Revolution Courier Race review

Urban sports hybrid solution

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£280.00 RRP

Our review

A cheap, simple and effective city hybrid. Why pay any more?
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At just under £300, this is a simple, effective round-town bike. It’s hard to see why you’d want to pay more. It’s tightly focused on commuting and fulfils the brief well.

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The Courier Race is the 700C-wheeled version of Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op’s own-brand Courier that we’ve praised in the past. It’s faster on tarmac but not so good at going off it. You can tackle a towpath on its 32mm tyres, but forget singletrack.

The single-chainring 1×8 setup means there’s enough money in the budget for a half decent rear mech (Alivio) and decent wheels: stronger, eyeleted rims – which should be less prone to cracking around the spoke holes – on Shimano RM40 hubs. A narrower flat bar keeps you out of the wind better, although performance isn’t quite up there with the skinny-tyred (and £120 more expensive) Boardman Urban Comp. On the flip side, clearances for tyres and mudguards are bigger and it’ll take racks front and rear.

Bar ends should be an early upgrade, because thinner tyres transmit more road buzz to your hands than fat ones when you’re on flat bars. Allen bolted wheels would be better for security, too.

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Even if we had more money to spend, the Courier Race would make our shortlist of town transport choice. Decent commuting bikes don’t have to cost a packet.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Courier Race (08)
Brand Revolution

Brakes V-Brakes
Seatpost Micro Adjust
Rear Tyre Size 700x32C
Rear Tyre Sport Contact
Front Tyre Size 700x32C
Front Tyre Sport Contact
Available Sizes 18 Inches 22 Inches
Weight (kg) 11.3
Stem Aluminium
Shifters Alivio
Saddle Rocket V Comp
Cassette 11-32t, 8 speed
Rims Girder XC Pro
Rear Hub RM40
Headset Type Threadless
Handlebar Aluminium
Front Hub RM40
Frame Material 7005 Aluminium
Fork Steel
Cranks Aluminium 44T
Year 2008