What is Revved?
Revved Carbon Technology is the bike industry’s newest and most advanced carbon fiber innovation. Covertly
in development and testing for the last 3 years, Revved combines a revolutionary, patent-pending
manufacturing process and evolved carbon fiber material to create the next generation of mountain bikes.
We envision a world where carbon fiber performance isn’t a badge of exclusivity but a welcome invitation to
every one of you that wants to ride harder.
Where did the idea come from?
Over the years, riders have chosen Guerrilla Gravity (GG) bikes for many reasons, notably the durability,
customizability, and cost advantage provided by our aluminum and steel manufacturing. We’ve heard the
concerns about carbon fiber bikes, with our riders being drawn to the weight and stiffness advantages of
carbon but not willing to give up a tough, Made-in-America mountain bike. So we decided to ask the
How can we design and manufacture a mountain bike that blends the best
qualities of aluminum and steel with the best qualities of carbon?
When developing Revved Carbon Technology we had three requirements:
- Toughness. After all, what good is a bike you’re afraid to shred on?
- Cost. This sport is expensive enough as it is, and we don’t want to contribute to
pricing riders out of
- Made in America. Because it matters.
How does it compare to traditional carbon fiber?
Compared to the leading types of traditional carbon fiber material, Revved’s material is over 300% more
impact resistant, yet matches the strength and stiffness of the traditional material by sharing its
continuous-fiber composition. It is part of a new family of materials at the leading edge of aerospace
manufacturing. These materials are quickly gaining adoption for use in high-profile projects, most notably
within a significant portion of the structural components of Boeing’s new 787.
The same way we’re stoked to see our first-generation bikes still being thrashed on trails, the increased
toughness and fatigue life of each Revved frame will help ensure that your mountain bike is something
you’ll be able to pass on to your children.
- Impact resistance is greatly increased compared to traditional carbon, even before installing the
- Revved frames are able to use a powder coat finish that is more durable than the wet-paint finish of
traditional carbon frames
How is it made?
Our new production line is unlike anything you’ll see at another carbon fiber factory—overseas, or in
the USA. It’s a new, ground-up process that required significant infrastructure investments in order to
make cutting-edge tooling and expand our lean manufacturing capabilities. The result is a new level of
efficiency that has enabled us to dramatically increase our capacity, getting more riders on trails
- Automated fiber placement reduces labor time by approximately 80% while also ensuring quality
consistency from one frame to the next.
- These consistency improvements eliminate the defects that occur with traditional carbon fiber
during the initial hand-layup process (due to human error).
- Unlike traditional carbon frames that are cured in a 2-4 hour cycle, Revved frames are fused
during a 30 minute cycle.
- With a nearly perfect post-mold surface finish, 90% less sanding and finishing work is needed
compared to the traditional carbon fiber manufacturing process.
How many more trees are hugged?
As mountain bikers who live to explore trails in natural beauty, we are committed to being stewards
of our land, trails, and the environment. That's why it was so important for us to develop an
environmentally-responsible material and manufacturing process.
Key “green” advantages vs traditional carbon fiber:
- The material is economical to recycle.
- None of our waste is put into the ocean (duh, we live in Colorado).
- The material is safe for handling during the layup process.
- 90% less sanding and finishing work is needed, minimizing air particulates.
- Powder coating does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like wet paint.
- Working conditions are a-OK (after-work beers, anyone?)
- GG’s short supply chain dramatically reduces the carbon footprint--even the raw material is
made in the US!
Best of all, these key "green" advantages also result in keeping manufacturing processes efficient
and lean. The resulting cost savings are passed on to our riders making carbon fiber frames more
attainable (and stronger) than ever before.