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    I broke into it a bit on page 2. Hopefully some of it is helpful for you. If you get a new wheel set please share! Cheers.
    Oh wow I guess I completely overlooked it. Will do chief!

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    In my quest to continue lightening up the Revel 1, I've moved to the wheels/tires. I am using the front wheel as the test and try to narrow down the heaviest components and what can make the most drastic improvement.

    Giant Sport Double Wall CR70 wheel, Giant Sport 29x2.1 tires, factory 29" tube, Tektro 160mm rotor, factory Giant skewer
    TOTAL: 2,411 grams

    Skewer: 56 grams
    Rotor and T25 bolts: 137 grams
    Tube: 223 grams
    Wheel: 1,164 grams
    Tire: 810 grams


    I see the total versus the subtotals don't exactly add up, +/- 20 grams, but it is close enough. The goal is to continue shaving weight from the heavy revel and increase performance while not breaking the bank, as the bike is entry level. Looking at the results I cannot justify spending too much on the skewers, rotors maybe replaced with a new brake kit entirely. Obviously that leaves the wheels and tires. The greatest weight difference will likely be found with new wheels, however that will also be one of the most expensive upgrades. I am going to begin there and shoot for the 600 gram mark and I should be able to get tubes that are half the weight. Maybe I can stumble across some clearance wheels that make sense down the road.
    That's 1,164 grams total with rotor and cassette? Both tires?

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    Reason I ask, is because I wanna see if this set I had my eyes set upon would be an lighter upgrade and not wasted.
    Shimano WH-MT55*is the set. I would need a fork with 15mm thru axle if I went this route.

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ID:	874025no it is not, I only used the front wheel as a test so the rear would weigh just a bit more with the extra hub space for the cassette.

    Side note, good news and bad news. Good news is I actually DID end up finally buying a FS 29er. I went with a clearance 2013 Trek Rumblefish with 120mm travel. Bad news is that officially means my Revel is for sale. Right now it is for the entire bike but if there are no hits I would be willing to part out and give some of you fine folks excellent upgrades and very good prices. I'm hoping the whole bike goes but if not I will come back and offer my aftermarket parts. Cheers all.

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    @cooling, congrats on the Rumblefish! Have fun with it.

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    Another pic of my revel with new carbon bottle cage and seat bag

    enjoy...
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    Beautiful weather here today in NJ.. can't wait to ride the trails. Plan to tune up the Revel this weekend. Just waiting for my brake bleed kit to come in.

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    My first non Wal-Mart bike =) 2014 Revel 29er. Just a week old and I can't wait to start upgrading it.

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    I'm ready to get this season started.
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    nice.... good luck

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    Hey everybody, new Revel owner here, living in South Korea. I just bought my Revel 1 a few weeks ago. Yesterday I did some decently technical downhill stuff and I suppose the bike did ok. I fell off a few times but then I was told that for downhill I needed to drop the seatpost and that made all the difference in the world. Obviously I'm a noob.

    So far I can tell I need to get some better tires for downhill and XC riding. I've replaced the pedals to some Giant brand metal flats for some better grip.

    Any other upgrades anybody would recommend? It seems the fork is a popular upgrade but i'm not sure it will be easy to find a fork compatible with v-brakes.

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    All New 2014 Rock Shox XC32TK Solo Air 100mm 26" Fork 9QR Crown Mounted Disc | eBay

    Would this be compatible with my Revel 1? It looks like it's ok with v-brakes, right?

    I don't know what else to look for with compatibility. I know it has 100MM travel which is good but beyond that I don't know what measurements.

    And if it fits, any opinions on this fork?

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    Re: Revel Thread

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    All New 2014 Rock Shox XC32TK Solo Air 100mm 26" Fork 9QR Crown Mounted Disc | eBay

    Would this be compatible with my Revel 1? It looks like it's ok with v-brakes, right?

    I don't know what else to look for with compatibility. I know it has 100MM travel which is good but beyond that I don't know what measurements.

    And if it fits, any opinions on this fork?
    Yes, it's a good upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infes7 View Post
    Yes, it's a good upgrade.

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    It's looking like the fork might be my first upgrade.

    Another question for everybody. As far as upgrades go, I'm looking at doing the following:

    New fork (Rockshox v-brake compatible of some sort most likely)
    Shorter stem (50mm or 60mm)
    Wider Handlebars (currently at around 670mm, want to go to 700mm or so)
    New tires (Thinking Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25x26")
    New grips (ODI ruffian or rogue perhaps)
    Better saddle of some sort

    I've already upgraded the pedals from the stock plastic crappy ones. I'm thinking a bike with these upgrades would be a fairly decent bike for somebody who is still a beginner. Anymore upgrades to the drivetrain, wheels, brakes, etc. would be cost prohibitive IMO compared to the value of the bike. I figure once I get to where this bike still isn't enough then it will finally be time to upgrade to a nicer ride.

