Allan’s Hunqapillar Dirt Tourer

The Hunqapillar. A touring bike with massive clearances for mountain bike tires, tubing spec’d for off-road ripping (fully loaded) and a gorgeous green and cream paint job. Branded as a “Wooly Mammoth Bicycle”, this machine is meant to rip wakki 1-trakk and still make it to Poppi’s Pizza in time for a cold pint or a toke from the wizard’s pipe.

Allan had the unfortunate experience of having all of his bikes stolen from his house. MTB, road, touring, cross. You name it, he had it stolen. As an employee at Mellow Johnny’s – where do they get those wonderful toys? – he had accumulated quite the wealth of two-wheeled dream machines. Then, they were all gone. Just like that. Poof.

Alas, all hope was not lost. Once the smoke cleared and the renter’s insurance check came in, Allan knew what to do. Jared at Rivendell is an Austinite and knows Allan very well, so when he put in a call, this lonely Hunqapillar frame made its way to Austin. This beast of a bicycle is brand-spankin’ new and having spent maybe 10 whole minutes riding it to shoot photos, I can already say that it is by far one of the raddest bikes I’ve ridden.

I’ve done a pretty good job documenting the parts in the photos, so I’ll spare you the full list. I even shot it against a wall AND propped up in front of trees so you can have your pick. I like this bike that much…

People have asked me in the past, if I would ever ride a Rivendell and my answer has always been the Hunqapillar. See for youself why in the gallery!

  • Adam Miller


    Yeah, if all my bikes were stolen, I’d go on a murderous rampage. And then I’d buy one of those, probably.

    • carl bradtmiller

      in prison i think a ‘group ride’ is something else.

      • lol

      • Adam Miller

        Ha, good one. No, I don’t advocate killing people (even bike thieves).

  • David Spiva

    I’m never going to understand the road double on an off road touring bike.

    • Why not?

      • David Spiva

        I can’t totally tell what the size of those chainrings are, but I run a 24-36-48 and a 9 speed 11-32 for a range of 581%. It’s lovely.
        With little or no weight, I put the chain on one of the rear cogs that’s just right of center and use the front derailler for all my up and down shifts. It tends to give me about 30% up or down. Like a 3 speed.
        For longer rides, I just stick to the biggest two rings. For tours, I stick to the smallest two rings, but always go to the 48-11 combo for descents.
        When I take my bike womping down trails, Having those sub 1:1 gears is a god send.
        All of this, when already running a friction shifter is a lot of benefit for the otherwise small “cost” of weight or “simplicity.”

        Parts are also cheaper and easier to come by than the white industries crank that’s pictured.
        Not to bash that crank, it’s sweet, but I’d put it in a different application.

        • Yeah, I don’t know what my range percentage is but I have a 50 – 30 with a 11-32 in the rear, 10-speed. I’ve never wished I had a smaller inner ring.
          It’s all preference man…

          • David Spiva

            Yeah, I get preference, there’s no doubting White Industries is a mighty fine preference and is a sweet choice on a cross bike.
            For touring, off road, ATB style bikes I just think the triple crank is a little more fit to the role.

          • Powell

            He has a huge range with the cassette. Probably rides it like a 1×10 when he’s off road. Leave it in the small ring and use the rear when climbing, go back to the big ring for less chain bounce when descending. Makes sense to me! I would go to asymmetrical shifting on a bike like this personally: DT front shifter, bar-end rear shifter.

            I’d love to hear how the friction shifting is with a 10s cassette as well. Either way, gorgeous bike and gorgeous shots as always John!

          • Richard Ellis

            I run 12-25 10 speed cassette with simplex retrofriction on my old bianchi. No problem at all. Good for dirt mulholland rides round LA etc., Digital lubricity.

  • Area45

    I wish the White Industries logo on the crank arm wasn’t upside down. Always bugs me when I take pictures of my bike.

  • lite104me

    If you only have one bike to do it all this is it!

    • caliente

      I was just thinking the same thing. The only differences I’d want are a straight fork (with 1 or 2 degrees slacker head-angle), a modern stem, and some 10 speed components.


      • firmanfirdaus

        Me too :)

      • You want it to handle a lots slower?

        • caliente

          I’d rather have a slack head tube, than a raked fork. I like my track bike to have steep angles, not my trail bike.

          • Straight blade forks and curved forks can have the same offset. Curved forks are said to handle weight better because of the curvature and offer a little bit of dampening but there’s no need to change the head tube angle to accommodate a “straight vs curved” fork. Rake is a measurement, not a description for a “curved” fork.

            To clear confusion, bike does not have a steep head tube angle. It’s a 72 with a 5cm rake. Which is more than enough.

          • movemint


  • Edward Scoble

    After seeing the friction downtube shifter, I was very surprised to see a 10 speed cassette on the rear, expecting an 7 or 8 speed cassette, how was it under friction? I have yet to tried it as I was worried that the spacing would be too narrow to shift accurately and quickly as I do on the 8 speed cassette.

    • I use 10 speed barcons on my Woodville – it’s the same thing!

      • You’ve not ridden the Hunqapillar?

        • I have ridden it – it says so in the post. I meant the shifting – but mine is indexed.

          • Ah, I was wondering how you find shifting under friction with a 10 speed cassette.

    • NM misread that. Mine is indexed!

    • Joe Lusk

      I thought the same thing. Everything I’ve heard about friction shifting has been that 8spd is about as tight as you can go and still have reliable, care-free shifting, but I guess dude makes it work.

