KTM is well known for making fast two-wheeled machines, but maybe less well known for the kind without an engine, or at least here in the UK. The Austrian brand’s been making pedal bikes for many years, and in central Europe it is a dominant force.
The Revelator Lisse is the main model from its road-bike range and the Master is just one tier down from the very top spec. The frame has a striking look that manages to be different enough to other aero frame designs, with very pronounced dropped seatstays which flow out into long, narrow stays. The stem is a bespoke KTM part and is also different from any other design that we’ve seen.
The rounded profile hides all the cables, keeping the look neat, while allowing the use of any standard bar. If the stem length isn’t ideal, then you would need to order a new stem from KTM which has just three lengths available – 100mm, 110mm and 120mm – although these should cover almost all rider’s requirements. It’s also possible to raise or lower the height by adding or removing bespoke spacers to the stem unit, which helps keep the bike’s overall look very clean.
The fit of the bike is more relaxed than many other brand’s aero offerings with a shorter top tube which, even with all spacers removed, means the front end is not as low as some pure racers may want. While that could be a negative for some, for riders who are not after the absolute lowest possible position then it makes for a very comfortable, but still pretty quick, riding position.
Without a wind tunnel, it would be impossible to verify any claims of speed, but it doesn’t feel as quick as either of the other bikes on test. The relatively low-section DT Swiss wheels are partly responsible, but while they perform well and are a decent weight, adding a set of deeper, carbon wheels could further improve things if greater speed was your goal. The Ultegra Di2 groupset is as flawless as you can wish for, especially when routed and executed so neatly with the charging port located on the downtube.
Di2 groupset – Perfect shift and braking performance.
Cable routing – Neat routing for all cables through the stem and into the frame.
Good handling – A bike designed to go fast, but won’t scare you on the downhills.
Not so good
Stem adjustment – Non-standard design and only available to buy in 3 lengths.
Wheels – Not deep/fast enough for full speed potential.
Geometry – Quite relaxed – won’t suit riders looking an aggressive riding position.
While the Revelator Lisse may not feel like the fastest of our trio, it is – without doubt – still a speedy machine, with a geometry and sizing that’ll suit most everyday riders. Which means you don’t need to be a pro to appreciate it. Its unique design also makes it a standout bike whatever company it’s in.
Size/ weight: 55cm/7.81kg
Frame: Revelator Lisse Performance Carbon with F11 Disc Carbon aero fork
Groupset: Shimano Ultegra 8050, di2
Brakes: Shimano Ultegra R8070 disc
Chainset/casette: Shimano Ultegra R8000, 50/34/11-28
Saddle: Fizik Arione R7
Seat-post: KTM Lisse Pro-Link Carbon
Wheels: DTSwissPR1600, tubeless ready
Tyres: Continental Attack 700x23c (front), x25c (rear)