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The TCX Advanced 1 features a sub 1,050g frame that’s handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite. It blends cutting-edge innovation with Giant’s deep heritage of race-winning performance.

Giant Unveils New 2014 CX Bikes!

July 3, 2013

Giant is introducing an all-new range of cyclocross bikes aimed at breaking down performance barriers in the current market of ’cross bikes. The 2014 TCX Advanced and TCX SLR bikes combine Giant’s deep pedigree of world championship cyclocross bikes with a host of forward-thinking technologies and designs.

Last year, Giant assembled a team of engineers, athletes and product developers to rethink the possibilities of cyclocross performance. Tapping into Giant’s industry-leading engineering and manufacturing capabilities—plus its long history of collaboration with some of the world’s top ’cross racers—they set out to create bikes that weren’t just light and efficient, but that could significantly boost a rider’s level of confidence and control.

The result is a thorough overhaul of Giant’s cyclocross bike lineup. The flagship model, the TCX Advanced, features a sub-1050-gram frame made with Giant’s Advanced-grade composite material and geometry that’s updated with a slightly lower bottom bracket height and a slightly longer wheelbase compared to previous models. The result is a more stable ride with a lower center of gravity.

“For a long time cyclocross racers of all levels had to accept certain compromises when it came to the performance of their bikes,” said Jon Swanson, Giant Global On-Road Category Manager. “We set out to change that. We’re implementing cutting-edge technologies like disc brakes and thru-axle forks that will completely change the way you ride a ’cross bike.”

Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Adam Craig was part of the development process. As an all-around racer who competes in cyclocross as well as XC and enduro mountain bike racing, Craig is accustomed to pushing the limits of technology and speed.

“I’m super excited about seeing some of the off-road technologies like disc brakes and a front thru-axle crossing over to cyclocross,” Craig said. “The new geometry helps too, it just makes these bikes more versatile and way more capable in different types of conditions and terrain. It doesn’t matter what level you ride or race at—anyone who rides a ’cross bike will immediately feel the difference.”

All TCX Advanced models are equipped with hydraulic disc brakes. And all models feature the innovative new 15mm front thru-axle design, which boosts front-end stiffness and wheel tracking. Asymmetrical chainstays improve pedaling stiffness while also increasing compliance on choppy surfaces. And the proprietary D-Fuse SL Composite seatpost further alleviates shock and vibration with its D-shaped design for a smoother, more efficient ride.

The second new series in Giant’s 2014 cyclocross lineup is the all-new TCX SLR. It’s engineered with ALUXX SLR, an all-new, superlight alloy technology yielding the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any Giant aluminum frame tubes. The tubes are triple-butted and 20 percent thinner than those used on Giant’s ALUXX SL frames.

Like the TCX Advanced, all TCX SLR models benefit from disc brake technology, a 15mm front thru-axle, and Giant’s D-Fuse seatpost for compliance. Both the TCX Advanced and TCX SLR models feature Giant’s OverDrive 2 front end with an oversized, tapered steerer tube for precision steering. And both also feature internal cable routing.

The TCX Advanced and TCX SLR cyclocross bikes will be first available at Giant retailers starting in August.