Note - This
page originally appearred in the Rivendell Website (http://www.rivendellbicycles.com)
but had been removed.
I found it archived
and have reproduced it here.
Rivendell Bicycle Works
- What's the Rivendell/Bridgestone connection?
Grant P. worked for Bstone for 10 years, design-marketing. When
Bstone closed up in 1994, he started Rivendell. I know that for
a fact, because I'm him.
- Are Rivendells the continuation of Bstone? How are they different?
NO! Many differences! Many, even most of my design values evolved
during my years at Bstone, but not all of them came to fruition
there. For a number of reasons, most of which were somehow related
to either manufacturing economics or using middlemen (dealers)
to sell bikes (and not being sure how detailed or accurate some
explanations would be).
- How does the geometry of an RB-1/2 compare with that of a
Rivendell Road Standard?
It depends on the year, but generally, the Rivendell has a slightly
lower bottom bracket, slightly longer chainstay, slightly more
clearance, and allows a higher handlebar position.
- Is the quality different?
Sure. That's why Rivendells cost so much more. Bstones are/were
decently made, thoroughly tested, high-end mass produced frames,
with all the attributes of a mass produced frame. Nothing heinous,
but the finish work was nowhere near as good, the tubing, though
fine, was a lesser grade. The joints were heated more. It's like
comparing a mass produced anything else with a hand-made/no compromise
- How can I tell what year it was made?
The serial number is usually under the bottom bracket shell. If
the first letter is A through G, it was made in January through
July. The first number following that letter is the last number
of the year. If it's a 9, you have to figure out whether it's
1989 or 1999, bearing in mind all the while that Bstone quit exporting
to the U.S. in 1994. The other numbers identify the week and day
it was made.
- How much is my Bstone worth?
Whatever you can get for it, of course. It is NOT a priceless
heirloom. Beyond its pure function, it may have some kind of value
(in the used bike market) because it's no longer made. The most
sought after models are the ONES: XO-, RB-, MB-, probably in that
order. Don't ask us what you should ask for yours, or what you
should pay, though. The MBs down to 3 or 4 are still pretty decent.
The RBs down to 2. The lugged frames are Bstone-built in Japan.
If it's a TIG frame, it's built in Taiwan, and the only semiprecious
TIG Bstone is the MB-O.
- Man, I need decals for my Bstone....
You're out of luck.
- My Bstone broke. Warranty?
Bstone maintained a warranty service in the U.S. for 3 years following
its closing here. If your bike broke recently, it's likely not
a legitimate warranty, anyway. Time does take its toll, you know.
You could try to hook up with Bstone in Tokyo, although we don't
have any fax numbers or contacts. Bstone Tire is headquartered
in Nashville - maybe they can help you. If you value your time,
however, just write it off or get it fixed on your own.
Brown has compiled an extensive collection of Bridgestone
P.O. Box 5289 Walnut Creek, CA 94596
T 800.345.3918/ 925.933.7304
note - this is absolutely not meant to be a comprehensive representaton
of Rivendell Bicycle Works, their products or their policies.
Please visiti their
website, or contact
them directly regarding these products.
updated: March 25, 2006