- One bike to rule them all – show me your Giant Revolt Advanced!
Looking for an (almost) one bike to rule them all, for CX, gravel and general road duties.
Have some specific geometry requirements (tall, short) which rule out a lot of more aggressive gravel bikes and CX bikes, but also want 2x. Would love rim brakes also but with the constraints above that pretty much limits me to custom which I can’t afford.
Don’t mind that it’s not a dedicated CX bike as I’m currently racing an MTB so it’ll be more appropriate than that!
Only concern is weight and wierd hybrid disc brake system, any comments?
TaPosted 4 months ago
Cannondale topstone seemed to get a lot of enthusiasm when it was released, don’t know if its geometry is right for you but aren’t most cross bikes tall and short?
Actually yeah, the new carbon topstone is very similar in spec and geometry, visually it’s not moving me as much as the Giant though (what’s happened to Cannondale’s aesthetics? Seem pretty dull to look at this year)
Fair point on the geometry of other CX bikes, not sure why I’d got it into my head that they were all too low/long, think perhaps I was looking at proper race frames due to my rim brake obsession!Posted 4 months ago
I bought a Revolt Advanced 2 a couple of months ago for pretty much the same reasons as you, 13thfloormonk. I wanted a bike for gravel and road use as well as giving bikepacking a go.
I’m really pleased with it. More comfortable than a road bike to ride but still great on the road.
On gravel, fire roads and not too technical tracks it is a hoot. It’s like mountain biking was in the 80’s but with drop bars.
The Giant hybrid brakes are actually really good but the master cylinder is ugly and makes attaching a bar bag a bit awkward. It’s the only thing on the bike I’d like to change and will get full 105 hydro fitted when I get a bit of spare cash.
As mentioned previously though the 2020 model comes with full hydro brakes.
My mate bought a carbon Topstone last weekend. It’s a really nice bike but has a tall frame. I had a go on it and the geometry just didn’t suit me. I am 6’ tall but have short arms and legs.
Posted 4 months ago
Sorry to ask Dove1, any idea on weight?
Precarious balancing on the bathroom scales indicates somewhere between 9 and 9.5kg.
That’s with bottle cage and XT SPD pedals fitted.
(Bit of a stealth ad but as result of getting the Revolt my medium 2015 Giant Defy 1 is now for sale if anyone is interested.)Posted 4 months ago
That sounds about right, the stock Revolt Advanced 0 in medium, without pedals, is apparently 8.7kg.
I imagine it would be closer to 10kg for the Advanced 2 in a larger size, thankfully I’d be fitting fancier lighter tyres and tubes for CX duties so would be a couple of kilos lighter than the Trek Superfly I’ve been racing to date!Posted 4 months ago
Another owner here, originally wanted something titanium but saw this in my LBS and was smitten.
It rides lovely and is incredibly comfortable- the flex in the D-fuse seat post was actually a bit disconcerting at first.Posted 4 months ago
I’ve changed the brakes to Ultegra’s and the wheels to Mavic Allroad Pros which made a huge difference (the original wheels were made of lead). Another good thing is the lack of toe overlap, the frame has the longest front centre of any of the bikes I looked at.
Nice! It was the orange colour scheme that originally sold me, but I won’t be buying till Christmas so assume it will be the 2020 version. At least that means full 105 brakes (I wasn’t massively against the Giant system, but the fewer proprietary parts on a bike the better as far as I’m concerned!).Posted 4 months agooldfartSubscriber
I bought a ML Revolt 1 in 2014, converted it to flat bars with Clarks Hydraulic brakes last year. Now called Frank 😎 it was knocked down from £1000 to £500 with carbon forks and seat post!!!! Only yesterday worked out I’ve done 9,500 odd miles on it! Apart from chains, cassettes brake pads etc haven’t had to replace anything. Used it for commuting so literally paid for itself.Posted 4 months ago
Can’t believe a few months ago I tried to sell it to a mate for £100!!! If CRC hadn’t clocked up big time I would now have a Pine Mountain. Think I dodged a bullet there 🤔
Starting to think treacherous thoughts about the alloy version now, given the abuse it might end up taking on the CX courses.
Would also free up some budget for upgraded wheels.
Anyone seen one in the flesh? Have got to say the new trend for not publishing weights is a bit annoying, even knowing the relative weight difference between the alloy and carbon frames would be handy.
Of course, for that sort of money it would be competing with the Orbea Terra…
Advantages of the Orbea are a more CX-appropriate lairy colour scheme, and no proprietary seatpost or handlbars…
Again, would be really handy to know what the weight differences are, otherwise I’m going to be pestering shops to order in potentially three different bikes to test ride…Posted 3 months ago
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