We use the best method for internal routing in the biz! Revel’s full-carbon tubes are molded in one piece onto the inside of the carbon frame tubes. Not only does this provide structural improvement to the frame, it also allows you to route an entire frame in about a minute. No rattling, no noise, and no fishing cables out of frames. We use these molded guides on all our cables, so prepare to be amazed if you ever need to replace cables or brake lines.
CARBON LAYUP TECH
We use a mix of Japanese Toray T700 and T800 fibers in our frames, but the real magic is in the angles. Most bike frames use a selection of 0-, 45-, and 90-degree fibers, since these are the most readily available and easiest to work with. We optimized our frame using more 30/60-degree fibers, which, when laid up properly, create stronger and stiffer tubing and shapes, using less material.
INTEGRATED REVEL CHAIN GUIDE
Details! We wanted to create a super-stealthy, ultra-effective chain guide. This lil’ guy will hold your chain on your chainring and is super easy to adjust—all while maintaining the simplicity and clean aesthetics we love. Optimized around SRAM DUB cranks and BBs.
CANFIELD BALANCE FORMULA(CBF)
CBF™ focuses on designing rear suspension around the Center of Curvature (CC). Until now, most suspension systems have focused solely on the instant center. CBF points the chain-line and corresponding drive forces around the top of the chainring through 100 percent of the travel. This results in maximum pedaling efficiency regardless of terrain, where you are in the travel, or what kind of power you’re putting down. All the power you put into the pedals goes directly into turning the rear wheel. Allowing the suspension to do its job independently of drivetrain and braking forces makes the sag setting much less critical.
When we first rode the largely-unknown CBF system, we knew it was something special, and we knew we could make the best riding carbon mountain bikes using this magical formula.
CENTER OF CURVATURE
The Canfield brothers stumbled upon the importance of CC after years of designing big-hit, rampage-ready bikes. The instant center constantly shifts throughout the stroke of suspension in multi-link bikes, causing the rear wheel to depart from the perfect-arc rotation that’s known only to single-pivot bikes (which is a less-than-perfect design for most other suspension criteria). However, if you connect the rear axle at any point on its path with the ever-changing instant center, the area where all those lines intersect for the entire range of travel is the center of curvature. On most multi-link bikes, the CC changes location in wild ways as the rear wheel moves through travel, sometimes over an area as large as several square feet.
WELCOME THE CANFIELD BALANCE FORMULA
The patented CBF focuses the CC in a very finite area on the chainline/top of the chainring, pointing the pedaling forces directly where you want them. This creates the most efficient-yet-active pedaling platform possible, completely independent of sag, travel, and both drivetrain and braking forces. We could use lots of words like versatile, smooth, efficient, etc., or we could just suggest that you ride the bike to see how it feels for yourself. You can read some reputable publications’ reviews of our bikes here or find out how to ride a Revel for yourself here or by calling/texting us at 970-456-7336.
Ok, things are about to get nerdy. For those of you that enjoy data and graphs just as much as railing a sweet berm, read onward. But let’s be honest, suspension curves and graphs can only tell us so much about any bike. So geek out here to your heart’s content, but get on a damn Revel and see how it rides for yourself!
WHAT IS LEVERAGE CURVE?
This is the mechanical advantage of the wheel over the shock at a given position in the travel. The goal of each leverage curve is to have softer suspension for small bumps and stiffer suspension for big bumps without making the bike pedal poorly or feel harsh.
WHAT IS ANTI-RISE?
This is the effect of the rear braking forces on the suspension. Low anti-rise means that the suspension will soften and extend when braking, and high anti-rise means the suspension will compress and stiffen. Too low anti-rise will not do a good job counteracting the weight shift from braking, and too high anti-rise will stiffen the suspension to the point of losing traction over bumps.
WHAT IS ANTI-SQUAT?
This is the amount of force pedaling and accelerating has on the suspension. High anti-squat numbers mean that pedaling forces will work to counteract high acceleration squat. Too high an anti-squat means lost traction and feeling “locked out” when pedaling. Too low an anti-rise means the bike will not properly counteract the weight shift from acceleration, which causes unwanted suspension oscillation.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
Here at Revel, our goal is more than simply designing and sharing amazing bikes that we love to ride. And it’s more than merely trying to offer the best customer service and purchasing experience possible. Our higher goal is to go home every day and feel good about ourselves, and that goes one step further – we want to find balance for ourselves and others by making this world a better place by any means we are able.
To that end, we are committed to having the most environmentally-sustainable business we possibly can. We recycle all inbound cardboard and plastic that comes to our office, and we don’t use plastic and paper ware in our office break room. Adding to that, we choose to work with a manufacturer that abides to these principles too. They are committed to recycling scrap carbon, minimizing or eliminating the use of harsh chemicals in the manufacturing process and recycling and disposing of shop items responsibly.