A super-bike that would suit a pro or a top end tech loving sportive rider
KTM Revelator Prestige Di2 2016
This bike first came to CW’s attention at the Cycle Show back in September, and after riding the 2015 one earlier this year I just had to get my hands on the latest incarnation of KTM’s top end bike.
The bike has had a major revamp compared to the very impressive previous model and thankfully none of the changes have been to the detriment of this very racy machine.
Changes to the frame and wheels are among the most obvious improvements, but the bike retains Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 groupset.
The frame comes in Revelator high-performance carbon with a matching carbon fork. The rear seatstays/seatpost junction has been redesigned from last year, giving a more aero profile to the top tube and reportedly boosting rear-end stiffness.
As a result, and as you’d want and expect with the sizeable price tag, this frame feels every bit the professional machine it’s been made to be. Acceleration on the flat and uphill is sharp and, once up to speed, the bike cuts through the air and seems reluctant to relinquish speed.
The bladed carbon fork that spearheads this rapid machine is an improvement on the previous year’s model, eating up more road buzz.
The geometry of the frame is more endurance-orientated, although it does feel racier than the previous incarnation. It’s no out-and-out sprint bike, but it’s by no means a slouch.
The bike comes with full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groupset, and little else would be sufficient for a frame of this quality.
Much has been written about how good Shimano’s electronic gear systems are, and rightly so. The shifts are near-perfect; the self-regulation of the front mech gives the rider a wider scope of available gears, and the aesthetically pleasing shifter buttons complete the package.
One little change that would improve the spec would be to swap out the compact for a mid-compact (52/36) chainset, which would be more in keeping with the racy feel of the bike.
This bike came with the direct-mount version of the Dura-Ace brakes, which are the best rim brakes I’ve used. Excellent in the wet and dry, they have superior stopping power and look better, too.
The rear brake is placed under the chainstays, which is said to have added aero benefit but could bring maintenance issues if not given enough attention when cleaning the bike.
This model comes with Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon wheels. These are a great wheelset but at first didn’t feel quite as fast as the Mavic Cosmic Carbons previously used by KTM.
However, these wheels do feel harder-wearing — something that outweighs the negligible drop in speed.
The new wheels are partnered by Continental Grand Prix 4000S 25mm tyres, which are a noticeable and welcome improvement on the Mavic rubber that used to come with these wheels.
This is a bike that urges you to go fast and it’s fantastic to ride. The Dura-Ace groupset is near-perfect, the newly designed frame is very good indeed and the Revelator Prestige would not be out of place on the start line of any professional race.
Thanks to its very low weight, this is a machine that climbs well and accelerates ever better. Charging along on the flat, it slices through the air and keeps even us non-pros pushing on at a fair lick.
It’s one of the best-handling bikes I’ve ever ridden — responsive without being nervy or twitchy. The new wheel-tyre combo just adds to the confidence-inspiring feel of the ride and allows for speedy descending and cornering.
This is a great looking bike with an eye catching paint job and sleek looking frame. Ridden around Richmond Park and on a sportive in the Surrey Hills, it caught many admiring glances and sparked quite a few conversations, started by people who’d never heard of the brand or seen this bike before.
Prospective buyers would be more likely to purchase this bike if they rode it first as it’s the only way of seeing just how good it is, and even more so if they rode it before they saw the price tag.
It’s an unlikely scenario that everyone will get to test ride this bike having not seen how much it is, and the price tag might have a few people dismissing it if they are unfamiliar with the brand.
This is a brilliant bike, and cheaper than last year’s, but when thrown in the ring with the big-name brands it may struggle to hold its own.
This is a shame really as the whole build is high end, from the Di2 to the Ritchey finishing kit, this machine has oodles of bang for your buck particularly when compared to other top-end bikes.
However, those other top end bikes are seen in the pro-peloton and high end bikes shops, and as such are the bikes most buyers with money to spend will be drawn to.
KTM Revelator Prestige Di2 2016 full spec
Miles ridden: 590
Frame: Revelator high performance carbon
Fork: Revelator carbon
Size range: 52, 55, 57, 59cm
Size tested: 55cm
Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2
Chainset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Gear ratios: 50-34, 11-28
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace direct mount
Shifters: Dura Ace Di2
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon
Tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000S 25mm
Bar: Ritchey Carbon Logic Curve
Stem: Ritchey Carbon
Seatpost: Ritchey Carbon
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR