Breaking the mold: The Revel Rover's lateral stiffness and smooth ride
Introducing the Revel Rover, the latest innovation in non-suspended carbon bikes from Revel Bikes, based in Carbondale, Colorado. Unlike other high-end carbon bicycles, the Rover delivers an unrivaled ride quality, which belies its stiff frame. Revel’s CBF suspension has already gained a reputation for its brilliance in the brand's mountain bikes, but the Rover is their first venture into non-suspended carbon bikes.
The Revel Rover is a perfect ride for any terrain, from dusty hardpack to wet muddy winter trails. It's surprisingly smooth and can handle rough gravel effortlessly, making it perfect for even the most challenging terrains. The Rover’s lightweight and lateral stiffness of carbon retain the frame's rigidity while its suspension absorbs all chatter on the roads, making it a unique option in the market.
The Revel Rover carbon fiber frame is built for speed and efficiency. The large diameter down tube and angular cross-section give the bike its lateral stiffness, which adds to the power in the rear wheel. The stout seat stays and fork crown add to the overall stability of the bike. The round seat tube allows for the use of a dropper post. The right side chainstay has a considerable drop to ensure adequate clearance, and the bike comes with a universal derailleur hanger. The paint on the Rover is stunning, with a “Mint Chip” color that is bright and happy without being overbearing.
The Revel Rover is only compatible with single chainring setups, making it perfect for those who prefer single chainring setups. The bike is available in several builds, including ones with the Shimano GRX groupset and SRAM Rival and Red. These builds start at an MSRP of $3,199 and run up to $8,199.
The bike comes in a large frame size and weighs just 19.5 pounds with tubeless tires, making it light and easy to maneuver on any terrain. The Rover is compatible with Revel’s R23 wheels, which use FusionFiber composite, allowing for a smoother ride with its ability to flex. The composite is also recyclable, making it a sustainable option for cyclists who care about the environment.
In conclusion, the Revel Rover breaks the mold on how carbon frames ride, delivering an exceptional ride quality, making it a must-have for any avid cyclist.