Friday, July 15, 2011

2011 Cross Wheels

Update: As of 10/24/11, all options are available and in stock.

We have quite a few new options for cross this year. Some details and availability are still up in the air but I wanted to get the info out as soon as possible so folks can plan. Some are available now but not yet on our website. If you'd like to order any of the following items or get on a waiting list for those not yet available, just let us know (info@revolutionwheelworks.com).

I'm really excited about the options this fall since there's pretty much something for everyone. We have wide rims in both tubular and clincher, alloy and carbon, standard width rims, disc options in 130 or 135mm spacing, and single speed options.

I feel like we're pretty good with our stock right now but if history is any guide, we'll start running out of things by mid-September. Some of the carbon options in particular usually get snapped up pretty quickly for cross season.

REV-25X
Alloy Tubular
Price: $460
Weight: 1500 grams
Availability: Now
Depth: 25mm
Width: 19mm
Spokes: 24/28 Sapim Race/ Laser (CX-Ray Upgrade: $100)
Hubs: REVWW Signature Hubset

REV-27X
Alloy Clincher
Price: $460
Weight: 1500 grams
Availability: Now
Depth: 27mm
Width: 19mm
Spokes: 24/28 Sapim Race/ Laser (CX-Ray Upgrade $100)
Hubs: REVWW Signature Hubset

REV-20X (tubular)
Alloy Tubular
Price: $560
Weight: 1500 grams
Availability: Now
Depth: 20mm
Width: 23mm
Spokes: 24/28 Sapim Race/ Laser (CX-Ray Upgrade $100)
Hubs: REVWW Signature Hubset
*Note: Rim shape is optimized for cross tires. Road tires will not work.

REV-20X (clincher)
Alloy Clincher
Price: $560
Weight: 1500 grams
Availability: Now
Depth: 20mm
Width: 23mm
Spokes: 24/28 Sapim Race/ Laser (CX-Ray Upgrade $100)
Hubs: REVWW Signature Hubset

REV-50X
Carbon Tubular
Price: $960
Weight: 1410 grams
Availability: Now
Depth: 50mm
Width: 21mm
Spokes: 24/28 Sapim CX-Ray
Hubs: REVWW Signature Hubset

REV-33X
Carbon Tubular
Price: $1260
Weight: 1210 grams
Availability: Now
Depth: 33mm
Width: 23mm
Spokes: 24/28 Sapim CX-Ray
Hubs: REVWW Signature Hubset

REV-38X
Carbon Tubular
Price: $1260
Weight: 1310 grams
Availability: September
Depth: 38mm
Width: 23.8mm
Spokes: 24/28 Sapim CX-Ray
Hubs: REVWW Signature Hubset
*Note: Rim shape is optimized for cross tires. Road tires will not work.

Additional Options:

REVWW Signature Disc Hubs in either 130mm or 135mm rear spacing ($50) - Available late August

SS hubs: White Industries ENO (standard or eccentric) ($0) Matching H2 front hub ($50)

White Industries H2 / H3 Hub upgrade: $150

Black Spokes (CX-Ray only): $50

Friday, July 1, 2011

Inventory and Lead Time

We are swamped! We are pretty well stocked for all of our models and should remain so through at least the beginning of cross season. However, lead time for builds will generally be about 2 weeks for the foreseeable future. If you need something in a hurry, let us know and we'll try our best but in general, figure on 2 weeks.



Monday, June 13, 2011

Odds & Ends

We'll be adding a few more wheels to our line up shortly and you'll see details on those in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I'm trying to clear out some random custom sets we have in the shop and some tires. Feel free to contact me with any questions, if this blog post is still up, you can assume that the product is still available.

First off is a custom set that was built a few months back for a buyer that backed out. It's a set of the REV-50s built up with black White Industries hubs (H2 front & H3 rear). The freehub is Campy and is compatible with 11 speed. I don't have a scale handy at the moment but the White hubs are a few grams heavier than our standard hubs. White makes beautiful hubs and the titanium freehub is a nice touch on these. These normally go for $1110, but I can do this set for $900.

Next is a rear REV-27 built for a single speed with a White Ind. ENO hub (black). I was going to put this on my SS cross bike but went with another option. A freewheel was threaded on but it was never ridden. It uses 28 CX-Ray spokes laced 2 cross. Normally $320, this one is $250. I can add a matching front wheel for $200.

