Our Reader’s Rig of the week comes from Andrew Nepsund of Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who shares the 2019 Rivendell Atlantis he recently built up for ramblin’ around the Midwest. Learn more about Andrew and his bike here…

Words and photos by Andrew Nepsund (@andrew_nepsund)

Hey, I’m Andrew! I’m from Minneapolis, MN. I’m a dad to Emmett Leroy, a partner to Brenda, a fly fisherman, a rambler, a film photography enthusiast, and a coffee outside nerd. I work at Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop here in South Minneapolis.

Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund

On any given day, you’ll find me in the Minnesota River Bottoms on my Northern Frameworks gravel bike, local singletrack on my Krampus, and most often, boppin’ around on this here Rivendell Atlantis with too many cameras in my basket and probably a lot of other unnecessary but necessary things.

  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund
  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund

I bought this bike a few months ago from a friend of a friend. I had just sold a Salsa Cutthroat bikepacking rig and was looking for something that fit my changing philosophy on bikes (maybe I’ve been drinking the Grant Peterson Koolaid a little bit). My good bud Eric mentioned he knew of an Atlantis for sale, and when I saw it, I knew it was the one.

Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund
  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund
  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund
  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund
  • Frame/Fork 2019 Rivendell Atlantis – 56cm
  • Rims Velocity Cliffhanger
  • Hubs Shimano Deore
  • Tires Ultradynamico Mars 27.5×2.22? Robusto
  • Handlebars Riv Tosco 60cm
  • Headset FSA
  • Crankset Riv Silver Triple
  • Pedals MKS Gamma
  • Cassette Shimano 9-Speed 12-36
  • Derailleurs Shimano Sora Triple (front) / Shimano Deore (rear)
  • Brakes Shimano Deore V-Brakes
  • Brake Levers Paul Compact Love Levers
  • Shifter(s) Shimano Dura-Ace bar-end shifters on Paul Thumbies
  • Saddle Brooks B17 Black
  • Seatpost A cheap silver one
  • Stem Nitto Tallux 100mm
  • Basket Bag Hungry Bags Fancy Tote 139
  • Panniers Mismatched Swift Industries Jr Ranger Panniers
  • Rear bags Carradice Camper Longflap Saddlebag
  • Accessory bags Swift Industries Rando Pocket
  • Rack Nitto 34f Big Front rack
  • Other accessories Randi Jo B17 Waxed Canvas saddle cover, Blue Lug Koma Taillight, Pletscher double kickstand

Eight years prior, working at a different shop, there was an older couple who would bring in their Atlantis’s for yearly maintenance. I would swoon over them every time they came in and swore someday I’d hop on the Riv train. It has lived up to my hopes so far and exceeded expectations in many ways. It’s just downright fun. It makes mellow Midwest singletrack and river trails feel absolutely wild, and it’s a constant reminder to slow down, enjoy the world around you, and bring stuff along that makes you happy.

  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund
  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund

I owe a lot to Eric for helping me find this bike and for being a fellow Riv Bike Ramble Jamble buddy! It’s always fun to have a friend to go slow with. Next time you see this bike, it’ll probably have a Burley or a Yepp seat attached. Hope to see ya out riding!

  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund
  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund
  • Rivendell Atlantis, Andrew Nepsund

You can see more from Andrew on Instagram @andrew_nepsund.

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