The products mentioned in this article are selected or reviewed independently by our journalists. When you buy through links on our site we may earn an affiliate commission, but this never influences our opinion.

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 review

Lighter weight update that's ready for adventures or racing

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £4,999.00 RRP | USD $6,200.00 | AUD $6,999.00
Pack shot of the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gravel bike

Our review

The new Revolt is all about evolution not revolution, and that is a wholly good thing
Pros: Superb comfort; quicker, racier handling; GRX braking; lightweight wheels; builds on what made the original Revolt a winner
Cons: Tyres aren’t suited to wet and/or muddy conditions; Di2 wiring woes; won’t be a radical enough change from the previous model for some
Skip to view product specifications

When Giant first announced that a new Revolt was being released this winter, I must admit to being a little apprehensive as to where the brand would take the design, considering the previous version has impressed me in so many of its guises.

Advertisement

It has only been a few weeks since I tested the 2021 Revolt Advanced 1 (£2,399) and I was so impressed, I convinced a colleague who was looking for a gravel bike to buy this very capable, stripped-down 1x wonder.

I’ve been testing the 2022 Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0, the range’s flagship model. It features a revamped chassis that is claimed to be 200g lighter, a new lightweight gravel-specific carbon wheelset and Shimano’s criminally underused (on complete bikes) 2× GRX Di2.

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 frame and fork

At first glance, the new Revolt frameset looks remarkably like the outgoing design; you get the same low-slung sloping top tube, making it just as easy to move around on the bike when the going gets technical.

Other frame details share much of Giant’s signature design cues from its road range.

The triangulated head tube to top tube and down tube junction is reminiscent of Giant’s TCX ‘cross bike (with a bit of TCR thrown in too), while at the back, the ovalised seat tube with its aero-style cutaway looks very much like the Defy, as do the dropped seatstays.

Front end of the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0
The Revolt forgoes complex internal routing for a more conventional front end.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

The new seatstays are slimmer than the previous Revolt and the yoke that joins the seat tube is flattened too in an attempt to create a bit more flex.

It retains the D-shaped post that debuted on the TCX – which has since become a staple of bike design from many brands – but the new D-Fuse seatpost is lighter than the one used in the previous generation Revolt and more flexible too.

Giant D-Fuse SLR seatpost on the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gravel bike
The D-shaped D-Fuse post fits into a standard 30.9mm diameter hole using a shim adaptor. You don’t see that shim at the rear when fully assembled with the rubber cover in place.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

However, the seatpost fitment is now round (30.9mm diameter) with a wedge to accommodate the D-shaped post, meaning the new Revolt can house a dropper post should you want to change it up.

The new fork is lighter and provides clearance for up to a massive 53mm 700c tyre.

While at the rear, there’s a clever flip-chip rear dropout to extend the wheelbase so that it will also accommodate a 53mm 700c tyre (in its shorter setting you get 42mm of clearance).

The flip-chip rear dropout allows you to switch between long and short wheelbase setups, increasing the tyre clearance from 42mm to 53mm.
The flip-chip rear dropout allows you to switch between long and short wheelbase setups, increasing the tyre clearance from 42mm to 53mm.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

I haven’t yet had the chance to try out the long setting (I’m on the lookout for an appropriate 50mm to 53mm tyre that’ll work in the mud).

Giant says the increase in tyre size and the extended wheelbase has an effect on the bike’s trail figure, pushing it out to 68mm (from 65mm in the short setting).

In theory, this should add a bit of extra stability when you’re making the most of bigger tyres on technical terrain.

Maxxis Receptor on the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gravel bike
Huge tyre clearances on the new Advanced SL fork.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

Trail is a product of the head tube angle, fork offset and tyre size. This combination defines how far the tyre’s contact patch trails behind the steering axis. More trail results in a slower steering response, whereas less trail quickens a bike’s handling.

These changes are all well thought out and make the Revolt a pretty versatile machine.

GRX Di2 levers on the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gravel bike
GRX Di2 levers have the best braking from the hoods I’ve ever tried.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

Unlike the current trend for stripped-down, racier gravel bikes (started by Cervélo’s radical Áspero 5 and 3T’s aero-optimised Exploro Racemax), Giant has continued to provide plenty of fixtures and fittings should the rider be looking to take the new Revolt bikepacking.

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 geometry

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gravel bike
The new Revolt Advanced Pro 0.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

The biggest change, however, is the way in which the bike’s handling has been sharpened up.

Giant has steepened the head angle by a degree to 71.5 degrees while also dropping the bottom bracket height to accommodate the trend towards larger tyres.

The reach has also been extended to 397mm from 391mm, to make the ride position a little racier too, but to counter that slightly is the change to stack height, which has grown by 14mm.

For me, at least, that meant I could run the stem on the Revolt pretty much slammed.

SMMLL
Seat angle (degrees)73.573.57373
Head angle (degrees)70.570.57171
Chainstay (mm)425425425425
Seat tube (mm)450470490510
Top tube (mm)540550565575
Head tube (mm)135150165180
Fork offset (mm)50505050
Trail (mm)74.174.170.770.7
Bottom bracket drop (mm)70707070
Wheelbase (mm)1020103110361046
Standover (mm)734752768786
Stack (mm)558572588602
Reach (mm)375381385391
Handlebar width (mm)420440440460
Stem length (mm)8090100100
Crank length (mm)170172.5172.5175

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 drivetrain

I’ve got plenty of experience using GRX Di2 – I’ve got it in its 1× form on my own personal gravel bike and in 2× on my long-term Kinesis Tripster ATR test bike.

