The finest bike for fast, technical gravel? We test the Giant Revolt X Pro

Its front suspension will enrage the haters, but no matter. The Giant Revolt X Pro is a legit ride when the gravel turns fast, furious – and fun!

Giant Revolt X Pro
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The front fork may appear gimmicky, the price is weighty and the entire bike is no lightweight. Nevertheless, the Giant Revolt X Pro delivers. If there's a more accomplished bike to whisk you across challenging terrain in comfort and speed then we're yet to test it.

Reasons to buy
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    Off-road comfort

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    Sheer ability on the rough stuff

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    Almost perfectly specced

Reasons to avoid
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    A bit heavy for a gravel bike

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    Remote dropper switch hindered riding in the drops

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People often look at gravel bikes and ask why… Why aren’t you using a road bike? Why aren’t you using a mountain bike? Why are you riding a hardtail with drop bars? 

To be frank, I used to ponder the same kind of queries. Do we really need gravel bikes? With the Giant Revolt X, the plot thickens. Not only does the Taiwanese marque’s latest gravel offering come with 52mm tyre clearance but you’ll also find a remotely operated dropper post, a flip-chip to tweak geometry settings and 40mm front travel courtesy of a Rockshox Rudy Ultimate fork.

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Steve has been writing (mainly fitness features) for Cycling Weekly for 11 years. His current riding inclination is to go long on gravel bikes... which melds nicely with a love of carbs