I’ve had my Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1 for nearly two months now and since #crossiscoming I’ve been putting a lot of miles on my cyclocross bikes to make sure the fit is spot on. While I haven’t had enough (any) race time on it to form a review yet I did figure out what I needed to ride hard this season.
And that was SRAM. The bike came specced with Ultegra Di2 setup 1×11 with a chain guard and standard rear derailleur. That setup is fine and should be solid when racing but I think the unfortunate HydroR recall of last year led the product teams at Giant to shy away from SRAM this year. I push my bikes hard in both races and on the trail or gravel and decided I needed a clutch on the bike for my sanity and the clear coat. Both Sven Nys and Katie Compton dropped their chains last year on Shimano and when fighting for 5th place in a local training race I can’t let that stop me! I picked up an XTR Di2 derailleur but it’s drawbacks had me looking for something else. I have CX1 on my Focus Mares and decided matching drivetrains were the best option.
I’m a big fan of SRAM shifting and products and the Type 2.1 clutch on the latest Force 1 is great. The TCX Advanced frame is compatible with both electronic and mechanical so I swapped some ferrules, ran the cables, bled the brakes and off I went. No surprises just great shifting and braking throughout the gear range and I can easily remove the rear wheel! It also dropped about half a pound from the XTR Di2 build.
First race of the year is CrossVegas so I can’t wait to hang on as best I can on this great bike! For Sale, lightly used Di2 kit…