Repurposed carbon tire levers are just the first step on the company's drive toward carbon recycling.
Earlier this year, Revel Bikes rolled out its US-made carbon wheelset, the MW30. Now, the Carbondale, Colorado-based bike company is giving broken carbon a second life by turning prototype rims into tire levers. According to Revel, the brand went through a large number of rim iterations in developing this wheelset. Rather than scrap these prototype rims, Revel is turning them into something functional.
Revel worked with its rim manufacturer, CSS Composites, to save every single prototype and every single bit of process scrap. The old rims and carbon scraps are chopped up into pieces and then put through an industrial shredder. Those chopped pieces are then brought back up to temperature and compression molded into a tire lever.
According to Revel, the FusionFiber process not only creates a stronger and lighter rim, but it also uses none of the harmful epoxy found in traditional carbon fiber products. This allows Revel to recycle every rim all of the excess scrap material that comes from the manufacturing process. "We take great pride in knowing that there is no reason for our rims to ever see a landfill," a company press release states.
These tire levers measure 6x1 inches. Since they're made out of incredibly strong FusionFiber, they can take on the most stubborn tires. Levers can be purchased at revelbikes.com or at any Revel Wheels dealer for $15 per lever.