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Leaked? Giant Revolt X Gravel Bike Reshaped for Suspension Fork & SRAM 1X in 2023!

Leaked 2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced carbon gravel bike reshaped for 40mm suspension forks, teaser
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Just last year Giant completely overhauled their Revolt carbon gravel bike for tougher modern gravel racing, but it looks like 2023 will see another overhaul with a reshaped Revolt X adapted for front suspension to take on even more rugged terrain. An eagle-eyed reader alerted up to a slow leak Down Under of the new MY23 Giant Revolt X gravel bikes, dripping with 40mm of Fox & RockShox forks and a shift to wide 1x SRAM drivetrains…

New 2022 Giant Revolt transforms into 2023 Giant Revolt X

Last year’s revamped Revolt was built as a gravel racer – lighter, more compliant and with longer, racier geometry to maintain higher-speeds for longer distances. While it did bump tire clearance up to 700x53mm thanks to a flip-chip at the rear dropout, Giant figure they could make an even more capable off-road gravel bike for the gnarliest adventure riding & ultra-distance racing… enter the upcoming Revolt X!

Spotted on BicycleSuperstore.com.au & BikeAddiction.com.au, a new Giant Revolt X is likely to drop in any day…

What will be new?

Leaked 2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced carbon gravel bike reshaped for 40mm suspension forks, angled

The most obvious change is that the 2023 Giant Revolt X gets a suspension up front, but it’s more than just slapping a fork on the existing bike. The Revolt X Advanced carbon frame was redesigned to handle 40mm of fork travel, getting revised frame shaping, a new reinforced carbon layup in the front end, and completely revamped geometry geared more towards aggressive off-road riding and more technical descending.

Leaked 2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced carbon gravel bike reshaped for 40mm suspension forks, frameset

Making that 40mm of travel fit, including the bulkier crown of a suspension fork, meant lifting the downtube up higher away from the front wheel, and setting it back at the lower headset bearing. The result is that even though fork lengths are longer on the Revolt X, headtube lengths decrease 35mm across the board. And the actual frame Stack heights are in fact reduced 7-10mm on the front-suspended Revolt X vs. its rigid gravel Revolt analog.

Leaked 2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced carbon gravel bike reshaped for 40mm suspension forks, geometry

The new geometry is more than just making a fork fit, the Revolt X has slightly longer frame Reach, significantly less bottom bracket drop to accommodate the movement of the front travel, and is said to get more fork Trail but effectively the same wheelbases across its broad 6 size range (XS-XL).

In a move to more technical riding, the forthcoming Giant Revolt X will also ditch the front derailleur mount, with both models we’ve seen so far opting only for wide 1x SRAM drivetrains.

Tech details

Leaked 2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced carbon gravel bike reshaped for 40mm suspension forks, rear

Out back the flip-chip dropout is still there giving the same max 53mm tire clearance in the 435mm long chainstay position, or mas 45mm tire in the shorter 425mm spot, just like the regular Revolt. The Revolt X also keeps the adaptable seatpost setup for max versatility – pick the d-shaped D-Fuse carbon seatpost for max comfort, swap in a round 30.9 seatpost for increased stiffness, or rock a 30.9 dropper to get low for sketchy descents. The Revolt X builds come with a dropper as standard to complement the suspension up front.

This new X version has the same plethora of cage & accessory mounting points on the frame, the same conventional internal cable routing through external ports at the front of the headtube, and the same bump-eating tiny dropped seatstays out back for ‘tuned compliance’.

2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced – Pricing & availability

Leaked 2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced carbon gravel bike reshaped for 40mm suspension forks, ADV pro 1
2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced Pro 1

We’ve spotted two specs on the Australian market. There’s the top A$9000 2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced Pro 0 with a Fox 32 AX Performance Elite fork, Eagle mullet SRAM Force+X01 AXS groupset, Giant Contact Switch dropper post, and Giant CXR1 tubeless carbon wheels wrapped in 50mm Maxxis Rambler tires.

Leaked 2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced carbon gravel bike reshaped for 40mm suspension forks, ADV Pro 2
2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced Pro 2

Or there’s a more affordable mechanical build for A$6200 in the 2023 Giant Revolt X Advanced Pro 2 with the same frame but a RockShox Rudy XPLR fork, SRAM Rival1 11sp groupset (curiously mislabeled as 12speed, which could be a further hint of a lower cost SRAM gravel group?), Giant dropper, and the same Giant CXR1 carbon wheels here with 45mm Ramblers.

Neither of these are in stock in Australia, or even listed as options in the USA or Europe, so we can only imagine they might get a release sometime this spring of summer.

