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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.
    Which version of the bikes? 0, 1, 2 or 3?



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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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    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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