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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    Ahh, now that you said that, it makes sense. More chainrings means longer chain which means longer cage to take up the slack.

    Thank you. I can't rep you, as I must have repped you recently.

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    From reading that link, looks like it might be a good idea for me to relearn my gears using the biggest chainring, since that would give me more clearence with the rear derailuer. Right now, my favorites tend to be 2/ 2-3-4-5
    I'm glad that helped you out. I just went through that myself. Ended up with a Sram X-9 Medium and converted to 1x9. Just finished it up yesterday.

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    Revel thread is really kickin'. I like it!

    Anyone got action shots to post? I'm going out this weekend, Capital Forest outside of Olympia, WA so I should have some good images and componenet reports to add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    I'm glad that helped you out. I just went through that myself. Ended up with a Sram X-9 Medium and converted to 1x9. Just finished it up yesterday.
    What did you do to convert to 1x9? That's another thing I've been considering, as like I said before, I've never shifted from the second chainring. It would make a cleaner look and save on weight.

    On another note, just replaced the stock brake levers with Avid Speed 7's, the bar with a Race Face Ride XC bar and the stem with a Race Face Evolve stem. Feels good man. It's a bit more springy than stock, which is what I wanted as I get pain in my palms after about an hour of riding (even after countless seat adjustments)

    The Avid levers feel awesome. Still waiting on my BB7's...cant wait.

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    My Revel is officially gone, however I will still browse this thread. It treated me well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by akaBrowntown View Post
    My Revel is officially gone, however I will still browse this thread. It treated me well!
    What did you get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coling View Post
    Revel thread is really kickin'. I like it!

    Anyone got action shots to post? I'm going out this weekend, Capital Forest outside of Olympia, WA so I should have some good images and componenet reports to add.
    I only have a few action pictures, all climbing:





    This was one of my favorite rides. It started down at the coast and ended near the top of Mt. Tam in CA with a total of about 14 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    What did you do to convert to 1x9? That's another thing I've been considering, as like I said before, I've never shifted from the second chainring. It would make a cleaner look and save on weight.

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    I upgraded the shifter and rear d to Sram X9 (thought of just doing X7 but it was only like $30-$40 more so I said what the hell), PG950 cassette, and Truvativ Stylo crank. I got the 3.3 crank on case I wanted to run a bashwich, plus I got a deal on a take off on eBay.

    I haven't ridden yet except up the driveway. I'm stoked to get out and ride it. Hopefully my Jump Stop will arrive before the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    I upgraded the shifter and rear d to Sram X9 (thought of just doing X7 but it was only like $30-$40 more so I said what the hell), PG950 cassette, and Truvativ Stylo crank. I got the 3.3 crank on case I wanted to run a bashwich, plus I got a deal on a take off on eBay.

    I haven't ridden yet except up the driveway. I'm stoked to get out and ride it. Hopefully my Jump Stop will arrive before the weekend.
    Can I see pics?

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    Sure, I'll take some soon and post them up. I didn't take any yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    Sure, I'll take some soon and post them up. I didn't take any yet.
    That crank is a three ring...so basically you just removed the front derailuer and shifter? If so, that certainly is simple enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    What did you get?
    Trance 29 (I know, huge upgrade). Sadly if I had just spent a bit more and got a better Revel I probably wouldnt have gotten a new bike.

    With the Revel 3 having V-brakes any sort of modification cascades into alot more.

    The fork really needs to be swapped, and any fork worth spending money on isnt v-brake compatible. So in order to get a new fork for the 3, you then need a new wheelset and brakes. So something as simple as a fork upgrade grows into alot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    That crank is a three ring...so basically you just removed the front derailuer and shifter? If so, that certainly is simple enough.
    Pretty much. The stock BB is a sealed bearing system and the new one is external. I needed to buy the tools for both.

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    And you left the other 2 chainrings on? They just hangout un-used? I guess that is one way of doing it.

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    No. The outer ring was replaced by my bash guard and the took the inner ring off too. No need to have it there. What I do have the option of doing is running a bashwich now. I have heard mixed reviews on that though. Some folks have said the chain can wedge between the chainring and the inner buard.

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    Got it. I was thinking to myself that would let extra weight hangout with no intention of using it. I have thought of doing this as well, though I don't know exactly what criteria my new crankset needs to fit this conversion. Interested in pics also.