    Thoughts?

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    Re: Revel Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by kmartinkc View Post
    It's looking like the fork might be my first upgrade.

    Another question for everybody. As far as upgrades go, I'm looking at doing the following:

    New fork (Rockshox v-brake compatible of some sort most likely)
    Shorter stem (50mm or 60mm)
    Wider Handlebars (currently at around 670mm, want to go to 700mm or so)
    New tires (Thinking Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25x26")
    New grips (ODI ruffian or rogue perhaps)
    Better saddle of some sort

    I've already upgraded the pedals from the stock plastic crappy ones. I'm thinking a bike with these upgrades would be a fairly decent bike for somebody who is still a beginner. Anymore upgrades to the drivetrain, wheels, brakes, etc. would be cost prohibitive IMO compared to the value of the bike. I figure once I get to where this bike still isn't enough then it will finally be time to upgrade to a nicer ride.

    Thoughts?
    I have the nobby nic up front and racing ralph in the rear. Great combo for the area I ride in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infes7 View Post
    I have the nobby nic up front and racing ralph in the rear. Great combo for the area I ride in.

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    I was thinking of going with Schwabe as they are pretty popular here in Korea but then I was alerted to a huge sale on Intense tires on Jenson USA - Online mountain & road bike parts, clothing and accessories shop. I bought an Intense Edge 26" 2.35 DH tire and Intense 909 26" 2.35 DH tire combo.

    The sales were so good that I ended up also buying a Race Face 60mm stem, ODI flight control 700mm handlebars, and ODI ruffian lock-on grips.

    Next up looks like a new saddle. I think I'll give the fork a little while before I upgrade it.

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    Since the weather has gotten nice out, I've been back on my Revel. I'm still a noob to modding mtn bikes but so far I feel this has been a great platform to start with. I've abused it thoroughly and it's held up great. My biggest complaint is the forks and the brakes. I'd like to get a nice set of Rock Shox for it. Without taking my bike apart, I was hoping someone could tell me if I need the tapered or straight stem? Is there anything else I'd need to do the swap? As far as the brakes go, I'd love some recommendations. I know hydraulic disc would be the best so what are some entry level systems I can check out? Can I reuse my stock rotors or will they need upgraded to? Many thanks!

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    You need a 1-1/8" straight stem and the only other thing you will need is a new star nut.

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    You will need a tube cutter if you don't already have one. You can get it at a plumbing supply store or home depot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    You need a 1-1/8" straight stem and the only other thing you will need is a new star nut.

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    Cool, the star nut to bolt the top cap to correct? I have a cutter, so I'm good there. Thanks a bunch!

