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When Mountain Bike Companies Do Gravel Bikes Right: A Revel Rover Review

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When Mountain Bike Companies Do Gravel Bikes Right: A Revel Rover Review

These days, most mountain bike companies have some sort of drop-bar bike in their lineup and, here at The Radavist, we’ve collectively had the opportunity to ride a lot of them. I feel like the impetus for mountain bike brands to develop a drop-bar bike is in direct response to the increasing customer demand for gravel bikes.

When I first saw the prototype Rover, I was intrigued because Revel doesn’t put out shit bikes; but, not being much of a carbon fiber guy, I wasn’t immediately drawn to it. Large-diameter tubing profiles and beefy forks usually imply a chattery, harsh, and stiff ride quality. After riding the Rover on my local digs, though, I was pleasantly surprised. While it’s not without its flaws, the Rover ended up proving my own stereotypes of carbon wrong. Let’s take a closer look below…

Introducing the Revel Rover Gravel Bike

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Introducing the Revel Rover Gravel Bike

We got a sneak peek at Revel’s new Rover Gravel Bike when we were in Carbondale earlier this year and today, the brand launched this capable gravel platform with a series of build options – starting at $2400 for a frame+fork – and in two colors.

The Rover fits in nicely with Revel’s sibling company Why Cycles who offers up titanium gravel bikes a go-go and fills the void for those wanting a carbon chassis Revel is known for.

Specs:
-700c X 50mm tire clearance
-Chainring clearance up to 46T
-5 sizes from Small-XXL
-Our two most popular Revel colors Mint and T-1000
-Threaded bottom bracket
-Our custom fork, painted to match
-Headset, seat collar, front and rear axles included with frameset.
-Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH)
-Lifetime warranty
-Complete bikes available with Shimano GRX and SRAM group sets
-Available to ship 2/15/22
-MSRP – Frameset: $2400 Complete builds: $3999 for SRAM Rival kit/ $4600 for GRX/$8199 for SRAM Red AXS

Why Cycles and Revel Bikes are Hiring!

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Why Cycles and Revel Bikes are Hiring!

Why Cycles and Revel Bikes, one of the quickest growing bike companies in the US, are hiring for full-time work in its Carbondale, Colorado facility. This is one of the coolest companies we’ve profiled over the years, run by people who enjoy the outdoor opportunities the Western Slope of Colorado offers. Current positions they’re hiring for are:
-bike assembler
-design engineer
-order pick/packer
-inventory clerk
-customer service
-inventory/purchasing manager

Check out our Inside/Out Shop Visit at Revel and Why in our Related Archives below and email Revel/Why for more information.

Revel’s RW23 Fusion-Fiber Gravel Rims

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Revel’s RW23 Fusion-Fiber Gravel Rims

Lighter, stronger, made in America and 100% recyclable thanks to Fusion-Fiber. There are no environmentally harmful or brittle epoxy in this carbon- it is a toughened, high-performance composite polymer that makes for a significantly more durable, and lighter wheel. Revel took this technology and made the RW23, their first gravel wheels with a 23mm internal width, 24 or 28 Hole, and available as a wheelset or rims. Head to Revel to read more.

Revel Bikes Got Some Rails in Stock!

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Revel Bikes Got Some Rails in Stock!

2021 is the year of bicycle shortages but our friends at Revel have some good news: they have a full run of Revel Rails in stock. All sizes, all colors, all in stock. Head on over to Revel now if you’ve been chomping at the bit to throw your leg over one of these awesome bikes.

Don’t know who Revel is? Check out our Shop Visit and more in the Related column below!

Revel and Skida Team Up To Give Away a Rascal Frame

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Revel and Skida Team Up To Give Away a Rascal Frame

Revel Bikes, who we just did a Shop Visit with, partnered with Skida yet again to bring you another one-of-a-kind, custom wrapped frame! Unlike the past two collaborations that were made for team riders Lani Bruntz and Corinne Prevot, this Rascal frame will be available to one lucky winner. It is free to enter and the winner can choose the size frame they need.

You can enter to win this bike for the entire month of June and the winner will be selected July 6.

Do so now at Revel!

Inside / Out at Why Cycles and Revel Bikes: A ‘Reel’ Good Time in Carbondale, Colorado

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Inside / Out at Why Cycles and Revel Bikes: A ‘Reel’ Good Time in Carbondale, Colorado

It’s not often that I have to buy a fishing permit to do a Shop Visit but when Why Cycles and Revel Bikes offered up a good time riding and fishing in and around the Western Slope city of Carbondale, Colorado, I couldn’t resist the offer. The collision of outdoor activities is my favorite and knowing a whole weekend of mountain biking and fly fishing awaited me, I was eager to see how it would play out, all while learning about the brands the entire bike industry seemed to be talking about…

Revel Returns with a Love Your Brain Edition Purple Rascal

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Revel Returns with a Love Your Brain Edition Purple Rascal

2021 ain’t exactly an easy year to get your grubby mitts on a bike, much less a mountain bike but Revel has your back… er brain.

