KTM Revelator ELITE DI2: An Austrian up North

KTM Revelator ELITE DI2: An Austrian up North

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Review: The KTM Revelator is the middle-class racer from Austrian manufacturer KTM. The frame is identical to the top-range models and the only real difference, Dura-Ace vs. Ultegra Di2, is barely noticable anymore, even for the pros out there.

Facts

Overview

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RRP: 2999€

Weight (checked): 7,4kg

Frame material: Carbon

Brakes: Rim, mechanical

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Geometry
Size 49 52 55 57 59
Top tube horizontal 509mm 529mm 550mm 561mm 572mm
Seat tube 490mm 520mm 550mm 570mm 590mm
Seat angle 74 74 73.5 72.5 72.5
Head angle 72 72.5 72.5 73 73
Head tube 130mm 145mm 160mm 175mm 200mm
Chainstays 405mm 405mm 405mm 405mm 405mm
Wheel base 960mm 976mm 992mm 989mm 1001mm
Stack 535mm 551mm 565mm 580mm 601mm
Reach 366mm 381mm 393mm 389mm 394mm

Specs
Component Model
Fork KTM F-7 Carbon
Wheels DT Swiss R23 Spline
Tires Conti Grand-Prix 4000
Brakes  Shimano Ultegra 6800
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2
Shifters Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2
Crankset Shimano Ultegra 6800 52-36
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-25
Stem KTM Team 3D -7°
Handlebar KTM Team
Seat post KTM Team 3D 300/27.2
Saddle Selle Italia SLS Flow

The moment you open the box, bright orange colors that have become KTM’s signature catch the eye. It blends in well with the overall design of the bike: unique, feisty and aggressive! It just looks like a hell lot of fun to ride.

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Specs and first ride

We took the KTM Revelator, produced in the Alpine foothills in Austria 900km up north to put it to the test in the flat and windy regions of northern Germany – certainly not what you would call home match, but it will be even more interesting to see how the Austrian racing machine performs up here. A few little changes here and there, some spacers under the stem and we’re good to go. It doesn’t take long to realize that the KTM Revelator is not just built to tackle the steep ascends of the Austrian Alpes but is equally much fun on the flat roads of northern Germany. We take the 7.4kg light bike for a ride on a windy day in January – the Revelator seems to just cut through the sharp winds and the Conti Grand Prix 4000S tires perform excellent on wet and slippery roads. Admittedly, aero wheels would have been the icing on the cake, but that’s criticism on the highest possible level.

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And after all, there needs to be some room for improvement! The new Ultegra Di2 11s doesn’t really leave any to be perfectly honest. The shiftig was quick and smooth in every situation, we really don’t know how a groupset could perform any better – not even its big brother Dura-Ace.

Something that’s certainly worth mentioning are the chainrings: 52 and 36 teeth thanks to Shimano’s new front derailleur. Shifting works like a charm and with the 11/25 cassette in the back, we get a varied transmission and we’d be ready to tackle just about any World-Tour race out there.

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Design

Love at first sight – I’ve always thought it’s a myth but the KTM Revelator has proven me oh so wrong.

Even before I had the bike unboxed completely, rays of orange light shone through the cracks of the box and make the Revelator stand out from all the black and grey out there. KTM put a lot of work into the colour design of the bike – the components fit in perfectly with the concept, saddle, stem, even the bar tape.

All in all, the bike just looks flawless. Colours, frame, fork, components – as if it was made from one piece. Some of you might argue that design is not that important when it comes to bikes and well, they might be right but … everyone loves a beautiful bike, right?!

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Bottom Line

I know, when you mention the name KTM, most people out there think of their infamous motorcycles. I hope that at some point in the future, people will also think of KTM as not only a motorcycle, but also a remarkable bicycle manufacturer and it will be thanks to amazing bikes like the KTM Revelator Elite Di2. It is just a very beautiful bike with convincing specifications and a lot of fun to ride. If you really want to find something to grouse about – well, given the price of almost 3.000€, we would have loved to see a lighter wheelset. The KTM Revelator Elite Di2 is the right bike for those of you who are looking for something a little bit different, who cherish the beatuy of a bike and who are looking for a top-notch road bike.

Highlights

  • Fun to ride, on climbs as well as on flat terrain
  • Unique design
  • Well thought-through specs
  • Great transmission with 52/36

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About The Author

Michael Faiß

Michael Faiß hat in München Englisch und Geschichte studiert. Nach einem einjährigen Aufenthalt in England arbeitete er als Übersetzer unter anderem für das Magazin Procycling und das Degen Mediahouse. Außerdem ist er seit der Kindheit passionierter Radfahrer und –schrauber und fühlt sich vor allem abseits der asphaltierten Wege zuhause.

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