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    Right. They are about $5. Just tap it by sliding a screwdriver through it and tap it with a hammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelate1 View Post
    Since the weather has gotten nice out, I've been back on my Revel. I'm still a noob to modding mtn bikes but so far I feel this has been a great platform to start with. I've abused it thoroughly and it's held up great. My biggest complaint is the forks and the brakes. I'd like to get a nice set of Rock Shox for it. Without taking my bike apart, I was hoping someone could tell me if I need the tapered or straight stem? Is there anything else I'd need to do the swap? As far as the brakes go, I'd love some recommendations. I know hydraulic disc would be the best so what are some entry level systems I can check out? Can I reuse my stock rotors or will they need upgraded to? Many thanks!
    The fork was the first thing I upgraded on my 2013 Revel 29er after I had first ridden trails for a few months. I purchased the Rockshox Recon Silver TK and it was night and day a different bike. I see now they have a 30 Gold TK. That looks to be a great deal. Unfortunately upgrading the fork on a $550 bike to a fork that makes a noticeable difference is expensive...but well worth it. You are making a good choice by going with the fork first. After that, things like lighter and better tires, carbon handle bars / seatpost, etc are much cheaper upgrades that still make a very noticeable difference. You can look on craigslist also for a wheelset upgrade. A lot of riders have expensive wheels and when they purchase a new bike, take off the ones that came with them and sell them for cheap...those can be a great steal for your Revel. Fork and wheelset are the biggest upgrade for that bike. I spent around $650 on upgrades on that Revel and it rode better than a friends Trek Cobia which was significantly more expensive. The downside of upgrading a bike like the Revel is when you get to the drivetrain. That is where the main limitations are on this level bike and upgrading the drivetrain is very expensive. But in terms of handling it will be like a new bike. As far as the brakes I noticed a difference in better brakes but was fine with the ones that came on my Revel. They would have eventually been upgraded but the sight of drivetrain upgrade costs (derailleurs, cassette, crank, etc) made me sell that bike and by a higher-end bike. I still ride that Revel since I sold it to a friend and I must say, it is a really nice ride, but you really notice the difference with higher end drive trains. I am not an advanced rider but this was my experience with the Revel and upgrading it. Have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick5587 View Post
    The fork was the first thing I upgraded on my 2013 Revel 29er after I had first ridden trails for a few months. I purchased the Rockshox Recon Silver TK and it was night and day a different bike. I see now they have a 30 Gold TK. That looks to be a great deal. Unfortunately upgrading the fork on a $550 bike to a fork that makes a noticeable difference is expensive...but well worth it. You are making a good choice by going with the fork first. After that, things like lighter and better tires, carbon handle bars / seatpost, etc are much cheaper upgrades that still make a very noticeable difference. You can look on craigslist also for a wheelset upgrade. A lot of riders have expensive wheels and when they purchase a new bike, take off the ones that came with them and sell them for cheap...those can be a great steal for your Revel. Fork and wheelset are the biggest upgrade for that bike. I spent around $650 on upgrades on that Revel and it rode better than a friends Trek Cobia which was significantly more expensive. The downside of upgrading a bike like the Revel is when you get to the drivetrain. That is where the main limitations are on this level bike and upgrading the drivetrain is very expensive. But in terms of handling it will be like a new bike. As far as the brakes I noticed a difference in better brakes but was fine with the ones that came on my Revel. They would have eventually been upgraded but the sight of drivetrain upgrade costs (derailleurs, cassette, crank, etc) made me sell that bike and by a higher-end bike. I still ride that Revel since I sold it to a friend and I must say, it is a really nice ride, but you really notice the difference with higher end drive trains. I am not an advanced rider but this was my experience with the Revel and upgrading it. Have fun.
    Pretty much my thoughts so far, especially on the drivetrain. I wanted to make sure I'd stick with the sport before spending more than $600 on a bike. Is there anything I could do to the stock brakes to help them perform better? Thanks for the insight!

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    Get the Avid Speed Dial 7 Levers. They make a huge difference. I got mine for $15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    Get the Avid Speed Dial 7 Levers. They make a huge difference. I got mine for $15.

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    Great, thanks. I just ordered a set!

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    Re: Revel Thread

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    Since the weather has gotten nice out, I've been back on my Revel. I'm still a noob to modding mtn bikes but so far I feel this has been a great platform to start with. I've abused it thoroughly and it's held up great. My biggest complaint is the forks and the brakes. I'd like to get a nice set of Rock Shox for it. Without taking my bike apart, I was hoping someone could tell me if I need the tapered or straight stem? Is there anything else I'd need to do the swap? As far as the brakes go, I'd love some recommendations. I know hydraulic disc would be the best so what are some entry level systems I can check out? Can I reuse my stock rotors or will they need upgraded to? Many thanks!
    Went not go through the suntour upgrade program, you can acquire a raidon air shock. $200, from what I hear it equals the rockshox recon silver.

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    Revel 1 29er 2014 All Stock

    My all stock - 2014 Revel 1 29er

    Next is to upgrade the pedals, saddle, Shimano brakes ( will use Jagwire Orange Color).

    I'll gonna use the stock fork of Revel until it retires.



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    Just upgraded the stock handlebar and stem to a Crank Brothers Iodine Stem and Handlebar. The stem is 65mm and the handlebar is 700mm. I couldn't believe the weight difference between the stock components and the new ones. I don't know the numbers but it was easily noticeable in my hands.

    Next up is upgrading to Avid SD 7 v-brakes with the Avid brake levers. I had considered upgrading to disc brakes but from everywhere I read the SD 7 brakes are pretty damn good so I'll go the budget route with this bike. Afterwards I'm thinking a Manitou Match Comp or a Manitou R7 fork.

    Also for where I ride a dropper seatpost seems to be a necessity.

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    wow, didn't know there's a thread for revel. i own a revel 0 ltd 26er 2013, bought it in april of last year. but been brutally abusing my revel since end of august. overall the bike is great, am loving every second spent on it. did a few upgrades on the bike, will be posting the picture soon.

