Bike Check: Revel's LoveYourBrain Fundraiser Ranger - Sea Otter 2021

Oct 9, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

Revel Bikes has teamed up with the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a nonprofit that provides programs and resources to improve the quality of life for people affected by traumatic brain injuries, for the third year running to raffle off a custom Revel. This year, the prize bike is a Revel Ranger, the Colorado brand's 115 mm full suspension XC 29er in a custom 'LoveYourBrain purple' colorway.

The bike is built up with help from Revel's friends over at SRAM, RockShox, Industry Nine, Endless Bike Co, WTB, Maxxis, and of course Revel's sister companies Revel Wheels and Why Cycles. The fundraiser will run through all of October, with entries for sale here for $5 each. All of the money raised - a $100,000 goal - will go directly to the LoveYourBrain Foundation, the raffle is open worldwide, and Revel will build up a version in whatever size the winner needs.

We caught up with Revel at Sea Otter to check out the bike.

A RockShox SID Ultimate is paired with a SID Luxe Ultimate for top-end, lightweight suspension. Those wheels are from Revel Bikes' sister company Revel Wheels, which makes fully recyclable carbon wheels in the USA.
Frame: Revel Ranger
Shock: RockShox SID Luxe Ultimate
Fork: RockShox SID Ultimate
Wheels: Revel RW27 rims on Industry Nine Hydra hubs
Tires: Maxxis Dissector F & R
Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 AXS with Endless Bike Co chainring
Brakes: SRAM G2 Ultimate
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb AXS
Cockpit: Why Cycles Titanium Handlebars with Industry Nine A35 stem
Saddle: Custom WTB Volt
More info about the Ranger: Revel Ranger
More info about LoveYourBrain: LoveYourBrain Foundation

Shifting tasks are covered by SRAM AXS XX1.

Industry Nine pitched in that A31 stem, and yep, it's holding a Why Cycles titanium handlebar.
SRAM held nothing back on those G2 Ultimate brakes, with titanium oil slick bolts up front and that refined caliper, making it SRAM's lightest four-piston brake ever. Industry Nine is also to thank for those purple Hydra hubs.

No detail is left untouched. An Endless Bike Co chainring matches the Industry Nine and SRAM rainbow parts beautifully.

The RW27 set, Revel's medium-width rim option with (you guessed it) an internal width of 27 mm is mounted with Maxxis Dissectors front and rear.


  • 34 0
 I feel like it NEEDS EE Wings to compliment the bars.
  • 1 0
 Yes! It would be so matchy matchy. I got a soft spot for bikes and purple highlights
  • 8 8
 @lehott: You might want to check out my latest build, I'm really proud of it.

Now excuse me while I enter the raft,that Revel is sweet!
  • 1 0
 @nozes: that purple looks great!!
  • 4 1
 Maybe I shouldn't be saying this because I think everyone should donate to a great cause. It seems a little odd that you can enter without donating according to the rules page.

I only went there to find out if it is open internationally. Is it? That wasn't really clear.
  • 8 0
 It's a legal requirement.
  • 2 0
 Says bike and shipping included for 48 states, if you're outside that you will need to pay for shipping, taxes, duties or VAT. Otherwise nothing stating you can't win if you're from Canada or even SA/EU/AUS/etc
  • 2 0
 It says in the 2nd paragraph that it is open worldwide.
  • 4 0
 I had issues from concussions. I donate to them periodically
  • 3 0
 Thank you @pinkbike for sharing this! Every penny raised provides an opportunity to make things better.. THANK YOU!
  • 1 0
 Is the DT Swiss upgrade applicable to all of their hubs? I have a 370 on my 19 altitude C70, wondering if theyll upgrade it if I bring it.
  • 2 0
 If I won this bike I'd never see it. My gf would grab it from me. She doesn't ride- she just loves the colour purple.
  • 1 0
 Details notes that it's an i9 A35 stem but picture shows an A318 (description on that pic says A31 though) Sweet bike either way.
  • 2 0
 Obviously, it shows how shallow I am, but, it's beautiful.
  • 1 0
 Has anyone ridden a revel rail? It’s one of the bikes I’m considering buying next.
  • 2 0
 I had one for 8 months and after a knee injury which was going to keep me out of the bike for several months I ended up selling it. I can say it has been the best bike I've had so far. My friend is very happy with it too. Buy it, you won't regret it.
  • 2 0
 @juanescobar82: awesome thanks. I’ll drop them an email about buying one next pay day.
  • 2 0
 i have the rascal. amazing bike!
  • 2 0
 I just got done with a ride on mine. Epic bike. Been riding it for about a year. I got steep climbs and every kind of downhill in my area and it's super awesome. I've ridden a lot of different bikes and was a super canfield fanboy, so after finding out Chris designed the linkage, and it got such good reviews, I pulled the trigger on the rail and just love it. Hope they make the seat post a little steeper in the next version, but I'd go in for another in a heartbeat as is. After 6 months, I did switch to 160 in the front and a 29 cuz I love me a mullet.
  • 1 0
 @ranke: excellent. Do you know if it’s dual crown compatible? I would like to run a dorado (probably at 190mm). Otherwise a 180mm mezzer could be the fork I put on it.

I’ve spent lots of time on Horst and dual link bikes. I’ve been looking at my next bike and wanted to try something different. High pivot (like the range or Jekyll) looks great, but the lack of “playfulness” or less jump friendly behaviour is holding me back. Canfield were the best name in freeride bikes so I expect their system to be more friendly for hitting jumps or gaps than high pivot.
  • 2 0
 @Afterschoolsports: I'm not sure about the dual crown. I know some brands worry about smashing the carbon around the head tube but revel have always responded with detailed answers to any questions I've had building or upgrading it. And it is sweet to throw around for sure. If u like getting air you'll dig it. Super playful.
  • 1 0
 @ranke: awesome that’s precisely what I want to hear. I may not be very good at getting airborne but I sure do like trying and would prefer a bike that doesn’t make it harder. I’ll drop them an email and get the ball rolling.
  • 3 1
 That is a pretty bike
  • 1 0
 What’s good bike for a good cause from a good brand.
  • 1 0
 Sweet bike and great cause. What does a bike like this weigh?
  • 1 0
 Me more for needs this bike you no believe
  • 1 0
 I would turn this in to a bike like Brady tweety’s
  • 2 2
 Not the #GrimDonut. Where’s THAT raffle—I’d be in for that.
  • 1 0
 Very nice
  • 2 4
 Not a huge Rockshox fan, but this bike looks clean. and for a good cause.
  • 3 0
 Unfortunate scratch on the fork, maybe a shipping error
  • 2 0
 @wburnes: ha, good catch. Maybe it’ll buff out.
  • 3 1
 @wburnes: actually just some duct tape residue from a sign that was hanging off it
  • 1 1
 @mattdawg: you are involved with this?
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