Canfield Balance Formula (CBF)

Rear Suspension Design

Until now, most suspension systems have focused solely on the instant center. CBF™ focuses on designing rear suspension around the Center of Curvature (CC).

CBF™ points the chain-line and corresponding drive forces around the top of the chainring through 100 percent of the travel. This results in maximum pedaling efficiency regardless of terrain, where you are in the travel, or what kind of power you’re putting down. All the power you put into the pedals goes directly into turning the rear wheel.

Center of Curvature (CC)

The Canfield brothers stumbled upon the importance of CC after years of designing big-hit, rampage-ready bikes. The instant center constantly shifts throughout the stroke of suspension in multi-link bikes, causing the rear wheel to depart from the perfect-arc rotation that’s known only to single-pivot bikes (which is a less-than-perfect design for most other suspension criteria).

However, if you connect the rear axle at any point on its path with the ever-changing instant center, the area where all those lines intersect for the entire range of travel is the center of curvature. On most multi-link bikes, the CC changes location in wild ways as the rear wheel moves through travel, sometimes over an area as large as several square feet.

the most efficient-yet-active pedaling platform possible

We could use lots of words like versatile, smooth, efficient, etc., or we could just suggest that you ride the bike to see how it feels for yourself. Demo one of our bikes below or read some reputable publications’ reviews for more Revel hype.

Consistency at all points of the travel is the ticket here. When the suspension is active, the CBF platform and our optimized anti-squat metrics make pedaling over bumpy terrain extremely efficient.

Consistency in braking characteristics at all points in the travel. Grabbing a handful of rear brake won’t affect your suspension like it will with some other bikes, so bombing down technical rock gardens is more controlled with optimized anti-rise metrics on all of our CBF-equipped bikes.

Balance is key here- consistency at all points of the travel for both pedaling and braking.

Data Graphs

Explained

Supple. Supportive. Bottomless.

Leverage Ratio is the mechanical advantage of the wheel over the shock at a given position in the travel. Our goal when designing each Revel is to create a leverage ratio curve that provides high shock sensitivity early in the travel to soak up small bumps and hug the ground while retaining support throughout the mid stroke and the bottomless feel deep in the travel that Revel’s are known for.

Anti-Rise is a metric showing a bike’s ability to control braking-induced shock movement.  Our goal when designing each Revel is to create an anti-rise curve that minimizes the effects of braking on shock movement and retains active suspension movement when you need it most.

Anti-Squat is a metric showing a bike’s ability to control pedaling-induced shock movement.  By utilizing the CBF™ suspension platform, we are able to design each Revel to have exceptional pedaling efficiency while remaining active over rough terrain.

FusionFiber™

Composite Material & Process

Our rims are made from the brand new FusionFiber™ technology developed and manufactured in an aerospace facility in southern Utah. There’s no environmentally harmful or brittle epoxy in this carbon- it is a toughened, high performance composite polymer that makes for a significantly more durable, lighter, and better riding wheel with a nice damped feel. It’s unlike any composite material the bicycle world has ever seen.

Our FusionFiber Manufacturing Process

We partnered with some friends who developed this technology in one of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturing facilities in America to come out with the first product made from it- the RW30 rim.

The manufacturing process starts by laying out the rims and cross-pling robotically, leaving no space for human error or inconsistencies. The rims are then flash welded together, with an exponentially faster cure time than current rim technology and are in a completely controlled environment so every rim comes out the same, every time. When the rim pops out of the mold, there is no epoxy resin to be scraped or sanded and it needs no clear coating.

Compliant yet responsive Rim material – made in the USA

Demo a set of RWs today or read the reviews below to see for yourself!

Extremely clean manufacturing process with no harmful epoxy resins, all done close to home with significantly less energy consumption used per rim and less fossil fuels burned in shipping. We even made tire levers out of the recycled (technically downcycled) material from manufacturing scrap, and we’re experimenting with a whole lot more.

You should still run correct tire pressures, but these rims are extremely durable. If you do break a rim, we’ll replace it, and it will get recycled and never see a landfill. If you crash and break a rim since you were running far too low tire pressure or you drove over the wheel with your car, we’ll give you a really strong discounted price for a replacement rim.

We engineered these rims to be superior in strength to all other carbon rims on the market, but if you run low tire pressures, smack a sharp rock and luck isn’t on your side, a rim crack can still happen. Fusion-Fiber can help contain a failure in a small area on the rim and not permeate a larger crack. You have a better chance of keeping your tire on the rim and inflated if something does go wrong.

Our commitment to

Sustainability

Here at Revel, our goal is more than simply designing and sharing amazing bikes that we love to ride. And it’s more than merely trying to offer the best customer service and purchasing experience possible. Our higher goal is to go home every day and feel good about ourselves, and that goes one step further – we want to find balance for ourselves and others by making this world a better place by any means we are able.

To that end, we are committed to having the most environmentally-sustainable business we possibly can. We recycle all inbound cardboard and plastic that comes to our office, and we don’t use plastic and paper ware in our office break room. Adding to that, we choose to work with a manufacturer that abides to these principles too. They are committed to recycling scrap carbon, minimizing or eliminating the use of harsh chemicals in the manufacturing process and recycling and disposing of shop items responsibly.