With a D-Fuse seatpost, OverDrive 2 steerer tube and 15mm thru-axle fork, Craig’s TCX SLR SS features all of the technology of its geared sibling while featuring a single-speed specific rear-triangle design.

Pit Pass: Adam Craig's Singlespeed CX Worlds Machine

October 23, 2014

Adam Craig is arguably the most versatile professional bike racer on the planet. From the World Enduro Series, to Olympic XC racing, to UCI cyclocross events, Adam has done it all.

But of all the events that Adam has competed in and won over the years, few are as unique as the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships. Part party, part bike race, Single Speed ’cross worlds is a race that’s perfectly suited to Adam’s blend of fun-loving personality, elite-level fitness and exceptional bike handling skills.

After he won the past two SSCX World Championship titles, Giant made Adam a prototype single-speed specific TCX SLR—now available as a frameset to the public. The TCX SLR SS features many of the same technologies as the geared TCX SLR but uses Giant’s SingleSwing dropout design. This allows for confident chain tensioning as well as quick and easy adjustability. The simplicity of SingleSwing also allows Adam to get a leg up on his rivals before the race even starts.

“Singlespeed racing is all about intimidation,” says Adam, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. “The ability to survey the competition's conservative gearing selection, and then very publicly change my gearing to a much more manly configuration, sometimes on the start line, really gives me a mental edge.”

After dominating the race the past two years, Adam is heading to Louisville, Kentucky, this weekend to compete for a third consecutive SSCXWC title. He admits his preparation hasn’t been ideal: After coming down sick following the final Enduro World Series event of the year, he has had to take it easy leading up to SSCXWC.

“I haven't been able to ride or drink whisky,” Adam says. “Apparently I'm ‘tapering’ for the Worlds.”

Armed with a mental edge—proper preparation, or not—Adam has proven that his versatile skill set and irreverent personality are exactly what you need to be successful at SSCXWC.

“I haven't had a comprehensive challenger yet at SSCXWC,” he says. “The only allegedly ‘fast’ racers who've come out refuse to party—which means they're losing before the race even starts. It only snowballs from there. Hopefully someone legit shows up. Tattoos hurt and I'm sick of getting them.”

Here’s a closer look at the bike Adam will be racing in Louisville:


Frame: ALUXX SLR-grade aluminum, w/ SingleSwing single-speed specific dropouts
Fork: Advanced SL-grade composite, OverDrive 2 steerer, 15mm thru-axle
Handlebar: Zipp Service Course, 44cm width
Handlebar Tape: Zipp
Stem: Giant Contact, OverDrive 2
Seatpost: Giant D-Fuse SLR
Saddle: Fi;zi:k Tundra
Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy 11
Shift Levers: N/A
Front Derailleur: N/A
Rear Derailleur: N/A
Brakes: SRAM Force Hydro Disc
Cassette: King single cog, 16t
Chain: SRAM PC-1
Crankset: SRAM Force CX1
Wheels: Zipp 303 Tubular Disc (not shown here)
Rear Tire: Schwalbe Racing Ralph Tubular
Front Tire: Schwalbe Racing Ralph Tubular
Bottle Cages: King Ti
Computer: N/A
Other accessories: King Ti Shot Glass/Bell