Grava Bikes Revenuer: At The Finish

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This bike can do gravel, cyclo cross, or commuting. You decide which way to go.

Grava Bikes Revenuer: At The Finish- The time for our long term review of the Grava Bikes Revenuer has come to a close. It has been ridden on commutes, pavement, dirt, and lots of gravel roads, so whatever charms it has have been ferreted out by this time. Please read my previous “Checkpoint” review on this bike HERE. Much of what I think about this bike is contained in that update and the Revenuer hasn’t really changed my mind in the past month.

Grava BikesDuring my final miles with this bike, I spent a lot of time thinking about what this bike is like, in terms of a reference point for those considering it. The steel frame is smooth, but this geometry isn’t like a lot of steel frames out there. The bike isn’t decked out in a lot of attachment points, which is the theme of the day with many new “adventure road bikes” these days. It has decidedly up-to-date touches, like the through axles front and rear, the disc brake compatible carbon fork, and those disc brakes themselves.

With plenty of tire room for 40mm tires, there are a lot of things one could do with this rig, and in that, Grava Bikes is successful, in my opinion, with their intentions for this bike. They meant it to work across disciplines, and with its racy feel and in the way the bike fits you, that purpose seems to work here. So, back to what point of reference this bike dials up then. Well…….it is hard to pigeonhole, but if I had to point to a bike a lot of folks are familiar with, I would say it seems that the Revenuer is like a Surly Straggler on steroids and stripped down to its essentials. Yes….you could set this bike up as a single speed, so it has that base covered. The Revenuer has a low front end, steel feel, light weight, (for a steel frame), and fatter tires fit…… well, you get the picture. The only thing missing here is the plethora of mounting points to turn the Revenuer into whatever picture you want to paint. The Straggler does have that over this bike in spades, but the Revenuer is edgier, lighter, and it is modernized for better or worse, and in that the Revenuer cuts a different path than the Surly. Hey….it’s a point of reference to draw upon. That’s all. So, to sum up……..

At The Finish: The Revenuer is a race oriented, fast handling bike that challenges you to put the pedal to the metal. Yet it has good behavior out on the gravel roads. It isn’t going to be your “Swiss Army knife” in terms of being a chameleon capable of morphing from gravel rig, touring rig, commuter etc, but it does do the racy bit as well as you could want in a steel gravel bike. It could be your cyclo cross rig, and fast, spirited road group rides are definitely within this bicycle’s scope. US made steel frame, uniqueness, and comfortable, capable geometry make the Revenuer worth a hard look.

Note: Grava Bikes sent over their Revenuer model for test/review to at no charge. We are not being bribed nor paid for this review and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.

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Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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2 thoughts on “Grava Bikes Revenuer: At The Finish

  1. Can you expand on the tire clearance? I’ve seen both 29×1.8″ and 700×40 claimed for the clearance. Is there sufficient clearance with something like a Clement MSO 40 on a modern, wider rim to use in a muddy race (think 2015 DK200)? Thanks!

    1. Stephan, that depends on how wide you go with that “modern, wider” rim, and what you think “sufficient” mud clearances are. A 40mm tire on a HED Belgium + rim? Yeah, I’d say it would work well on this bike. If that makes sense to you, then I think your question is answered.

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