Test: With the Revolt, Giant is launching an aluminum version of its debut gravel bike, the Revolt Advanced, which was presented last year. The Giant Revolt 1 we tested appeals with its high-quality frame, well thought-out features and solid equipment.
Giant Revolt 1: The Facts
Frame material: Aluminium
Wheel size(s): 700c
Maximum tire clearance: 45 mm
Axle dimensions (v/h): 12 × 100/142 × 12
Mudguard Eyelets: Ja
Luggage carrier eyelets (v/h): Yes / Yes
bottle holder: Down tube up, down tube down, seat tube
Weight wheels v/h/total (with tires and brake discs): 1.760g / 1.980g / 3.740g
Weight complete bike without pedals (size M): 10,33kg
Price: € 1.399
Visually and technically convincing aluminum frame
Giant - one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world - took a comparatively long time to send a bike to the gravel race in the industry. Last season, however, the Revolt was presented as an extremely promising, universal gravel bike, but initially only with a carbon frame. This season, the bicycle giant is upping the ante: The Giant Revolt is now also available in three configurations with an aluminum frame. With the Revolt 1, we tested the 'middle' version, which costs 1.399 euros.
The frame of the Revolt differs from the (aluminium) competition in terms of looks alone: the low seat stays, the flattened top tube and striking lines show the relationship to the carbon counterpart from the company. The newcomer is also fully convincing in terms of its features: internally routed cables and thru axles at the front and rear are not a matter of course in this price range and Giant even packs an integrated seat post clamp.
The designers have also done their homework on the points of mounting eyelets and tire clearance. Up to three bottle holders can be mounted on the main frame, mudguards are also possible, as are luggage racks at the front and rear. The Revolt can also easily be converted into a commuter bike or bike packer. The latter could be particularly interesting because the frame and fork offer plenty of space for fat tires; Giant states a maximum of 45mm, but our sense of proportion says that depending on the tire, a little more may be possible. Exemplary!
In terms of geometry, the Revolt 1 is almost completely identical to its carbon counterpart, the Revolt Advanced, except for a millimeter here or there. With a fairly slack steering angle, moderately long chainstays and a rather low stack, the numbers promise a sporty, balanced bike that can be adapted to almost all types of riders with just a few adjustments.
Geometry Giant Revolt 1
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Sophisticated equipment package with great ergonomics
At 1.399 euros, the Giant Revolt 1 is in a highly competitive price range and can - so much right away - hold its own very well there. At 10,33kg, the bike is surprisingly light for the asking price. This is certainly partly due to the built-in carbon fork, which in itself is a small equipment highlight. Most other manufacturers still use aluminum forks even on more expensive gravel bikes; Carbon not only has a clear weight advantage here, but also tends to offer more comfort.
For the drive, Giant decided on a solid option with the Shimano Tiagra: The 11-34 cassette, together with the FSA Adventure crank and the 32/48 chainring combination, has a good range of 436%, which means that the bike can also be used on longer gravel climbs still offers a suitable translation. The ergonomics of the STIs don't come close to those of higher quality groupsets, which is also due to the fact that the current Tiagra groupset comes with hydraulic disc brakes. Their expansion tank makes the grip area a bit clumsy, but on the other hand you should have braking power on board that is significantly higher than that of mechanical discs, which are mostly installed on bikes under 1.500 euros.
|Giant S-X2 Disc
|Giant Crosscut AT2 38mm
|FSA Omega Adventure 32/48
|Shimano Tiagra Disc Hydraulic
|Giant D fuse
|Giant Contact Neutral
|Giant Contact 31,8
|Giant Contact XR D-Fuse
Giant wheels now enjoy a very good reputation on the road and on MTBs. At just over 3.700g for the wheel system including the in-house tires and brake discs, the Giant S-X2 on the Revolt 1 are lighter than most of the competitors in this price range. In addition, Giant has been consistently focusing on the topic of tubeless for several years. This means that tires and wheels can not only be converted, but are already supplied with the appropriate valves and sealant. A disadvantage that should not be underestimated, however, is that the inner width of the rims is only 17mm. Most other bikes have at least 19mm, sometimes even 21mm or more. On the narrow rims, voluminous tires in particular tend to buckle and cannot unfold as well. That's also a shame because the frame would offer so much space for thicker tires.
While add-on parts such as a seat post or cockpit are more of a requirement than optional for many other inexpensive gravel bikes, Giant can score again here: D-Fuse technology is used in both cases, i.e. handlebars and post - the special shape of the components is intended to reduce vibrations and Impacts are noticeably better absorbed. A positive side effect of the handlebars is the nicely voluminous grip area on the top link.
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Let's Gravel: The Giant Revolt 1
The Giant Revolt 1 comes in a simple black and gray design and makes an appealing impression at first glance. The aluminum frame has a high-quality finish and is particularly striking due to its lowered rear end and the sloped top tube. This makes the seating position very compact, but it cannot be classified very precisely. On the one hand you feel quite sporty and still a little upright. For those who want to take it easy, the bike is pretty agile thanks to its rather short chainstays. This is both a curse and a blessing: it increases the fun factor and makes the bike very good-natured in narrow sections, but when it gets fast and rough, it should also be a little smoother.
However, the lowered rear end offers a clear plus in terms of safety, which not only brings some calm to the system, but also acts as a system in conjunction with the innovative Contact XR D-Fuse handlebar and the D-Fuse seat post and absorbs impacts together . This creates a very pleasant driving comfort. Incidentally, the handlebar is also comfortable to hold thanks to the voluminous top link.
The Giant Revolt 1 struggles a bit in terms of acceleration. The weight of a good 10,5 kilos certainly plays an important role here, because the bike only really comes out of the kink after a few turns of the crank. The Giant Gravelbike will probably no longer be a top sprinter. On the other hand, the bike can make frequent riders happy with its wide range of accessory compatibility.
The Shimano Tiagra 2×10 only loses a few points in terms of functionality compared to the much more expensive groupsets, but it can shine with durability and robustness. The Tiagra disc brakes grip happily firmly, hardly have to hide behind more expensive hydro discs and are clearly stronger than any mechanical disc brake. Due to the two chainrings, the circuit also has a solid range with a narrow gradation. The Giant Crosscut tires score with their width of 38mm, but due to their profile they are "only" suitable for light off-road use.
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