The KTM Revelator Lisse aero road bike gets official for 2019, and is their only aero model, and it’s only offered with disc brakes. In addition to clever cable routing through the stem and into the frame, the bike gets other aero touches on the fork, tubes and stays to help streamline it both visually and aerodynamically.
The fork’s crown is minimal and starts the wind on a path around the downtube. The almost flat crown is a shape that’ll be mimicked farther back, too. Note the cover for integrated Di2/EPS junction boxes on models with electronic shifting.
Integrated cable routing runs everything through the stem and into the frame, making it all but invisible. (Check out our detailed look at the Lisse development prototype.) It’s a unique look, but a common trend we’ve noticed among 2019 road bikes from lots of brands. The design works for both electronic and mechanical shifting lines and comes with five different shims to adjust the stem angle.
The fork’s legs extend forward to create a longer surface area for the wind to attach to.
That flat deck shaping carries through to the BB shell’s outer area, which flows directly into the chainstays.
Higher up, that same shape forms a crown at the top of the seatstays, too. The whole thing creates a great visual continuity that helps the Lisse stand out from all the other recent aero bike introductions.
A SRAM eTap build makes it even easier to keep the lines clean. Three models are offered, the lower two with Shimano groups.
2019 KTM X-Strada gravel road bike
The all-new KTM X-Strada (“cross strada”) is their first alloy gravel bike, which will get just one single complete bike build using Shimano 105. It’s meant as an all-purpose off-road drop bar bike, with plenty of mounts for racks and fenders so you can use it to commuter, too.
A shaped top tube and stays, internal routing, and tapered alloy fork give it modern touches without getting too fancy and driving the price up.
The X-Strada will fit up to 700×42 tires, but comes with 35mm Schwalbe G-One tires. Retail will be €1,699 including VAT.
2019 KTM Prowler 29er enduro race bike
The 2019 KTM Prowler is their new 29er long travel all-mountain or enduro race bike. As in, it’s not a bike park enduro bike, but something you’d climb quickly with, too. It’ll come in three builds, all with the same 2.25kg frame (without shock). It has a steeper seat angle to help you climb better, but with a 66.5° head angle.
Like the road bikes, the Prowler gets a special KTM stem, this time to keep the cockpit short and low. (We got an early look at the Prowler while it was in development too.)
Everything runs internally, and it uses a simple FSR-type suspension. On the bottom is a glass fiber bash plate to protect the lower part of the downtube and bottom bracket shell.
Retail prices for the complete bikes range from €4,999 to €6,999. There are also two versions in aluminum from €2,899 to €3,299.
Not shown, their Scarp XC full suspension race bike gets an XTR build option with Shimano’s latest group. Frame is same as last year, but the new top-end build should come in at 9.7kg (21.38lb). The carbon hardtail Maroon gets the same parts upgrade and comes in at a claimed 8.4kg (18.51lb).