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Credit where it's due
1 year ago

Something about the styling of that bike, the paint and the black Fox fork with reverse arch makes it the first gravel bike I’ve seen with a sus fork that doesn’t look awful. Apart from the V1 Slate.
Looks good.

Tyler
Tyler
1 year ago

Looks a lot like the XTC just slightly modified in the seat tube. Interesting

bret
bret
1 year ago

Feels like that 6k bike should be rival axs…not mech at that price

Greg
Greg
1 year ago
Reply to  bret

Forks and droppers though.
The mechanical version would make a lot more sense with a 12sp Ratio conversion.

satanas
satanas
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg

There have been persistent rumours that there will be lower spec (Apex?) XPLR later this year with a 12 speed 11-44 cassette. If these are replacing the current Revolt rather than bejng an addition to the range then Giant’s chances of selling me anything just got much worse…

Clochette
Clochette
1 year ago
Reply to  satanas

Not replacing “standard” Revolts. Some if not all “new” 2023 non-sus Revolts are on the Australian Giant Bikes website and probably elsewhere. Revolt X’s have been on Bikexchange and other Oz bikes for sale websites for a few weeks. Only just noticed apparently.

DKeane
DKeane
1 year ago

What a nice hard tail mountain bike,,,,

Vale
Vale
1 year ago
Reply to  DKeane

๐Ÿ™‚

Jamie Levett
Jamie Levett
1 year ago

They forgot the rear suspension. One day they’ll get it.

Seraph
Seraph
1 year ago

The Fox fork on a Force/X01 AXS build is curious. I would prefer a Rudy for continuity.

Oliver
Oliver
1 year ago
Reply to  Seraph

If you’d ridden the Rudy you wouldn’t. Everything Rudy branded in the RS range is absolute trash. They sully the name of the original Rudy series.

Seraph
Seraph
1 year ago
Reply to  Oliver

I’m pretty sure there was no Rudy originally. The Rudy name is a combination of Judy and Ruby. The Ruby was the 700c hybrid/road suspension fork back in the 90s.

Greg
Greg
1 year ago
Reply to  Oliver

People I know with the Rudy really like it. My girlfriend has one. Riding it around casually, it feels very very effective, a huge difference vs my Lauf fork.
Have other people complained about the Rudy? I’d like to read about it…
Also re: sullying the “Judy” name (I’m assuming that’s what you meant), remember the whole leaking and blowing dampers fiasco?

FasterThanEwe
1 year ago

All that work and didn’t make the fork with a remote lockout is so lame. Too bad.

Greg
Greg
1 year ago
Reply to  FasterThanEwe

Flight Attendant in the future, possibly?

DefRyder
DefRyder
1 year ago

It’s probably just me but I really don’t see the point of a gravel bike with a dropper & front suspension. Perhaps if someone could explain the appeal of such bike over a lightweight hardtail – what would be the obvious benefits?

john
john
1 year ago
Reply to  DefRyder

Bikes like this go places beefed up CX bikes can’t, and eliminate the drudgery of riding the road on a mountain bike

DefRyder
DefRyder
1 year ago
Reply to  john

So, in other words manufacturers want customers to buy as many bikes for just about every disciple (obvious disciples like downhill vs flat road riding notwithstanding)? Seems a bit excessive but to each their own, right?

Robin
Robin
1 year ago
Reply to  DefRyder

Or, it just might be that there’s plenty of room in the marketplace for all kinds of variations on bike types, and that could very well be seen in the wide variety of bike types and variations of types that customers buy. Weird, eh?

Who would have thought that manufacturers would want to make money and that customers might have wide and varied tastes and needs? What a crazy. world!

DefRyder
DefRyder
1 year ago
Reply to  Robin

Totally agree with you, it is a crazy world, indeed!

Astro_Kraken
Astro_Kraken
1 year ago
Reply to  DefRyder

Aerodynamics and hand positioning matter on a 100 mile+ course in farmland where there’s no trees.

Rain
Rain
1 year ago
Reply to  DefRyder

When you have hardtail and gravel, and you want something else

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blahblahblah
1 year ago

gravel bike should be 2x

Mike
Mike
1 year ago
James Roberts
James Roberts
1 year ago

Are Giant likely to honour their warranty if you remove the fork yourself when getting it serviced?

David
David
1 year ago

Good looking bike!

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

For me, in Central Oregon, this bike makes a lot of sense. My only concern it that my estimate for the bike’s front center will create toe overlap. Especially in the smaller sizes using 50mm tires. Has anyone done the math?

John
John
9 months ago

Will giant use this model to finally rid themselves of Press Fit BB’s.

Virtually no other brand still uses this standard.

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