Giant TCX SLR 2 2018
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Giant TCX SLR 2 2018
Giant TCX SLR 2 2018. If you’re looking for a bike to cross train with in Winter, besides your nice road bike, or looking for a lightweight, fast and comfortable touring and commuter bike – you should really consider the TCX SLR 2.
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Giant TCX SLR 2 Cyclocross Bike 
If you’re looking for a bike to cross train with in Winter, besides your nice road bike, or looking for a lightweight, fast and comfortable touring and commuter bike – you should really consider the TCX SLR 2.
There’s a lot of tech that gets packed into all the TCX’s, the SLR 2 though is the most affordable in the range. Giant use their top-of-the-range SLR aluminium to form the very modern TCX frame. Time for some nerd speak.
The aluminium Giant use is called 6061-A. Further Giant employs their triple-butting technique to each cross section of the frame. This means there are 3 different wall thicknesses to each cross section – minimising weight (20% lighter than Giant’s next lightest aluminium frame) and increasing stiffness; ensuring power delivery is efficient.
What you can’t see from the image is the complexity of the tube cross-sections; the seat tube, for example, is rectangular in the bottom bracket section then forms fluidly to Giant’s proprietary D-Fuse profile (more on this later).
A bike that’s light and super efficient is great, but is it comfortable?
Giant’s D-Fuse post has been around for a long time and its main purpose is flex. More flex means more comfort. The seat tube is flat on the back (think half-circle). Giant’s testing has shown that it flexes 2.5 times more than a normal circular seat post. Don’t believe it? Take one for a test ride and you’ll notice the absence of vibrations through your lower back and pelvis.
The 2 key features of the TCX SLR 2 is built with a Shimano 105 group set (made in Japan) and semi-hydraulic disc brakes.
Shimano 105 is about affordable performance. All these components are made in Japan. The technology and performance are what you get in the higher-end Shimano group sets and it’s 90% of the performance of higher end group sets but at a fraction of the cost. 105 is the great hybrid groupset; amateurs will really enjoy the smooth, precise delivery of gear shifts and experienced riders will appreciate 105’s longevity and economical replacement of parts.
Giant Conduct semi-hydraulic disc brakes give riders the simplicity of a mechanical setup but the power, modulation and control that makes hydraulic disc brakes so awesome. The master cylinder sits directly in-front of the head stem and doubles as a place to mount your new Garmin, front light or GoPro.
Schwalbe’s Super Swan tyres are 35mm wide and tubeless compatible. They also use a triple rubber compound; hard in the centre, intermediate then soft on the shoulder of the tyre – for max grip when leaning into corners.
Giant Sport Tracker disc wheels use 12mm thru-axles. These are very different to standard sized Quick Release axles. Thru-axles are much larger in diameter, and they improve the TCX’s ability to hold a line in a corner, descend and deliver better control.
Giant deliver a Lifetime Warranty on the frame, Shimano has 2 years on parts and 1 year on all else.