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.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Changes to Alloy Line up

Over the next few months, we'll be making some changes to ultimately simplify our alloy line-up. The first thing to announce is a price change. Starting September 1st, all of our alloy wheels with CX-Ray spokes will be $560. A modest increase to be sure, but we wanted to give plenty of notice.

Secondly, we'll be removing the REV-22L from the website. It will still be available as an "off-menu" item but since the straight REV-22 with the 24/28 spoke build is more appropriate for 90% of our customers, it'll be the only wheelset we list on our site built on the 22mm rim going forward. We'll also be changing the build slightly to use alloy nipples on the front and non-drive side to keep it as light as possible. The new published weight will be 1325 grams for the set.

We'll also be changing the standard build of the REV-25x to a different spoke spec. In the past, we've used the Sapim CX-Ray across all models because it's simply the best spoke on the market and this allowed us to keep our inventory straightforward. The cost of the spokes, however, can be prohibitive and given it's intended use, it was the hardest to justify the cost on a wheel meant to be a somewhat budget friendly alloy cross tubular. So, going forward, the standard build for the REV-25x will use Sapim Laser (14/17) spokes on the front and non-drive rear, and Sapim Race (14/15) on the rear drive side. Since the Laser spokes weigh the same as the CX-Ray, the total weight of the wheelset is only 20g more at 1480g for the set but we can lower the price a full $100 to $460. The CX-Ray build option will still be available as an "off-menu" option.

We have a few other changes to the line-up coming down the pike but that's all I'm at liberty to say for the moment.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I'm Back

I'm back and everything ordered while I was gone is shipping early this week. Everything is in stock and builds are running about 4-5 days at this point, which is probably a reasonable turnaround for the next few months as we expect to be busy in the run up to cross season. I also need to start giving myself deadlines for this blog. I have about a dozen or so drafts started about everything from new product announcements to rants on why ceramic bearings are pointless. One day I'll find the time.

Ten points to anyone who can tell me something interesting about the wheel in the picture below.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Status Update

We currently have everything in stock and build times are running about a week.

I will be leaving for vacation on the 25th of June and will be back on July 9th so if you need something prior to mid-July, get your order in sooner than later.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Philadelphia International Championship

If you're at the the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship this Sunday, stop by the Revolution Wheelworks tent on Lemon Hill and say hello. We'll be serving up some burgers, dogs, and cold beverages with our friends from Human Zoom Bikes and Boards.

Here's a link to the course map:

Saturday, April 3, 2010

29er Wheels and SS Options

In my last post, I mentioned the introduction of some "off-menu" options. These have primarily been developed as additional options for the teams we work with but since pre-season orders are now taken care of, we can expand these offerings somewhat. They won't be available through our website and I can't guarantee they will always be in stock but if you'd like a set, just send us an email and we can take it from there.

That said, we'd like to introduce the REV-29er:

This is a disc brake only 29 inch diameter cross country wheelset. My primary disciplines in the sport are road and cross but I do love to ride and occasionally race my mountain bike. Since I have way too many bikes and prefer to minimize the time I spend maintaining them, I typically err on the side of sturdy and low maintenance vs "how light can we comfortably make this" when it comes to my mountain bike. So what we've come up with is a sturdy XC wheelset that should get you through everyday use with without incident and still provide plenty of performance come race day. It's got 32 three-crossed spokes front and rear paired with eyelet-ed rims but still comes in at the same weight as the Mavic C29ssmax (1750g) and is quite a bit less expensive.

Full Specs:

Rims: 32h Alloy w/ SS eyelets. 18.2mm internal width. 475 g. Can be converted to tubeless with Stans or Cafelatex.

Hubs:
Similar design to our road hubs but with additional seals between the end caps and bearings. Traditional 9mm dropouts.
154g front
280g rear
Traditional 6 bolt disc mount
Spokes:
Black Sapim Laser (2.0/1.5/2.0) spokes up front and non-drive rear and Sapim Race (2.0/1.7/2.0) spokes on the drive side. Alloy nipples on the front and non-drive side.

