Revel Bikes’ new recyclable carbon wheels grabbed our attention right away when they were announced earlier this year. Their wheel brand, Revel Wheels, launched a carbon rim that’s made in the USA, fully recyclable, and touted as stronger and lighter than many of its competitors. Learn more about Revel Wheels here. But what does a recyclable carbon rim really mean? Well, Revel hasn’t wasted any time in demonstrating the potential with their new recycled tire levers—all made from scrap material from their wheel building manufacturing.
From Revel Wheels: “It takes a lot of prototype rims to create a high quality wheelset like the RW30. We worked with our manufacturer, CSS Composites, and saved every single prototype and every single bit of process scrap and have been busy experimenting with what we can turn all that excess material into. FusionFiber not only creates a stronger and lighter rim, it also uses none of the harmful epoxy found in traditional carbon fiber products. This allows us to recycle every rim and 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.
Although it is a small tool, this tire lever is the first step in a very exciting journey of manufacturing more environmentally friendly bicycle components. The old rims and process scraps are chopped up into pieces and them put through an industrial shredder. Those chopped pieces are then brought back up to temperature and compression molded into a tire lever.”
The Revel Wheels Tire Levers retail for $15 each, measure 6×1″, and have a nice and sturdy feel that’s strong enough to handle the most stubborn tires. They are available directly through RevelBikes.com or through your local Revel dealer.
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