I have had one since January of 2011 and am absolutely overwhelmed at the comfort, durability and performance of the bike. Rivendell is a small iconclastic company which continues producing beautiful lugged steel bikes. Despite the growing popularity of other materials and, most importantly, the American obsession with lightness, speed and competition in cycling, Rivendell produces bikes that are practical for everyday use and comfortable to ride all day, day after day.
Grant Peterson, the owner/designer, is referred to as a chronic retro-grouch, a fool and a genius. I don't know that anything is true except that he produces really comfortable beautiful bikes. The Hunqapillar is exactly that. I've ridden as much as10 hours in the saddle in one day and woke up the next morning without an ache or pain anywhere, except some seriously recovering quads. That is a comfortable bike.
Nicknamed the"Wooly Mammoth Bicycle" there is no pretense at speed or lightness. This bike is made of heavy gauge Kaisei 8630 tubing and it's not one for the spandex hamster. Meant for fully loaded touring off and on road, this bike exceeds any expectations I had. I've made over 1000 miles of fully loaded trips on it this first summer and couldn't be happier.
I'm 15 pounds overweight right now and this bike takes my 230 lb build plus 30-40 lbs of gear and doesn't even groan about it. Don't let the weight scare you from this bike, it's functional. You'll notice the weight on climbs--like immediately, so a triple crank is just about necessary. Even though you just don't speed around on this guy, it handles like a quick, sure footed mountain bike with the comfort of a touring rig.
The only downside to the weight is that I have worn out two sets of brake shoes, a chain and, are you ready, broke the kickstand plate. Rivendell was great about replacing the plate, offered to repair it, but I decided to have the plate replaced locally rather than part with the bike. Honestly I think I was a little negligent in not trimming down the kickstand legs right away. The additional weight coupled with the added leverage of the longer legs was more than the kickstand plate was designed to handle. Grant suggested on his Blug that the kickstand plates which had broken were likely the result of somebody sitting on the bike while on the stand. I don't know about the other guy, but I didn't do it!
Rivendell gets a lot of criticism for being an expensive version of a Craigslist vintage bike. Those critics have never looked beyond the lugwork. The geometry is no gimmick. The lower bottom bracket, longish chainstays, shallow seat tube and sloping top tube are hardly classic. They result in real comfort.
If I ever had to be down to just one bike, this would be the one.