Sun Revolt Bike 1998 or Older

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fab-ulous a Racer from Toronto

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2008

Strengths:    Freakishly light for steel, climbs well and takes a beating!

Weaknesses:    Sunn stopped making them! Skittish at really high speed descents...I mean really high speed descents....

Bottom Line:   
I picked up the frame on a whim. I was riding out of town and busted my seat just before I got on the trail so I had to stop in at a nearby bike shop. I saw the frame hanging from the ceiling without a price tag and asked the guy how much. He had no idea what if was worth and said the previous shop owner had bought it with the intention of building it up. So for 300 bucks (including a new seat) it was mine. For a ten year old frame, no disks and built with a frankestein set up of parts This thing kicks serious ass. Its old, archaic and often laughed at but its the fastest cross-country bike I've ever had. It weighs a scant 24 pounds without super high end parts. It gets mistaken for a ti frame because of its weight and ride quality. I'm seriously considering tyring to get some disk tabs welded on the frame...I don't want to give it up...I'm completely hooked

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Favorite Trail:   Kelso, DVP

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Can't Recall

Similar Products Used:   Kona Munimula, 18inch unit, khs Alite 4000 team edition, rocky mountain Slayer...

Bike Setup:   Bomber air forks, xt everthing, Mavic 517's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Racer from Dublin

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2006

Strengths:    Fastest Frame I have ever ridden, just bought a trek 8900 and I miss my Sunn. Have now converted it to Pace RC31 fork and use it for training on the road, this bike destroys the little roadies on the climbs.

Weaknesses:    Cant seem to find a replacement ETA for the soft tail.

Bottom Line:   
Super stiff steel bike, an engineering marvel for its day and still ripping it with the oclv s etc. Bought it 7 years ago and have never looked back. Have really chucked it about over the last 7 years thus why it has been relegated to the roads as I am now a little paranoid about loosing her.

And on the upside Sunn are back!! as of 2006 check out this link:

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   UK

Similar Products Used:   8900, Hoss DeeLux, Zaskar

Bike Setup:   Chris King hubs laced to 517, Pace RC31 fork, Syncros stem + Seatpost, Chris King headset, Phil Wood Bottom Bracket, Race face Turbine LP W/ TA Chainrings, Flite Ti saddle, XTR mechs, Durace cassette, xtr v brakes + Shifters, egg beater ti pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cens buchano a Cross Country Rider from dundee scotland

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2003

Strengths:    it's steel and it's real, but best of all is the feel.
mmmm sexy.

Weaknesses:    no use if you are a fat bas****!

Bottom Line:   
you can get lighter but this is one resiliant hard tail climber that loves to be chucked, you know what they say about breaking up...

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Favorite Trail:   sidlaws all along the ridge from east to west

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   sandy wallace's

Similar Products Used:   kona cindercone,explosif(bigger spread)

Bike Setup:   hard not soft, xtr F/R ceramic 517's on brubz XT, R/F Turbs, XT pods, Avid sd2.0 V's, syncros S/P, Flite Ti, IRC Mudmad 1.9R Conti X 1.5F paceRC100 hollowform Lockout.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill a Cross Country Rider from SJ/CA

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2000

Strengths:    Great spec of solid components, light Cro Mo frame, Feels great for sprinting, and climbing.

Weaknesses:    soft tail doesn't do much, upgraded tires, and seat.
Can't get any more SUNN's :(

Bottom Line:   
This bike scoots. Feels much better then my old Stump J.
got it from sportsinlink for $699, and kept the stock fork. only complaint is the 55mm travel on the fork, and soft tail doesn't do much. The fork is fairly stiff, and has good travel, so I'll keepit till it dies. My 95 stump jumper which has been upgraded with Super Fly, V brakes, and ti BB, weights about 2 lbs less, but... I LOVE THE SUNN! the Stumpy is gathering dust!

Long live cro mo, to bad SUNN isn't around any more.

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Favorite Trail:   Saratoga Gap, Soquel Demo, Nisene Marks

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Stump Jumper, Santa Cruz SL, Giant Cadex, DB Apex

Bike Setup:   stock except, SBI team control, and topo slick in back, barends, and WTB seat. obsys 55 air/oil fork, 747's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pete Field a Cross Country Rider from Whistler, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2000

Strengths:    I got the Revolt GP (soft-tail) I don't know if I notice the difference of the softail design at all, but it was the same price as the hardtail so....
The bike is decently stiff for a steel frame, much better than my 853 bike. Also very light. The Brubz hubs are very smooth and fast rolling. The angles on the bike are quite steep, and the whole thing just rips.
This bike is super light all around. I have got a three year old Manitou SX fork on it (came with a Judy which sucked!) and the total package (standard build kit with Frog Pedals) weighs just under 23 lbs.

Weaknesses:    It can get quite sketchy in technical terrain, due to the
steep angles, and I actually hated it when I first got the bike, but I did get to grow accustomed to the geometry and now I love it!

Bottom Line:   
I got the bike for $699 us from Airbomb, and at that price this bike is an awesome deal

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Favorite Trail:   Industrial Disease

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Kona Hot (853), Sling Shot, Brodie Unibomber

Bike Setup:   96 Manitou SX, Gripshift 8Speed 9.0sl, Race Face Turbine Cranks, Syncos Stem and Post, Speedplay Pedals, Brubz hubs with Mavic rims, db spokes, Hutchinson Python Tires

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jecke a cross-country rider from Hassleholm, Sweden

Date Reviewed: August 31, 1998

Bottom Line:   

This is the fastest bike i have ever riden. and i´ve been ridden alot of different bikes. When i bought this bike i started with upgrading the front steel fork to a Manitou SXTi, and I changed the Pythons to Bontrager SS instead.
This bike is god att anything but real downhill where the steel frame isn´t rigid enough to be stabel in higher speed (over 50km/h). othervise this is a real xc-bike for the xc-rider. If you don´t belive me check out the World-cup in XC, the results doesn´t lie.

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