Bike Check: Flowrider Racing's Unique Revel Rascal LT Loaded with Prototype Parts

May 15, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

Originally made to show off at Sea Otter, this one-off Revel Rascal is built with a handful of special parts that you may not have seen before.

The build was inspired by one of the first custom bikes Marc Wohler, who works for the German distributor Flowrider Racing, built in the early nineties, a deep forest green Klein Pulse. With Flowrider Racing becoming the distributor for Revel Bikes in Switzerland, they thought it was a perfect opportunity to make a homage to that Klein.

The original plan was to show the bike off at Sea Otter, but with that scrapped they have instead sent it through to us to display digitally before it gets too dirty. It's a bike dripping in prototype parts including a carbon DH bar from Ceetec alongside a custom 'Vegan' saddle, brakes from Braking and drivetrain components from Ingrid. Finally, the incredible paint job is from Stefan Utz at Cycleworks using original Klein colors. Let's take a look at some parts of the bike in detail:



Ingrid Components

First up is the drivetrain which comes courtesy of Italian brand Ingrid Components. For this custom bike, they have fitted a new prototype 12-speed derailleur, made using two different construction methods.

CNC machining aluminum is used for most of the derailleur body and links, but they use additive manufacturing for the other components such as the cage and pulleys. Using these two techniques, Ingrid are able to keep costs low so they can easily adapt or modify each component while also making it possible to replace each element.

Although the bike is using a SRAM XX1 Eagle shifter, Ingrid says they currently have their own design in the works. Currently, they are targeting a weight of 265 grams for the rear derailleur putting it just 1 gram off XX1. Also from Ingrid are the cassette, cranks and chainring.





Intend BC Suspension

Fulfilling suspension duties is a full setup from German brand Intend. Out back they have fitted the Hover Shock which aims to feel like a coil shock and definitely helps add to this Revel's very unique appearance.

For the front suspension, they have used the Edge New Age Fork featuring new cable guides, bushings and axle when compared to the Edge fork. This includes changes such as SKF seals for wiper and oil seals, higher bushings and the Royal-Flush coating. Find out more about the New Age range here.





Braking Brakes

Another prototype component on this build is the brakes from Braking. The company was originally established in 1990 selling motorcycle brakes but in 2018 they branched out in bicycle brakes and the Revel features a new prototype of the 'Braking Complete System'.

The new brakes save over 100 grams over the old version while increasing braking power. The brakes are also completely CNC machined and feature a new thickness of steel braided hose for a slight weight saving. In addition to this, the brake pads have been adjusted for a wider braking surface allowing for better grip and heat dissipation.





Ceetec

Completing the bike is a whole load of finishing kit from the Swiss brand Ceetec, this includes wheels, rear axle, seatclamp and bottle cage.

Most notably the bike features a prototype DH Carbon bar. It has been developed between Flowrider Racing and Ceetec since the summer of 2019. This version was built to the dimensions provided by Marc Wohler (800mm width, 25mm rise, 7-degree backsweep). The bar has a carbon UD finish and weighs 209g.

Also for this bike, they have made a special 'Vegan' version of their C1 saddle as Marc Wohler says: "because we are vegetarians and we don‘t want to kill animals for our saddles." The saddle also features a custom made thermo memory foam inside to improve its levels of comfort for the rider.








146 Comments

  • 83 0
 But where are dangerholm's quads?
  • 19 2
 just give him this bike so he can make it beautiful.
  • 2 0
 I'm done, take my money now!
  • 3 3
 looks like a session...........
  • 46 1
 Tires remind me of buying fresh white sneakers.... they's great for about a day or so... gorgeous bike though!
  • 15 0
 Same applies to white gloves or grips.
  • 9 0
 @sngltrkmnd: worst mistake ever - white shorts, one ride through in the wet and now it's perma mud butt with those
  • 51 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: White shorts. They were a mistake before the first ride...
  • 21 0
 @JTepic: but they were on sale !!
  • 19 4
 Ya white tires do not belong on a bike. Waiting for this trend to die hard.
  • 6 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: Alright then, Sonny Crockett...fair game!
  • 6 0
 Go for the brown shorts , mud , scared -your covered@artistformlyknowasdan:
  • 2 1
 @climber72: i found some nice RF short in blk on sale recently Smile
  • 7 0
 Some goes for any white clothing. I buy darker clothing, so you can throw everything into the washer together. No separating. Lol.
  • 3 0
 @sngltrkmnd: or white undies.
  • 6 1
 I want to see this build without the white tires. They are so distracting.
  • 3 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: They were on sale for a reason!
  • 8 1
 @PHeller: Hideous, they're just hideous...
  • 4 0
 @sngltrkmnd: We went to Utah over Winter Holiday this year. My son went into the bike shop with his mom to buy some gloves... came out with white TLD gloves. Nice shade of orange by the end of Day 1.
  • 2 0
 @sngltrkmnd: I bought a pile of White ODI(I think) lock on grips with the skull and x bones about 12 years ago.

