Aaron’s 2021 Revel Ranger

This is “Seb Vettel”. I was looking for a bike that could hold its own on some of BC’s gnarly double black terrain while also appeasing my XC racer/HRM wearing/weight weenie roots. The Revel Ranger caught my eye for a couple of reasons Revel is a similarly sized company to us, cranking out some awesome products, and I really appreciate that. Plus the frame looks sleek and fast. I’ve got some fairly middle-of-the-road parts on there, but the money is spent where it matters. I alternate between chunky enduro tires and lighter XC tires depending on what mood I am in. As a personal touch, I threw on a “#5” on the top tube -which happens to be Sebastian Vettel’s car number (I am a big Formula 1 fan)


Fork: Rock Shox Pike 130mm


Rear Suspension: Rock Shox SID Luxe Ultimate 115mm

Bar & Stem

Bars: One Up 770mm 20mm Rise
Stem: Race Face Turbine 35mm

Cassette & Brakes

Cassette: SRAM GX 10-42
Brakes: Shimano SLX M-7000 180mm Rotors front and Rear

Shifters & Grips

Shifters: SRAM NX (hey. it works)
Grips: Some Cheapo’s that I found comfortable and light.

Saddle + Post

Saddle: WTB Volt
Race Face Aeffect 170mm

Crankset + Pedals + Derailleur

Crankset: SRAM GX 32t  Pedals: Shimano M520  Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX


Front Tire: 2.5″ Maxxis Minion
Rear Tire: Some 2.3″ Specialized Tire I found in the shop. I wanted something faster rolling than the DHR I had on previously.



I’ve had the privilege of riding every rim in our lineup, but I still keep coming back to the TR33. It’s just such a great balance of light weight, stiffness and width. It also does a great job taking the edge off of rocks and roots. When spec’ing out this wheelset the DT240 EXP had just come out, so I decided to give them a shot. They’re light and reliable. No nonsense at it’s finest. I went for Sapim CX rays up front to save weight, and then Sapim D-Lights in the rear.


29″ TR33 32h, laced to Sapim CX ray (front), Sapim D-Light (rear)

DT Swiss 240

DT240 EXP hubs (6-bolt)