Any thoughts of Shimano bringing the 12-speed semi-wireless updates to GRX for 2022 seem unlikely though because the new Revolt has 11-speed GRX RX815 throughout.

For me, that’s a great thing, though. GRX’s lever shape – designed to better fit your hand for braking from the hoods – combined with Shimano’s Servowave adjustable lever ratio feature mean the brakes have an excellent combination of power and progressive feel.

Shimano GRX drivetrain
GRX in its 2× form gives the Advanced 0 plenty of scope for all-road riding.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

The Di2 shifting is exact and precise every time and the clutch-equipped rear mech keeps chain bounce in check superbly. I still have some reservations about mixing electronic wiring and gravel riding, though.

I had one instance where I dropped the bike in a corner (I’m blaming the tyres as opposed to my lack of finesse) and twisted the left-hand STI unit. Upon straightening it, I managed to disconnect the Di2 wire and rendered the system dead.

That meant a bit of trailside fettling to first find the problem and then reconnect the cables so I could continue with 22 gears rather than one.

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 ride impressions

I was already a big fan of how adept the Revolt feels when the going gets rough and this new design for 2022 builds on that character.

The front end feels sharper and quicker to react, so the whole bike feels nimbler.

Giant Contact stem on the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gravel bike
The short stem and back sweep on the D-Fuse bar help keep the steering snappy.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

The Revolt may have lost a little in stability, but Giant has more than made up for that by making the bike a bit more exciting to ride. Its on-road manners are endurance bike-rapid, even with 40mm tyres.

Where I think the Revolt has been markedly improved is in the comfort stakes. Hard-packed gravel and its wearisome vibrations are dissipated into smoothness by the clever D-Fuse bar.

It soaks up bumps and buzz with ease yet feels brutishly stiff when sprinting or out of the saddle climbing.

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 seat stays
Skinny rear stays and a yoke that flattens at the seat tube joint are designed to offer shock absorbing flex.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

At the back, the combination of skinny stays and the new D-Fuse post give the Revolt’s rear end an almost floaty feel.

The Approach SL saddle is a fine place to sit for a few hours too. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but it certainly didn’t offend either.

While the 8.33kg weight of the Rveolt sounds somewhat average on paper, it rides like a much lighter bike. I’d put a lot of that down to the new CXR1 wheelset.

The Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 is equipped with Giant CXR 1 Carbon Disc wheels
The new CXR carbon wheels are light at 1,398g a pair.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

At a claimed 1,398g, it’s in the realms of high-quality road designs, rather than toughened gravel wheels built to take hard knocks.

The wheels accelerate well with a solid, laterally stiff feel, and the 54-point engagement from the DT Swiss internals in the Giant hubshells facilitate reactive acceleration when you put in a big effort.

Giant should be applauded for sending out all the new Revolts set up tubeless, too.

Male cyclist riding the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gravel bike through woodland
The Contact SLR XR D-Fuse bar absorbs hits while remaining stiff when honking on the bar when climbing.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

Far too many brands still compromise their bikes by speccing tubeless wheelsets and tubeless tyres but installing inner tubes. It creates the worst of both worlds, so it is good to see Giant committing to tubeless properly.

The Maxxis Receptor tyres here are something of a mixed bag, though.

Male cyclist riding the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gravel bike through woodland
The new Revolt has a steeper head angle and snappier handling.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

The tight checkered tread pattern through the mid-section is fast on tarmac and the small shoulder knobs don’t hinder on-road cornering either. Off-road on dry, open gravel they are similarly fast, too.

However, at this time of year, when most of the gravel trails on my testing grounds are looking worse for wear thanks to rain, mud and greasy fallen leaves, the tyres feel out of their depth.

Male cyclist riding the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gravel bike through woodland
The new 2022 Revolt has revised geometry, lower weight and bigger clearances.
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

I found I often had to wrestle with two-wheel drifts in corners and was spinning out the rear wheel on even shallow climbs.

Tyre choice is such a subjective thing though, and depends on where you live in the world, what terrain you ride and in which season you are riding, but in this guise, the Revolt Advanced 0 would be supreme on long, dry summer rides.

Advertisement

To make the most of what I would say is one of the most accomplished gravel bikes out there, I’d want a set of mud-capable tyres that make use of the extra clearance afforded by the canny adaptable wheelbase.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $6999.00GBP £4999.00USD $6200.00
Weight 8.33kg (L)
Brand Giant

Features

Features Extra: Factory set up tubeless, 53mm max tyre size in "long" flip-chip position, 42mm max tyre size in "short" flip-chip position
Grips/Tape Stratus Lite 3.0
Tyres Maxxis Receptor, 700x40c, tubeless
Stem Giant Contact, 8-degree
Shifter Shimano GRX RX-815 Di2, 2x11
Seatpost Giant D-Fuse SLR, composite, -5/+15mm offset
Saddle Giant Approach SL
Rear derailleur Shimano GRX RX-815 Di2
Handlebar Giant Contact SLR XR D-Fuse – diameter: 31.8mm
Front derailleur Shimano GRX RX-815 Di2
Available sizes S, M, M/L, L
Frame Advanced-Grade Composite, 12x142mm thru-axle, disc, flip-chip dropout
Fork Advanced SL-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive steerer, 12mm thru-axle, disc
Cranks Shimano GRX RX-810, 31/48
Chain KMC X11SL-1
Cassette Shimano CS-HG800, 11-speed, 11x34
Brakes Shimano GRX RX-810, Shimano SM-RT800 rotors [F]160mm, [R]160mm; Shimano GRX RX-810 hydraulic levers
Bottom bracket Shimano, press-fit
Wheels Giant CXR 1 Carbon Disc WheelSystem