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    Giant Revive

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask everyone who owns a Giant Revive to post their reviews, likes, dislikes, improvements, pics, whatever you like about your Revive. I've had mine for a month now and would like to hear the experiences of others. I'll post a pic when I get a good one. As for me, I really enjoy mine. Hills are hateful and the small wheels make me pump harder than I'd like, but the ride is pure enjoyment and the handling is quite snappy and safe. I can keep up a good 18 mph on flats and have gotten up to 29.3 mph on a slight hill so the bike CAN move! What say you Revivers?

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    I hope this thread generates some replies. There are afew comments over on Yahoo Groups. I have somehow ended up with four Revives, all the lighter weight base 8 speed model. To me, it's a pedal-powered Segway. I have maintained the speeds you cite, however the Revive's "natural" pace seems to be about 12mph. I swapped out the pedals to wider platform metal Azonics with the little gripper studs. Also mounted the Tioga Comp Pools rated at 65 psi and 1.75 width. Needed to undo the seat bolts and add washers under the front stud to raise the nose angle. These changes make a big improvement. The thing is delightful and altho I ride a regular bent now, I get on the Revive once a week to experience the supple ride and the freedom from recumbutt the posture neutral design allows. I can't believe it appears to be discontinued, the remaining ones may rise in value.

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    I had an 8 speed revive and loved it. Very stable. It would be great for around town. It's the only recumbent (semi-recumbent?) I've felt comfortable taking off road. Granted it's not going to set speed records, but I think it's a great bike. Unfortunately I got a bad case of recumbutt on it. Something about the seat didn't agree with my anatomy and I couldn't figure out how to fix it. If it weren't for that I'd still have it.

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    My wife just bought one about a month ago. She loves it, she doesn't ride more than 10-12 miles and we don't have many hills. She can ride longer and somewhat faster compared to her standard bike. It seems to have good spacing for a single gear ring, because she can climb most reasonable hills.

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    My husband and I each have one. We put high pressure tubes and tires on right away, and both of us upgraded the rear shock to Fox Float now, instead of the coil. I LOVE mine, it hauls ***** now. I've not ridden much up hill on it, though, just a flat land commute to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliebeanpie View Post
    My husband and I each have one. We put high pressure tubes and tires on right away, and both of us upgraded the rear shock to Fox Float now, instead of the coil. I LOVE mine, it hauls ***** now. I've not ridden much up hill on it, though, just a flat land commute to work.
    I apologize for hijacking this thread but would like to know more about your mod. I have a Revive and am very interested in the shock mod you made. How did you know about the Fox Float for bikes? I love my Revive and use it to pull a trailer for shopping. We have hills and I have noticed the rear coils seem to absorb some pedel-power when going uphill. Sorta like when street riding a full suspension mountain bike. I also like to ride my bike when just out for a solo ride and just want to enjoy riding as I can ride all day long without pain. It is my bike of choice when my wife rides a regular road bike as we are better matched for speed and distance w/that combination. It is a very sweet ride and I get alot of attention. Even motorist give me a wider birth. I think it is safer as motorist slow down to see what I am riding.
    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony N. View Post
    I apologize for hijacking this thread but would like to know more about your mod. I have a Revive and am very interested in the shock mod you made. How did you know about the Fox Float for bikes? I love my Revive and use it to pull a trailer for shopping. We have hills and I have noticed the rear coils seem to absorb some pedel-power when going uphill. Sorta like when street riding a full suspension mountain bike. I also like to ride my bike when just out for a solo ride and just want to enjoy riding as I can ride all day long without pain. It is my bike of choice when my wife rides a regular road bike as we are better matched for speed and distance w/that combination. It is a very sweet ride and I get alot of attention. Even motorist give me a wider birth. I think it is safer as motorist slow down to see what I am riding.
    Tony

    Well, since no one has replied to this thread in 6 months, I hardly think you highjacked it . As for the high pressure tires and tubes, that was an easy modification. We have trail tires on them, because the park we live near has tons of single track, and we go off road. But mostly I'm on the pavement, and the high pressure is nicer. As far as the shock goes, we measured the Fox Float on my mountain bike, and saw that that it would fit the Revive. So we got two, one one ebay, and one at our LBS. The only thing my husband was worried about were the bushings, because the shocks didn't come with them. Amazingly enough, the bushings that came with the original shock are perfect for the Fox Float. Right now we are on the search for front suspesion. We've only found 2 forks, White Bros. ($700 ) and Meks which are about $200. We haven't gotten our hands on the Meks yet, they're really hard to find.....

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    Thanks for the reply. Why are you considering changing the front forks? Also, why did you decide to change out the shocks? Maybe if we keep bumping the Revive thread, other Revive owners will jump in. I have yet found anyone that didn't like the Revive for what it is designed for.
    Thanks,
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    Hi,

    I am a former Revive owner. I got mine back in 2003-2004 (?). It was a red 8 speed model. In addition, I've owned other "true" recumbents such as a 6 speed ReBike Leisure, a later generation BikeE CT, a Lightning Thunderbolt, and lastly, an EZ-1 Super Cruizer. All nice bikes, but I will have to say that the Revive was the most fun to ride. It amazed me that with it's upright riding position, the Revive's comfort level matched any recumbent I've ever ridden. In fact, it was in that respect much better than my BikeE CT.

