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Giant TCX Advanced Pro sheds serious weight

A leaner, speedier version of the popular cyclocross race bike

Photo by: Photo: Chris Milliman

Giant’s TCX has tackled cyclocross courses for nearly two decades now, from Europe to North America. How does the TCX Advance Pro stay fresh after 17 years?

Well, the 2021 version sheds significant weight from its carbon fibre frame and fork. It also works a bit better with other brand’s components. When you’re hunting for incremental gains over an already race-winning frame, these are good developments.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new with Giant’s TCX Advanced Pro

Michael van den Ham
Michael van den Ham racing Giant’s TCX during the Namur cyclocross World Cup in 2019. Photo: Anton Vos/Cor Vos

Shedding grams

Yes, the new TCX Advanced Pro is lighter. 17 per cent lighter, to be exact. Which is not a trivial weight. The frame dropS from 1.05 kg to a feathery weight of just 850 grams.

Through a complete redesign, the fork drops 60 grams of that weight. It tips the scales at an even 400 grams.

Frame and fork combined, the 2021 TCX is a full 260 grams lighter than last year’s model.

D-Fuse, or not to D-Fuse

Giant really thinks you should use its proprietary D-Fuse asymmetrical seat post. But the brand is now giving you options to run whatever post you want on the TCX. The hidden bolt, which was previously tucked on the top tube, is back in a more standard position on the rear side of the seattube and seatstay junction. This allows for use with the more common 30.9 mm diameter seat post. You have to use an adaptor clamp inside the frame, but is better than D-Fuse or nothing.

There’s a strong argument for the D-Fuse, though. The new full carbon fibre D-Fuse SLR is supposed to be 20 per cent more compliant than the existing D-Fuse SL.

Lars van der Haar Giant TCX
The 2021 TCX is the result of years of refinement. Lars van der Haar races an earlier TCX in the 2013 Valkenburg World Cup in The Netherlands. Photo: Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos

The future is tubeless

Giant was an early adopter of disc brakes in cyclocross. Lars van der Haar rode a TCX to claim the first UCI World Cup win for a disc-brake bike back in 2013. Now Giant’s joining the tubeless party. The Advanced Pro comes tubeless ready right out of the box, with lightweight composite WheelSystem rims and tubeless rubber. With a max tire clearance of 45-mm, the TCX will fit big enough treads to make this ‘cross race whip work outside the tape in the offseason.

Flat-mount disc brakes, and 12-mm front and rear thru-axles add to the frames stiffness and cornering control.


Pricing: 2021 Giant TCX Advanced Pro

Giant’s Canadian pricing for the 2021 TCX Advanced Pro line is as follows.

XS, S, M, ML, L, XL

TCX Advanced Pro 0: $6,400

The TCX Advanced Pro 0 features a Giant SLR 1 composite WheelSystem and SRAM Force eTap AXS drivetrain with wireless electronic shifting

TCX Advanced Pro 1: $4,700

The TCX Advanced Pro 0 features a Giant SLR 2 composite WheelSystem, integrated hydraulic disc brakes, and Shimano GRX drivetrain

TCX Advanced Pro 2: $3,500

The TCX Advanced Pro 2 features integrated hydraulic disc brakes and a SRAM Apex drivetrain.