Bike Check: Flowrider Racing's Shaun Palmer Inspired Revel Rascal LT

Sep 7, 2020
by Ed Spratt  


After their one-off Revel Rascal build full to the brim with prototype parts Marc Wohler, who works for the Swiss distributor Flowrider Racing, decided to take on another dream bike build using the Revel Rascal.

This time Marc Wohler took inspiration from 90s downhill racing as he sees this as the golden age of Downhill. There were no shortage of crazy bikes to choose from but he eventually settled on Shaun Palmer's 1995 Intense M1 as the template for the custom build. Stefan from Cycleworks helped creat the incredible paint job and retro stickers that really complete the look of a 90s rig. While the bike may be designed to look retro the spec is full of boutique and prototype parts from carbon Ceetec bars to Ingrid cranks and cassette. Marc suggests listening to some Rage Against the Machine to get the full effect of the retro styling.

1995
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2020

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Details
Frame: Revel Rascal L
Shock: EXT Racing Shox Storia LOK V3
Headset: Chris King DropSet
Stem: RevGrips 50 / 31.8 mm, custom color raw
Bar: Phenum / Ceetec C1 DH
Grips: RevGrips Pro Series
Seatpost: Yep Uptimizer 3.0
Dropper Trigger: Paul Components
Seatclamp: Ceetec C1 Carbon
Seat: Ceetec C1 Fiber Cover Soft
Wheels: Revel RW30 Rims, ONYX Classic hubs, Sapim CX-Ray Spokes
Tires: Hutchinson Griffus Racing Lab
Brakes: Braking
Derailleur: Shimano XTR
Shifter: Shimano XTR
Chain: Shimano XTR
Cranks: Ingrid Components CRS-G
BB: Chris King
Cassette: Ingrid 12S 48T10-NIP
Pedals: TIME Speciale 12
Axle: Ceetec C10 Carbon
Valves: Peaty‘s

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EXT's Storia LOK V3 Shock covers the rear suspension duties and even this doesn't escape using a custom paint job with its red coil spring.

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There is no shortage of top level componentry with Phenum, Ingrid, Ceetec and Braking featuring on the spec list

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The attention to detail is great and this vintage Vans sticker is a super-cool addition.
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A second look in a week at the incoming Intend fork. Full details are apparently coming next week.

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The retro paint job and stickers look great from every angle


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So old they're new, the tan wall tyres are both a retro throwback and a modern touch.

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The Revel RW30 rims have been laced to ONYX Racing Products Classic Hubs which will run silently for those who prefer not to be deafened by the hubs.

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Marc has chosen a custom Raw coloured for his 50mm RevGrips stem.

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We're loving it.

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Marc even designed a Mini Me verison too.





108 Comments

  • 77 3
 idk if that mcdonald's reference on the second to last picture was intentional or not but i appreciate it either way
  • 34 2
 I’m lovin’ it
  • 7 3
 Does that bike come with a big mac?
  • 9 1
 I miss Ronald
  • 1 1
 I remember the McDonald's edition specialized demo 8 lol
  • 1 1
 Mustard & Ketchup Wink
  • 29 4
 I miss Palmer.
  • 4 0
 Wasn't he a 3 or 4 sport athlete ? Moto, mtb, snow board and maybe skate board. BAD ASS
  • 2 0
 @ATV25: moto: supercross 125cm
  • 4 0
 @ATV25: and skier cross.
  • 2 0
 @JoshMatta: *boardercross
  • 1 0
 @drunknride: he entered skier cross and won that too, cause that’s how Shaun Palmer rolled back then.
  • 1 0
 you is correct, I never think about him being on skis though
  • 3 0
 @ATV25:

Pro drinker too.
  • 3 0
 @FUbob: aren't we all? haha
  • 2 0
 @FUbob: One toke over the line, sweet jesus, one toke over the line.
  • 1 0
 @LittleDominic: I worked at Mt Snow during those X games. I watched him cross the finish line for Skier Cross. it was pretty awesome seeing that.
  • 24 5
 INTEND BC Ebonite - All-New Enduro/Freeride Fork

This fork is a cnc-machined dream out of 7075 aluminum and probably the best fork you can buy for money. The result of 5 years of experience of suspension technology. The result is the Ebonite fork. It can take any loads you submit it to. The friction of the whole system is as low as possible, the best seals and air spring design are combined with a chassis made out of high quality 7075 aluminum. Bolted together with high strength stainless steel bolts.

