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First Ride Review: Revel Wheels adds RW23 Gravel wheelset

First Ride Review: Revel Wheels adds RW23 Gravel wheelset

Revel RW23 wheels-4 Revel Bikes has enjoyed astronomical popularity since its launch just a few short years ago. It stands to reason that any product…

Wednesday, Jul 21

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Revel RW23 wheels-4 Revel Bikes has enjoyed astronomical popularity since its launch just a few short years ago. It stands to reason that any product it launches, now that it has become a hot commodity in the mountain bike world, should come under intense scrutiny to ensure it lives up to that quickly-growing reputation. It is with that critical eye that I tested the RW23 gravel wheels, the second set of wheels I have tested from Revel’s wheel brand.

The first wheels I tested were Revel’s RW30 mountain bike wheels, which you can read about here. I found those hoops to be impressive, and Revel’s tack on recycling its carbon bits plays into that narrative nicely: It’s clear Revel thinks ahead, and is in tune with the desire for cycling to catch up with its environmentally-friendly reputation that, well, hasn’t exactly been well-earned. The RW23 wheels offer many of the same benefits as the RW30 wheels, in that sense. These hoops, too, are recyclable. Revel says they never have to see a landfill when the wheels reach the end of their lives. And they’re made with Revel’s FusionFiber construction, which you can read about here.

Revel says the wheels feature a layup that optimizes “a quiet and smooth ride.” And finally, the RW23 wheels come with a lifetime warranty on the rims. So it seems Revel has largely translated its mountain bike wheel product into a gravel offering, which makes a lot of sense given the explosive growth of gravel. […]

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