Raleigh Revenio Carbon 56cm Bike

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They Say – The Revenio Road bikes blend technology, performance and design to create the perfect endurance road bike. Our new RE2P (Relaxed Ergonomic Effective Position) geometry creates a more confident, upright position that reduces body stress and fatigue to achieve an overall increase in performance. The taller head tube allows for a more upright riding position The shorter top tube reduces the reach necessary to achieve a proper extension and balance over the bike. Longer chainstays increase the wheelbase for predictable cornering. A lower bottom bracket provides a reduced centre of gravity for enhanced stability and improved handling.

Revenio Carbon
T700 never-twisted carbon fibre plus Direct Connect and Max Internal Compression construction methods are combined with RE2P geometry to produce a frame that is comfortable, stiff, lively and compliant. Add a tapered head tube and the C3 all-carbon monocoque fork for outstanding handling and we may have created the ultimate sportive frameset.

Wheel size: 700c
Gender: Unisex
Material: T700 High Modulus Carbon
Weight: 8.8 KG
Gearset: Shimano 105 black 10 speed shifting levers, front and rear derailleur, FSA Omega ST 50/34t chainset, crank lengths 49/52cm – 170mm, 54/56cm – 172.5mm, 59cm – 175mm, Shimano CS4600 12-30t, KMC X10 chain
Brakeset: Tektro R340 with cartridge pads
Wheelset: Raleigh AC 2.0 wheels, Schwalbe Lugano 700 x 23c tyres
Controls: ITM XX7 handlebar & stem, Velo VLT-40 tape
Finishing kit: Selle San Marco Ponza saddle, RSP seatpost
Frame: Raleigh Revenio T700 high modulus carbon frame with internal cable routing. RE2P sportive geometry
Forks: Raleigh C3 carbon blade, 1.1/8” – 1.1/2” carbon steerer, FSA Orbit C40 headset

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We Say – First impressions on unpacking the bike was that it was actually well packed, not something you always get when receiving a boxed bike.

Once unpacked and quickly put together the Revenio was a fine looking beast in a matt white colour. The aesthetic look of the bike was very good overall with its internally run cables, chunky down tube and over-sized taller head tube and bottom bracket. The chain stays looked squarely solid too with bump absorbing skinny seat stays. Two things I especially liked the look of was firstly, the carbon C3 forks, which had a very subtle forward sweep to them, unlike the current and more common trend to have straight forks. I think swept forks are much more aesthetically pleasing than straight ones.

The second thing I liked the look of was the strange shape of the top tube which resembled some kind of leg bone. It was pleasing to the eye and practical too providing a good grip to lift the bike up stairs. The matt white colour looked great and even though it had big silvery/grey Raleigh logos all over the bike it didn’t detract from the bikes good looks. One little niggle I can imagine over time would be trying to keep that matt white paint job clean, and the paint was a little brittle near the bosses and fork-ends.

I did get quite a few compliments about how good the bike looked during the testing period, which is always a good sign.

Raleigh designed the Revenio to be used for sportives and longer distance rides where comfort is essential. The endurance fit with its higher head tube and more compact geometry did feel a little strange on my first outing. I’m used to being more stretched out on my old steel BSA with its traditional race fit. The Revenio is a bit more upright in its seating position and as a consequence takes less pressure off your hands but puts a little more on your sit bones.

The position is quite comfortable in the saddle and it is suited to spinning away the miles. It is a little more awkward out of the saddle on the climbs however and being quite tall I did feel that I wanted to be a bit more stretched out. Back in the saddle on the descents it performed great with very neutral handling that gave confident cornering and steering at speed.

The compact handlebars were a good shape and width, with a nice shallow drop wrapped with a very comfortable anti-slip bar tape. The stem was ok, I thought it could have been slightly longer, or perhaps I would have been better with the next frame size up.

The seat-post and brakes were taken care of by RSP, Raleigh’s own in house brand. Both components performed adequately with only the brakes becoming a bit unpredictable in the wet. The pads did need adjusting after about two months of regular riding but once adjusted they were pretty good in the dry.

The rest of the components were Shimano 105 which I have to say performed exceptionally well with the gears not requiring adjusting for at least 2 months of regular riding. The changes were predictable, accurate and fairly swift.

Here we come to the wheels, well, after 3 months of testing I have a feeling these are one of the first things your gonna want to upgrade.

Soon after Trek and Run received the bike I used it in the Rat Race Road Trip London-Edinburgh Sportive. During the sportive two of the spokes came undone from its respective nipples. Fortunately a bike mechanic was on-hand throughout the event, which was lucky for me as the spoke key I carried in my saddle bag was the wrong size for the bikes nipples. OK, it was something I overlooked pre-event but loose nipples really should have been checked and tightened before leaving the Raleigh factory. Does this alone mean the wheels should be upgraded? No, it doesn’t but during another long ride (200m over 3 days), this time unsupported, one of the rear spokes actually broke rendering the wheel with a heavy wobble. It was a Sunday and all the nearest bike shops were closed or too busy. I continued riding with the wobbly wheel as I didn’t want it to ruin my plans for the weekends ride. Later in the week I managed to get a replacement spoke fitted but during the whole test period I did feel that the wheels were not doing justice to what is essentially a great frame and forks. The hubs just felt a little laggy on the hills and on the flat. I really think for a bike in this price bracket the wheels should be of better quality.

The saddle was comfortable on shorter journeys and it was covered in a nice grippy material that stops your bum sliding around. For longer rides I personally needed something a little comfortable and swapped it out for a Brooks style saddle for anything more than a couple of hours riding. The Schwalbe Laguna 26mm were very smooth and light but a little thin for me to have on an endurance bike. I later put some 28 Continental GP’s which did improve the overall ride quality. Also the Lagunas do seem to wear quite quickly and I noticed the difference after doing the 440 mile rat race.

Summary - The Revenio Carbon has a great frame and forks and is fitted with the reliable Shimano 105 work horse gear-set which makes it a very attractive package and weight for the money. It is suited to comfortable riding at a good speed rather than competition at high speed. I would recommend a wheel upgrade and a more comfortable saddle for a long days riding.

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