After seeing an awfully polished looking prototype at Sea Otter, Giant’s TCX Advanced carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bikes get official with two complete bikes and a frameset. There’s also the very well equipped TCX SLR alloy men’s and Brava women’s version. All of the above strut outta the factory with thru-axle forks and 135mm rear spacing. For diehards, there’s the TCX Advanced SL that’s still rockin’ the cantilevers.

Shown above, the top of the line TCX Advanced 0 uses their Advanced-series carbon for a sub-1050g frame (claimed, medium unpainted). Weight savings come from a modified monocoque construction that eschews an outer woven cosmetic layer. The carbon seat tube, which you can see in better detail in that Sea Otter link, is D-shaped, which they call “D-Fuse” and claims to absorb impacts. It’s held in place by a stealthy, flush seatpost binder.

The frame is disc-specific, devoid of cantilever mounts, and has a flattened top tube for easier shouldering. Up front, the fork has a 1.25″ to 1.5″ tapered steerer and 15mm thru axle at the bottom. The “0” is spec’d with the new SRAM Red 22 group and  Hydro RD disc brakes, Rotor 3DF crankset and Giant CXR0 wheels with Schwalbe Super Swan 700×35 tubeless ready tires and retails for $7,150.

UPDATE: From Schwalbe: “The Super Swan is a tire that we produce exlusively for Giant and will not offer in the aftermarket. It is a 700x35c tubeless version of our old Rocket Ron (HS 406) tread pattern.”



The TCX Advanced 1 adds color on top of the same carbon frame, drops down to SRAM Force 10-speed with Hydro RD disc brakes and CXR1 wheels.


It keeps the same tires and crankset and carries a $4,050 retail.


The TCX Advanced frameset retails for $2,200 and includes the D-Fuse seatpost, Overdrive 2 fork with headset and a DT Swiss thru axle. Frames use a BB86 pressfit bottom bracket.


The women’s Brava SLR has Giant’s ALUXX SLR butted alloy tubing with a slightly shorter top tube and taller head tube than the men’s TCX SLR.


Spec includes the top end SRAM Red 22 with Hydro RD disc brakes, Rotor 3DF crankset and CXR1 wheels. It keeps the D-Fuse carbon seatpost and retails for $4,800. There’s also a Brava SLR2 that shares the same frame and post but drops down to Shimano 105 with R515 mechanical disc brakes for $1,600.


The men’s alloy TCX SLR also uses the ALUXX SLR alloy built with SRAM Force 10-speed with Hydro RD disc brakes, an FSA Gossamer Pro crankset, Giant CXR1 wheels and the same carbon D-Fuse post for $2,975.


While it’s a bit hard to get excited about a non-disc ‘cross bike anymore, Giant’s TCX Advanced SL still gets their premium tech. It uses the lighter Advanced-SL carbon construction, an integrated seatmast and carries with it some big race winning pedigree. Spec is SRAM Red 10-speed, Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes and Giant’s P-SL1 wheels. Retail is $4,350 complete, or get just the frameset for $2,700.

Find one near you at Giant-Bicycles.com.


  1. Ha! Giant react in under 24 hrs to my comment under yesterday’s ‘New Ultegra’ post:). It is just a shame they responded with SRAM…hopefully a Shimano Spec. model is waiting in the wings.

  2. the colours look great. super style about them.

    forums are great. but i think people should be quiet when they have nothing nice to say. oh wait. its a forum.

  3. I like the prototype look better but these colors definitely aren’t ugly. The levers are. I also would like to know more about the tires. My Schwalbe Racing Ralphs are the best cross knobbies I’ve tried.

  4. I would like to know more about the rims / wheelsets. I have the Giant carbon rims on my Anthem and they are really, really good….I wonder if these are similar…would like to know their specs i.e. internal / external width, weight, etc.

  5. The Giant Carbon 29er wheels are awesome. I was told that the new CX Carbon wheels are the same wheels as the current 29er wheels. Just new graphics and small refinements.

    The new 2014 CX bikes are 15mm front and 135mm rear.

    Also the new 11sp Ultegra will not be out for OE spec in time for CX season. That is why manufacturers are “stuck” with the Sram if the want bikes delivered in time for CX.

  6. Dude,

    OD2 is lighter and stiffer than regular taper. But as far as stems go…. Giant sells their stems and Ritchey 1-1/4″ stems.

    Also PRO and FSA make 1-1/4″ stems.

    That is 4 choices.

  7. I think the Shimano 11 spd group will be available by cross season. It is Shimano’s hydro disc brakes that will be the hold up. The new Pivot Vault cross bike will have 11 spd Ultegra with TRP disc brakes.

  8. Joey B,

    You are right about the Ultegra 11….However manufacturers will not spec cable pull mech disc on flagship carbon bikes…hence Sram wins the spec war for 13/14 cross season.

    Giant has 105 10spd Shimano mech disc bikes coming at the mid-range.

  9. sure, maybe it ain’t so pretty, but I’ve ridden the sram hydro levers and they’re really damn comfortable. They also work quite well, though I admit to not having put miles and miles of use on them. Also, the angle of the shimano levers in the picture may hide a taller hood. It still wouldn’t be quite as big as srams but it still could be tall.

  10. SRAM is the best. That is main reason why my husband is drooling over this bike! Shimano has nothing on the SRAM shifting and they keep getting better w the 22 lineup. I used to ride “shi-crappy” but have not looked back since my husband bought me SRAM Rival. SRAM haters are typically ones that have not really tried the switch. Down goes Shimano. Love the powder blue frame.

  11. The Sram hydro shifters are the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen in the cycle industry over 20 years. They are ugly and I would’t use even I get them for free

What do you think?