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    68mm/73mm BB's will fit. The BB Shell or housing measure 73mm so no spacers are required. Such as these:

    Truvativ GXP BB | SRAM

    Most all the cranks I looked at came with the BB.

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    Oh I already upgraded my whole crankset and BB, I was just thinking if the new kit would be compatible to start taking things off and work with a 1x9 setup. I'm sure it will, just trying to visualize it I guess.

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    I wouldn't imagine there would be an issue.

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    Anyone have a bashwich on their revel? Curious if it will rub on the chainstay...

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    Picked up some Avid speed dial 7's today at the lbs. Can't wait to see what they feel like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaney Boogz View Post
    Picked up some Avid speed dial 7's today at the lbs. Can't wait to see what they feel like!
    They're great. Really worth the $20

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    I really like them, and they look sharp

    I got them for $28 so cheaper than buying online and still well worth it imo. Can't wait for spring to get here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaney Boogz View Post
    I really like them, and they look sharp

    I got them for $28 so cheaper than buying online and still well worth it imo. Can't wait for spring to get here!
    Why wait! We rode off in 6º weather this past Sunday.

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    Here are a couple of images.




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    So picked up my Revel 0 yesterday and couldnt be happier now i just have to wait for this ridiculous wisconsin winter to be over lol. Now i have two questions, the only things i liked that the other bikes i test rode had was hydraulic brakes, and was wondering what a decent (dont need top of the line, just reliable) set would be. Also, the tires are relatively smooth in terms of tread compared to other bikes, which will be great when im riding with the family, however what would be some good tires to get for the trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    Here are a couple of images.



    How did you go about removing the other chainrings? I'm guessing the crankset has to come off the bike?

    I think I'm going to do this after my ride tonight.

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    The outer chainring comes right off, but the crank arm must be removed to take the inner ring off. However, I'm not sure that is the case on the stock Suntour. I seem to recall the inner chainring bolting to the center chainring.

    The arms on the Suntour require a crank puller. A Park CCP-22 or equivalent make the job a snap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    The outer chainring comes right off, but the crank arm must be removed to take the inner ring off. However, I'm not sure that is the case on the stock Suntour. I seem to recall the inner chainring bolting to the center chainring.

    The arms on the Suntour require a crank puller. A Park CCP-22 or equivalent make the job a snap.
    Dammit.

    Well, I'm getting a used 2010 Race Face Ride crankset for $30 locally, so I'll wait for that to happen before I do it then. I think I'll go ahead and remove the front derailuer and shifter though.

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    There is a bike shop down the street from my office that uses Revels as their rental bikes. They have a whole fleet and usually sell them off at this time of the year to make room for a new fleet. Being rentals, cosmetically, they may not be great, but they do a full tune up before selling them so you can bet it will run great. I talked to a guy and he told me they usually sell them for $150-250, depending on the condition. I might have to pick one up as a spare bike.

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    Re: Revel Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    There is a bike shop down the street from my office that uses Revels as their rental bikes. They have a whole fleet and usually sell them off at this time of the year to make room for a new fleet. Being rentals, cosmetically, they may not be great, but they do a full tune up before selling them so you can bet it will run great. I talked to a guy and he told me they usually sell them for $150-250, depending on the condition. I might have to pick one up as a spare bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    Dammit.

    Well, I'm getting a used 2010 Race Face Ride crankset for $30 locally, so I'll wait for that to happen before I do it then. I think I'll go ahead and remove the front derailuer and shifter though.
    You'll need a chain guard or at least the Jump Stop (What Is A Jump Stop?) before you pull the derailleur. Mine should be at the house when I get home tonight. :~)

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    You'll need a chain guard or at least the Jump Stop (What Is A Jump Stop?) before you pull the derailleur. Mine should be at the house when I get home tonight. :~)

    I stay on the center ring, never come off of it...from that link, it looks like I wont need it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    Why wait! We rode off in 6º weather this past Sunday.
    Cold wet weather. That's that s*** i don't like! haha

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    Ordered a inner and outer bashguard from BBG yesterday
    i'll post pics when i get them installed..and 10 posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    I stay on the center ring, never come off of it...from that link, it looks like I wont need it?
    We ride a ton of roots and rocks so you need something to keep the chain from hopping off the chainring. For about $12 it's worth the piece of mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    We ride a ton of roots and rocks so you need something to keep the chain from hopping off the chainring. For about $12 it's worth the piece of mind.
    Maybe I'll just remove everything except the front derailuer, so basically inner/outer chainrings, shifter and leave the derailuer to keep the chain tracking correctly.

