On our test rides the Revolution Continental's looks received positive comments even from cyclists riding machines costing three times as much. Just as positive was the riding experience: during faster-paced group riding on the flat it can easily steam along at over 20mph.
Getting the bike up to full speed required a bit of effort, but the gearing is well suited for fast, flattish rides. The Continental has a 50/34-tooth compact chainset and comes with a 12-23 cassette. This combination is good for faster riding and provides nippy acceleration, which was great for commutes, but the flipside is that you struggle more when you start climbing, and you could run out of gears on steeper climbs.
The climbing is further hampered by the wheels, which at 3.76kg are more than 300g heavier than those on some other bikes at this price. However, the Revolution’s well-balanced handling comes into its own on the descents, and ride comfort is also good.
If you’re climbing steep hills or mountains every day the combination of the Revolution’s 11.18kg (24.6lb) weight and slightly high gears may leave you blowing, but for urban commuting, long rides and fitness riding this bike won’t let you down. Even less hilly sportives would be easily within the Revolution’s range.
Overall, Revolution’s Continental boasts a classy looking frame, co-ordinated looks, a sensible choice of components and a comfortable ride. It’s an excellent bike at a very good price but the gear range is limited, and we’d also have liked to have seen rack mounts for maximum commuting versatility.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.