However, some of the cyclists out there never lose sight of that feeling in the pit of their stomach as they fly around jump after jump, and luckily for them, Revel Bikes is one of the crews they can call upon. You may have heard of this brand before, as we've covered their work on multiple occasions.
Having been founded in Carbondale, Colorado, Revel has made a name for itself by crafting rock-loving mountain goats with some of the plushest - patented- suspension systems on the planet. These days, they build a bike for just about any explorer out there, including gravel, a couple of fat tire monsters, and high fliers like the Tweedy before us.
Now, don't be mistaken; this isn't Revel's first airtime-seeking machine. Another is their TF, a two-wheeler built around 27.5 in wheels meant for soft landings, easy manipulation and control, and one heck of a riding position: dropped low, really low. It even has a belted drivetrain.
Tweedy, on the other hand, is a bit different. For example, the 27.5 in wheels have been reduced to 26 in babies, so more in line with what the traditional jumper is sporting, and at the front, 100 mm of Marzocchi Bomber DJ power softens your landings and lets you tune your takeoffs.
First, let's start off with the backbone of any bicycle: the frame. Here, Revel is using industry-approved Reynolds steel. It's light, strong, and, because of the innate properties of steel, will take a beating jump after jump.
At the front of the Tweedy, I mentioned that I found a Bomber DJ fork with 100 mm (3.9 in) of travel. This component alone makes up for $730 (Marzocchi price) of the Tweedy's $2,500 (€2,300 at current exchange rates) price tag and is built specifically for this type of bicycle.
A tapered steerer tube means stiffness is not going to be a problem, a short crown for control and flicks, and yes, it's tuned for 26 in wheels, so don't bother trying to switch things around. What I liked most is that Tweedy's headtube is built around this component.
As I mentioned, this style of bike is always more bare than what we're used to on the streets, back roads, or mountain trails. With that in mind, we're presented with a simple single-speed setup, eliminating cables that you can get snagged on and ensuring you maintain the flow you're in. One cable does exist, and it's for a TRP Slate T4 brake found at the rear.
Now, take all that, place yourself in the middle of the action, and head to your nearest park or pump track. Once you get there, stand up, make sure you've had your cartilage pills - knees get old quickly - and get into that flow. Feel those pits of air in your stomach and let it bring a smile to your face.
Even if you haven't done this sort of riding in ages, the tool you have is still sure to give you one heck of an experience, but until you start catching airtime with a Tweedy, you won't fully understand what it's all about. one way to find out is to find a dealership with one of this in stock and take it out for a test ride.