Revolution Courier 2 '16
- Revolution Courier 2
- Our famous flatbar road bike
- Tektro hydraulic disc brake equipped
|Black||20"||Now Only £299.00 Was £399.00 Then £349.00||In Stock|
|Black||22"||Now Only £299.00 Was £399.00 Then £349.00||In Stock|
Revolution Courier 2 '16
This is our legendary Courier flatbar road bike upgraded the best way we know how - with self-adjusting Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, famed for their fingertip control and for requiring so little maintenance. In fact many Tektro hydraulic disc owners have found these brakes to be maintenance free, apart from, perhaps, a change of pads at the bike's annual service.
Why you should consider a bike with high quality hydraulic disc brakes
- Hydraulic disc brakes are mechanically more efficient than cable-operated brakes when it comes to that essential function of bicycle brakes - the pads engage and release more efficiently.
- The braking is more controlled and modulated so you quickly get a feel for the lever pull required whether you need to lightly scrub your speed or come to an emergency stop.
- Automatic pad adjustment - even when the pads do wear down, they maintain an optimal distance from the brake rotor so brake performance isn't compromised.
- Another significant factor is that hydraulic hoses, unlike cables, are not prone to fraying, rusting, kinking and breaking. This fundamental difference helps explain why hydraulic brakes require far less maintenance and adjustment than cable-operated brakes.
- Moving the brakes from the mud and rain-attracting wheel rims to the relatively clean hubs make for an improvement in the brakes' all-weather all-conditions performance.
- Disc brake pads are much harder so they last much longer.
- Your wheel rims should also last much longer now that they are no longer worn down by the brake pads.
- Hydraulic disc brakes are generally accepted as the best and the most widely adopted improvement in bicycle technology we've seen over the past 15 years.
More Upgrades over the Revolution Courier 1
- The Courier 2's cassette freehub makes for a stronger rear wheel than a conventional threaded-for-freewheel hub because the axle is better balanced by the more-outboard right-hand bearings. With its cones and bearings equidistant from the centre of the axle, the freehub has helped make broken rear axles history.
- The 8-speed cassette's 11-34 cogs offers a wider spread of gears than the Courier 1's 14-34 freewheel.
Same as Revolution Courier 1
The Revolution Courier is our flatbar road bike.
That is, it delivers the engaging, quick-accelerating, fast-steering ride you would expect with a similar price road bike, matched with the flat bar control you'll be familiar with if you've ever ridden a mountain bike.
This fast hybrid bike has a heroic history. When we launched the Courier in 1999, it was one of the first 'urban flatbars' on the market. By 2002, this slick-tyred urban commuter bike was voted Cycling Plus magazine’s Budget Bike of The Year.
With its stripped-down single-shifter Shimano transmission and its fast 700x32 Kenda Kevlar-belted tyres, this year's model maintains the original Courier’s keep-it-simple vibe.
Simplified Gear Shifting
One shifter, one gear mech, one cog and one chainring means less weight and less to go wrong, yet the gear range is wide enough for most city riders.
The Shimano Altus Rapidfire shifter makes it so easy to zap through the gears. This single gear shifter has a large lever you push with your thumb to select lower gears for climbing and a second lever you pull like a trigger to return to a higher gear for going faster.
- In line with the growing consensus that wider tyres are a blessing for most riders (more on this) our Courier bikes are shod with name-brand Kenda 700x32 tyres.
- Wider than road bike tyres, slimmer and smoother rolling than mountain bike tyres, 700x32 tyres help create the perfect all-rounder bike that can offer speed potential on good roads, grip on dirt roads and cushioning on cobbles.
- The Kenda tyres we select are treaded, making them more grippy yet smoother rolling on the road than a traditional knobbly cross tyre.
- A Kevlar Shield belt beneath the tread makes the tyre extra puncture resistant.
Revolution Bikes - what's new for 2016?
Revolution bikes have always been about making quality bikes more affordable.
We have taken this philosophy to another level for 2016 by simplifying the range yet making it better.
We've achieved this alchemy by taking away the superfluous, then putting the money back into the essentials.
Frame and Fork
As with any bike we start with the frame and fork.
- 7005-series aluminium alloy frame. This alloy frame helps make the bike light enough to ride uphill without too much effort. Even if you're only moderately fit. Yet it's built strong and true so it comes with a lifetime warranty.
- 7005 aluminium is one of the strongest alloys used in bicycle frame construction, so it can be safely built thinner walled and lighter weight.
- The rigid steel fork is stronger than any carbon fork, it's lighter than any suspension fork and it will never require servicing.
