An OOC REVIEW: Revel Rascal Does it all, and does it well.
The Rascal is a bike that the good people at Revel have hung their hats on for a while now. Now, with frames going on sale, and a likely model update coming in the near future it felt like a good time to talk about the whip.
The Gear – Revel Rascal
Price: Frame Only – $3499 | Complete Builds – Starting at $5,888
I’ve realized that I’m becoming a bit of a CBF Suspension stan lately, so for that, I apologize to absolutely no one.
Canfield Balance Formula is a platform designed originally for Canfield Bikes by Lance Canfield.
The platform has been known to perform well on downhills, but more importantly, the way it performs on the up. It’s exceptional. The rear wheel stayed weighted, even when standing for climbs.
140mm fork, 130mm shock (137mm, technically if running Push)
Weight as built, 29.1 pounds.
In this case, “how’d I fit?”
Standover was a non-issue. I’ve read some people saying it feels high, but I have shorter legs & found no issue.
Reach-wise, at 6ft & the torso of someone 6′ 2, the large is the ideal fit. Worth noting, I was running a 40mm stem.
Even though the reach and standover felt correct, I did find myself struggling to come to a “perfect” fit overall. Something’s felt slightly off, and I still can’t put my finger on what it is. Again, not a bad fit by any means, but something worth mentioning.
All in all:
This is a truly impressive bike. It is confidence-inspiring, even on stuff that is perhaps above it’s paygrade. I found that there were very few areas where Rascal wasn’t enough, but with this comes the “jack of all trades, master of none” caveat. There are certainly better climbing bikes and better descending bikes.
This tool fits most consumers. It’s rivals, like the Santa Cruz Hightower, are touted as one-bike-quivers. Nothing is different in that respect. If you’re shopping for something in this category, consider this.
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