Extremely tacky, amazing grip. And once dirty made the skulls look awesome in a rat rod kinda way.

Unfortunately wore out my last pair last winter.
  • 2 0
 @baronKanon: everything eventually goes on sale
  • 2 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: If it sells out it was priced to low or they didn't make enough.
  • 2 0
 ....now we just need a Biking brand bike for those Braking brakes. Would not be surprised if Specialized hasn't already trade marked the words Bike, Biking, Bicycle, etc.
  • 2 0
 @JTepic:
Only to be used at Wimbledon.
  • 1 1
 The tires were on sale
  • 1 0
 @JTepic: Tubbs! Go to the Spyder and get me a new pair of white shorts!
  • 1 0
 @PHeller: They look like giant powdered donuts.
  • 1 0
 @sunringlerider: white helmet, no undies will make you a finesse rider through rockgardens
  • 2 0
 @Mr-Horse: rocky beat them to the punch grabbing bikes domain name many years ago. That was pretty brilliant.
  • 1 0
 It looks like a classy porn star performing with white socks. Boner killer.
  • 38 0
 So happy to see outlandish builds like this. Reminds me of some of the irrational exuberance of the 1990's. What a sick show bike. Good enough to just put it in MBA magazine, tear out the pages and thumbtack to the wall.
  • 29 8
 Vegan saddle!!??
Who even has a non-vegan saddle?
We all use vegan saddles. Its called PU or leatherette. Faux leather or what ever.
Sweet ride but less moral infliction please
  • 14 0
 You're right that most saddles would be vegan but Ceetec's normal C1 saddle uses Goat's leather.
  • 2 0
 My Brooks saddle on my cute/hack bike is made from leather (and older than half the people on PB!). But I think all my others are synthetic
  • 34 0
 I prefer to ride on the hides of the animals I have slain, then go home to the house I have driven my enemies from, to be served by the slaves I have conquered, and to dine while hearing the lamentation of their women. But to each his own.
  • 9 2
 Some good cows died to make my Chromag Trailmaster LTD and boy was it worth it.
  • 2 0
 @JohanG: Conan rides!!!!
  • 4 0
 @JohanG: Nice. All my MTB riding kits is made out of alligator skin with snakeskin accents.
  • 4 0
 @fartymarty: wow they must have been tiny cows!
  • 4 1
 @pmhobson: tiny and very comfy cows
  • 4 2
 @JohanG, what is good in life ?

To crush your frenemies,
To see them lagging behind you,
and to hear them lament like women
  • 21 0
 The place of this bike is not on the trail but in a plexiglas box in a mansion!
  • 11 1
 yeah, because none of the components will have spare parts available
  • 1 0
 True. I guess not even the famous pinkbike dentists would spend CHF 17.150 and ride these white tires on a trail.
  • 18 0
 Braking brakes is genius. I'm actually quite surprised I was able to find their website.
  • 26 0
 I love that name. It sounds like dwight schrute owns a bike brake company.
  • 16 0
 Can't beat the quality on those Braking brakes, but have you tried the Sitting saddle? Steering bars? Grippy grips? The whole component lineup is racer racy.
  • 7 0
 Brakey McBrake Face...Brakes.
  • 6 0
 @mountaincross: Grippy Grips... I think I just discovered a new company name and product.