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    I was just tinkering around with changing to a slacker headset on my bike, anybody know if that's possible on this bike? I have come across this Cane Creek headset. Any idea if it will fit the revel?

    https://www.blueskycycling.com/produ...ck-Headset.htm

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    Re: Revel Thread

    My revel 0

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    Hello. I'm new member on this forum. I have been observing it for a while and now when I bought my 2013 Revel 1 I decided to join in. Your posts and upgrades are inspiration for me. Revel 1 is my first XC bike mainly because I was previously (and still am) enjoying bmx, street and dirt ride. Here's pic of my stock Revel, tomorrow I will change pedals and grips. Fork and handlebar upgrade are to follow soon.
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    change the fork !! thrust me
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    Quote Originally Posted by monchorevel View Post
    change the fork !! thrust me
    Yeah, I'm ready thinking about it. I wanted to buy maybe rock shox xc30 or 32. Do you think it will be good? I heard that for this price the fork is quite good. If not what would you recommend? Btw, your bike looks sick! Great job!

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    I have the rock shox reba, this fork is very good. The Fox is good too but expensive $$. If you want a good fork but economical the suntour epicon is very good. The weight of the fork is important to me because the giant revel is a little heavy bike and the original fork is very heavy +/- 6 pounds. Find a fork under 1700 grms for saving +/- 3 pounds of your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monchorevel View Post
    I have the rock shox reba, this fork is very good. The Fox is good too but expensive $$. If you want a good fork but economical the suntour epicon is very good. The weight of the fork is important to me because the giant revel is a little heavy bike and the original fork is very heavy +/- 6 pounds. Find a fork under 1700 grms for saving +/- 3 pounds of your bike.
    Thanks for advice. As I said I have already changed pedals and grips, I have choosen platforms because I'm really familiar with them and I like those a lot. Grips with lock-on. Revel Thread-img_9502a.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by monchorevel View Post
    I have the rock shox reba, this fork is very good. The Fox is good too but expensive $$. If you want a good fork but economical the suntour epicon is very good. The weight of the fork is important to me because the giant revel is a little heavy bike and the original fork is very heavy +/- 6 pounds. Find a fork under 1700 grms for saving +/- 3 pounds of your bike.
    Ive been very pleased with my Suntour Epicon. Over 200 miles on it already and it still feels like new. I bumped it up to 140mm internally and it has performed flawlessly. If I had to buy another fork, for the price, the Suntour Epicon can't be beaten.

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    Guys I just want to ask if I can use my all stock Giant Revel 1 29er 2014 model for dirt jumps? Thanks!

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    The stock fork is not up for it. Mine died after a few months just trail riding in New England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    The stock fork is not up for it. Mine died after a few months just trail riding in New England.

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    What fork did you use after changing the stock one? Do you just go on trails and off road? I want to set up for a little bit of dirt jumping Revel. What advice can you give me? Thanks!

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    I wanted to get a RS Reba but didn't want to spend the cash. After a bunch of research I decided to go with the Manitou Minute Expert. I've been real happy with the fork. If you are really going to jump it I think you should be looking at a 15mm thru axle.

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    I see.. Thanks eff. Also I am considering to change for an XT Groupset. G Revel 1 29er 2014 is too heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SQUIRRELSHOOTR View Post
    Ive been very pleased with my Suntour Epicon. Over 200 miles on it already and it still feels like new. I bumped it up to 140mm internally and it has performed flawlessly. If I had to buy another fork, for the price, the Suntour Epicon can't be beaten.
    Hi SquirrelS can you help me out with the specs for your epicon fork? Mine is a 2014 29er revel 1 and thinking of changing out fork in the near future. I'm still not very versed on specs and havent found out what size, tapered, etc. would be the correct fit. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ysalido View Post
    Hi SquirrelS can you help me out with the specs for your epicon fork? Mine is a 2014 29er revel 1 and thinking of changing out fork in the near future. I'm still not very versed on specs and havent found out what size, tapered, etc. would be the correct fit. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    My fork is for a 26er. You need a 29er fork with a non tapered head tube. I'm not really sure what Suntour offers that meets those requirements.

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    I got a great deal ($110) on a Rockshox Recon Silver TK Solo Air tapered fork. I know that the headset on my Revel 29er isn't tapered but felt the fork was too good of a deal to pass up, thinking worse case I could eBay it. I'm currently on the stock Suntour fork.

    I approached my LBS about installation but was told that this fork isn't compatible at all with my headset. I asked if something from Cane Creek would allow the fork to fit but no one at the shop seemed certain.

    I've looked at the Headset Fit Finder on Cane Creeks website but am unsure of what I'm looking for exactly. Is this completely impossible? If it is possible what exactly would I need to make it work?

