Giant TCX SLR 2 2018

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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 [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.

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.


Sizes
S, M, M/L, L
Brakes
Giant Conduct brake semi-hydraulic disc, 140mm

Colours
Black
Brakes Levers
Shimano

Frame
ALUXX SLR grade aluminium, with hidden rack mounts, 12mm thru-axle
Cassette
Shimano 105, 11-32T, 11sp

Fork
Composite, with alloy OverDrive steerer, 12mm thru-axle
Chain
KMC X11EL

Handlebar
Giant Connect, 31.8mm
Crankset
FSA Omega, 36-46T

Stem
Giant Connect, 8 degree
Bottom Bracket
FSA press fit

Saddle
Giant Contact, Neutra
Rims
Giant SX-2 disc

Seatpost
Giant Connect, 8 degree
Headset

Saddle
Giant Contact, Neutra
Hubs
Giant sport disc, 28H

Pedals
Spokes
Stainless steel, 14g

Shifters
Shimano 105, 22sp
Tires
Schwalbe Super Swan Performance, 700x35c

Front Derailleur
Shimano 105
Shocks

Rear Derailleur
Shimano 105
Extras / Other

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