I'll send you royalties in the mail.
  • 4 0
 I thought it was Bra king
  • 1 0
 @Ryan2949: just send me a free pair...and some stickers.
  • 11 1
 the decals on those bars and wheels are beyond hideous.
  • 5 0
 wasn't that exactly the point of the entire build?
  • 4 0
 Those braking system brakes were an absurd price. Would of taken a punt at mt7 or hope price, but @trickstuff prices no chance. Ingrids 2 tone cranks were stunning, good to see derailleur, was loving the fluro mockup years ago!
  • 1 0
 They are just a bit above half the price of a trickstuff. So around Hope, MT7, Hayes price. And believe me, they are much better and I totally recommend them. Proud Owner of a Braking Complete System.
  • 7 0
 What’s going on under the stem?
  • 10 0
 It's the RevGrips stem, has an integrated bell revgrips.com/products/trail-bell-with-silencer-switch
  • 3 0
 @timbrewolff: That's pretty cool!
  • 9 0
 Err ok. For bears/hikers?

Surely the ideal is a whistle that goes off every 50m or so, so you feel like you are racing dh?
  • 3 0
 @timbrewolff: surprised your not pushing this www.mtbbell.com

Love my timber bell and not dedicated to a specific stem with easy to use on off switch
  • 8 3
 "We dont want to kill animals for our saddles".....but we want to make it still appear that we do - can you make that vinyl look like cowhide please?
  • 6 0
 Beyond meat made a good business over that.
  • 1 0
 Faux animal products are a fooking great thing.
  • 3 0
 Is it just me, or is the inverted fork underrated? While it seems like the sanctions would attract more dirt, since they’re farther from the tyres they won’t. Also, you have all the weight of the bike, and yourself, and the fork compressing down...
  • 3 0
 historically the problem has been the legs don't have an additional arch which results in excessive flex. DVO did address this to a degree. Hopefully these newer generations perform better in off chamber and awkward deflection situations
  • 3 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: yeah, just goes more, and more to prove: what’s not to like about DVO?
  • 2 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: Correct. Inverted forks just don't work off the show room floor. To flexi when you need them.
  • 1 0
 Absolutely loved my Maverick DUC32 fork! Still have one in a box somewhere, but been meaning to get it refreshed.
  • 1 0
 @Cyberhatter: I wanted to love my shivers but in reality they were awful
  • 5 0
 Great, but what about those tires?!
  • 4 0
 Is it the shock or a link mod that makes 142 rear travel on this little rascal ?
  • 4 0
 Have we come back around to White Onza Porcupines? Cool.
  • 4 0
 Seat angle looks like the frames bottomed out at the rear..
  • 1 0
 More info on this on VitalMTB. Especially on the most interesting Ingrid components... But I'm not sure about using PA as material for the derailleur cage, always prefer metal...
  • 3 0
 Those are Onza tires. Porcupine model. You can find them.
  • 1 0
 Racin' porcs! good for 3 dh runs.
  • 5 0
 Needs to be matched with a Smoke on the back...
  • 3 0
 @woofer2609: Dart in the front!
  • 1 0
 @JTepic: ...Farmer John in the back, Farmer John's Cousin in the front...
  • 1 0
 @woofer2609: Showing your age with that one.,what was the front tire that went with the smoke?
  • 1 0
 @dannomyte: ...some would say the Dart, I'd pick the Fire
  • 1 0
 @dannomyte: From what I recall, the Smoke was fitted front and rear, but as a front it wasn't really that fantastic up front, so people started mounting Porcupines up front. At the time there wasn't a Dart yet offered.
  • 1 0
 Is that a Yep seatpost? Also, are the (Time?) pedals actually European made? There obviously are some good European made platform pedals out there so there are options.
  • 1 0
 Yep!
  • 3 0
 Revel may want to consider that frame color. Very nice.
  • 1 0
 It looks amazing!
  • 2 0
 What makes this an LT? Read the whole article for that info, did I miss it?
  • 4 1
 It has 142 rear travel vs 130 . I would like insight if this ilmod is available . Basically makes it a Modern carbon riot .
  • 2 0
 @climber72: I asked the founder of Revel at an event last year if there was any plans or ability to long shock the current rascal. His reply was "no, we've really optimized it and its maxed out at 130" just like that it wasnt a contender for me any longer.

