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Introducing the KTM Revelator Alto, the climbing bike for all occasions

9 May 2019

Thanks to the relentless march of technology, the demands of what we want from our bikes are constantly shifting.

We want our aero bikes to be lighter, our climbing bikes to be faster and we want both to be more comfortable. We don’t want to compromise on quality but expect it to come at a reasonable cost.

That’s a lot to ask for any bike manufacturer, big or small. But with the all-new Revelator Alto, KTM has delivered just that – a bike built for the mountains that is also fast on the flat, and which keeps you comfortable on the longest days in the saddle.

Professionally developed

The development of this multi-faceted Revelator Alto is even more impressive when you consider it is aimed at meeting the needs not just of consumers, but professional riders too – cyclists who can feel every minute detail within the bike, as Louise Williams, sales and marketing manager at KTM’s UK distributor FLi Distribution, points out.

‘KTM’s focus was on producing a bike capable of being raced at Grand Tour level, because this one will be, as Neri-Selle Italia-KTM are entered in the Giro d’Italia this year,’ said Williams.

‘With the Revelator Alto, KTM wanted to build on the positives from the previous model, but to also reduce the weight, add disc brakes and make the bike a little more aero overall. In other words, make it better uphill, downhill and on the flat!’

An ambitious target indeed, but the decision in the winter to partner with ProContinental outfit Neri-Selle Italia-KTM, the team of Giro stage winner and perennial race animator Giovanni Visconti, has paid handsome dividends in the Revelator Alto.

The bike has already been put through its paces this year by the likes of Sebastian Schonberger and Luca Raggio, who both featured in the day’s main break at this year’s Milan-San Remo – a race that demands a bike that can balance comfort, speed and climbing prowess.

And its credentials will be tested even further when the team takes to the start line of the Giro d’Italia in May – a race famed for seeking out some of the most demanding climbs in Europe.

Fortunately, the Revelator Alto range was primarily designed for exactly that purpose – climbing.

Its name means just that – alto is Italian for high and gives you a sense of the terrain that this latest bike feels most at home in. The secret to keeping the bike’s weight down is KTM’s stiff nano-carbonSonic frame, which weighs just 790g and allows a total bike weight of just 6.99kg (size medium) when built to its highest spec.

And even if you opt for the lower-tier carbon Master and Elite frames, you’ll still end up with a bike that sits respectably under 8.5kg.

Regardless of which option you go for, the lightweight tubing of both frame and fork has been aero-optimised, with its asymmetric design comfortably able to absorb the heavy braking forces that can be put through the non-drive side, especially when on long, fast descents.

Built for comfort

Pair this with DT Swiss PRC-1400 Spline deep-section wheels and you have a supremely lightweight bike that’s also well equipped to hold the wheels on the flats.

KTM hasn’t forgotten comfort either, something that Williams rightly points out is a vital consideration not only for the consumer but increasingly for pro cyclists too.

‘Bikes that are designed for long road races have to be comfortable, whether you’re a consumer or pro racer,’ says Williams.

‘The geometry considers a variety of potential uses and the build can be customised to be much more or less aggressive depending on the user’s demands.’

Regardless of the rest of the build, the Revelator Alto’s dropped seatstays help provide a secure and comforting ride, which is further aided by 25mm tubeless-ready tyres and tubeless-ready DT Swiss wheels.

For £6,999.99, the flagship Revelator Alto Sonic comes with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc components, DT Swiss PRC-1400 Spline wheels, Schwalbe Pro One tyres, Ritchey carbon finishing kit and a Fizik Antares saddle.

For just over half that (£3,599.99), the second-tier Revelator Alto Master offers great value, swapping Dura-Ace for Shimano’s also excellent Ultegra Di2, complete with Mavic Cosmic Elite wheels, 25mm Continental GP4000 tyres and Ritchey and Fizik finishing kit.

The entry-level option is the KTM Revelator Alto Elite, which is specced with Shimano 105 Disc and paired with tubeless-ready DT Swiss PR-1800 Spline wheels, 25mm Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tyres, KTM’s own alloy finishing kit and Selle Italia saddle, all for £2,499.99.

For more, visit KTM here.