    I never had any issues with the rear suspension being overly active, and I weighed somewhere between 190-200 lbs. Maybe the bikeshop cranked down tight on that spring with the adjuster. I had them insert spacers under the front of the seat like another poster had done, and it was perfect. No more tendency to slide forward on the seat.

    The big question must be why I got rid of it. I belong to a large bike club here in Orlando, and on one Saturday while I was on the bike "riding to the ride", the edge of my sneaker's sole caught the plastic chainguard, and snapped it off the back mount.

    I finished the job, and tore the front of the chainguard from it's mount, and went straight to the bike shop where I got it from. The owner was there, and he said that he would place an order to get a replacement.

    Two weeks went by, and no sign of a chainguard. A month went by, and still the same status. Six weeks, nothing. The bike shop's owner finally told me that it seems Giant either didn't have spares available, or that the regional distributor just didn't carry them in stock.

    While the bike was every bit as functional, it didn't look the same to me without the chainguard. I got to the point where I was not riding it as much, and finally decided to trade it in at the bike shop for a Giant beach cruiser. Since the value of the Revive was higher, I got a good amount of credit at the shop so I could get parts, and accessories if I wanted.

    I understand they sold it for about $400 even, and the buyer was a middle aged woman who was very happy getting that bike at a much more affordable cost. Maybe I did a good deed unintentionally.

    But that bike was awesome. I seen a guy about my age or a little older riding one 5-6 weeks ago on the multi use bike trail by my place. I think it was a DX. It brought me good memories.

    I think I have some photos somewhere of my Revive, and if I find them, I'll be more than happy to scan, and post them in this thread.

    Currently, I ride a folding bike as my apartment is small, and actively participate in the Folding Bike Forum. I look forward one day when I can get a recumbent again. They are so much fun.

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    Hi again,

    I remembered a website (ReviveDx.Com) put up by a Revive enthusiast. It is still up! He has a page with photos of Revive owners. I am posting the link here:

    http://www.revivedx.com/Revivedx.com/Owners_Page.html

    My photo (Red Revive) is the one at the center top, next to Derek's, the site's owner. It says "Edward Orlando, Florida".

    The website's URL is of course http://www.revivedx.com

    Regards
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    "Bentless in Orlando, FL"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony N. View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Why are you considering changing the front forks? Also, why did you decide to change out the shocks? Maybe if we keep bumping the Revive thread, other Revive owners will jump in. I have yet found anyone that didn't like the Revive for what it is designed for.
    Thanks,
    Tony
    I changed out the shock because I really don't weigh enough to make that coil do anything. The Fox is adjustable for your weight, so I have much cushier suspension now. As to people liking it, EVERY time I ride, someone, ususally a woman, says "Where did you get that? It looks so comfortable", which it is. I was really hesitant when I first got it, because I thought it was funny looking. But my husband convinced me that I should get it, and I did. He bought it for me for Valentine's Day four years ago. It is one of the best purchases he's ever made, I love it. I have no idea how many miles I've put on it, but easily several thousand. I commute to work on it all spring, summer, and part of fall. I ride the park on the weekends, and I do errands on it (I have a basket mount on the front). I can't believe they discontinued it, but I guess now it'll be a collector's item

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    Need Giant revive parts

    Hello everyone,

    This is my first post to this forum.

    I am hoping someone can tell me where I might find some "Revive" parts.

    I just bought a neglected earlier model 8 speed Revive for $135.00.
    Overall it is in very good rideable shape but missing the chain guard. Also the fenders are broken and, I don't know if they are unique or if I can use any fenders.

    I plan to fix'er up and make her an electric.

    I would appreciate any comments, feedback or, parts resorces.

    Dwzipp

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    Any 20" fender set will fit. Planet Bike is an inexpensive brand. The original chainguards were too-soft a plastic and are the single substandard part on the bike. I managed to buy the last two replacements from Giant in 2007, but they shattered quickly. You can find other durable chainguards (eBay) that'll fit with a little adaptation. I have a nice transparent guard from a swapmeet I plan to fit on. I didn't Revive last year because I discovered the Sun EZ recumbent delta trikes. Mistake! The Revive is awesome.

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    Thank you leverleg,
    I appreciate your reply.
    I don't think this bike has ever seen lubrication of any king but I hope to have it ready to ride in a month or so.
    I'll post as I make progress.
    I am surprised how little there is to find in regards to the Revive since it seems to have been so popular.

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    The Site is Gone!

    Oh, oh! The ReviveDX site is gone! Oh well!

    Edward Wong III
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    The Giant Revive is a CF bike with scooter styling. Giant could have trimmed some weight but it still rides quite fast with Schwalbe Big Apple tires installed. As I found out, the only real drawback of the Revive aside from the added weight, is the cheap and flimsy NOS chainguard that shattered all too easily.