    Thanks for the help in advance. All of this is very new to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanqu1sh View Post
    I got a great deal ($110) on a Rockshox Recon Silver TK Solo Air tapered fork. I know that the headset on my Revel 29er isn't tapered but felt the fork was too good of a deal to pass up, thinking worse case I could eBay it. I'm currently on the stock Suntour fork.

    I approached my LBS about installation but was told that this fork isn't compatible at all with my headset. I asked if something from Cane Creek would allow the fork to fit but no one at the shop seemed certain.

    I've looked at the Headset Fit Finder on Cane Creeks website but am unsure of what I'm looking for exactly. Is this completely impossible? If it is possible what exactly would I need to make it work?

    Thanks for the help in advance. All of this is very new to me.
    It seems like I remember reading about a headset that would allow a tapered fork to work in a non tapered head tube, but I've never read about anything that does the opposite. You might want to try and find a headset reducer. The steerer tube on non tapered forks is 1 1/8 and the tapered head tubes start at 1 1/5 and then taper to 1 1/8 at the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SQUIRRELSHOOTR View Post
    It seems like I remember reading about a headset that would allow a tapered fork to work in a non tapered head tube, but I've never read about anything that does the opposite. You might want to try and find a headset reducer. The steerer tube on non tapered forks is 1 1/8 and the tapered head tubes start at 1 1/5 and then taper to 1 1/8 at the top.
    Thanks for the reply. I ran across this guy on youtube that made it work but I can't really tell what all he used in the video or what exactly I would need to order. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91ps1jxFMjY

    Can anyone tell?

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    Hey guys,

    First post here but I've been lurking quite a bit on and off.....

    Got a 2013 revel 3 frame for free from a local guy but it's missing a few things that I plan to upgrade.

    Long story short, I need front and rear wheels/hubs. Can anyone help with what hubs/skewers I need for the rear dropouts. I'm planning on upgrading the fork which I see will dictate what front hub I need. Thanks for any help! Will post some pics when I'm closer to being done with it!

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    I just want to share my new epicon fork and new set of pedals to match the color of the fork. Next is to change the groupset.




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    Any good groupset suggestions for Revel 29er? Thanks!

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    Hi folks,

    So my son is using a Revel 2 2014 and he's accident prone on trails and teeter totters. The last time off the teeter totter lost him the plastic "chainguard" off the crankset. And then two weekends later, after we figured it wasn't really necessary, he took a header off a berm but somehow managed to gouge 4 holes into the back of his calf on the chain side. So now I'm thinking maybe an aftermarket bashguard is in order...but as far as I can tell the crankset isn't designed to accept aftermarket guards?

    Has anyone replaced their bashguard on the Suntour NEX that comes with the bike or do I need to look at replacing the whole crankset...and if so, any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medicius View Post
    Hi folks,

    So my son is using a Revel 2 2014 and he's accident prone on trails and teeter totters. The last time off the teeter totter lost him the plastic "chainguard" off the crankset. And then two weekends later, after we figured it wasn't really necessary, he took a header off a berm but somehow managed to gouge 4 holes into the back of his calf on the chain side. So now I'm thinking maybe an aftermarket bashguard is in order...but as far as I can tell the crankset isn't designed to accept aftermarket guards?

    Has anyone replaced their bashguard on the Suntour NEX that comes with the bike or do I need to look at replacing the whole crankset...and if so, any recommendations?
    Not sure what the specs for the Suntour Nex are, but if you can find the size of the second and third chainrings, you can buy a a bashring that is smaller than the third/biggest chain ring and slightly larger than the middle chainring. Then you just simply unbolt the biggest chainring and replace it with the bashring. That's what I did on my Giant.

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    Hello. I bought a new Revel 29er a couple of weeks ago. I been riding the heck out of it here in Winder, Ga at Fort Yargo. I'm looking for a better set of tires. At least one with better grip for the rear. I'm thinking about the Panaracer Comet Hardpack. I'm looking to stay the same size as the stock tire. Any suggestions on a good tire? Don't really need a velociraptor type, just something a little better for those uphill climbs on pine needles and leaves.

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    Thanks SquirrelSHO. So if I stay with that crankset then I'm looking at removing the 3rd chainring. Otherwise I need to find a new crankset, maybe one that has a built in metal version.

    While I don't think my son uses his third chainring, I can't say for sure. I'm hesitant to remove it if he likes using that gearing for riding around town. So it sounds like my only option would be to replace the crankset. They seem pretty inexpensive to get into a removable guard so that may be the best bet.

    Thanks again for the response,

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    Revel 0 29er

    Had my Revel for almost 2 years now and just decided to make an account and post my build. I've used mtbr.com and this thread for ideas/inspirations since I purchased the bike. Just would like to give credit to all the members who post their own which has helped me in building up my bike.

