Revolution Cuillin Disc review

Edinburgh Bicycle Coop put out some nice urban bikes - like the Courier Nexus - under their Revolution label. They do mountain bikes too, mostly aimed at the entry-level buyer, and this Cuillin Disc shares the Courier's understated black look.

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £330.00 RRP
Revolution Cuillin Disc

Our review

Sadly, fork recoil spoils the Cuillin's singletrack aim, despite decent spec.
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Edinburgh Bicycle Coop put out some nice urban bikes – like the Courier Nexus – under their Revolution label. They do mountain bikes too, mostly aimed at the entry-level buyer, and this Cuillin Disc shares the Courier’s understated black look.

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Apart from the disc mounts and rear dropouts, it looks to be much the same 7005-series aluminium frame – same tube profiles, same frame fitments and the same gusset under the oversized down tube. You might spot that there’s a bit of fl ex in the rear triangle and the bottom bracket is a shade low, but it’s the front end that you notice. While all four bikes have a 100mm fork, here the bars sit higher even with the stem flipped. A fl at bar would help bring the ride height down.

On the trails it climbs okay because the fork has a mechanical lockout. Lean steering through twisty singletrack is hampered slightly by the higher front end and the consequent lighter weighting on the front wheel. But to be honest, this pales beside the problems with the fork. Like most bikes at this price, the fork has a fierce rebound and it’s forever topping out. Single hits are okay, but on corrugated descents the front end shudders and kicks unnervingly.

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Aside from the obvious problems with the fork, the spec is actually pretty good. Shimano disc brakes, centre-lock rotors and hubs offer reliability – you can even replace the rear hub’s Freehub body when it wears. The 24-speed Alivio/Acera drivetrain works as well as anything here. Continental’s Explorer tyres sound a bit town-and- trail, but in fact offer good, all-round grip in anything but greasy mud. It’s not a bad bike, but its fork slows it down and dilutes any off-road adrenaline.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Cuillin Disc
Brand Revolution

Chain Z-72
Seat Angle 72
Grip Type Bolt-On
Max. Fork Travel 100mm
Colour Black
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.1
Front Tyre Size 26x2.1
Available Sizes 18 Inches 20 Inches 22 Inches
Available Colours Black
Weight (kg) 14.2
Rims Double Wall Disc Alloy Black
Cranks Isoflow 44/32/22
Rear Hub M495 Disc
Rear Derailleur Alivio
Pedals Non Supplied
Head Angle 70
Handlebar Rise 31
Handlebar OS Riser
Front Hub M495 Disc
Front Derailleur Shimano Acera
Frame Material Aluminium
Handlebar Type Riser