TroyTec to Revolution-ize the Bicycle Market

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TroyTec is a comparatively young company founded in 2009 by Dominic Rodatus and Tobias Albert. They have some experience in motorsports and are both mechanical engineers, so the racing roots of the Revolution modular bike should not be a surprise.

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The core of all Revolution bikes is a carbon frame which is a base of four general configurations. The biker is able to choose between low and high full suspension and low and high rigid racing. The carbon frame allows that because of its rear swing arms, different wheels and forks. Drivetrain, seats and other main components are also replaceable and may be transferred from one bike to another.


The LR and LR-FS modifications feature 20 inches front wheels. The front wheels on HR and HR-FS modifications are 26 inches wide. Rear wheels on all four modifications could be 26 or 28 inches wide. Wheel thickness could be no more than 35 mm and the bike could use off-road or smooth on-road tires, depending on the driver’s choice.

Although the company offers 4 general modes, the rider is capable of assembling 12 different bikes on himself. This is due to the frame compatibility with various wheel sizes and tire styles.

The carbon material provides low weight of just 8 kg (17.6 lbs) and high durability at the same time. According to TroyTec, the Revolution bike has 25% lower wind resistance than a regular racing bike, which allows top speed of 44 km/h (27 mph) by using pedaling power of 250 watts. Other similarity to racing sports is the low center of gravity which keeps the bike stable in tricky corners.

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The innovative bike could be disassembled and packed to receive more compact shape in 10 minutes. It has solid case for easier transportation in cases when it could not be driven. Shifting between modes is not that easy and takes up to 3 hours. This is because brake and gear-shift cables should be rerouted.

The biker is not sitting, it is more likely to be said that he is lying on the frame under angle of 24 degrees. This is made for better weight distribution over wider area and for better comfort. This is opposite to most regular bikes where the weight of the biker is concentrated on one spot.

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The price tag for the rigid LR and HR starts at €4,690 (US$6,450) and both models cost €5,290 ($7,275). The company offers also different conversion kits that vary between €818 and 2,091. Yeah, the composite carbon material makes the bike pretty strong, lightweight and reliable, but also makes it pretty expensive.

According to the official website of the company, Revolution won the ISPO BIKE Brand New Award in 2013 and finished on second place at the 2013 World Championship race in Leer, Germany.

The video shows how Revolution could reach 100 km/h (62 mph) while descending on a hill slope.

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