    This damn "budget" Revel is going to be better than a Talon soon, with all these upgrades, lol.

    My upgrades so far: Race Face Evolve Stem and Bar, Avid Speed 7 levers, BB7's (in the mail). I also got a really nice return on taxes, so I'm using a little bit to upgrade the fork to a dual air fork and put SLX drive train in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    Maybe I'll just remove everything except the front derailuer, so basically inner/outer chainrings, shifter and leave the derailuer to keep the chain tracking correctly.

    This damn "budget" Revel is going to be better than a Talon soon, with all these upgrades, lol.

    My upgrades so far: Race Face Evolve Stem and Bar, Avid Speed 7 levers, BB7's (in the mail). I also got a really nice return on taxes, so I'm using a little bit to upgrade the fork to a dual air fork and put SLX drive train in.


    Not bad! I think we are neck n neck in the Revel Upgraditis race. Without details I've done the fork, bars, grips, post, saddle, tires, crankset, pedals, and brakes. I'm really interested reading all this chainring talk though... it has me thinking.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by coling View Post
    Not bad! I think we are neck n neck in the Revel Upgraditis race. Without details I've done the fork, bars, grips, post, saddle, tires, crankset, pedals, and brakes. I'm really interested reading all this chainring talk though... it has me thinking.....
    I forgot to mention I have a Race Face Evolve seat post coming as well, lol. I hate the adjustability of the Giant Sport post.

    Bluesky's stocks are going to go up if I keep buying stuff.

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    I did not like it either, I went with a Crank Bros Cobalt bc of the price, durability, adjustability and the weight. I'm waiting for someone on this thread to bite the bullet and get new wheels... I'm anxious to hear what a difference that makes. The set I want would shave about 2.5 lbs. from the whole rig.....for about $600.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by coling View Post
    I did not like it either, I went with a Crank Bros Cobalt bc of the price, durability, adjustability and the weight. I'm waiting for someone on this thread to bite the bullet and get new wheels... I'm anxious to hear what a difference that makes. The set I want would shave about 2.5 lbs. from the whole rig.....for about $600.....

    Check out PinkBike. Anthem and Trance X wheels pop up a lot on there, I've seen both selling for around $200. I may do that after I get everything else I want to change.

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    I wanted a good pair of flats to run around town and some park/trail riding. Picked up the HT Nano PA12A at my shopy for $50. Resin pedal, removable pins, sealed bearings and even a bit lighter than my eggbeaters. Pretty sure I'll be running them on my trip this saturday.
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    I love my new setup! Great ride this morning. 32t front chainring and Sram PG950 11-34 rear cassette and X9 RD + shifter.

    I'm happy as can be, now time to deal with the fork. I have been looking for a deal on a RS Rceon or Reba, but wondering if I should save some $$$ and get the Suntour Radion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    I love my new setup! Great ride this morning. 32t front chainring and Sram PG950 11-34 rear cassette and X9 RD + shifter.

    I'm happy as can be, now time to deal with the fork. I have been looking for a deal on a RS Rceon or Reba, but wondering if I should save some $$$ and get the Suntour Radion.
    My new bike came with an RS Recon Silver, it has soaked up everything ive thrown at it. Im sure the Reba is even better. Cant comment on the Raidon.

    Also some of these forks are a 15mm thru axle, so keep that in mind.

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    I am leaning towards the Recon Silver Solo Air.

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    Come to think of it, iv ridden on an Anthem for ~5 hours on trails that had a Reba. I couldnt *feel* a difference, but there is probably finer tuning on it.

    Either way I put another 4.5 hours of some tough FL trails. It is night and day between the Suntour that was on the Revel.

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    Re: Revel Thread

    FINALLY got the BB7's in, and installed. They were super easy to install.

    I have a question though.

    The front coverage is more than the rear... It's this OK/normal?

    Front:


    Back:


    I realize it's a very small amount, but I wanted to ask.

    They are still in the break in period, but these things are awesome.