Features of the Intend Blackline Ebonite:

29” wheelsize only, no 27,5“ version
Black, no other colors, the silver forks are limited to team rider
Travel 180-140mm (all necessary parts for later converting are in the package)
Air sprung, adjustable progression with 3in1 volume spacer
Oil damped, adjustable in Lowspeedcompression and -rebound
110x15mm Boost axle
44mm Offset
Brakemount: 180mm
Max rotor size: 223mm
ATC: 592mm @ 180mm…
Steerer length: 215mm (longer on request)
Royal Flush Coating for extreme sensitivity
SKF seals D35 with out collar
  • 4 22
flag baca262 (Sep 7, 2020 at 12:03) (Below Threshold)
 i'm not at all convinced with any of the intend stuff. it all looks flimsy af. "different"
  • 10 0
 Funny Shuan and I have the same haircut today and I was listening to Rage Against the Machine’s CD last week really loud. Kids you can look up what a CD is on google and then just for fun look up Albums or frisbee.
  • 2 0
 :-D
Perfect!
  • 4 0
 Talking of RATM... Been having my own musical nostalgia trip playing the remaster of Tony Hawk Pro Skater. Played it for two hours and could only think in Superman by Goldfinger.
  • 10 0
 Looked at it and was like 'yah it looks gorgeous but I'll never afford it so why dream on more?'. Then I saw the mini-me version.
  • 10 3
 I don’t get the connection to Revel and Shaun. It’s a mid-travel trail bike that has nothing to do with DH or Intense. It would be like Tesla putting a Porsche Gulf livery on the car for nostalgia. Though at least those Gulf colors would be more pleasing. Yuck.
  • 2 0
 Knolly already did the gulf colors, and I believe the GT40 was more iconic with that livery than Porsche was.
  • 17 7
 would be way cooler if it was an intense
  • 6 2
 As someone who owns a few Intense bikes, I agree. It's just a pity that bar their current gray/red colour schemes, the rest of them are f***ck ugleee. Give us good paint schemes Intense! Please!
  • 2 0
 @SimonD: Not just Intense with the drab colours, Ibis and Santa Cruz also need to revisit their colour schemes IMO.

I love that Norco let you customise framesets!
  • 6 0
 Having been riding throughout the 90's I've always loved the old intense bikes, but even at the time I thought they looked like they'd been ridden into the back of a bus.
  • 6 1
 At least the fork looks period correct Razz
  • 5 0
 Wow, love it! Don't know how kids feel about this, but for those who went through the nineties, something like this triggers something... Looks like the real deal...
  • 1 0
 And that would complement nicely your road bike Wink
  • 2 0
 @nozes: It sure would look nice on the stable Smile . But it reminds me of some bikes that were around in 2000, there was maybe a cheap yellow Massi with a flattened downtube like a Trek... Not sure anymore. There was a cheap yellow Giant too, with thin tubes, there was of course the Hot Chili one... I mean from the yellow colour...
  • 9 2
 Silent hubs FTW
  • 11 0
 Cheaper than a picasso
  • 6 1
 @mi-bike: A friend of mine bought a 4 color Picasso lithograph at an estate sale for less, but it's since been appraised at six figures.
  • 1 0
 @hllclmbr: Lucky buy! All i find is literally junk :-/
  • 1 0
 It cost more than a VW polo.Oh my gust.
  • 2 0
 @Thirty3:

Got 2 little Renoir pencil sketches, also. I think it was $16k for all 3.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: cheaper than Seth's Orange P7
  • 5 0
 The best part is the Revel has a slacker head angle than Palmer's M1
  • 4 0
 That Intense looks to have an 85 degree hta
  • 4 0
 I think a unicycle might have a head angle almost as slack as Palmers M1.
  • 4 1
 First time we get to see this new fork with actual Intend branding. There was speculation about this new fork being developed for the Trickstuff brand.
  • 3 1
 I think the photos don’t do it justice... Probably looks way better in real life and a set of blackwalls would make it even better.-
  • 2 0
 should have been done on an Intense frame, and a DH at that
  • 1 0
 @christiaan:

I didn’t want to say but okay, you said it. Haha!!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, but for a proper replica it does require the tanwall tires.
  • 4 0
 Since when did the Rascal sport 142mm of rear travel?
  • 4 1
 they changed that yoke link to allow for it, I wonder if it's any good
  • 1 0
 same lenght shock but more stroke ...
  • 1 0
 @flowriderracing: what size stroke? How does it affect the geo and performance?
  • 2 0
 @rayray1996: stock is 50 mm, there are shocks with 52.5 and 55 mm travel. Since the length of the shock is the same, the geometry will stay exactly the same.
  • 1 0
 @flowriderracing: whats it like? would you recommend it to others?
  • 1 0
 @flowriderracing: so what size stroke did you use to get 142mm of travel? And how does it affect the performance of the bike?
  • 5 0
 Needs more chainring.
  • 2 0
 Practically a third wheel.
  • 3 0
 With all the Vans stickers, this bike would deserve some flat pedals. Other than that, of course the bike looks amazing!
  • 1 0
 I ride SPD VANS ...
  • 2 0
 @flowriderracing: Ah, never realized they make those too. And now I notice that the original bike in the picture also seems to have red spd pedals, so the replica is quite fitting actually. My bad!
  • 1 0
 @flowriderracing: where on earth did you find Vans spd’s?
  • 1 0
 Pastels from the 70,s are the current look for most bikes. Boring! This looks wicked! Shaums brought cool to the sport. I think he works for Intense now .
  • 1 0
 This looks like the interior of a 1970s McDonalds, so it's perfectly fitting with the current colorways.
  • 1 0
 @tempest3070: don't eat there . Saw an add , holy crap your right!
Inspired by a Mc D interior!
  • 3 0
 Any more info on the Rascal LT?
  • 1 0
 we only use a shock with more stroke to get more travel. But the warranty will expire with this tuning no new model or something like this.
  • 2 0
 @edspratt I am pretty sure the guy who built the bike is based in Schwitzerland ;-)
  • 1 0
 Yes i am :-)
  • 3 0
 Looks sick!
  • 3 0
 Awesomeness!
  • 2 0
 No mention of travel? I am curious to know how much travel this bike has.
  • 2 0
 142mm it says it on the link.
  • 1 0
 @rideonjon: and 150 mm in the front
  • 1 0
 Seeing this triggered all my nostalgia. IMO it really needs a single crown USD fork (Shiver?) to round it out.
  • 2 0
 So you just exposed the new fork from intend! Congratulations!
  • 2 1
 Good to see they’ve kept the seat tube angle the same to really capture that retro vibe
  • 1 0
 stimmt, merci :-)
  • 1 0
 @flowriderracing: rattenscharfe Bikes hast du. Respekt
  • 2 0
 Rad!
  • 2 1
 Read this listening to Renegades Of Funk per suggested. It was epic????
  • 2 0
 Oldschool at it's finest
  • 3 2
 Definitely not as cool as the original
  • 6 2
 Definitely better at being a bike, though!
  • 1 0
 @dominic54: Right! Check out how awful Palmers bike looks like it would ride lol.
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: oh we had terrible bikes back then . But the M1 has a serious amount of titles to its name

We kinda owe mountain biking as we k is it today to Palmer and intense
  • 2 0
 @mxmtb: yeah, I’ve been in mtbs for nearly thirty years. He came along at just the right time lol. Maybe we’d still be wearing a mix of ski gear and xc gear if not for him.
  • 2 0
 Purty badass
  • 4 4
 I guess if your bike brand doesn’t have a pedigree u can paint it too look like a bike brand with a pedigree?
  • 2 0
 wow, nice! would ride
  • 2 0
 I love it!
  • 2 0
 Needs more SWAG.
  • 2 0
 f*ck that’s ugly
  • 1 1
 How to ruin a really good looking bike....
  • 1 3
 Would it climb as good as the new slash that 1995 intense with some lighter componentry?
  • 3 1
 I mean the seat angles are similar!

(Not really, but you teed it up so I just kind of had to.)
  • 1 1
 @gotohe11carolina: yeah you got my sarcasm
  • 1 1
 @gotohe11carolina: and the head angle is steeper so...
  • 3 4
 That is truly horrible.
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