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Old 08-24-04, 07:11 PM   #1
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Are there any Giant/Revive riders here?

My wife and I are looking at getting a Revive with the enclosed drive train, 7 gears and drum brakes. Is anyone riding one of these and are you satisfied with it? It will be primarily for her and she is not a commuter or distance rider. Our terrain is flat here in SE Florida.
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Old 08-24-04, 09:32 PM   #2
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My wife commutes 10 miles round trip w/hills on a Revive. She absolutly loves it. Its very heavy so it is best suited for the flats but the ride is very very cush, the most comfortable bike on the market says I. If Honda made a bike this would be it, its a blast I would fully encourage you to get it. No mechanical problems so far, we got it in early spring. If you do get it prepare for lots of attention and questions. If you are trying to encourage her to ride, this is the bike fun fun fun, but you will probably have to slow downa bit if you want to ride with her, again its a blast.
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Old 08-29-04, 07:13 PM   #3
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Thank you for the recommendation and reply to my question. We are still sitting on the purchase, in part because of the cost. I wouldn't mind buying used but there aren't very many Revive bikes out there.
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Old 09-09-04, 04:28 AM   #4
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I have an 8 speed standard model and love it. I think it is more practical than the DX. It is much lighter, the derailer is more efficient than the hub gear oof the DX, changing real tire on the DX could not be done by average owners. Usually lighter model bikes sell for more, but with the Revive you pay less for the lightest model!
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Old 09-09-04, 11:47 AM   #5
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What is the weight [approximately] of the standard model?
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Old 10-02-04, 04:25 AM   #6
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The standard Revive weighs 19 kgs. (42 lbs.)
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Old 10-02-04, 05:20 AM   #7
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I have a Revive DX with 500 miles and love it. Best bike I every owned. I am in the 50 plus club!
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Old 10-07-04, 06:23 PM   #8
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We now have the Revive but are having a difficult time getting used to it. We have been through two hurricanes and a rainy rerun of a third. Thank goodness for generators. The streets have been so clogged with tree trash and yard clean-ups that cycling has been a poor choice of activity. After being used to the glide and free roll of a road type bike the Revive is more difficult to ride. We both find that one must pedal more and the glide is not as good. The steering is much more "twitchy" or has "oversteer". I think we just need more time to get used to it. Yes the "over fifty crowd" has some things to learn. I love the sit-up position and view. It also draws quite a few questions.
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Old 10-21-04, 12:45 AM   #9
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I got the red/silver REVIVE last year on an online auction here in AKRON OH.sponsered by our local newspaper.So I got it new and well below the 600+ retail price.Great bike for rides around town and
local trails,not great bike to transport or ride up step hills because of weight.I must admit the more I ride
this bike the more I like it ,Ive built leg strength and love ridding up hills around10-12 degrees and
feel like a kid going down any hill.
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Dustys,

Try changing the angle of the front bar. At first I had the bar too far back because that is where my wife left it. It rode better after I adjusted the handbar out a tad.

With a road bike having a wheel base of 46" and the Revive having a wheel base of 56", it will not turn as sharply and does take some getting used to.

Still working on the transport angle. I will let you know when I get it figured out successfully.

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I have a Revive DX and have about 1000 miles on it. I love it. I bought it in Michigan, live in Western NY and am now in SE Florida for the winter. It is absolutely a great bike.
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For transport, here's what works for us:

1. Trailer hitch. Best buy is at Uhaul and they can install it for you. Models available for almost all vechicles. They use drawtight hitches. Cost should be about $2..300.

2. Sportsworks mod series. You need the recumbent tray for the Revive and can use the std tray if you have another bike to transport. Cost is about $3..400. The standard mounting with bikes alternating will have the hybrid bars touching the seat of the revive. You need to add padding here so you don't rub the seat. I haven't tried reversing and having both face same direction yet.
There is an easy slide bar that slides down to hold the bike in place. Loading is super simple. Put bike on tray. There is an elongated U tube to hold the tire above a V tray. One bar slips down on the front wheel. The rear won't grab the back tire, but grabs the luggage rack perfectly.

The cool part of about this solution, it you don't increase roof drag and risk loosing your bike on a trunk mount system. The rack can go with you when you change vehicles.
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We live in the flatlands also. My wife could not ride any other bike, although we've tried almost everything. We were considering a recumbent for her until we saw the Revive. Bought it for her instantly this summer. She has done a few hundred miles on it. She loves it.

Because of the weight of the bike, even the slightest hill becomes much harder to do. Because of the upright position, even the slightest wind becomes a strong head wind.

But we ride together at an easy pace, and it well meets our needs.
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My wife and I are looking at getting a Revive with the enclosed drive train, 7 gears and drum brakes. Is anyone riding one of these and are you satisfied with it? It will be primarily for her and she is not a commuter or distance rider. Our terrain is flat here in SE Florida.
I had the 8 speed standard model and really liked it. It's a bit clunky as others have noted but it's a lot of fun to ride. I even liked bouncing around off road on it with the rear suspension.
Unfortunately, I got "recumbutt" on it which is discomfort in your butt caused by the fact that you're sitting on the muscles you're pedalling with. This only occurs to some people and only on some bikes. But just in case, for someone thinking of the Revive, or any semi-recumbent or Recumbent, I think a long enough test ride (30 minutes or more) to make sure you don't have this problem is a good idea.
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