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Did you know that more than half of the roads in the world are unpaved? Well, we certainly didn’t. So when the guys at Giant told us that it kind of got us thinking – we’re missing out on a whole lot of fun unless we’re riding a bike that can ride everywhere, right?
Fortunately for us, and for you, Giant didn’t just leave us hanging. Once our attention was back in the room they showed us the bike we need to explore that other 50% – one that allows us to go places we’ve never been, whether that means dirt roads, trails, gravel or a mix of all three. With or without bags. On or off-grid. We’re pretty sure you’ll agree – the new Giant Revolt looks the business.
One thing we love about Giant is how they think first and foremost about the rider. Unlike some brands, there are not loads of different models with varying combinations of components and frame materials. There’s nothing to bamboozle you, no compromising when it comes to choosing your new whip. A Giant bike is a great bike whether you choose the entry-level model or one at the top of the range.
With the new Revolt, Giant have produced three models, all sharing the same ALUXX aluminium frame, and all with disc brakes and a Giant S-X2 Disc wheelset. The difference between the three is mainly in the groupset. It’s a simple approach that we, and we know you, appreciate. Come in, take a look and choose your weapon.
All about the gravel
Call it what you like, but the ‘gravel bike’ boom in the UK has happened for some very good reasons. A few years ago bike brands realised that, while lightweight carbon frames were all well and good for the professionals, what most people needed was a bike that was capable of taking in the daily commute, the Saturday ride with the kids and the Sunday club run with friends. A ten grand carbon machine just wasn’t doing it.
Instead, Giant and others started making bikes designed for us, and the Revolt is the end result. Giant have hit the bullseye here, providing us all with the bike for our lives – one that can do everything, for riding the roads you know and exploring the trails and gravel paths you don’t.
That ALUXX frame is at the heart of the ride. Light enough to zip along when you want to hammer it and strong enough to handle any off-road shenanigans, it combines with a carbon fork to deliver a balanced ride. With neat mudguard and luggage mounts, the Revolt is designed for anything you want to do.
All about the ride
That compliant ALUXX frame and carbon fork are complemented by Giant’s own ‘D-Fuse’ components. The D-Fuse seatpost and handlebar further absorb shocks and vibrations, whether that’s from a gnarlier-than-usual singletrack descent or simply a pothole on the way to work. The frame geometry is what we’d call ‘endurance’ style, and combined with the short chainstays the handling is precise and agile on all surfaces.
And we really are talking ‘all surfaces’ here, by the way. The frame can cater for up to 45mm wide tyres, though we’ve not found anything that the 38mm Giant Crosscut can’t handle. Out of the box, the Revolt is ready for anything.
The Revolt comes in three models. The Revolt 0, 1 and 2 – see, we told you Giant keep things simple! The main difference lies in the groupset, with Shimano 105, Tiagra and Sora respectively on these three bikes, offering a great mix of value and performance.
Even the Revolt 2, featuring the Sora option, comes with hydraulic disc brakes. With enough stopping power to take on anything and a frame and wheel package to ride wherever you want to explore, the Revolt is a gravel crusher and a road demon all rolled into one.
Head down and chat to us anytime – we’ll show you what we mean. Are you ready to discover that other 50%?