Fewer Frame Decals
The more transfers and stickers we request on a frame, the higher the cost. That's why we reduced the number of frame decals to the minimum required to register the bike's CE-compliance and to remind you of the bike model's name when admirers ask.
Good enough for Henry Ford
Every adult Revolution 2016 bike has exactly the same matt black paint finish. Again, this saves on costs, compared with offering a choice of colours.
Better still, the factory paint shop told us that this particular shade (called 30% matt black) adheres to frame tubing better than any other and that it's less likely to mark or chip, making it the hardest-wearing finish they offer.
A side benefit of going for a sober utilitarian finish, rather than bling, is that it's less likely to attract the attention of opportunist bike thieves.
Feedback from our shops' service departments informs us that wheel repairs and replacements are among the most common fixes required - especially on less expensive (sub-£600) bikes. On most models, including every Revolution Country, the wheel is built with a stronger double-wall aluminium rim, which is eyeletted to reinforce the all-important high-stress area where the spoke nipple slots into the rim.
To ensure maximum wheel longevity, every Revolution bike wheel is built with 32 or 36 spokes, making the rim more capable of taking a pothole hit than a wheel with fewer spokes.
The Country 2's cassette freehub makes for a stronger rear wheel than a conventional threaded-for-freewheel hub because the axle is better balanced by the more-outboard right-hand bearings. With its cones and bearings equidistant from the centre of the axle, the freehub has helped make broken rear axles history. Going to these lengths makes us pretty confident that our wheels are the hardiest you'll get on a bike around this price.
Allen Key Security Skewers
While our bikes are used for all types of riding from day trips to charity rides to tours, we know that a Revolution bike is most often used as an everyday workhorse for getting around the towns, cities and villages where most of us live. Given that easily-removable bike parts do get knicked, it made sense for us to do away with quick release levers. Knowing your wheels are secured with Allen key skewers, will make you feel that bit more confident about leaving your bike locked up outside.
Frequently spotted on 4-figure bikes, we know Tektro brakes to be sound and reliable so we spec them on every Revolution bike.
Every Revolution Courier bike comes with the eyelets and clearance required to take full-length mudguards and a rear rack, to make it even more versatile for everyday use. If you would like mudguards, rack or anything else fitted to your Revolution bike, please ask when you order the bike, and we'll waive the normal fitting charge.
Revolution might be our house brand, but we can reassure you that we go to great lengths to make our bikes as standardised as possible.
That's why the comfortable DKK saddle is fitted to the most common size of micro-adjust alloy seatpost - 27.2mm diameter. That's why the fork steerer/headset is also the most common size - one and an eighth inch (28.6mm) diameter. That's why the frame's 68mm bottom bracket shell is threaded to take a regular bottom bracket. That way if you do have to swap, replace or upgrade a part in years to come, we're confident you'll be able to source it from near-any bicycle shop with minimum fuss.
|Revolution Courier 2|
|Frame||Strongman 7005 aluminium alloy|
|Fork||Strongman hi-tensile steel with 1-1/8" unthreaded steerer|
|Headset||Aheadset, 1-1/8", steel|
|Stem||Kalloy alloy, matt black, 15-degree rise. 90mm (18 inch frame), 105mm (20 and 22 inch frame)|
|Handlebar||Kalloy alloy riser bar, matt black, 20mm rise, 9 degree backsweep, 25.4mm centre, 60cm wide|
|Grips||Velo Kraton rubber|
|Saddle||DDK comfort saddle on Kalloy 350x27.2mm micro-adjust seatpost|
|Brakes||Tektro Auriga HD-M290 hydraulic disc brakes|
|Front Brake Lever||Tektro Auriga HD-M290 hydraulic|
|Rims||Strongman 32h double-wall alloy rims with CNC sidewalls and single eyelets|
|Front Hub||Formula alloy for 6-bolt rotor. Allen key security skewer|
|Rear Hub||Formula alloy cassette freehub for 6-bolt rotor. Allen key security skewer|
|Tyres||Kenda K197 700x32 with Kevlar Shield puncture-resistant belt|
|Crankset||SR Suntour CC 344 with 44t steel chainring, 170mm alloy crankarms|
|Bottom Bracket||Square Taper, Semi-Cartridge Bearings|
|Pedals||Wellgo w/boron steel axle and nylon body|
|Rear Mech||Shimano Tourney RD-TX800|
|Gear Shifter||Shimano SL-M310 Altus Rapidfire 1x8|
|Shimano CS-HG31 8-speed, 11-34t|
|Weight||12.2kg based on weighing a 20-inch Revolution Courier 2 without pedals|
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