New KTM frameset spotted at Dauphine

A blue and black road bike
(Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

The Critérium du Dauphiné is always a good place to spot some new tech ahead of the Tour. We've already seen the radical new Trek Madone (hard to miss, let's be honest), and a more subtle update to the Canyon Ultimate. 

Not to be outdone by the World Tour teams, BnB Hotels p/b KTM has been spotted riding a seriously overhauled new Revelator Alto frameset from the Austrian Brand. Previously the Alto, the brand's only road bike, appeared to be more in the mould of what we'd consider a 'climbing bike'. Svelte, waspish, but few concessions to aerodynamics. Now, however, the new frameset appears to have morphed into a more all round package to keep up with modern trends. Interestingly though, the frameset isn't currently on the approved list.

You can still see the design cues of the old frameset, but now the bike sports a near horizontal top tube, integrated cabling, a one piece bar and stem, new seatstays, and an integrated seat clamp. 

Updated aero frame details

The toptube, previously heavily sloped in a way reminiscent of the Giant TCR, is now near horizontal and transitions smoothly into the integrated one piece bar-stem combo. The cables and hoses are all hidden internally, so no more entry port in the top of the NDS fork leg for the front brake. The transitions between the main tubes have also been boxed out with triangular sections too.

An aero toptube and handlebar setup

Gone is the traditional stem and bar, replaced by an aero one-piece unit (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

Close up of a bikes headtube

Boxed-out aero profiling around the headtube (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

Re-engineered seattube

At the rear the seattube no longer protrudes above the toptube, but sits totally flush with it and utilises an integrated seat clamp, though it's currently unclear where the adjustment port is located; it doesn't seem to be on either the front or rear of the seattube, or the drive side, so by deduction we suspect it's on the NDS. For critics of proprietary tech there is mercifully a Ritchey seatpost, rather than a KTM specific unit, which has a sculpted upper to presumably aid vibration damping.

A close up of a bottom bracket area

The seattube is bladed around the front derailleur before widening to a boxy BB (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

Close up of a black seatpost

It's unclear for now where the clamp for the seatpost is located (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

Close up of a black seatpost

The Ritchey seatpost features a pseudo-cut-out for enhanced compliance (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

New seatstay design

Sticking at the seattube junction, gone are the old style seatstays with the kink at the uppers to allow them to join horizontally. Now they are perfectly straight, save for a subtle fanning out of stays at the join. The seattube too seems to be more heavily formed, elongated along the long axis of the bike around the front derailleur area before becoming more spherical at the upper. 

Close up of a road bike seatpost junction

(Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

Close up of a UCI sticker on a seattube

The seatstays enter and create a bulge. Note the UCI sticker, but no approval as yet (Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

Modest fork update

The forks, besides the total internal routing, seem to be much the same as the old model save for a rounder area around the thru-axle.

The fork of an aero road bike

(Image credit: Patrick Fletcher)

The previous model for reference

A road bike stands in front of the water with yachts behind

The outgoing model, still being raced currently, seems to be more of a climbers bike. Will the team use both, or only the new version at the Tour? (Image credit: BnB Hotels P/B KTM)

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