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Giant lightens TCX Advanced Pro cyclocross bike

New frameset is 17% lighter than before and smoother too, according to Giant

Giant has unveiled an updated composite TCX Advanced Pro cyclocross series with a frameset that's 260g lighter than previously and a ride that's said to be smoother thanks to the introduction of new features.

"Engineered with Giant’s Advanced-grade composite material, the new TCX Advanced Pro boasts significantly lighter weight while retaining its class-leading stiffness," says Giant. 

"The frame and fork have been re-engineered, which together offer a total weight saving of 260g. The composite frame is 200g lighter than the previous generation (850g versus 1,050g). The redesigned fork, also made with Advanced-grade composite, is 60g lighter (400g compared to 460g) while maintaining the same outstanding torsional and lateral stiffness as the previous generation.

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"These weight reductions, along with engineering advancements including asymmetrical chainstays for optimal power transfer, make this TCX more agile and responsive on dirt, mud, sand or pavement—all the conditions typically seen in both cyclocross racing and other types of mixed terrain riding. It’s faster up climbs, easier to hoist over your shoulder, and more responsive when sprinting or accelerating."

The TCX Advanced Pro is also said to be smoother than previously. Most new TCX Advanced Pro models are fitted with a new full-carbon D-Fuse SLR seatpost that's said to offer 20% more compliance than the existing D-Fuse SL. 

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The seatpost clamp has also been moved from its previous position on the top tube (just in front of the seatpost insertion point) to the rear side of the seat tube. This results in improved compliance, according to Giant, and makes it possible to use a standard round 30.9mm seatpost (with an internal adaptor clamp) rather than the proprietary D-Fuse seatpost that comes with all new TCX models. This allows you to fit a dropper seatpost. 

The new TCX Advanced Pro bikes are equipped with composite wheels and tubeless tyres (there's clearance for tyres up to 45mm wide). The disc brakes are flat mount and the wheels are held in place with 12mm thru axles front and rear.

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Two complete bikes will be available, built around the same frame and fork. The TCX Advanced Pro 1 (above) is fitted with Shimano's GRX RX-810 groupset and Giant SLR-2 wheels while the TCX Advanced Pro 2 (main pic at top of page) gets a SRAM Apex 1 groupset and Giant P-X2 Disc wheels.

We don't have a date for UK availability although we do know that the TCX Advanced Pro 2 and the frameset are being shipped to the UK at the moment, and pricing will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

www.giant-bicycles.com

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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