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Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 review

Refined, rapid and rugged – the new Revolt sits in the very top tier of gravel rides and is our Bike of the Year for 2022

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £4,999.00 RRP | USD $6,400.00 | EUR €5,599.00 | AUD $6,699.00
Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 overall and Gravel Bike of the Year winner 2022

Our review

The new Revolt's evolution of a highly successful recipe serves up some of the most fun you can have on a drop-bar bike
Pros: Stunning comfort and quicker, racier handling; GRX Di2 braking goodness; lightweight wheels
Cons: Tyres that really aren’t suited to wet or muddy conditions
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When I first found out a new Giant Revolt was on the horizon for this winter, I felt a little apprehensive about where Giant might take a gravel bike that’s impressed me in many of its previous guises.

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However, this evolution takes the Giant Revolt’s proven pedigree, adds a racier ride and increased tyre clearance, and delivers some of the most fun you can have on a drop-bar bike.

That’s why the Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 – the flagship model in the range – takes the overall and gravel titles in our 2022 Bike of the Year Awards.

In fact, this is the first time a gravel bike has won the overall crown. How? Well, let’s dive in.

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 frame and fork

The new Revolt frame’s business end calls to mind the TCX cyclocross bike.
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At the heart of this Revolt is an all-new frame and fork, released in November 2021.

At first glance, it looks remarkably like the outgoing design. You get the same low-slung sloping top tube, so it’s equally easy to move around on the bike when the going gets technical.

The frame details share much of Giant’s signature design cues from the road range. The triangulated head tube to the junction of the top and down tube recalls the TCX cyclocross bike (with a bit of Giant TCR thrown in too).

At the back, the ovalised seat tube, with its aero-style cutaway, looks very much like the Giant Defy endurance road bike, as do the dropped seatstays.

On the new bike, the seatstays are slimmer than before, and the yoke as they join the seat tube is flattened to add a bit more flex. It retains the D-shaped post that debuted on the TCX and has become a staple of bike design from many brands.

The new D-Fuse seatpost is lighter than the previous generation and more flexible with it.

The D-shaped seatpost sits in a round hole (with a wedge), meaning you can switch it for a dropper.
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The seatpost fitting, however, is now round (30.9mm diameter) with a wedge to take the D-shaped post, meaning the Revolt can accommodate a dropper post should you want to change things up.

The new fork is lighter and provides clearance for up to a massive 53mm tyre. At the rear, there’s a clever flip-chip dropout, so you can extend the wheelbase to accommodate a 53mm tyre here too (in its short standard setting, you get 42mm of clearance).

Giant says the increase in tyre size and the extended wheelbase also have an effect on the trail, pushing it out to 68mm on the large model (from 65mm in the short setting), which in theory should add a bit of extra stability when you’re making the most of bigger tyres on technical terrain.

We’re unsure about mixing electronic shifting with the gnarlier delights of gravel riding – bash up the Di2 wiring (as we nearly did) and you could be left without the gears you need.
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These detail changes are all well thought-out, making the Revolt a versatile machine that caters to the demands of most gravel riders.

And unlike the current trend for more stripped-down, racier gravel bikes, such as Cervélo’s radical Áspero 5 and 3T’s aero-optimised Exploro Racemax, Giant has stuck with giving you plenty of fixtures and fittings, useful if you’re of the bikepacking persuasion.

Those mounting points include bosses on the top tube, underside of the down tube and on the fork, so you can add bikepacking bags just about everywhere, if you’re planning to head out on a multi-day adventure.

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 geometry

Giant has sharpened up the Revolt’s handling in this revamped 2022 design.
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The biggest change, however, is the way in which the bike’s handling has been sharpened up, with Giant steepening the head angle by a degree to 71.5, 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, though the stack height (thanks to the increased tyre clearance) has grown by 14mm, which meant I could run the stem on the Revolt pretty much slammed.

