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Revolution Cross 2 '16

  • TRP Spyre disc brake cross bike
  • Shimano Claris cross/road bike
  • 4.5/5 review- 7 Day Cyclist
Black52cmNow Only £399.00 Was £579.00 Then £450.00In Stock
Black55cmNow Only £399.00 Was £579.00 Then £450.00In Stock
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Revolution Cross 2 '16

The Revolution Cross 2 delivers enhanced performance, courtesy of its proven of TRP Spyre disc brakes and its Shimano Claris 3x8 transmission. See 4.5/5 review.

Upgrades over Revolution Cross 1

  • Shimano Claris is a more sophisticated STI (Shimano Total Integration) Dual Control setup with finger-operated levers (as opposed to the down-shift button Shimano employ on their ST-AO703 shifters).
  • Claris shifters therefore offer the same familiar action as Shimano's proven Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra and Dura-Ace shifters.
  • The 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.
  • TRP Spyre disc brakes.

TRP Spyre disc brakes
TRP (Tektro Racing Products) Spyre disc brakes deliver confidence-inspiring all-weather performance.

Unlike the majority of mechanical disc brakes, which only have one moving piston, TRP Spyre disc brakes have two. Both pistons move equally against the rotor. The result: more consistent and even braking performance, less likelihood of brake rub and less maintenance required.

'TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes are the best non-hydraulic road bike and cyclo-cross stoppers we've used.'

The Benefits of Disc Brakes on a Road Bike
Proven for over a decade on mountain bikes and better quality hybrids, the benefits of disc brakes are now becoming more and more recognised on road bikes. Moving the brakes from the mud and rain-attracting wheel rims to the relatively clean hubs makes for an improvement in the brakes’ all-weather all-conditions performance. Disc brake pads are much harder so they last much longer. That's why disc brakes tend to need far less maintenance compared with rim brakes - they don't require such frequent adjustment to compensate for brake pad wear. The wheel rims should also last much longer now that they are no longer being worn down by the brake pads.

Same as Revolution Cross 1

Cross bike inspired
The Revolution Cross 2 is inspired by cyclo-cross bikes. That is it's a drop bar road bike, but with extra clearance for wider tyres.

Wide Tyres

  • In line with the growing consensus that wider tyres are a blessing for most riders (more on this) our Cross bikes are shod with name-brand Kenda 700x35 tyres.
  • A 700x35 tyre is effectively twice as wide as a road bike tyre yet around half the width and smoother rolling than a mountain bike tyre.
  • 700x35 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.
  • The Shield Kevlar belt beneath the tread makes the tyre extra puncture resistant.

Drop Bars
Drop bars have been proven for over a century as the ultimate multi-position handlebar, designed to make cycling less fatiguing.

Drop bars help you ride more efficiently and more comfortably by enabling you to change your riding position as follows.

  • Hands on the brake hoods for general riding.
  • Hands on the drops to help overcome head winds.
  • Hands on the tops for relaxing, chatting and making the most of the tail winds.

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.

Better Wheels
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 Cross, 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 Cross 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, makes you feel that bit more confident about leaving your bike locked up outside.

Excellent Brakes
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 Cross 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.

Maintaining Standards
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.

Road Bike Sizing Guide.


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Revolution Cross 2
FrameStrongman 7005 aluminium alloy - double butted main frame tubes
ForkStrongman hi-tensile steel with 1-1/8" unthreaded steerer
ColourMatt Black
HeadsetAheadset, 1-1/8", Steel
StemKalloy alloy, matt black, 7 degree rise. 90mm (52cm frame), 105mm (55-58cm frame)
HandlebarKalloy alloy, matt black, 31.8mm centre. Width: 40cm (52cm frame), 42cm (55cm frame), 44cm (58cm frame)
Grips/TapeVelo black tape with silicone gel padding
SaddleDDK comfort saddle on Kalloy 350x27.2mm micro-adjust seatpost
BrakesTektro Spyre C mechanical disc brakes. 160mm Rotors.
Brake LeversShimano Claris ST-2403 STI Dual Control
RimsStrongman 32h double-wall alloy rims with CNC sidewalls and single eyelets
Front HubFormula alloy for 6-bolt disc. Allen key security skewer
Rear HubFormula alloy cassette freehub for 6-bolt disc. 135mm O.L.D. Allen key security skewer
TyresKenda 700x35 with Kevlar Shield puncture-resistant belts
CranksetSR Suntour XCE, 48/38/28T, 170mm alloy crankarms
Bottom BracketCartridge
ChainKMC Z-72
PedalsWellgo w/boron steel axle and nylon body
Front MechShimano Claris FD-2403
Rear MechShimano Claris RD-2403GS
ShiftersShimano Claris ST-2400/3, 3x8speed


Shimano CS-HG200 8-speed, 12-32T
Weight12.8kg based on weighing a 55cm Revolution Cross 2 without pedals
Be aware that bicycle specifications can change without notice so please regard our published weights as an honest but approximate guide.

Our suppliers reserve the right to change specifications and prices without notice. Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative will do all it can to maintain prices and specifications on this web site, however we do reserve the right to change specifications and prices without notice. Similarly, despite the wonders of modern computers, it is realistic to expect the colour of any item bought to differ subtly from the image online.

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Q. What size of chromoplast mudguards for 52cm Revolution Cross 2?
A. We recommend the SKS P45 mudguards.
Q. Does this frame have mounting points for a rear rack and mudguards?
A. The bike has mounting points for a rack and mudguards.
Q. How many fixings are there for bottle cages? I can only see one set in the picture. Thank you
A. The Cross comes with a single set of bottle cage mounts.
Q. It's 30-06-2016 today, are these out?  Anyone tried one?
A. We do now have the Cross 2 in stock in our warehouse and we will soon have them on display in our store.

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