Giant Revel MTB  £184.99 @ Tredz
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Giant Revel MTB £184.99 @ Tredz

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Found 1st Feb 2014
Pretty good basic mtb, use code SAVE15 for this price, never seen it this cheap before, very tempted, but can't buy any more bikes....can I?!
Bought it!
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whats the reviews on this? whats the rrp?

Original Poster

steviedude100

whats the reviews on this? whats the rrp?


Few reviews I've read all seem pretty good RRP meant to be £298:99, seems a lot of bike for the money, obviously it's basic but for £185 I'd think you'd hard pressed to beat it.

Quality manufacturer, I would encourage people to buy this over a tesco bike shaped object as in the long run it will be a heck of a lot nicer to ride and if need be easy to sell without losing much money. Great spot op

Noticed their frame size calculator is possibly incorrect for my height/leg length; if I enter 6'3"/34" it suggests Large but for 6'4"/34" it suggests a size down Medium/Large so take care if you're in doubt.

Hmmm..I'm after a cheap bike, this fits budget nicely but I'd hoped for disc brakes. There is a disc version but of course it's a damn sight more cash.

How does this compare to the others on tredz for a similar amount? For instance the couple of Raleigh's on there?


Edited by: "Rob_B" 1st Feb 2014

Rob_B

Hmmm..I'm after a cheap bike, this fits budget nicely but I'd hoped for … Hmmm..I'm after a cheap bike, this fits budget nicely but I'd hoped for disc brakes. There is a disc version but of course it's a damn sight more cash.How does this compare to the others on tredz for a similar amount? For instance the couple of Raleigh's on there? Not a clue, why don't you ask Jeeves

Giant dont make crap bikes. Cheapest ive seen a model sold at

For what the majority of people do with them, this is far more than good enough. But then again any of the hundreds of Taiwanese built, alloy framed, shimano/sram geared sub £200 bikes will be. Giant is a nicer name to have on the side than say falcon or shogun, but not necessarily better.

Giant Revel? Depends which flavour it is, really. If it's the coffee one you're gonna struggle to shift that at any money.

Latchem72

Giant Revel? Depends which flavour it is, really. If it's the coffee one … Giant Revel? Depends which flavour it is, really. If it's the coffee one you're gonna struggle to shift that at any money.


And imagine trying to tackle the giant toffee

Voted hot. That's a great entry level bike from a respected name.
Ticks all the boxes for a solid start to cycling.

Great find OP, a quality bike for a supermarket price.

Looks alright for the money, and is clearly a step up from the supermarket bikes.

While I was thinking about this deal I started to worry that it might not suit whoever buys it. If you want it for any regular off-road use of the kind that you couldn't use a hybrid for, then that will wear out the cheap components in no time. To do that kind of cycling you just have to spend more than this, unfortunately - unless you're happy to be upgrading the parts from very early on. It's got a fairly decent aluminium frame so at least that would be worth doing though if you budget for that it's probably more cost-effective to spend a bit more at the outset. Also this bike as it is doesn't really seem to be set up for off-road - it's essentially got hybrid gearing with big rings on the front (28/38/48t) and a small top sprocket on the back (28t) which makes the lowest gear unusually large for a MTB and quite limiting.

Since the frame can take better parts than this has it's worth considering possible upgrades, but the 7-speed cassette really limits your choices to a low-end drivetrain. To take an 8, 9 or even 10-speed drivetrain you'll not only need new shifters, cassette, chain, derailleurs but also a new rear wheel (unless the joytech hub happens to be an 8/9-speed model using a spacer for the 7-speed cassette, which I guess is unlikely).

So not to detract from the deal, I don't really see exaclty who this bike would suit. Personally I wouldn't worry about disc brakes at this kind of money, V-brakes would be my choice.

Rob_B

Hmmm..I'm after a cheap bike, this fits budget nicely but I'd hoped for … Hmmm..I'm after a cheap bike, this fits budget nicely but I'd hoped for disc brakes. There is a disc version but of course it's a damn sight more cash.How does this compare to the others on tredz for a similar amount? For instance the couple of Raleigh's on there?



Don't bother looking for disc brakes in this price range, they'll actually operate worse than standard rim brakes. Also, giants tend to last a lot longer than Raleigh's. I've had a giant rock for almost 6 years, and only now have the gears started to give and from the specs it's identical to this revel.
All you need to do is keep the chain in good nick with some good oil, if you're not going to use it for a week leave the chain in the smallest rings on the front and back. Finally, clean it regularly. Just not with a pressure washer!

If your looking for a good sensible bike for around this money then buy this. Simple. Good components from a good manufacture. It will last and it will do well. Don't be tempted with **** cheap bikes that offer full suspension and disc brakes as they end up falling apart and the gears constantly clicking away as they will never adjust correctly.
Giant is a good manufacturer.

I'm off to see what halfords have to offer tomorrow, doubtful it'll be much so I'll maybe pick this one up.