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    Shimano M615 Brakes 180/160mm rotors
    RaceFace Evolve Stem 70mm
    Forte Bars 720mm
    Forte Seat Post
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    Nuke Proof Electron Pedals
    RaceFace Strafe Lock-on Grips
    Cane Creek 40 series Headset
    1x9 w/ RaceFace NW 32t Chainring
    Origin 8 Top Chain Guide
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    Just picked up my Revel 29er on Saturday. Took her out today on a ride before the super bowl. Love the bike. Just glad to have it. Plan on upgrading but will take time as budget allows. In the meantime I'm just gonna ride it!!!Revel Thread-img_1417.jpg

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    Giant 29er Bike

    Would you guys say this is a good deal? This is a 29er right? I've seen some specs online, including Giants website, saying this model is a 26er? I wanted to clear this up since I really want a 29er and this seems like the best deal I've seen in awhile.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redforce View Post
    Just picked up my Revel 29er on Saturday. Took her out today on a ride before the super bowl. Love the bike. Just glad to have it. Plan on upgrading but will take time as budget allows. In the meantime I'm just gonna ride it!!!Click image for larger version. 

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    I just bought this bike for my son. There are two upgrades that I would like to make to the bike. One is immediate and one is over time.
    The first one is to put on a RockShox XC30Tk Fork. I have not found any information on the steerer though. The fork that I am looking at is 1 1/8". Will this work for the 2012 Revel 29er? Also, I would like to change it to a 100mm travel as opposed to the 80mm travel. Is this possible?
    I am also thinking about changing out the groupset to Deore but may wait for things to go south first.

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    Yes it is a 1-1/8 steering tube. I have a 26" and it came with 100mm of travel so I'm guessing you will be fine.

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    I am planning on the same mods to my bike. As to your specific questions I am a newb myself so I would say try your lbs. However, based on whatthewhat did (post above mine) I would say your chances are good to do the mods you want. But again, check with the experts at your lbs.

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    I just purchased a 2015 Giant Revel and it will arrive on Thursday. I am a former mtb rider turned Road rider. I am starting up mtb again now that my son is getting into it. He is getting a Giant ATX (?) kids mtb for his 8th bday in a few weeks.
    I hate the shock that comes with the bike so I have already upgraded it to the Suntour Raidon. I have noticed many different upgrades that have been made by people on this board. I can't say about handlebars, tires, brakes and seats as I have not ridden mine yet.
    I am curious why most people are going with new wheels over the groupset. I have the Deore LX on my 1994 GT mtb that I recently converted to a hybrid set up. The 20 yr old groupset shifted better than what is currently on the Giant that I bought. Perhaps the one that I rode was not tuned properly but I would have thought that the groupset would be one of the first things to upgrade.
    My plan was to ride this bike as is for a year or two and then upgrade it to the SLX or Deore. Have you found that you have gotten more out of the wheel upgrade? If so, what wheels did you go with and what was the budget that you set?

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    I haven't upgraded anything yet. My budget is dictating that. I would like to do the fork first then the drivetrain. I have been going back and forth between the Raidon and the Rockshox xc 30 tk. It does seem like the Raidon is a better fork but on the other hand it seems like most people have a fox for rockshox suspension fork on their bike. Please let me know what you think of the Raidon. It's basically the same price as the xc 30 and it does seem to be a shock that has more to it. Maybe your opinion will sway me over. After the fork I plan on upgrading everything else to a deore. You can follow the link here:

    Amazon.com: shimano deore


    and you'll see you can find all the components you need for $400. That's a pretty good deal. Toss in another $100 or so to have the bike shop hook it up for you and that's a pretty decent bike for the money. I do plan on upgrading the tires but I don't think I'll do the rims. I could change my mind but for now that's what I'm thinking of doing. Let me know how things go for you. Happy Riding!!

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    I will definitely let you know about the fork. As for the upgrades, Amazon is too expensive. Try merlincycles.com. The Rockshox that you mentioned is only $111 and the deore groupset is only $207. I have used them before for road bike parts and I know many others who have as well. They are totally legit. In fact, I was going to buy that fork last week but their PayPal link was not working properly. That got me doing some more research and I ended up going with the Raidon instead.

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    Thanx for tip! I appreciate it very much. I will check out the Merlin website. Anything to save money. Have fun riding. I went to Diamond Valley Lake today and rode 23 miles today. Perfect day. Totally awesome.Revel Thread-img_1517.jpg

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    I just placed an order for a 2015 Revel 29er in an XL Frame and will be doing street riding with it for exercise for now ! Is the front suspension good enough for Street riding ?