    Edit:

    Nearly forgot, a friend of mine gave me this:





    It's Sram carbon 10 speed.

    I have a few questions though.

    Will the Suntour bottom bracket work on this?

    Will Shimano 9 speed components work with it?

    I hope I can make this work, this thing is nice. Only thing wrong with it is the left pedal mount is stripped but I'm just going to helicoil it. He also gave me a nice set of platform titanium pedals.


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    Re: Revel Thread

    On the ST BB...maybe

    9 speed compatible? Yes. However your 9 speed FD won't play nice with it and should be swapped out to a 2x model with shifter.

    Pedal threads stripped out? Maybe you could have it tapped but if it's bad, no fix will work and the crank arm is shot. Fortunately it's the left side and cheaper/easier to replace than the right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    On the ST BB...maybe

    9 speed compatible? Yes. However your 9 speed FD won't play nice with it and should be swapped out to a 2x model with shifter.

    Pedal threads stripped out? Maybe you could have it tapped but if it's bad, no fix will work and the crank arm is shot. Fortunately it's the left side and cheaper/easier to replace than the right.
    Thanks for the reply.

    If I run this SRAM crank, I'm going to run it in 1x10 or 1x9, so I wont even use the front derailuer, so that's an easy solution. So other than that, I wont have any issues running Shimano 9-speed components on it? I may just go full SRAM X7, as I've priced them out, and they seem to be cheaper than SLX components.

    I'm going to take it to me LBS today after work and have them take a look and see what they think.

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    I went out Saturday to Tokul in Fall City, WA. Let's just say I was in over my head out there. Strictly downhill and freeride stuff. No place for a hardtail and I was the only one without a full-face helmet.. A couple pretty bad spills but nothing to keep me off the bike.

    Pedaled into work this morning to try and work off a few coronas and buffalo wings from the Super Bowl!

    Debating removing the BB5's I just put on and instead getting a new hydraulic setup top to bottom, including 180mm rotors. I feel like I need more stopping power and a larger rotor for the 29" wheels.

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    The 10 and 9 speed chains are different and not sure if the 9 speed chain will play nice on a 10 speed chainring. You could always get a new 9 speed chainring. The other thing is that that is a 36t and I would prefer a 32t. Not sure what your trails are like but you currently have a 32t in the center. You will also need a new BB.

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    Re: Revel Thread

    9 speed chains work perfectly fine on 10 speed rings. 10 speed chains work great on 9 speed cassettes. Use whichever chain you want.
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    SilentFoe, as always, you've been awesome with the answers. Thanks you! It seems I've repped you to often as it wont let me rep you again.

    On to my next question, I believe it's a simple one.

    I just need to know if this will lace right into the stock wheels: Amazon.com: Shimano HB-M788 XT Front Disc Thru Axle Hub (32H Front 15-mm CenterLock Disc): Sports & Outdoors

    I'm almost positive it will, but I wanted to check before I purchased it.

    I'm going to take advantage of the Suntour upgrade program, but don't like the idea of upgrading to a 9mm.

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    Re: Revel Thread

    Ready for this...

    The stock hub flange diameter is 59mm and spoke length is 285mm.

    The XT hub you want has a flange diameter of 44mm and would require 291mm spokes.

    So basically you would need 32 new spokes as well. That would add approx. $32 to your project.

    I'd highly recommend just getting a completely new wheel at that point.

    Pm me if you'd like a great price on a take-off from a 2011 Giant Anthem 29er (un-used).
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    Oh, also that is a center lock hub. Do you have center lock rotors? If not you'd need to get a new rotor as well. Good luck with the upgrades.
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    Can anyone tell me what the stock seatpost length of a 29er 0 is? I can't read my post and can't find the the info on the Giant site.

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    Re: Revel Thread

    Do you have a tape measure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Do you have a tape measure?

    I have a tape measure. Bunch of other tools, too.

    Not sure what point to measure to. Care to divulge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiSocialClimber View Post
    I have a tape measure. Bunch of other tools, too.

    Not sure what point to measure to. Care to divulge?
    Giant site says "Seatpost Giant Sport, 30.9" - I think that is inches.

    On another note, those witht the Suntour XCT fork....can you hear the springs inside it? I kept hearing this noise, that sounded like plastic or something similar slapping around on jumps and what not, and couldn't figure it out. I think it is coming from the fork...I'm also getting a lot of play in the fork as well....and only after about 150 miles...

