Revolution Sabre '14
- Revolution Sabre road bike.
- Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op's introduction to road bikes.
- 4/5 - Cycling Plus.
With its lightweight butted aluminium frame, its fast 700x25 tyres, its Tektro dual pivot brakes and its Shimano A070 Tourney 2x7 Dual Control gear shifter: the Sabre is a sound introduction to the performance and sheer fun you can enjoy when you take ownership of such a classy, contemporary road bike.
‘Great looks, great value and a balanced confident ride. 4/5.’ Cycling Plus, August 2013.
- Strong, lightweight 7005 aluminium frame with double butted seat tube.
- Comfortable, reliable, lifetime-guaranteed hi-tensile steel fork.
- The fork steerer is today's industry standard size - unthreaded, inch and an eighth external diameter - so there will be no availability issues should you ever wish to change the handlebar stem or headset in future.
- Shimano A070 Tourney 2x7 Dual Control gear shifters integrated with the brake levers.
- Revolution Competition 42cm wide drop bars with 31.8mm centre - today's standard for lightweight strength.
- These bars are wrapped in a deluxe shock-damping, gel-padded cork tape.
- Tektro Dual Pivot brakes.
- QR (quick-release) wheels enable fast wheel removal - no need to carry a spanner.
- Revolution wheel rims are double walled for strength and machined for enhance braking performance.
- Comfortable sporty saddle with cutaway groove to relieve pressure.
- Alloy micro-adjust seatpost - 300x27.2mm industry-standard size.
- Traditional flat pedals with nylon cages and steel axles.
- As with every Revolution bicycle you can purchase a Sabre confident in the knowledge that its frame and its components are covered by our lifetime warranty against any material or manufacturing defects.
- 11.5kg - sample bike weighed without pedals, but with BS reflectors and bell fitted.
The devil is in the detail - or why this bike is great.
7005 Aluminium Frame
This is one of the strongest alloys used in bicycle frame construction, so it can be safely built thinner walled and lightweight. The seat tube is butted (thinner walled in the middle) to save more weight. This frame is backed with a lifetime warranty.
Shimano Dual Control Shifters
Shimano Dual Control shifters integrate the gear levers with the brake levers. Shimano call this style of lever STI, which means Shimano Total Integration. STI allows you to shift through the gears without taking your hands off the brake hoods, so you experience no loss of control or momentum when you change gear. When gear shifting becomes this simple, it becomes as unconscious as taking breath. Making gear changing this easy means you're more likely to be in the right gear - that is the gear that allows you to pedal at the cadence (RPM) that most suits you, whatever the terrain, whatever your level of fitness.
Shimano introduced Dual Control STI shifting for road bikes in 1990. As is the way with Shimano, this technology has trickled down from mega-buck pro-level Dura-Ace to more affordable versions. The Sabre features the first Shimano Dual Control levers that retail for (just) under £100 a pair.
These Shimano AO70 shifters offer precise, positive shifting through their 2x7 = 14-speed range. AO70 shifters operate the same way as Shimano 2300 STI levers. Simply nudge the left hand brake lever inwards, around 20 degrees, to shift from the small chainring to the big ring. Click the thumb-shift button, conveniently positioned behind the brake lever, to shift back to the small chainring. Similarly, the right hand lever pivots inwards to select bigger rear cogs, or you click the thumb-shift button to move the chain to a smaller sprocket.
Compact Race Geometry
Adopted by most of the top road bike companies, such as Giant and Specialized, the sloping top tube compact design creates a stiffer frame with more stepover height than traditional road bike geometry. Our frame's steep 74/75 degree seat tube angle positions you dynamically 'on top of the cranks', and encourages you to go faster than you would on a bike with more laid-back frame geometry.
Riding our revolutionary road bike need not be confined to lovely summer days. Mudguard compatibility makes it an all-weather machine you can enjoy all year round. To achieve mudguard compatibility, the frame and fork have sufficient wheel clearance and their dropouts are eyeletted to accept mudguard stay bolts. Similarly, the 57mm-drop Tektro Dual Pivot brakes are longer reach than regular roadie 49mm brakes to ensure there's sufficient clearance between wheels and brakes for you to fit the mudguards (or better still, ask us to fit the mudguards when you order the bike and we will waive the standard fitting charge).
More than any other component, fast, lightweight, low rolling resistance 700x25 tyres define the road bike. If you have been riding on wider mountain bike or hybrid tyres up till now, you will be amazed the difference skinny tyres make whenever you want to pick up speed on tarmac. Being a couple of millimetres wider these tyres offer a more cushioned and forgiving ride than regular 700x23 road bike tyres.
The Shimano chainset has 'compact' 34/50 chainrings. Compared with a traditional road racing 39/53 or 42/52 setup, compact chainrings offer a wider range of useful gears for most riders, while being lighter weight and simpler to use than a triple chainset.
Dual Pivot Brakes
Dual Pivot Brakes inspire confidence. Here, each brake arm moves independently so smooth operation and release is assured. If your last road bike had pre-1990s single-pivot sidepull brakes you'll be amazed by the flex-free assured performance of the modern Dual Pivot brake.
Check any road race. Drop bars have been around for over 100 years and have never been superseded. Drops have retained their popularity because they remain the original multi-position handlebar. You can ride with your hands comfortably perched on the bar tops or the brake lever hoods whilst spinning along. Alternatively you can ride with your hands lower on the drops to reduce wind resistance. Moving your hands from the top of the bars to the drops via the brake hoods gives you relief from riding in the same position. Changing position gives different muscle groups and joints a rest whilst bringing others into play. This versatility makes drop bars more comfortable for most people on longer rides than flat or riser mountain bike bars, which usually only offer one hand position.
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|Frame||7005 Aluminium Alloy|
|Fork||Full Hi-Ten Steel, 28.6mm, Aerodynamic Off-Set Tip: 17mm|
|Headset||CH-9280TBW, Semi-Integrated, 1-1/8", Steel|
|Stem||Kalloy, AS-601, 31.8mm, 7 Degree Rise|
|Handlebar||Kalloy, HB-TM21, 31.8mm, Width: 420mm|
|Grips||Velo VLT-032SG, Plastic End Plugs|
|Seatpost||Kalloy SP-242, 27.2 x 300mm|
|Seatclamp||Kalloy SC-100, 31.8mm|
|Front Brake||Tektro R317-EN, Caliper Brake|
|Rear Brake||Tektro R317-EN, Caliper Brake|
|Front Brake Levers||SHIMANO ST-A070, 2-SPD|
|Rear Brake Levers||SHIMANO ST-A070, 7-SPD|
|Front Rim||Aluminium Alloy, Double Walled, 700C x 1.50|
|Rear Rim||Aluminium Alloy, Double Walled, 700C x 1.50|
|Spokes||Steel, 14G x 32H|
|Front Hub||Formula RB-31FQR|
|Rear Hub||Formula RB-30-7QR|
|Front Tyre||VeeRubber VRB-044, 700 x 25C|
|Rear Tyre||VeeRubber VRB-044, 700 x 25C|
|Chainset||SHIMANO Tourney FC-A070, 50/34T, 170mm Crankarms|
|BB Set||CH-52-EN, Cartridge|
|Chain||KMC Z-51, BR/BR|
|Front Mech||SHIMANO FD-A070|
|Rear Mech||SHIMANO RD-A070|
|Front Shifter||SHIMANO ST-A070, 2-SPD|
|Rear Shifter||SHIMANO ST-A070, 7-SPD|
|Freewheel||SHIMANO MF-TZ21, 12-28T 7-SPD|
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