It was just over two years ago that Guerilla Gravity introduced framed built with Revved carbon tech. For a company that previously made everything out of metal, the inclusion of carbon was not taken lightly. But also, this was not your standard carbon fiber.
Instead, Revved carbon uses a patented manufacturing process to create thermoplastic carbon fiber frames that claim to be 300% more impact resistant, more cost effective, and made in the U.S. Initially, GG reserved the use of the material only for their front triangles. That all changes with the new Trail Pistol.
Initially, GG claimed that metal stays are generally more durable, and you don’t stand to lose much weight from the use of carbon. However, their new claims sing a different tune. Now, GG claims that the fully Revved rear end drops 300g of weight and increases stiffness by 50%.
It’s also allowed them to add smart details like a molded rubber chainstay protector with a recessed fit. That last bit is important since the recessed fitment should prevent your shoes from catching on the guard, having the edge peel, and adds more clearance between the stay and the crank.
Further updates include a move from ball bearings to IGUS bushings at the seatstay/swingarm pivot “where they make sense.” IGUS bushings tend to be lighter, and offer longer service life especially for pivots that don’t see a high degree of rotation.
Since consumer feedback identified the Plush Mode as the favorite setting for the previous gen Trail Pistol, GG added new suspension kinematics to play into that feeling. The frame now provides improved small bump compliance to keep that supple feel flowing.
GG frames already had a clever internal routing system with external routing serviceability, and the new Trail Pistol expands on that by removing any zip ties from the frame. A new brake hose system uses “clips, twists, and inserts” to manage the hoses.
Still a part of their modular frame platform, the Trail Pistol is a 120mm travel 29er built for 120-140mm suspension forks. With tire clearance up to 29 x 2.6″, and modern geometry with a GeoAdjust headset option, the updated Trail Pistol is an intriguing bike that’s made in Colorado. Offered in three complete builds (Race, Rally, and Ride), pricing starts at $4,395 while a frameset option starts at $2,495. Currently shipping time is expected to be 5-7 weeks.
- Frame material: Revved Carbon front and rear triangle
- Fork travel: 120 – 140 mm
- Shock size: 210 x 50 mm
- Shock hardware: 8×20 (f), 8×30(r)
- Seatpost: 30.9 mm with stealth dropper routing
- Seatpost clamp: 37 mm (included with frame)
- Max seatpost insertion: See Dropper Fitment Guide
- Chainguide mount: ISCG05
- Bottom bracket: 73 mm BSA threaded
- Chainline: 52mm
- Max chainring size: 34t
- Rear wheel dish: None
- Derailleur hanger: Sram Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH)
- Brake mount: 180 Post mount
- Max tire size: 29 x 2.6″