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    OK, I'm making my drivetrain purchase today, but was wanting a little advice.

    I'm picking up a Race Face Evolve crankset with BB this weekend for $30. I picked up a used Deore XT 9 speed rear shifter on eBay for $25. I'm converting to a 1x9 setup.

    I'm ordering an n-gear jumpstop, but I don't know the diameter of the seat post. does anyone know what that is on the 29er frame? I tried to measure it last night, but couldn't find anything to get an accurate measurement.

    I'm going SLX with the drivetrain...already ordered the Cassette in 11/34. I just want to make sure this will work with everything else with no real issues...I want to go with the shadow derailuer and short cage since I'm going 1x9. Amazon.com: Shimano America RD-M662 SLX 9-Speed Rear Derailleur: Sports & Outdoors

    Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    I'm ordering an n-gear jumpstop, but I don't know the diameter of the seat post. does anyone know what that is on the 29er frame? I tried to measure it last night, but couldn't find anything to get an accurate measurement.

    Thoughts?
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    I pulled my forks apart the other night. Not much to them. A rubber washer in one leg was totally destroyed and the leg was full of pulverized rubber. Cleaned it up and made another washer and re-greased and reassembled. My stanchions are a mess too. Both have wear marks that were very rough. I buffed them out the best I could with scotch-brite and the stiction seems a bit better. I can't wait to get new forks but don't want to part with the $$$ LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    Order the 34.9

    Ordered...thank you very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    I can't wait to get new forks but don't want to part with the $$$ LOL
    You know its going to be the biggest difference in how the bike performs too. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by akaBrowntown View Post
    You know its going to be the biggest difference in how the bike performs too. :P
    I'm hoping so. I just bought the Raidon X1 LO-R 29" air fork. Looking forward to it as I'm sure I've destroyed the internals of my Suntour XCT...it squeaks, the pre-load adjust does nothing, it just spins and I can hear the springs popping and pinging when I'm riding. And it doesn't even have 200 miles on it yet.

    I don't really blame the fork, it wasn't intended for everyday use with jumping and dropping etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akaBrowntown View Post
    You know its going to be the biggest difference in how the bike performs too. :P
    I know. Just cant decide what to get.

    Suntour Raidon X1-RL, best price using upgrade feature.
    RS Recon Silver Solo Air, really would like motion control.
    RS Reba RL, way out side my price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    I know. Just cant decide what to get.

    Suntour Raidon X1-RL, best price using upgrade feature.
    RS Recon Silver Solo Air, really would like motion control.
    RS Reba RL, way out side my price range.
    I just bought the 29" version of that Raidon...I'll report back on how it performs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    I just bought the 29" version of that Raidon...I'll report back on how it performs.
    I'll eagerly await your review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    Giant site says "Seatpost Giant Sport, 30.9" - I think that is inches.
    It's mm's. That figure is the post's diameter, not length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    I know. Just cant decide what to get.

    Suntour Raidon X1-RL, best price using upgrade feature.
    RS Recon Silver Solo Air, really would like motion control.
    RS Reba RL, way out side my price range.
    I went with the RS Recon Silver Solo Air on my revel....... It is so much better than the stock Suntour. I don't know about the Raidon, but if you go with the recon, you'll love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bc3xx0 View Post
    I went with the RS Recon Silver Solo Air on my revel....... It is so much better than the stock Suntour. I don't know about the Raidon, but if you go with the recon, you'll love it!
    Thanks for the input.

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    Re: Revel Thread

    Just picked up a Race Face Evolve XC crankset with an XTR BB90-A BB for $30.

    Now to just wait for my other stuff to come in for my 1x9 conversion :-D

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    Re: Revel Thread

    Not riding again until my new fork comes in. Today I was out hitting the trails with my kiddo and going over some nice easy jumps when my fork seized in the low position. Caused me to throw my weight over the bars and then the bars turned 90 degrees. Over the bars I went.

    Not much worse than having the air knocked out of you in front of your kid while you pretend to be a walrus because you can't breathe.




