Revel RW30 ride review from wisepowder's blog

Revel RW30 ride review

My first foray on the Revels was a local trail system that’s very — how shall I put it — primitive and unregulated. The trails are steep, fast, loose, and rough. Ideal testing grounds for a carbon enduro wheel.To get more news about mtb bike rims, you can visit zpebicycle official website.

The first run down the hill left me feeling a bit stunned, and not in a particularly positive way. The RW30 offered super-precise steering but that came at the expense of ride quality. I thought they seemed a bit harsh. But there are two good explanations for that. First, I was coming off of Zipp’s 3ZeroMoto rims, which are structurally designed to be far more compliant than any other mountain bike rim. They have a single-wall construction, like a motorcycle rim, and it works as advertised. But this isn’t a Zipp review — all I’m saying was I’d gotten used to listening to Kenny G., so a little Guns ‘n Roses caught me by surprise. Second, my tire pressure was a little too high on that first ride.

My fellow tester, Bruce, also got a pair of RW30 wheels to ride, and he rode them with CushCore XC tire inserts. He too thought the initial ride feel was a bit harsh, but not to the point of turning him off. He bottoms out his tires regularly, and pointed out that the noise the Revels made during rim strikes was substantially more muted than any of his other carbon wheels. Perhaps an effect of the Fusion Fiber, the wheels seemed to dissipate the energy from violent impacts very effectively. Eventually, he came to appreciate how they seemed a bit more stout than the ENVE AM30 wheels he tested previously.

Once my first ride was behind me, I grew entirely accustomed to the Revel RW30 wheels. I got my tire pressure dialed, and I began to really benefit from their stiffness. While there are a lot of factors at play on a bike, I could tell that these wheels helped me pick precise lines, and they rarely deflected or strayed from where I put them.

I rimmed out pretty frequently on sharp rocks. Despite running tubeless tires without any sort of insert like a CushCore, I never had any issues with rim damage or flat tires. And as I mentioned in the “pros” section, I put these wheels through the wringer in Moab, riding all of the Amasa Back singletrack, the Mag7 to Portal shuttle route, and even a bonus desert day at the Tabeguache trails in Grand Junction, Colorado.These days, there are certainly less-expensive carbon wheel options for mountain bikes. Revel is also one of many brands to offer a no-questions-asked crash replacement policy, which is likely one of the biggest reasons why carbon rims are finally being adopted by a lot of mountain bikers. Performance-wise, the RW30 isn’t lightyears ahead of the competition, but it’s a great rim that’s worth the money and won’t let you down.

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By wisepowder
Added May 11 '21


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