and brazed with gorgeous lugs. Unfortunately it comes in only one color, an ugly green.

You can ride this bike all day. It is smooth and the wide tires soak up road bumps nearly as well as suspension but weigh a lot less.

The "expanded Frame" means that you need to order a smaller size than normal. I normally ride a 56 CM frame and ordered a 52 Sam because the bike has a sloping top tube which gives it a top tube and steerer tube like a 59 CM frame. I probably could have gotten away with a 48 CM frame. That would effectively give me compact frame touring bicycle. But, doing so would negate the idea behind the bike.

The expanded frame means getting the bars up higher is a cinch but gives the bike a bit of an odd look especially with the 650B wheels. That steerer tube just looks too long for the frame.

It accelerates better than you'd think but has a turning radius similar to a cruise ship.Downhills are amazingly stable.

I don't climb well but the bike does not seem to be any worse there than other touring type frames. It is a confident if not fast climber

This is a really, really, really fun bike. It can be used for almost anything except racing and the 650B wheel might disqualify it for that even if you wanted to race it.

Perhaps the bike bike of its type on the market. I wish it came in black or a darker green.

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