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    Yikes! That looks like something is really tweaked. I hope your new fork comes soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    Yikes! That looks like something is really tweaked. I hope your new fork comes soon.
    Should be tomorrow or the next day

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    Re: Revel Thread

    Got my Raidon X1 in. It's very nice and quality. Looks good, it's getting put on tomorrow. Can't wait to try it this weekend.









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    Sweeet.

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    Re: Revel Thread

    She's baaack!

    1x9 conversion, Deore shifter, SLX chain and cassette, SLX shadow medium derailleur, Race Face Evolve XC crankset with race face bash guard and ngear jump stop, Raidon X1 air fork and new grips.

    Everything for less than $350.

    Haven't taken it around the trails yet, but feels like a totally different bike around the neighborhood.



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    Looks terrific. Enjoy the new setup!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    Everything for less than $350.

    Nice!

    Y'know, I find it curious that so many MTB-ers are fond of upgrading the components on their bikes and these upgrades, oftentimes, aren't strictly functional. I come from a road bike background and just recently picked up a new Revel 29r 0 (matte black). The FIRST thing I did was to replace the grips and saddle. Both components were chosen in red to make my Revel a bit more distinctive. When it comes time to replace the cables I'll get new housing, in red, of course. I would have never thought of approaching upgrades on my road bike like that, but without being told I went straight to upgrades that were as individualistic as they were functional.

    Very weird.

    Weird is A Good Thing.

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    Re: Revel Thread

    The bike is like a new bike. My daughter and I went on a 6 miles trip and it was nice. Nice a smooth, no more bouncing... What a great feeling.

    Tomorrow is our big day, where we have 13 miles planned so I'll get to use the bike a lot more.

    The fork is nice, and the drivetrain is virtually silent.

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    I noticed the same thing with my 1X9 setup with the X9 meduim cage RD. Very quiet now. The stock setup slapped around all over the place.

    We are snowed in so I'm off the bike for a while. :~(

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiSocialClimber View Post
    Nice!

    Y'know, I find it curious that so many MTB-ers are fond of upgrading the components on their bikes and these upgrades, oftentimes, aren't strictly functional. I come from a road bike background and just recently picked up a new Revel 29r 0 (matte black). The FIRST thing I did was to replace the grips and saddle. Both components were chosen in red to make my Revel a bit more distinctive. When it comes time to replace the cables I'll get new housing, in red, of course. I would have never thought of approaching upgrades on my road bike like that, but without being told I went straight to upgrades that were as individualistic as they were functional.

    Very weird.

    Weird is A Good Thing.
    It's a disease called upgraditis, and there is no cure.

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    Hey folks, I'm looking at stepping my son up from his 24" bike to a Revel 1 26" - does anyone have a weight on a stock Revel 1? Anyone familiar enough with the bike to say what I'll need to be on the lookout for with it? I suspect the brakes will be an issue but what else? Thanks.

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    Hey folks, I'm looking at stepping my son up from his 24" bike to a Revel 1 26" - does anyone have a weight on a stock Revel 1? Anyone familiar enough with the bike to say what I'll need to be on the lookout for with it? I suspect the brakes will be an issue but what else? Thanks.
    I have the Revel 1 29er.

    I have replaced everything except the frame and wheelset, not all because they needed it.

    IMO, the drivetrain and front fork are first on the list.

    Take advantage of suntour excellent upgrade program and get an air fork. I'd say do this first.

    After spending this money though, you may be better getting him a Talon or a XCT from the beginning.

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    Well, my wife has a Talon 0, and he can ride that, because it's a small frame. But he's not quite 11 years old, and frankly the 29" wheel is just too much for him. He's uncomfortable on it because of the wheel size. I am, honestly, disappointed by the lack of a quality entry level 26" bike, not just in Giant's line up, but universally. The closest I can get is some stuff on bikes direct, but I'm a fan of buying local, which limits me to Giant or GT at my favorite shop, or Cannondale or Scott at the other local shop. My wife also put a hard limit of $700 on a bike for my son, but that should be enough to get a bike without compromising. Unfortunately ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    Well, my wife has a Talon 0, and he can ride that, because it's a small frame. But he's not quite 11 years old, and frankly the 29" wheel is just too much for him. He's uncomfortable on it because of the wheel size. I am, honestly, disappointed by the lack of a quality entry level 26" bike, not just in Giant's line up, but universally. The closest I can get is some stuff on bikes direct, but I'm a fan of buying local, which limits me to Giant or GT at my favorite shop, or Cannondale or Scott at the other local shop. My wife also put a hard limit of $700 on a bike for my son, but that should be enough to get a bike without compromising. Unfortunately ....
    Get him a Revel 26" then and see how he rides it. They are good bikes, just not meant for aggressive riding.

