Giant retailers are looking forward to their yearly event “The Link” to learn about new 2016 models later this month but some of them are already shipping (like the new TCXs) or have been heavily covered in the media recently like the new TCR. The 2016 TCX Cyclocross Bikes have been available for a short time on the “back-end” and are already shipping to retailers so cross racers can dial in their gear before the season.
If you do some digging and translating you can find the official specs for their new line on one of their international sites but I’m setting up my new TCX and wanted to share a few photos and details. Other than purchasing the bike and being affiliated with a Giant dealer this information comes from me and my own research as they haven’t been launched yet on the US site or in the media.I received my new TCX Advanced Pro 1 yesterday and immediately built it up and went out for 40mi of gravel with some teammates. The bike performed extremely well as I’ve come to expect from Giant and besides some Di2 setup was easily built and fit.
This build comes standard with an Ultegra Di2 1×11 build kit (with internal seatpost battery), non-series Dura-Ace level hydraulic brakes/shifters, reliable alloy tubeless wheels and an aluminum Contact SL cockpit. The seatpost is the extremely compliant carbon D-fuse shape which debuted a few years ago on the TCX and is now prevalent on the Defy line. The wheels come tubeless ready with the 120tpi TR EXO Maxxis Mud Wrestlers which might be a competent mud/cx tire but are fast wearing on mixed-surface gravel rides.
Of particular note is a re-designed front thru-axle. Giant has specced a two-piece QR style front axle that presumably is designed for faster wheel changes similar to the Focus RAT system. Early impressions show it to be a little finicky but I seem to have gotten it dialed in with their set screws and it works well. Not sure how much faster it is and I haven’t had a chance to check for potential weight savings. Both front and rear seemed plenty stiff and the axles seem to work well with the frame’s compliance to make a responsive bike that didn’t leave me with any discomfort from the rough gravel.
Also new for this model year is the inclusion of a rear 12x142mm thru-axle in addition to the front 15mm axle on the carbon bikes. Their TCX SLR 2 Aluminum bike is quick release only it appears for 2016 but they’ve also consolidated price points and offerings this year to probably make the Advanced Pro a popular choice. This TCX Advanced Pro 1 retails for $4500 and should be available for order from your local Giant dealer today. A Shimano 105 equipped TCX Advanced Pro 2 in red/silver/black is also available with the same level frame but heavier PX-2 wheels and keeps the thru-axles.
My M/L weighed in at 18.5lbs with the pedals and cages shown and wheels setup tubeless.