Shitty if its easily bumped to 142.
  • 2 1
 @NateMob: you should check out the Canfield one.2 or wait for the new riot later this year if covid hasn’t put it on hold. Cbf platform rides bigger than the numbers would make you think.
  • 2 0
 My guess is that with a 210x55 shock some tires would make contact with the back of the seat post. In an effort to make things simple, they just specced the bike with a 210x50 shock that would fit all 29x2.6 tires available. Easy way to check - amount shock, alloy suspension to fully compress, check tire clearance.
  • 1 0
 @PHeller: Unfortunately not so easy to check if you dont already own the bike. But yeah i imagine you're right even squeezing a 210x52.5 in there would be a cool experiment.
  • 1 0
 @climber72: do we know exactly how much the shock was long stroked by?? 2.5, 5??? be interesting to know for anyone considering this bike as that's a fairly easy sort and a matching it with a 150 or 160 fork could be a game changer for some...
  • 2 0
 @NateMob: Sorry to hear that. But we still really don't recommend it.
  • 2 0
 @RevelBikes: you could of said : we’re getting ready to drop custom links to tweak geo and travelFrown ????
  • 2 0
 @climber72: But we didn't and we aren't Frown
  • 1 0
 @RevelBikes: I figured . But being the boundary pushing sick c*nt company you’ve shown yourselves to be , it seemed possible. Keep pushing !
  • 2 0
 Have to be a ripper to ride that. If you were not, instant kook dentist status.
  • 1 1
 It's interesting that Intend's products are viewed as premium despite the raw/grey anodized coloring. I'm struggling to get a good color combo going on my bike with similar grey anodizing.
  • 1 0
 The tires and ceetec components are hideous (too many brandingz), frame is rather meh (xcept for the color) but everything else I would ride.
  • 3 0
 White. Tyres.
  • 3 1
 Natural rubber color.
  • 3 0
 True, although I’d imagine these are unnaturally made white, as natural rubber is not durable by itself.
  • 1 0
 Definitely a dentist bike (a bike that not even dentists can afford)

But it looks beautiful!
  • 5 0
 with lots of gold fillings
  • 1 0
 Well, Swiss dentists could!
  • 2 1
 You'd take a serious razzing from this guy if you showed up to ride with those tires. That bike is sick though.
  • 2 0
 That cockpit is gorgeous!!
  • 1 0
 Panaracer is gonna have to start making white 29" Smoke to match the Onza's.
  • 2 0
 Equalize the shock, my goodness
  • 1 0
 Awww the tyres reminded me of macow colours tyres you used to get in the 90,s
  • 1 0
 My first thought: A 1930's Duesenberg morphed in to a modern mountain bike.
  • 1 0
 ...., just add a gold front tooth and an I-know-what-you're-thinking kind of smile.
  • 2 0
 Don't care about the Rascal, show us the Rail!
  • 1 0
 All that talk about the weight of the parts, but no weight listed for the bike?
  • 2 0
 That saddle looks like its is sooo far behind the bottom bracket...
  • 1 0
 Really keen on trying out those brakes, but I'm unable to find anyone that sells them Frown
  • 1 0
 one of those ceramicspeed derailleur cage oversize jockey wheel upgrades would have been appropriate
  • 2 1
 When engineers make a bike instead of marketers.
  • 1 0
 I think this is the first time Ive liked a bike with white tires.
  • 10 9
 You lost me at "vegan saddle"
  • 7 7
 Grow up x
  • 1 0
 Dark frame with a dark background... C'mon.
  • 2 0
 I think the photos look great.
  • 1 2
 "because we are vegetarians and we don‘t want to kill animals for our saddles." So you're promoting what using a leather saddle?...
  • 2 0
 Since they are vegetarians & don't kill animals, they must be using some man made materials, not leather on the seat. Why is no-one talking about the most important part of this bike, the "memory foam" in the saddle...sure sounds comfy
  • 1 0
 Both style and geo remind me of old days Wink
  • 1 0
 Who makes that stem? I want.
  • 1 0
 It’s a jewel, not a tool.
  • 1 0
 No mention of the Revolution Stem?!
  • 1 0
 I like how the white tires basically announce this is a trailer queen.
  • 1 0
 kommentär wie im 20min, schön worde
  • 1 0
 Onyx hubs for sure... Nice chose...
  • 2 0
 Esoteric!
  • 1 0
 Wowsers, this bike would turn a few heads on the trail
  • 1 1
 This white wheel trends needs to come to an end. Not a good look
  • 1 1
 Everything but the white tyres.
  • 1 1
 Crazy Eurotrash build! JK looks pretty slick. I bet it rides awesome
  • 1 0
 Hey, who makes the bars?
  • 1 0
 I couldn't make it out. I think the brand is Cedric.
  • 1 1
 looks fruity af
  • 1 3
 Those brakes look awfully like an orange set of Hopes

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