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    yes it should be fine. I still have the original suspension on mine and it works fine. I've even done light trail riding and that has been good too. Have fun with the bike. I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC51 RIDER View Post
    I just placed an order for a 2015 Revel 29er in an XL Frame and will be doing street riding with it for exercise for now ! Is the front suspension good enough for Street riding ?
    The front suspension is fine for street riding and light trail riding. My wife and son have this same fork on their bikes and they love it. If you ride more hardcore trails than you will probably want to switch it out.
    I have to say that I have enjoyed my Revel the few times that I have had a chance to hit the trails with it. I have also ridden it on the street multiple times while just tooling around. I find that the bars are too wide though and this makes it less enjoyable on the road. I normally ride my hybrid on the road but wanted to ride the Revel because it was a new toy.

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    Jeez, what as cool setup!!!
    Are you still using the same rear cluster and hub??
    I see that you have upgraded to a SRAM rear derailer.
    I have till now upgraded to a RockShox XC32, XT Brakes and Tubeless tyres.
    I am seriously considering the 1x9 setup. All advice and ideas will therefore be appreciated.
    Cheers
    PS: You Revel looks amazing.

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    Finally got a new fork for my '14 29er.
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    Now time for some new tires. Ordered some Mavic roams

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    Are you happy with suntour? Seems like most folks go with RockShox. I still am up in the air as to which way to go.

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    Hi Redforce.

    I don't think it is so much the brand of shock. Suntour produces some very goods shocks. The Revels however has a bottom, and I mean bottom of the range Suntour coil shock that is really not up to the job. I weigh in at 115kg and the original shock only lasted 6-8 months. I now added a Rockshox XC32 solo air shock to the mix and are very happy. Rode the Meerendal section of this year's Cape Epic yesterday afternoon and boy, what a treat to do this segment with a decent shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PearsonCleghorn View Post
    Hi Redforce.

    I don't think it is so much the brand of shock. Suntour produces some very goods shocks. The Revels however has a bottom, and I mean bottom of the range Suntour coil shock that is really not up to the job. I weigh in at 115kg and the original shock only lasted 6-8 months. I now added a Rockshox XC32 solo air shock to the mix and are very happy. Rode the Meerendal section of this year's Cape Epic yesterday afternoon and boy, what a treat to do this segment with a decent shock.
    Quote Originally Posted by Redforce View Post
    Are you happy with suntour? Seems like most folks go with RockShox. I still am up in the air as to which way to go.
    Honestly this is my first bike so I really couldn't tell you what the best choice is. The Sr raidon was suggested to me by users here on this forum. I wasn't even aware rockshox was an option... It was about $250 installed. So far I like it very much. Big difference from the stock fork.

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    My bike is a 2015 Revel 29er 0 with 80mm stock fork. I am thinking of upgrading the fork. Will a 120mm Rockshox tapered tube be compatible with the bike? Also is it advisable to use a longer travel fork of 120mm as opposed of going only 80 or 100mm max?

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    hi guys, i've been reading your posts, but i'm still gonna ask. Will 26x2.25" tires fit into my Giant Revel 2 (2014), since it is quite difficult to get them in here, but i'm getting them both 26x2.25 as a gift, and i'm not sure if it will fit in the rear tire

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    Revel and Talon difference

    I just happened to find this thread today. What can the Revel owners tell me about the differences between the Revel and Talon bikes? My guess is the Revel is more of a hybrid? I recently purchased the 2015 Talon 2 a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmich View Post
    I just happened to find this thread today. What can the Revel owners tell me about the differences between the Revel and Talon bikes? My guess is the Revel is more of a hybrid? I recently purchased the 2015 Talon 2 a few weeks ago.
    Looking at the specs of the 29'ers the Talon has a slightly shorter chain stay & wheel base. That would make the Talon a bit more snappy turning.

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    Replaced for with Rock Shox XC30

    Lost one pound swapping the stock fork for a Rock Shox XC30 coil fork. Takes the roots & rocks much better now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatthewhat11 View Post
    Had my Revel for almost 2 years now and just decided to make an account and post my build. I've used mtbr.com and this thread for ideas/inspirations since I purchased the bike. Just would like to give credit to all the members who post their own which has helped me in building up my bike.

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    Sunringle Black Flag Expert Tubeless Wheelset
    Continental Mtn. King Protection Tires 2.4" F/R
    RockShox XC 30 Gold Solo Air Fork 100mm
    XTR QR Skewers F/R
    Shimano M615 Brakes 180/160mm rotors
    RaceFace Evolve Stem 70mm
    Forte Bars 720mm
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    Nuke Proof Electron Pedals
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    1x9 w/ RaceFace NW 32t Chainring
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    How much did you spend on total upgrades?

