Revel Bikes Rail 27.5 Full Suspension


The Revel team created the Rail with two things in mind: maximum thrills and climbing hills. A tuned carbon layup makes railing through berms pure joy. The Rail will put an end to the traditional trail bike compromises to ascent efficiency to which you"ve grown accustomed. The Canfield Balance Formula is the heart of every Revel bike, which maximizes the amount you pedal in the sweet spot and keeps the suspension wildly active while descending and braking. Read more about our technology here, or ride a Rail for yourself and get hooked.

  Available Models:

  • Rail GX Eagle
  • Rail X01 Eagle
  • Rail XX1 Eagle Enve


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[Jul 30, 2019]


Full review here (post #38):

• Value (frame only) – Includes Cane Creek 40 headset, Rear Axle, and choice of Rock Shox Super Deluxe or Fox X2 = $2799

• Geometry: Modern, Low & slack, but not too extreme. Short seat tube length allows for long droppers

• CBF suspension design: Efficient, playful, and progressive

• Attention to detail:

o Finish seems reasonably durable, however I should note that I covered high impact areas with AMS frame guard during the build process.

o Custom frame-specific protection is available from Revel

o Internal cable routing with internal carbon guides/sheaths made install a breeze and keeps things quiet

o Chain guide is OEM spec, lightweight, and have yet to drop a chain

o Rear linkage design shields bearings/pivots from the elements well. No creaks thus far, but more ride time is needed before passing judgment here


• Rear Brake routing: The rear brake cable exits the underside of the downtube just in front of the bottom bracket and re-enters the underside of the chain stay. Personally, I haven’t had any issues with this design, but I know other riders who have sliced a line contacting a rock which requires re-routing a replacement hose and a fresh bleed. Seems like it wouldn’t be that difficult to route the hose over the BB and into the top of the chainstay protected from potential impacts.

• CBF suspension design: Small bump sensitivity is average compared to Infinity link or some other suspension designs that allow for coil shock option

o Coil Shock officially not recommended: The inherent flex in the rear linkage and yoke design puts a lot of stress on the smaller diameter shaft compared to air shocks and can cause reliability issues with the shock.

• Bash guard incompatible: Would be nice to see some type of bash guard mount, however I’m told there was a conscious decision to avoid using the IG05 standard which has the potential to transmits a lot of force to carbon frames on hard impacts. Alternative options are available, but none that I’m willing to pursue.

• Chain slap: Minor amount of noise was noticeable from chain slap. A slightly bigger molded chainstay guard would be welcome, but this is a very minor issue remedied by some inexpensive Scotch 2228 Rubber Mastic tape.

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