In the spirit of full disclosure and openness, I should probably declare that I have owned two KTMs in the past, and loved them both. They were motorbikes, and they…
KTM Bike Industries has been producing bicycles from its base in Austria since 1964. For many people in the UK, KTM might be more synonymous with motorcycles, but its bicycle arm is almost as old.
Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen produces handbuilt bikes and takes care of all the details, right down to the graphics and paintwork. What’s more, all bikes leave the factory fully built to maintain the same standards, regardless of where in the world the bikes are shipped to.
By 1992, the business had grown to a point where it was possible to divide it into four companies, of which KTM Bike Industries Ltd was one. Bicycles are still produced in the factory in Mattighofen, with output at 1200 units a day across 250 models. These are then shipped to more than 50 countries around the world.
KTM’s carbon range starts above £1000 and so is seemingly aimed at serious sportivistes and upwards, rather than the A to B utility rider.
The opening carbon model available to the UK market is the Revelator 3300, which comes with a combination of Shimano Tiagra and Shimano 105 parts, and is made for a combination of speed and all-day ride comfort.
The carbon road bike range tops out with the £5k Revelator Prestige that comes with full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLE-C wheels. This bike has previously graced the pro-peloton when ridden by Bretagne-Seche-Environnement.
The carbon monocoque Revelator frames are extremely light — UK distributor Fli includes a note on its site that this machine ‘may require weighting to conform to UCI race regulations’.
Good-quality, stylish carbon-fibre frame makes for a great ride
Although the KTM Strada 1000 CD sneaks in under the £1,000 threshold, its looks like a top-dollar package. There are striking graphics, smooth welds, and trick little details like an…
Stuart Clapp tests KTM Revelator Prime £5,549.99