The Revolt is Giants high performance gravel bike that made a big splash with its 2018 debut, landing podium finishes at big-time gravel events including Grinduro and the unofficial “Gravel Worlds” in the U.S. Tester Stu Kerton instantly appreciated the 'racey' feel of the bike commenting that 'the harder you ride it, the more you get back' largely as a result of the relaxed and responsive geometry.
The seatpost is Giants unique D-Fuse design with Kerton valuing the vibration absorbing qualities it offers - 'Over the rough stuff it really takes out the worst of the bumps and vibration, so at speed you aren't getting bounced around in the saddle, which makes you more efficient.' The D-Fuse technology even extends of the handlebar, which again means a more comfortable ride - 'After a few three-hour rides predominantly on gravel I felt very relaxed and wasn't suffering with any fatigue through my lower back muscles or wrists.'
The Revolt Advanced 2 features fully internal cable routing 'which makes the bike look smooth and uncluttered and keeps the cables and hoses out of harm's way' and an S-X2 Disc wheelset that 'does a great job of dealing with all of the abuse encountered out on the gravel tracks'.
Kerton also commented on the value offered by the bike, describing it as 'pretty good value for a quality carbon frameset and a 105 groupset from one of the big brands'.
Summing up the test Kerton said 'Overall, I think the Giant is a great bike. It has that racer feel to it, something that you can take out in the woods or on the trails and just smash about on. It's a laugh to ride, but when you just want to bimble back home you are reminded of just how damn comfortable it is.'
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