The Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 impresses with its low weight and maximum propulsion. The Gravel Racer is not stingy with mounting options and freedom of tyres.
Ever since disc brakes conquered racing bikes, the weight issue has receded somewhat into the background. Compared to a bike with rim brakes, disc brakes weigh around 400 grams more; pushing a racing machine well under eight kilos is only possible in the upper price ranges. When it comes to gravel bikes, the industry didn't even start talking about weight - after all, this aspect isn't that important for most riders anyway. But there are bikes that are so outrageously light that they simply have to be talked about - and the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 belongs in this league. At just 8,12 kilos plus pedals, it is one of the lightest gravel bikes that Velomotion has presented in the last few years. And the special thing about this bike is: Giant uses a 2×11 drive with a wide range of gear ratios, so it doesn't save weight by omitting a chain ring and the front derailleur.
Very light with 2×11
This is particularly interesting because the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 is more of a “gravel race”, an area of use where you might want a narrower cassette – preferably narrower than the 11-34 rim on the test bike. Given the chainring combination of 48-31, there would still be a large gear range even with 11-28 teeth, while with the 1x drive you have to make compromises either in the overall circumference or in the gradation.
As it is, the Giant is perfectly equipped for fast off-road tours. The striking Di2 levers of the electronic Shimano GRX invite you to adopt a sporty sitting position; the stiff bike, which is very easy to handle with a rather steep steering angle, is extremely powerful. The values for stack and reach in the geometry table speak for a very stretched sitting position that is not too deep; however, the stem is pretty short at 80mm. If you want to sit longer, you still have adjustment options here. The steeply sloping top tube is typical of the brand, while the compact frame with partially ovalized tubes is designed for a high level of comfort.
Extremely light carbon wheelset
The Giant owes its low weight not least to the extremely light wheelset, which weighs just three kilos ready to ride. With a width of 25 mm, the hookless carbon rims are ideal for wide tires, the outer shape with a width of 31 mm and a depth of 35 mm speaks for aerodynamic advantages compared to flat rims. The wheelset is In addition, it is equipped with a DT Swiss toothed disc freewheel with maximum fine meshing: The 54 locking steps result in minimal idle travel when accelerating. Giant already delivers the bike tubeless, so you can venture off-road with optimal air pressure, where the 40 mm wide Maxxis Interceptor do surprisingly well. With a finely diamond-coated tread and slightly pronounced shoulder lugs, this is a fast tire for firm surfaces - "Gravel Race" in other words. But it also gets along well on coarser gravel and loose forest paths.
Di2 with precise shifting
A highlight is the Shimano GRX Di2 with extremely precise, fast and smooth gear changes - a group that fits perfectly with the concept of the Giant with its low weight. The shape of the electronic/hydraulic levers differs significantly from that of Shimano's road bike versions - the "hump" at the top of the handle is slightly smaller and pulled back slightly, so that the hands find a very safe position. The "Servo Wave" brakes bring the pads to the brake discs faster, so that the free travel is shorter; in practice, however, this is not really a noticeable difference to the simpler Shimano gravel groupsets.
On the periphery, the world's largest bike manufacturer has given its top gravel bike a carbon handlebar that is slightly curved towards the rider and a pleasantly flexible carbon post, which could also be replaced with a dropper post. As far as the mounting options are concerned, the bike is quite versatile with mudguards, fork mounts and a top tube bag; you can live with the conventionally routed brake lines. The only thing that is unusual is the rotatable rear dropout, which extends the already long wheelbase by one centimeter. This allows you to increase the tire clearance from 45 to 53 mm, turning the Giant from a racing bike into an off-roader for difficult terrain. However, the rear wheel is missing the stop, which makes installation difficult.
For a brand's top model, that is Revolt Advanced Pro 0 comparatively inexpensive: Giant is asking 5.599 euros for its top-equipped lightweight. This can also be seen in view of the high-quality equipment, with a sister model equipped with SRAM Rival AXS 2×12 even costing 700 euros less. And this variant – the Advanced Pro 1 – shouldn’t weigh significantly more either.