How is it compared with halfords carerra hybrid bike? Same price. Need something for light off road/road

great bike for the price me thinks .. just ordered the women's version at same price for OH . reasonable reviews about bike as an entry level mountain/ trail / leisure bike and should be more than adequate for a couple of years regular use .. can't find anything that can really match it after a few hours thoroughly searching the online bike stores .

It's a little bit hit and miss really, its got a freewheel (as opposed to a cassette) for starters (why are they still using these?!) cheap tourney and other components. It really is a bottle of the barrel spec bike.

I'm not sure its great value, its probably just about worth the price its at. The RRP was a joke though... It'll do someone who doesnt want to mountain bike, if you do and you want things vaguely serviceable or quality i'd send a bit more...

The frame is probably alright though, Giant do that well... Although it might be designed around a very small travel fork (63mm) i havent checked, so even scope for upgrading would be very small...

Banned

This is a great taster bike to see if mtb ing is for you. A respected brand, with basic parts but that's good enough at its price point. This will bring hours of good cycling, and be simple to maintain with branded parts that are easy to service and maintain. Better value than anything you will find in halfords

Perfect bike for a recreational riding or commuter! This is a bargain!!! Don't think you'll beat the spec for less than £250-300???

The revel 2 looks a good buy aswell at £240!

Great bike for the money. Frames are incredibly strong but tend to be on the large size with Giant bikes, particularly the length of the crossbar. Good idea to try before you buy.

I've got the Revel 4 Disc brake and got to say it's a decent bike. This model for this price is a steal. Heat added.

I'd love a Giant Revel. Usually only sell them in those small packets in the supermarket

How are these compared to the carrera subway as think there on offer too at the moment

Original Poster

Anyone thinking of buying one, as previously said think carefully about the size, I'm 6'2" 34"leg and the L is just right for me, I had an XL Giant Yukon a few years ago (similar bike) and it was too big, just a heads up.
Just bought one myself, don't do much mtb ing these days but do like to ride along the tow paths and through the woods so figured this would do, only very light stuff, probably get most of your money back on ebay or gumtree in a couple of years time.
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Edited by: "cycleman" 2nd Feb 2014

Original Poster

ashtad

How are these compared to the carrera subway as think there on offer too … How are these compared to the carrera subway as think there on offer too at the moment


Personally I would go for the Giant, not knocking Halfords (I've got a Boardman Carbon) but the Giant's pretty unbeatable at this price, a lot less than the subway and the frames way better.
Giant Revel 4

Edited by: "cycleman" 2nd Feb 2014

only 63mm travel on the forks , so only good for moderate ground , but great price .
If on a budget i would go for a lower range voodoo they make the best bikes on the market in my opinion

All the Voodoos I've seen are way more than £185 though?...

Original Poster

Just been over to my LBS £299, told him about this price and he wouldn't believe me 'till I showed him on my mobile, he told me they must be making a loss.........(_;)

Not to bad for the price really its definitely better than your average BSO but you'd be better looking for a second hand bike for the same price something a few years old and you'll get a great bike for the money

Original Poster

My bikes + new addition:p
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Edited by: "cycleman" 2nd Feb 2014

Nice. I have a Giant Roam and love it. If you live near a Decathlon store it would also be worth a look - their bikes are superb value for money and they will make sure it fits you and set it up. I've had my fingers burned buying bikes online - I paid £1K for a mountain bike, checked the size guide carefully, but got hip and knee pains riding it because it was actually slightly too big - even a centimetre or so can make a difference. Buying in store means you get the right fit, I'm 5'9 and it turned out I actually needed a small frame - wouldn't have bought small were it not for trying it out in store. I've learned my lesson.

Decathlon is a lot better than Halfords. I recommend their Rockrider range if you want a mountain bike.

alexdodd

It really is a bottle of the barrel spec bike.



Bottle of the barrel?

My 10 year old has this in the disc spec as could get in XXS. Not a bad bike at all. Relatively light, gears are fine, brakes not relevant to this (so no point comparing them), fork is a 63mm and is incredibly stiff - virtually a rigid! The larger frames come with 80mm forks so at least you've chance to change them.

Unclear what the guy on about a freewheel is going on about - it's a standard cassette on a freehub body.

Original Poster

What I like about this, is you've got a very good frame to start with, so if you just want to ride around the park or through the woods you're fine, but if you want to upgrade the components later on you've got a solid foundation to work on, what other bike at this price can really match it?

Went ahead and ordered this, I was torn between it and a £120 Apollo with disc brakes from Halfords (I know, I know but it was just SO cheap!)

In the end I think I've made the right choice.
Edited by: "Rob_B" 2nd Feb 2014

Rats. Misread the title. Thought this was for really large chocolates.

Brought! Thanks! just in time needed a new MTB and this great for the price! Heat

That's a good deal.. But living in a flat given me no choice but to pass !
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