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    How much did you spend on upgrades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleTehWhale View Post
    How much did you spend on upgrades.
    Fork $130+$35 to install
    saddle $25
    grips $20
    seat bag $7
    brake levers $15
    pedals $37
    tires $50
    cassette (Shimano MFTZ21) $15

    Total $334
    Bike had been used about 3 months prior to my purchasing it for $300.

    The fork & cassette made the biggest difference. Everything else was personal preference.

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    Dropped even more weight (almost 2 pounds) replacing the original square taper bottom bracket & 3 ring crankset for a Raceface Ride 2x with bottom bracket. Still need to shorten the chain & adjust the front derailleur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitdaddy View Post
    Lost one pound swapping the stock fork for a Rock Shox XC30 coil fork. Takes the roots & rocks much better now!
    I also have the RS XC30 - I find it to be an excellent fork. I like the rebound feature.

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    Well it's been awhile since I've posted an updated pic of my bike, so here it is.
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    So far the upgrades include a raidon xc fork, wtb speed v saddle, wellgo m177b pedals, and a niterider lumina 750 light (not pictured).

    Next upgrade will be tubeless tires (probably mavic roams, suggested by my lbs).
    So far I'm super happy with this setup. I'd like to make it a bit more nimble, would lowering the handle bars help you think?

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    Purchased mine in 2015 , I really like it and just do rides to work for exercise! I just started to upgrade here and there....

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    just bought a used Revel 29er tonight and love it so far, but I definitely want to change the fork, seat, and grips asap! Is it possible to do the Suntour upgrade program if i have the original purchase receipt? I'm not sure what model year it is, the guy bought it new in March of 2015. Also, is the model just Revel 29er?

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    It's just called Giant Revel 29er .....

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    Since I only ride pathways and sidewalks I'm giving my Giant Revel 29er some Bling .... The cassette just came in and the chain will be here Monday!





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    Just a quick question guys. I am in the process of looking for an entry level mountain bike.

    I have an opportunity to pick up a 2013 Revel 29er 0. I believe it is a European model with a blue accented saddle and comes with Acera front, Deore rear, Tektro Hydraulic discs and a Suntour fork with lockout. Is this a good buy for about $375 USD? Condition is unused.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Babylondown View Post
    Just a quick question guys. I am in the process of looking for an entry level mountain bike.

    I have an opportunity to pick up a 2013 Revel 29er 0. I believe it is a European model with a blue accented saddle and comes with Acera front, Deore rear, Tektro Hydraulic discs and a Suntour fork with lockout. Is this a good buy for about $375 USD? Condition is unused.

    That seems like a really good price, especially if it is unused. The fork is not very good but it depends on what you ride on. In the States, our Revels come with Mechanical disc brakes and they are terrible. It looks like you have better brakes.
    It is a solid bike.

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    I upgraded the fork to the Raidon. So far, I am impressed. I was skeptical of Suntour in this price range but it was worth the try. I have always ridden the Rockshox Reba but I am sticking with the Raidon.
    I ordered Deore Hydraulic Disc Brakes and SLX transmission Groupset last week. I will install the brakes right away but stick with my current groupset until I figure out the wheelset situation. Any thoughts on a significantly improved wheelset for under $250?
    Bike: $550
    Fork: $145 (Sold my original on Ebay for $40)
    Brakes: $85
    Groupset $250
    Pedals: $0 (I have some sitting in my garage)

    I am sitting just over $1000 with only the wheels left to go. I looked at getting a new bike but the prices all fell between $1200 and $1500. It is not a bad price but I never felt like I was going to get a much better bike than what I have now, with the upgrades that I am making. Plus, I know that I am getting what I want all accross the board. Suggestions for wheels in my range would be great.

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    Three years and 3000 miles or so later, still going strong.

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    Just installed my Kmc Gold Ghain and Blacked out Cassette !



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    So I've been thinking about replacing the fork on my '13 Revel 1 29er for some time now but the black and white options on the silver frame just aren't visually appealing. That being said can the internals be replaced with something better? Could I get something with a lock out on it?

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    I have a question, I want to do the upgrade program thru suntour and I want to know if I need a straight or tapered fork ?

    My bike is a 2014 Revel 29er

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    1 1/8 straight steerer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarloafPark View Post
    1 1/8 straight steerer.
    Thank you !

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    I'm loving my Revel 29er. No upgrades yet, but I'm thinking grips and pedals will be in the near future.

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