  • stateofnonreturn

    #29 for next month’s calendar please!

  • caliente

    The way these bike galleries are set up is amazing. I love paging through, component by component before the big reveal. It really builds a story with each build, and the attention to detail that the builders take putting their machines together. I also love that the bikes aren’t always clean. Because bikes are tools (but sometimes also jewels).

  • This bike is pretty darn rad

  • Michael Schiller

    the Hunqa is the best RIv out there today. I wish they offered a 56 as the sizing is too spread out. 54 to 58 is a big jump. Elephant tough Kaisei tubing and room for big tires.

    • They have a very slack seat tube angle for that reason, so the 58cm with an in-line seatpost would fit you as you do on a normal 56cm.

      • correct.

      • Michael Schiller

        I’m very familiar with the Hunq geo. I need all the setback I can get to fit a bike. I ride a 72d STA with a 30mm setback post with a Brooks all the way back. Actually Riv would fit a person who rides a normal 58 on the 54 Hunq.

  • firmanfirdaus

    “A touring bike with massive clearances for mountain bike tires.” Pretty much the same concept with any of Surly’s frame (except Pacer).

    • Except Surly for some reason, have a ridiculously small stack for the reach with the exception of the LHT (due to it’s extended headtube).

    • wyrrk

      Rivendell never claimed to have a monopoly on the off-road touring market, and I don’t think its really fair to compare the two. Especially not to Surly. If you want to draw comparisons draw them between Velo-Orange and Surly, or Bruce Gordon and Rivendell.

    • Ah yes, all those lugged, 1″ threaded, made in the USA and wet paint-equipped Surlys. Come on dude. They are nothing alike.

  • btdubs

    You have to be some kind of crazy beast bike ninja to ride technical trails with friction downtube shifters. I’ve been there. Not for me personally!

  • HoppyPaynts

    Looks fantastic! What rings does he have on the VBC?

  • Ugaitz Etxebarria

    Awesome bike, but I do agree with the guys that say that 10 sp is too much to use with friction shifters, 7 would be ideal IMO!

  • Weston Edwards

    Oooh man, I love everything, except that frayed brake cable. This bike is brand new? what gives?

    • On the front? He probably had to make an adjustment and it got frayed re-clamping. It’s not the end of the world, but pointing it out is like pointing out the hair on a nipple of the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen.

      • Chris Valente

        If this was my site that would be the disqus featured comment!

      • Weston Edwards

        Yeah, you’re right; it’s a tiny imperfection on an otherwise perfect specimen. the cable just made me kinda cringe, that’s all. I guess that imperfection actually makes the photos better, because it shows that this is a *real* bike, ridden by an actual person; not just a showpiece for a photoshoot.

    • Zach Kahl

      have all of your brand new bikes had dirty tires installed when you got them? if so, you are still kind of off the back. if not, then you knew this wasn’t actually “brand new”.

  • Callum James Wrathall

    Which H Plus Son rims are they?

    • TB14

      • Callum James Wrathall

        A customer at the shop I work at was asking about them the other week. I’ve built a few Archetype wheel sets, so I’m looking forward to building with the TB14s.

        • I have a set and love them once the braking surface wears in. For the first week or so, they tend to squeal a lot, especially when humid or wet.

          • Callum James Wrathall

            I built a set of Archetypes last week for my dad. He bought a titanium road frame from a customer at the shop, it’s one of the few frames made by Global before they went bust. It looks great with the black rims and the brushed titanium. I think I might build a set of TB14s for my Kinesis FiveT cross/winter bike.

  • boomforeal

    wow, what a gorgeous bike! i remember being befuddled by the early hunq’s, which seemed like fancy overbuilt clunkers. the bigger wheels make a lot more sense that the original 26s for the bike’s purposes and aesthetics, and the mambas make it look mean as hell. i bet that thing shreds

    • stakx

      Early hunq’s are virtually the same (other than paint scheme, braze ons). Rivendell uses 26s for smaller frames, and 29s for larger frames.

      • boomforeal

        ah, yes, i was thinking of the bombadil (and even then i was wrong!)


    I’m in love and perhaps some lust as well!

  • Chris van der Kaap

    say no more, sweet, rad, ride

  • OMSC
  • Danny B

    Love this bike. Great build. The only thing that I see as a niggle is the brake setup. Paul cantis with std road levers and fat tires are a PITA. Having to deflate the tires AND wind out the barrel adjuster just to remove the wheel shits you to tears. TRP RRLs and/or Hunter Nugz FTW.

    Oh and it it was me I’d be running barcons.

  • Brian Cottrell-Thompson

    You consistently post really beautiful bicycles but I have never spent as much time on any one bike as I have on this. I’m preplanning my mid-life crisis purchase. I absolutely love this bike.

  • Adam Miller

    Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the 58 and 62cm Hunqapillars have an extra tube between the top tube and the down tube (the diagatube)!

  • Chris L

    Big fan of Rivendell Bicycle Works and Grant Petersen. For those who don’t have the financial resources to buy a Hunqapillar, there is now the Velo Orange Camargue. It’s a very similar bike but at 1/4 the cost of the Hunqapillar.

  • lars

    I still come back and look at this killer bike months later. Love it!

  • Jeffrey

    What size is this frame?

  • Would love to see the photos of this bike but they’re not showing. Can you reconnect them pls?

    • Unfortunately, it’s more complicated than that. We’re working on the fix this month.