SMMLLXL
Short / LongShort / LongShort / LongShort / LongShort / Long
Seat angle (degrees)73.573.5737373
Head angle (degrees)7171.5727272
Chainstay (mm)425 / 435425 / 435425 / 435425 / 435425 / 435
Seat tube (mm)450470490510530
Top tube (mm)550560575585600
Head tube (mm)135150165180195
Fork offset (mm)5050505050
Trail (mm)72 / 7568 / 7265 / 6865 / 6865 / 68
Bottom bracket drop (mm)80 / 8180 / 8180 / 8180 / 8180 / 81
Wheelbase (mm)1020 / 10301026 / 10361031 / 10411041 / 10511056 / 1066
Standover (mm)740 / 747757 / 764774 / 780791 / 797807 / 814
Stack (mm)570586602616630
Reach (mm)381387391397407
Handlebar width (mm)420440440460460
Stem length (mm)6070808090
Crank length (mm)170172.5172.5175175

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 drivetrain and braking

The Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 gets Shimano GRX Di2 in its 2x guise.
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The Revolt has 11-speed Shimano GRX Di2 RX-815 throughout, in a 2x setup with 48/31t chainrings and an 11-34t cassette.

The Di2 shifting is exact and precise every time, and the clutch-equipped rear derailleur keeps chain bounce in check superbly.

However, I still have some reservations about wiring and gravel mixing, and I’ve had one episode where I dropped the bike in a corner (I’m blaming the tyres as opposed to my lack of finesse), which twisted the left-hand STI unit. Upon straightening it, I managed to pull the Di2 wire from its connection, rendering the system dead.

The clutch-equipped GRX rear derailleur keeps things tight when the going gets rougher.
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This 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.

On to braking and the GRX lever design, shaped to better fit the hand when riding on the hoods, has some of the best power and progressive feel out there, also thanks to the mountain bike-derived Servo Wave tech.

With this, the movement of the lever and pad are non-linear, so you only need to gently pull on the brakes to control the bike.

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 ride impressions

Giant’s D-Fuse bar smooths buzz wonderfully while offering a rigid platform when you get out of the saddle.
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I was already a big fan of how adept previous Revolt incarnations have felt when the going gets rough, and this new design builds on that character. The front end feels sharper, quicker to react and generally nimbler.

It may have lost a touch of stability, but Giant has more than made up for this by making this an even more exciting bike to ride. Its on-road manners, even with 40c tyres, feel endurance-bike rapid.

Where it’s improved markedly, however, is in the ride comfort. The wearying vibrations of hard-packed gravel are crushed into smoothness by the combination of the very clever D-Fuse bar that soaks up bumps and buzz with ease, yet feels brutishly stiff when sprinting or out of the saddle climbing.

The Giant Revolt stood out from the crowd as a true gravel all-rounder in our Bike of the Year test.
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At the rear, the combination of skinny stays, and the new D-Fuse post gives the Revolt’s posterior an almost floaty air. The Approach SL saddle is also a fine place to sit for a few hours. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but it certainly didn’t offend either.

There’s no fancy gravel bike suspension, but the Revolt’s built-in frame features and big tyres provide plenty of plushness when it’s needed.

Thanks to a wheelbase-stretching flip-chip, the Revolt can take up to 53mm rubber at the rear.
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The 8.33kg weight sounds somewhat average on paper, but the Revolt rides like a much lighter bike.

A lot of that is down to the new CXR wheelset on this flagship build. With a weight of 1,398g a pair, it’s in quality road-wheel territory, rather than toughened gravel hoops 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 on the Giant hubs means snappy acceleration when you put in a big effort.

Giant should be applauded for sending out all its bikes set up and sealed tubeless, because far too many brands still compromise their bikes by equipping tubeless wheelsets and tyres, then throwing in inner tubes to make the worst of both worlds.

