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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.

    2013 Revel 0 29er

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    RaceFace Evolve Stem 70mm
    Forte Bars 720mm
    Forte Seat Post
    Forte Saddle
    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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    Revel 29er

    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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    My new slk handlebar with giant connect sl stem
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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.

    2013 Revel 0 29er

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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
    Forte Seat Post
    Forte Saddle
    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
    Bionicon C Guide Eco


    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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