    I'd say either way plan to upgrade the fork with Suntours upgrade program though. Best thing I've done to mine, and for $175 you can't go wrong.

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    Saw you at Alafia today as you got back to the trailhead, we were just getting ready to head out. Didnt want to be that weird guy that yells "Hey Krunk_Kracker its akaBrowntown from the internet!"

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    Saw you at Alafia today as you got back to the trailhead, we were just getting ready to head out. Didnt want to be that weird guy that yells "Hey Krunk_Kracker its akaBrowntown from the internet!"
    Haha... You should have totally said something!

    Another user said hello and called me Krunk_Kracker at Carter Rd a few weeks ago.

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    Re: Revel Thread

    Not a Revel, but just picked up a near mint Giant Boulder SE for my Fiancee for $150 off of CL.

    It'll be ridden every weekend, and she won't ride anywhere near as aggressive as I do so I think it'll be perfect.

    It was a battle, but I managed to keep her from buying a budget bike from Walmart long enough for me find a decent bike for a good price on CL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    Hey folks, I'm looking at stepping my son up from his 24" bike to a Revel 1 26" - does anyone have a weight on a stock Revel 1? Anyone familiar enough with the bike to say what I'll need to be on the lookout for with it? I suspect the brakes will be an issue but what else? Thanks.
    My stock 26" Revel 1 weighed 31.13 pounds. I personally think the most important upgrades for it are the fork, brakes and tires (stock ones are not very grippy for steep climbs). Overall, I think it's a decent entry level bike. Mine takes a fair bit of abuse.

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    Thanks Oakeshott. That seems pretty workable. Honestly, by the time my son is ready to move on from this bike, my daughter will probably be about the right size for it, and she may never out grow it, so I'm not going to have an issue with upgrading stuff that needs it - plus my son can mow the yard and upgrade whatever he wants to, if that's what he chooses to do

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    Oakeshott, is that the Minute Expert fork? Care to offer a quick review? Thanks

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    @Cotharyus: No problem. Glad to help.

    @eff:
    It's actually a Manitou Match Comp 100mm. I've ridden with it twice now so my opinion on it may still change. It rides a lot smoother than the stock suntour fork. I noticed how much faster I can ride downhill through small bumps and roots thanks to the adjustability of the absolute + and stiff 32mm stanchions.

    For the trails I ride on, the suntour fork had to go because it didn't have rebound dampening and I didn't like the "pogo stick" like bounce it had.

    I would imagine the Minute Expert would be an even better fork than the Match. It's also a pound lighter which is a huge plus imo.

    Here's a link to a more detailed review:
    Mountain Bike Fork Review: Manitou Match Comp

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    Thanks Oakeshott

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    Did some biking in the snow today around my yard. A lot of fun. Hopefully I can get off tomorrow and head out to some trails.




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    Although Krunk_Kracker gave the Raidon a glowing review, I decided to get the Manitou Minute Expert. With all the research that I did, I was impressed with the ABS+ damper and decided to go that way.

    It's a really nice fork, but I have yet to ride id due the weather up here. This weekend we plan to get out and ride, so I am really looking forward to testing the forks out. I'll post a pick this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    Although Krunk_Kracker gave the Raidon a glowing review, I decided to get the Manitou Minute Expert. With all the research that I did, I was impressed with the ABS+ damper and decided to go that way.

    It's a really nice fork, but I have yet to ride id due the weather up here. This weekend we plan to get out and ride, so I am really looking forward to testing the forks out. I'll post a pick this weekend.
    What's the price of that fork?

    I bought my Fiancee a Marin Hawk Hill, and everything but the fork is great on it. I'd like to replace it soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker View Post
    What's the price of that fork?

    I bought my Fiancee a Marin Hawk Hill, and everything but the fork is great on it. I'd like to replace it soon.
    It was $315. Manitou Minute Expert QR Fork 2012 at Price Point

    Twice what the Raidon would have cost me, but you only live once. LOL

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    Well here are a couple of pics.




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