    A SKS Chainboard fixed that problem. With its unique design, its a fun bike to ride. And its a pity Giant discontinued it.
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    My wife and I each have our own Revive DX's and we feel that they are great bikes for riding on the paved bike trails in Central Ohio. They are extremely comfortable and safe bikes to ride. I especially like the Nexus-7 drive train, simple and easy to use, and the best part is that you can change gears while stopped.

    The only issue with the Revive is that it won't fit on a standard bike rack. But I was able to design a rack for the bed of my Frontier pickup that makes is easy to transport the two bikes and keep them secure as well.

    Jim

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    I've had good luck with my two electric Revives - one has a front geared brushed motor (on the DX, keeping the Nexus 7), and the other with a rear 9 continent motor from ebikes-ca. It works well with the original 7 speed freewheel, which I swapped out for an 11 tooth cog version for extra speed. I prefer the front motor build the best for balance reasons, with a 48Volt 15Ahr Ping battery strapped into a metal wire office tray which is ziptied to the top of the Revive Rack. Shoppper panniers can attach to the wire tray, which both protects the battery (in a Plano 1412 plastic marine box), from falling over sideways accidents, and widens the pannier attachments to keep them off the wheel. Arkel panniers work well. They are an awesome ride around town and longer distances up to 30 miles with this battery, cruising around 21-22 mph. Always use torque arms with the bikes. The front fork is steel according to the magnet test, which is ideal for hub motors, with a standard 100 mm spacing. The rear 9C is a little bit "back heavy", but quite rideable, with both the motor and battery behind the rider. I think they make excellent ebikes. I wasn't that fond of them as a regular bike though, preferring my Rebike recumbent and my Sun EZ-Sport CX recumbent as regular bikes, although I've electrified those too!

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    Dork Chopper Reinvented - Giant Revive LX 2006

    I have the top of the line of that year with the SRAM dual drive. Found it on Craigslist for about 400 with clipless pedals and less than a 100 miles on it.

    I did the seat adjustment, higher pressure tires, fox float, and looking at the white bros front shock, but it is pricey! I may have to pass, since I am waiting for the Shimano Steps system to electrify that bike, or the new SRAM system. The problem is that aluminum front suspension shocks would blow their mounts with a torqued electric hub. I think the latter of those two electric systems is going to use that Toshiba Scib battery technology that makes more sense to me. I want an intuitive integrated with the best battery technology and support. These newer systems and batteries could last over 10 years of charging, charge in 30 mins or less, and have compensating hybrid power with regenerative braking.

    All the current electric kits out there from 3rd party vendors, either have lame basic on/off controllers, batteries that don't last with chargers that fry the batteries, or with parts and support that aren't as high quality as the bike.

    Let's face it, the Revive is just a heavy bike, period. It needs some juice to get it down the road on longer trips or hills. These upgrades I have made make it easier, but going up a hill is still battle.

    I like the bike, it had promise, but the design was too radical for the average public and electric technology hadn't caught up. My girlfriend likes to call it the dork chopper Gonna keep it another year and mess with it.
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    They've come out with bike themed just like the Revive.... with cargo space in the back.... bent purists will probably frown on it....



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    Hi,

    Someone posted a link to that bike on "Bentrideronline" several days ago, and yes, it was immediately dismissed by most of the posters there. The one thing that drew the most criticism, and I agreed, was the height of the seat above the pavement. But then again, this is but a "concept" bike, and not a production model. The basic idea is good though. Making bikes useful is a worthy goal.

    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    They've come out with bike themed just like the Revive.... with cargo space in the back.... bent purists will probably frown on it....


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    While interesting, it is missing some of the features of the Revive and the Revive-Dx. Most noticeably the lack of a suspension, chain guard, and fenders. But if priced right I could see a niche market for it.

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    I have a Revive 2008? DX and have been riding it as a secondary bicycle for about 4 years. It has never given me anything but joy when riding it. I agree with some here who state that it's pace /comfort zone is in the 12-15 mph area. I find that it is a great guest bike due to it's ability to re-size to any rider's needs. The steering is quick especially from a stop so new riders are cautioned to ease into it. My first choice for a leisurely ride with leisurely riders.

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    I prefer to be closer to the ground and not bolt upright in the wind,,
    I like to lean back and relax also,,,

    Still an Interesting looking bicycle....

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    I've just recently acquired a Revive, via eBay. I may have to look into a set of high pressure tires, it doesn't seem like I can keep enough pressure in my tires, they always look a little deformed when my 230 pounds is being carried. I wasn't sure if that isn't something to be expected with such a small wheel, or if my tires have issues. On visual inspection, they look good, but I have no experience with a smoothie type tire. The only other question I have, is there still an after market source for a chain guard, other than custom fabricating one? My Revive also lost its chain guard some where a long the line, I'm ok without one, but riding with long pants on that chain gets awfully close to my cuff. Anyway I am extremely pleased with the ride ability of this bike. I'm hoping to get the wife hooked on one too!

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