Interbike 2015: XFusion re-imagine the inverted Revel

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When up is down
When up is down…

Why, despite numerous well-known technical challenges, does the dream of the inverted fork persist?  Keeping seals fresh, lubricated, and crud-free is one aspect, as is significantly reduced unsprung weight.  Countering those benefits are a lack of inherent torsional stiffness and the perception that low-mounted stanchions are more easily scratched.

...and down is up
…and down is up

After launching a seriously limited (and seriously spendy) US-made Revel a year ago, the company has revised the design to improve manufacturability, handling, and performance – and dropped the price by over 40%.

Dedicated 27.5, 29er crowns
Dedicated 27.5 and 29er crowns

The 2016 Revel moves from a blingy gold treatment to a stealthier black while an revamped crown increases stiffness.  Dedicated crowns are available for 27.5in (160mm travel) and 29er (140mm travel) models, providing wheel-specific offset.  The damper has also been upgraded to X-Fusion’s well-regarded Roughcut HLR damper.

The first 250 forks are already in production and the new Revel should be available from January.  US pricing is tentatively set at $1,000. UK pricing TBC, but is likely to be around £900.

Improved size and clickiness
Improved size and clickiness

The O2 Pro rear shock has also been updated, with a 15% larger air can, which allows for spring curve tuning via internal air volume reducers.  The mode/lockout lever and rebound knobs have also been improved, yielding what may be the nicest adjuster feel on the market.

O2 Pro is simpler, better
O2 Pro is simpler, better

Comments (2)

    Does it use a unique hub, like the RS1? If so, extra cost or included in the price?


    The Revel uses a standard 20mm thru axle- hub not included.

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