Revel, a brand that has focused on shreddy mountain bikes since its launch back in 2019, just launched its first gravel bike. As the same folks behind Why Cycles and the popular R+ titanium gravel bike, it’s not a complete surprise to see them designing a carbon version of it—which is essentially what the Rover is. It shares many of the same angles as the R+, but has a longer wheelbase and a slightly longer reach and taller stack height.
The Revel Rover is named after one of the most (in)famous trails in Alaska, Rover’s Run. Revel’s Alaska roots run deep with this bike. Adam, Revel’s owner, grew up riding all over Alaska. And Jordan, the lead engineer for this bike, spent years living in Alaska. It’s kitted out with many promising specs, such as 700 x 50mm (27.5 x 2.1″) tire clearance, a BSA 68mm threaded bottom bracket, a replaceable universal derailleur hanger, and a lifetime warranty.
The frame has three standard bottle mounts in the main triangle, an additional under the down tube, and is designed specifically for 1x drivetrains. It has internal dropper post routing, a 27.2mm seatpost, and 12x142mm/12x100mm hub spacing. Like many of today’s gravel bikes, the Rover has a dropped drive-side chainstay to help accommodate larger tires without increasing the chainstay length, and it has internally routed cables throughout for a clean overall look.
The Rover comes in five sizes from small to xx-large, includes a custom carbon fork to match, and Revel is currently offering three complete build kits based around either SRAM Rival, Shimano GRX, or SRAM Red AXS. Complete builds are priced at $3,999, $4,600, and $8,199 USD, respectively. The Rover is also available as a frameset for $2,400. It comes in two colors: Mint and T-1000. Learn more at RevelBikes.com.
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