Bike Check: Rebecca Rusch’s Giant Revolt Advanced

New sponsors, new bike, for the Queen of Pain

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Rebecca Rusch teams up with Giant and will tackle this year’s gravel races on the Revolt Advanced.

Rebecca Rusch teams up with Giant and will tackle this year’s gravel races on the Revolt Advanced.

Few athletes have as storied and varied, a career as Rebecca Rusch. With championship titles in whitewater rafting, adventure racing, a master’s cross-country skiing world championship, three 24-hour mountain world championships, and multiple victories at Leadville and Dirty Kanza, Rusch has amassed an impressive resume and earned her nickname “The Queen of Pain” through blood, sweat, and determination. And that’s not even including the Emmy award she won for her 2017 documentary, “Blood Road.”

Rusch has ridden for Specialized and, most recently, for Niner. Heading into 2020, Rusch has partnered with Liv and Giant to chart a new course for her athletic endeavors.

“Partnering with Liv Cycling and Giant Bicycles aligns seamlessly with my commitment to push the limits of cycling and use bikes to Be Good,” said Rusch, referring to her Be Good nonprofit foundation’s mission to enrich communities through bicycling. “I’m convinced that if everyone could spend more time on a bike, the world would be a better place,” she added.

Rebecca Rusch’s Giant Revolt Advanced

Giant introduced the updated Revolt with a focus on gravel in late 2018 for the 2019 model year.

Giant introduced the updated Revolt with a focus on gravel in late 2018 for the 2019 model year.

When it comes to Gravel racing, Rusch will be riding Giant’s Revolt Advanced. The Revolt was redesigned for the 2019 model year from a comfort-minded, all-road machine to a pure-bred gravel racer. Rusch’s Revolt Advanced is equipped with gear from her sponsors. It features unique touches that make it her weapon of choice. Keep scrolling for a closer look.

Not only will Rusch ride for LIV and Giant, her input will be used to develop future bikes.

Rusch rolls on ENVE G23 carbon rims with Maxxis 700x40 tires. Orange Seal keeps punctures at bay.

Rusch rolls on ENVE G23 carbon rims with Maxxis 700×40 tires. Orange Seal prevents punctures.

"I ride the WTB Koda on all of my bikes," Rusch said.

“I ride the WTB Koda on all of my bikes,” Rusch said.

Thick handlebar tape with gel underneath takes the edge off rough gravel roads.

Thick handlebar tape with gel underneath takes the edge off rough gravel roads.

When we saw here, Rusch was turning over a 46t chainring. "I'll switch the chainring based on the terrain and distance," said Rusch.

When we saw her, Rusch was turning over a 46t chainring. “I’ll switch the chainring based on the terrain and distance,” Rusch said.

In back, Rusch's 10-50 SRAM Eagle cassette is managed by a well-worn eTap AXS derailleur.

In back, Rusch’s 10-50t SRAM Eagle cassette is managed by a well-worn eTap AXS derailleur.

Rusch relies on Revelate Designs bags to carry her food and tools.

Rusch relies on Revelate Designs bags to carry her food and tools.

Best of luck in 2020! | Photo by Ian Matteson

Best of luck in 2020! | Photo by Ian Matteson

 

About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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