Giant Revolt Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

June 18, 2020

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Giant Revolt

The Giant Revolt is a capable gravel bike that is sold at a very good price. You'll enjoy riding this bike away from the city's tarmacked roads and air pollution.

The bike is versatile. While the Giant Revolt is perfect for gravel riding, you can use it for other types of cycling, including commuting and mountain biking.

The bicycle comes tubeless-ready, so you don't have to worry about the added cost of making your tires tubeless.

For $1000, which is the price the bike sells, you get some impressive features like flat-mount disc brakes that are generally only available with more expensive gravel bikes.

The Giant Revolt comes with hybrid brakes, which are a combination of mechanical and disc brakes. They work OK, but full-hydraulic brakes would have been better.

The brakes can get noisy.

There are 6 models in the Giant Revolt series. This includes the more affordable Giant Revolt 0, 1, 2, and the more costly Giant Revolt Advance versions. The bikes are perfect for gravel adventures but versatile enough to be used for commuting and road riding.

The cheaper Giant Revolt bikes have an alloy frame with a full carbon fork, Shimano CH-HG400, 11x34 cassette, Giant Conduct hydraulic brakes with Shimano Sora brake levers, Shimano Sora front and rear derailleurs and shifters.

Cabling is done internally, plus the frame and fork have several mounts for rack and mudguards. The bikes are available in sizes XS, S, M, ML, L, and XL.

The Giant Revolt comes with a two-year warranty on the fork. If you damage the fork while riding, Giant will replace or fix it for free as long as you're the original owner of the bike.

Who is this bike for?

  • The Giant Revolt is perfect for anybody on a budget looking for a bike they can do all sorts of things with. At $1000, the Giant Revolt is not expensive, and you can use it for multiple purposes. Check out our best gravel bikes under $1000 review for more options if you're looking for an affordable gravel bike. 
  • Giant is a reputable bicycle company, so this bike is also ideal if you're looking to buy your first gravel bike from a known and trusted brand.

Giant Revolt

Performance

  • The alloy frame is not as smooth as a bike with carbon, titanium, or even a steel frame. It is a little bit harsh, but this is not a deal-breaker for the price of this bike.
  • This bike has a Giant D-Fuse, alloy seatpost that is designed to be flexible and reduce vibrations. This makes seating on the bike more comfortable because the road shocks are absorbed by the seatpost.
  •  The carbon fork also does an excellent job of taking up vibration to make your ride smooth.
  • The Giant Revolt has ample tire clearance of up to 45c tires. So you can fit the wheels you like for better comfort and grip.
  • The bike's Giant Conduct hydraulic brakes use a Tiagra mechanical lever to activate a Tektro hydraulic stopping system placed on the stem. I know it sounds technical, but these brakes work better than full mechanical brakes. However, performance is not as good as full hydraulic brakes. The brake pads squeal a lot, so you will need to keep them lubricated at all times.
  • The Revolt's variety of gears gives you plenty of options for easier climbing and descending.
  • The tubeless-ready wheels ensure you get fewer flat tires when riding and better traction.

Conclusion

The Giant Revolt looks pretty sleek with a nice paint job, decent wields, and a carbon fiber fork. It performs well on gravel and can be used for other types of riding. Buy it if you want a good gravel bike but don't want to spend too much cash on it. 

Specifications

Frame:

ALUXX Grade Aluminum, disc

Suspension

Fork:

Full composite, OverDrive steerer

Rear Shock:

Front Travel:

Rear Travel:

Crankset:

FSA Vero Pro, 32/48

Bottom Bracket:

FSA MegaExo, press fit

Shifters:

Shimano Sora

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano Sora

Number of Gears:

Shimano CH-HG400, 11x34

Brakes:

Giant Conduct hydraulic/Shimano Sora

Wheel Size:

Giant S-X2 Disc wheelset

Tires:

Giant Crosscut AT 2, 700x38

Handlebar:

Giant Contact XR Ergo-Control, 31.8

Stem:

Giant Sport

Seat Post:

Giant D-Fuse, alloy

Saddle:

Giant Contact (neutral)

Headset:

Chain:

KMC X9 with Missing Link

Giant Revolt

The Giant Revolt is a capable gravel bike that is sold at a very good price. You'll enjoy riding this bike away from the city's tarmacked roads and air pollution.