The Revolt’s rolling stock comes properly set up tubeless – a praiseworthy move on Giant’s part.
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The Maxxis Receptor tyres here, however, are something of a mixed bag. The tight, chequered tread pattern through the mid-section is just about as rapid as it gets for a gravel tyre on tarmac, and the small shoulder knobbles don’t hinder on-road cornering to any great extent. Off-road, they’re similarly fast.

As I began testing, though, most of the gravel trails the Revolt was exploring were getting worse for wear from rain, mud, greasy rotting leaves and vegetation – a lethal combination.

The Maxxis Receptor tyres specced by Giant perform well in summer conditions, but when the going gets greasier you’ll find yourself wanting something with a bit more bite.
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Stick with the Receptors in these kinds of conditions and you need to prepare yourself for two-wheel drifts in corners and spinning out the rear wheel on even the slightest of greasy gradients.

Now, tyre choice is a massively subjective thing, depending on where you live in the world, what you ride on, and in which season.

The Advanced 0 in this guise would be supreme on long, dry summer rides. But to make the most of what is one of the superstar gravel bikes right now, I’d want a set of mud-capable gravel tyres and to make use of the extra clearance afforded by the smart, adaptable wheelbase of the Revolt chassis.

Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0 bottom line

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a superior gravel blast to the Revolt just now.
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With the new Revolt, Giant takes all of the great points of the original design and modernises them.

By shaking up the bike’s handling, this is one of the most fun drop-bar experiences I’ve had in a long time.

As well as being our gravel category winner, the Revolt takes BikeRadar’s overall Bike of the Year crown for 2022.

The smile that the Revolt brings to my face whenever I return from a ride has made my own gravel bike jealous.

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Add in the versatility afforded by tons of tyre clearance, plenty of mounting points and a comfy ride, and this is a thoroughly capable machine that captures everything you’d want in a gravel bike in 2022.

Gravel Bike of the Year 2022 | How we tested

Testing for our 2022 Gravel Bike of the Year category started on a loop around Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

This fast blast takes in wide, well-paved gravel roads, proper mountain bike singletrack trails and forest fire roads, with the ride out using connecting towpaths and bridleways, and the ride back taking in a bit of tarmac. It’s exactly the kind of multi-terrain route on which we want a gravel bike to excel.

Following this, each bike was then taken on a 70-mile/113km route over mixed terrain with plenty of elevation changes.

The bikes were then ridden back-to-back over a few weeks, during which we assessed the pros and cons of each, finally coming to a decision on the best gravel bike on test based on how well it handles, its spec choice and – arguably most importantly of all – how much fun it is.

Our 2022 Gravel Bike of the Year contenders are:

  • Cervélo Aspero Rival AXS
  • Cinelli Nemo Gravel
  • Cube NuRoad C:62 Pro
  • Giant Revolt Advanced Pro 0
  • Vielo V+1

Thanks to…

Thanks to our sponsors HUUB, Lazer, 100% and Garmin for their support in making Bike of the Year happen.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $6699.00EUR €5599.00GBP £4999.00USD $6400.00
Weight 8.33kg (L)
Brand Giant

Features

Features Extras: Factory tubeless set up, 53mm max tyre size in "long" flip chip position, 42mm max tyre size in "short" flip chip position
Handlebar Giant Contact SLR XR D-Fuse, 31.8mm S:42cm, M:44cm, M/L:44cm, L:46cm
Tyres Maxxis Receptor, 700x40c, tubeless
Stem Giant Contact, 8-degree S:60mm, M:70mm, M/L:80mm, L:80mm
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 Max 34T
Front derailleur Shimano GRX RX-815 Di2
Available sizes S, M, ML, 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 S:170mm, M:172.5mm, M/L:172.5mm, L:175mm
Chain KMC X11SL-1
Cassette Shimano CS-HG800, 11-speed, 11x34
Brakes Shimano GRX RX-810 hydraulic, Shimano SM-RT800 rotors [F]160mm, [R]160mm
Bottom bracket Shimano, press fit
Wheels Giant CXR 1 Carbon Disc WheelSystem, 25mm inner rim width