Total weight is about 1750g and the price is $550 for the set.

We can also do this as a single speed by utilizing the White Industries ENO (standard or eccentric) hub. It's a great hub that takes a standard BMX or White Industries freewheel. The weight for the disc version is about the same as our geared hub and since there's no dish to the rear wheel I use the Sapim Laser spokes on both the drive and non-drive sides of the wheel so that shaves a few grams.

We'll get some pictures up as soon as we can.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Supply and Demand

We seem to have continuous problems with the supply side of the equation. Every time we think that we have the problem of running out of stock taken care of, we realize that we were a bit premature on declaring victory on the issue.


In the past, the problem was forecasting demand on our part. We were, and are, a growing business and scaling production is a challenge for any enterprise. This is a good problem to have and since increased demand equals increased cash flows, larger and more frequent stocks of inventory can be purchased and the problem takes care of itself.

Unfortunately, we're not the only ones who seem to have an imperfect ability to anticipate demand. Just about all of the suppliers we work with are working on a backlog due to higher than anticipated demand and/or unexpected production delays. While this is clearly a good sign for our business and the industry, it is nonetheless extremely frustrating for all involved. These issues should be worked out in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, here's where we stand:

REV-22L - Only a few left. Once they are gone they should be back by the first week in May.
REV-22 - Plenty Available. Allow 1-2 business days build time.
REV-25x - Plenty Available. Allow 1-2 business days build time.
REV-30L - Only a few left. Once they are gone they should be back by the first week in May.
REV-30 - Plenty Available. Allow 1-2 business days build time.
REV-50 - Should be back in stock in the next two weeks. Hoping to have an exact date soon.
REV-50X - Only a few left. Once they are gone they should be back by the first week in May.

PowerTap Options - Back ordered models should be here soon but I'm waiting to hear back on a certain date. We have a few models on order for stock but depending on the model/drilling/freehub options you need, it may take up to 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Again, my sincere apologies to anyone affected by these current delays. And since, I'm tired of using this blog to announce what we don't have in stock, watch this space in the coming week for some additional "off menu" wheelsets that we can build for you.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

REV-50 backordered through late March

One of these days I'll add some more interesting content here but for now, a few housekeeping issues. Until we get our next shipment of carbon around mid-March, we're out of the REV-50. Feel free backorder it through the site. Let us know your T-shirt size and we'll send something to hold you over until the wheels are available to ship.

The REV-50x are still in stock for now and even though we market them as a cross wheel, they're a great crit or "classics" wheelset, especially for larger or more powerful riders.

And speaking of early season races on crappy roads, the REV-25x is another of our cross tubular wheelsets that's great on the road.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

2009 Cyclocross Recap

This post is way overdue but things have been unexpectedly busy in the off-season so far. Not a bad thing by a long shot this blog has been easy to overlook. In any case, while my personal results were pretty poor by any standards, the racers we put on our wheels had some fantastic results.

Wins:

Valentin Scherz
Hillybilly Hustle
Highland Park CX -UCI
Wayne Scott Memorial CX @ Fair Hill
Spring Mount CX
Staten Island CX
Capital Cross

Kristin Gavin
Wayne Scott Memorial CX @ Fair Hill
Capital Cross

Bill Elliston
Horseshoe Scramble
Hidden Valley CX

Podiums

Valentin Scherz
3rd Granogue - UCI

Nikki Thiemann
2nd Capital Cross
3rd Green Mountain CX Day2 - UCI

Kristine Church
3rd PA CX State Championships

Bill Elliston
2nd SCCX Sussex County Cross
2nd Staten CX

I've probably missed quite a few results and along with these standouts there were countless top 5s and 10s in some of the nations most competitive cross races. Added to that are the many results posted in the amateur ranks by our racers in our sponsored clubs and customers across the county. I'm extremely proud of all our sponsored athletes and teams and while my chances of personally winning races are pretty low for the foreseeable future, it's a great feeling to have talented riders winning on wheels I've built.

And what are results without some incredible photos? Here's a sampling courtesy of Anthony Skorochod of cyclingcaptured.com