Lastly, I have several cross tubies that I'd like to clear out. There are a few options from Tufo but most are Challenge Grifo and Fango, mostly 32mm and one set of 34s. $70 each or $130 for any pair.

Free shipping on all the above.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Philly Endurance Sports Expo

We'll be at the Endurance Sports Expo at the convention center in Oaks, PA this weekend. If you're in the area, make sure to check it out and stop by our booth.

http://endurancesportsexpo.com/

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

REV-27X

We've made a few changes over the past few months to our alloy line up and I'd like to use a few posts here to outline the changes and introduce the new wheels, starting with the REV-27X.

For better or worse, the cycling industry has become increasingly specialized in the last 10-15 years. This, of course, extends to the wheel market and componentry in general and while many of these "innovations" are cause for celebration - cross canti's that actually work! - a lot of it can be overkill. 10 years ago, a Cat 3 racer with a TT bike and 4 sets of race wheels would be the subject of derision. Now, it's pretty much the norm. I'm not going to howl too loudly about all this since A. I'm a Cat 3 racer with more bikes and wheels than I care to mentally count at the moment, and B. I own a business that clearly benefits from this trend. However, I'll be the first to admit that for most of us, one decent bike with one good set of wheels is really all you need.

In that spirit, we've put together the REV-27X. It's not going to be the best wheel for any one thing, but I'm confident that it's the best wheel for everything. If your budget is around the $500 mark and you're looking for something that will be equally suitable for racing, training, cross, hills, crits or whatever, the REV-27X is a great option.

The price is $460 for the set and at just over 1500 grams, it's still lighter than most wheels at twice the price. This is $100 less than most of our alloy wheelsets and to hit this price point, we didn't skimp on quality. The hubs are the same signature REVWW hubs we use on all our wheels and the rims are the same 27mm deep aero rims we use for the more expensive REV-27. Like all our wheels, they are carefully built to order by hand (most likely my hands). The savings are in the spokes. The spokes we use for the REV-27X are not cheap by any means but the Sapim CX-Ray spokes we use in most of our other wheels are just extremely expensive.

So what about the spokes? The front wheel uses 24 two crossed Sapim Laser spokes. The Laser is a 2.0mm round spoke that is swaged to 1.5mm in its middle section. It's just as light as the CX-Ray and it's actually more aero than many larger bladed spokes. It's also very flexible which is important in terms of fatigue life. The rear wheel uses the same Laser spokes on the non-drive side but we opt for the Sapim Race spokes on the drive side. The Race spoke is, again, a 2.0mm round wire but the center section is only swaged to 1.8mm. This makes it a bit heavier and, more importantly, a bit stiffer. The drive side of a heavily dished rear wheel is where lateral stiffness is most wanting so even the marginal benefit of a slightly stiffer spoke is desirable. Using a heavier spoke on the drive side will also require additional tension from a lighter spoke on the non-drive side. Since the non-drive spoke tension on a dished wheel is never as high as we'd like, this is also beneficial.

Those benefits aside, the main reason we use Race spokes on the drive side is to achieve proper spoke tension in the first place. Since the center sections of the Laser spokes are so thin, the spokes are prone to twisting at higher tensions. As such, I'm not comfortable taking them beyond 90kgf when working with them. This is perfect for a front wheel and more than what is achievable on the non-drive side of a rear wheel but it's not high enough for the drive side.

But enough about spokes, here are the complete wheel specs:

Revolution Wheelworks REV-27X

Price: $460
Weight: 1510 grams
Rims: 27mm deep by 19mm wide alloy aero profile.
Hubs: REVWW signature sealed bearing hubset
Spokes: Sapim Laser Front & non-Drive, Sapim Race Drive - silver
Nipples: Sapim Polyax, Brass - silver

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

We have hubs!

Everything is back in stock as of 20 minutes ago and our website should be updated in the next day or so. If you've already paid for a set, expect to get an email with a tracking number later this week or early next week. If you're interested in picking wheels up at Granouge this weekend, let me know ASAP so I can build them by Friday. Otherwise, build times should be about a week(ish) for any orders in the near future.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Inventory Update

After a crazy August, we're out of stock in just about everything. We can do REV-50s and REV-30Ls but we only have a few left of each. We'll be getting more supplies at the end of September / early October so we'll be fully stocked by then and we'll even have some new stuff to announce.