Revel is expanding its color selection yet again. Back in October Revel launched a second fundraiser for LoveYourBrain. Perhaps you recall? Well, they received a ton of requests to make a LYB purple ranger and here it is. In stock and shipping today from Revel Bikes for $3,699 as a frame or with multiple build kits. Head to Revel to check it out.

Revel Bikes: New XC RW27 Wheels

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Revel Bikes: New XC RW27 Wheels

The RW27 is the narrower and lighter sibling to Revel’s groundbreaking RW30 wheelset. Think of them as a lighter and zippier wheelset for XC or riding where the terrain doesn’t demand stouter wheels. These wheels are made in the United States from the revolutionary “FusionFiber” material, which replaces resin with a nylon-like material. It combined with German and Japanese fibers results in a rim that is 100% recyclable. The RW27 offers the same flex as the RW30, but is 50g lighter.

-27mm width
-29” rim diameter
-Available in 28H or 32H drilling
-Complete wheels or rim only
-Wheelsets available with 28H Industry 9 Hydra (1740g) or 1/1 hub (1770g) options
-XD or Microspline driver body options
-ERD: 592
-Rim depth 35mm
-Rim only weight: 430g
-Lifetime warranty
-Rim is recyclable FusionFiber material
-Recommended tire width 2.2-2.5”
-Rim only $699 – i9 1/1 wheelset $1975 – i9 Hydra wheelset

See more at Revel.

Glorious CDT Singletrack on the Hopewell Gold Loop

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Glorious CDT Singletrack on the Hopewell Gold Loop

With New Mexico’s pandemic protocol still on lockdown and new restrictions rolling in each week, we’ve been looking to our backyard of Northern New Mexico for quick-n-easy jaunts to break the monotony of riding the same ol’ trails in our home town of Santa Fe. Our most recent outing brought a small group of us up to the Hopewell Lake region of the Continental Divide Trail for a short but sweet singletrack ride and fire road climb through tunnels of golden changing leaves. Read on for some notes on beautiful autumn riding…

Win a Purple Revel Rascal by Supporting Love Your Brain

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Win a Purple Revel Rascal by Supporting Love Your Brain

More than 3 million people in the US and Canada experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Revel is partnering up with Love Your Brain to improve their lives…

Every $5 donation to this campaign gets you one chance to win this custom-painted Rascal, built with quite the kit.

More about Love Your Brain:

Love Your Brain is a nonprofit on a mission to improve the lives of people affected by traumatic brain injury. We’ve teamed up with Revel Bikes because we believe:

-Through awareness and mindfulness, people are best equipped to make brain-healthy decisions (like wearing helmets when riding bikes!)
-When a TBI does occur, people affected need a supportive and compassionate community
-The experience of TBI is complex, unique, and often misunderstood, and needs to be seen, recognized, and supported by all

Donate $5 to be entered to win this Ranger at Love Your Brain.

Revel’s New Ranger Scouts the Backcountry Trails

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Revel’s New Ranger Scouts the Backcountry Trails

Revel’s new Ranger XC bike is a lighter and snappier version of its big sibling, the Rascal. Designed around a 29×2.6″ or 27.5×2.8″ wheelset, the Ranger is a 120mm front and 115mm rear travel bike, build on a CBF-engineered chassis. Think lightweight but still capable. The Ranger comes in three build kits, ranging from $4,999 to $9,999 and a frameset, which is priced at $2,799. You can pre-order now at Revel with a mid-July delivery estimate. See more at Revel.

Specs:
-Wheel Size 29″
-Front Travel 120mm
-Rear Travel 115mm
-Shock Spec 190 x 45-22.2 x 8 Hardware Spec
-Boost Axles 148mm rear / 110mm front
-Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm (use our size guide to choose the best dropper height!)
-Bearings: BOLU 6801 VRS full complement, 12mm x 21mm x 5mm 6pcs per bike
BOLU 6901 VRS full complement, 12mm x 24mm x 6mm 12pcs per bike
-Rear Brake 160mm post mount / 180mm max
-Tire Clearance 29″ x 2.6″ or 27.5″ x 2.8″
-Bottom Bracket Threaded (73mm English threaded)
-Chainguide Custom Revel guide included
-Tapered Headtube IS42 upper / IS52 lower
-Colors Johnny Green Jeans / De La Coal
-Sizes S / M / L / XL
-Frame Warranty Lifetime Warranty

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Revel Bikes’ Fusion-Fiber Recyclable Wheels!

CSS Composites has been working on new recyclable carbon technology dubbed Fusion-Fiber for some time now and have partnered with Revel Bikes to produce their new US-made wheels! What differentiates these wheels from other offerings is that the material is 100% recyclable. Not 1%, not 10%, 100%! This is huge when you consider how much carbon material is thrown away!

This technology inspired Revel to produce their first-ever rim, the RW30.

Revel has rims and wheels available now in 27.5 and 29”. The RW30 is an enduro/trail-rated rim. The 27.5 rim weighs 440 grams and the 29er weighs 470 grams. Of course, Revel worked with their good friends at Industry Nine, and all complete Revel wheels will be built with their hubs. Wheels are available with 1/1 or Hydra hubs and Sapim D-light spokes.

Rims retail for $700 each, 1/1 complete wheels are $1975 and Hydra complete wheels are $2200.