Giant TCX Advanced Pro 2 review

Proven cyclocross technology and track record trickles down

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £2,299.00 RRP | AUD $3,499.00 | USD $2,995.00

Our review

This TCX is comfortable, fast, precise and direct, with excellent race-ready performance
Buy if, You want an out of the box racer with refined manners and high-class performance
Pros: Great package, cyclocross performance, tubeless setup
Cons: Maxxis tyres are a little too grippy in the dry
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The Giant TCX has been around for a few years, and has evolved with the times. It’s proven itself at the highest level of pro ’cross racing, and now offers all that trickle-down technology to club racers at a very reasonable price.

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Giant’s broad-shouldered carbon fork looks purposeful, and has immense accuracy, thanks to the beefy OverDrive 2 steerer. Rocky trails, ploughed fields or dirt are all dispatched with disdain and control, the Contact bar and stem ensuring an ideal hand hold and enough stiffness to cope with burly riders.

Central to the TCX’s performance is its massive bottom bracket junction, the 86mm shell buried between the multi-faceted down tube, D-shaped seat-tube and asymmetric chainstays. The down tube’s underside is curved to minimise mud collection, the lower seat-tube curves away from the rear wheel, and there’s tons of tyre clearance between the chainstays, whose tops are angled to shed mud.

Asymmetric chainstays offer loads of clearance for the 33mm Maxxis All Terranes
Asymmetric chainstays offer loads of clearance for the 33mm Maxxis All Terranes
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In contrast with the lower frame’s obvious strength, the slimming top tube and slender seatpost seem almost out of place, but the D-shaped post and dropped, triangular seatstays are tough, while providing lots of rider-induced flex that makes a difference to seated riding across rough terrain.

Being able to sit down for longer when it’s bumpy means more effective pedalling, and more speed.

Thru-axles keep Giant’s P-X2 Disc wheelset running true. The 25mm wide and tall aluminium rims are tubeless, spin on Giant’s own hubs, and come fitted with 33mm Maxxis All Terrane tyres. As is common with modern Giants, mine arrived set up tubeless, a service any Giant dealer will offer.

I benefitted from the tubeless tyres straight from the box
I benefitted from the tubeless tyres straight from the box
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The tyres have a fairly aggressive open block pattern, which will cope pretty well in the very worst mud, but with the downside that they’re a little too grippy for hardpack, grass or soft ground, and do buzz on tarmac. They measure 33mm inflated, but being tubeless allows you to maximise grip with lower pressures.

The rotational weight saving from the tubeless setup, plus good overall system weight gives the TCX impressive acceleration. There’s no hint of flex from the front end when heaving on it to power out of corners, and maximal thrusts on the pedals result in excellent rear wheel reactions.

Impressive cyclocross ability and excellent value make the TCX a serial winner
Impressive cyclocross ability and excellent value make the TCX a serial winner
Russell Burton

Running a little less pressure increases traction and grip too, with inevitably greater all-round speed. Climbing technical rocky and rooty tracks, the TCX makes picking a line and maintaining balance easy, and descending at speed holds no fear either. Great poise and weight distribution means rut hopping and obstacle jumping is almost telepathic.

SRAM’s Rival 1 groupset is fitted without deviation, and the 40-tooth chainring with 11-36 cassette is sufficient for any cyclocross course, or exploratory ride. There are 140mm rotors front and rear, something that’s less common, but they’re quite adequate for ’cross use, where speeds are slower, and heat is never an issue.

The forgiving and friendly nature of the Giant is hard to beat
The forgiving and friendly nature of the Giant is hard to beat
Russell Burton
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The TCX is a bike that you’ll just want to ride further. With no vices, enormously accessible performance, and a great specification, it’s hard to beat on the high street, or on a ’cross course.

Product Specifications

Product

Name TCX Advanced Pro 2
Brand Giant

Available Sizes S M M/L L
Rear Wheel Weight 2100
Wheelbase (cm) 103
Top Tube (cm) 56.5
Standover Height (cm) 83
Seat Tube (cm) 53.5
Chainstays (cm) 43
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 28.5
Wheelset Giant P-X2 Disc
Weight (kg) 8.64
Trail 6
Stem Giant Contact alloy
Shifters SRAM Rival 1
Seatpost Giant F-Fuse SL, carbon composite
Seat Angle 73
Saddle Giant Contact (neutral)
Rear Tyre Maxxis All Terrane tubeless 33mm
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Rear Derailleur SRAM Rival 1
Headset Type OverDrive 2
Head Angle 72
Handlebar Giant Contact alloy
Front Wheel Weight 1400
Front Tyre Maxxis All Terrane tubeless 33mm
Front Derailleur SRAM Rival 1
Frame Material Advanced grade composite
Fork Offset 5
Fork Advanced grade composite, OverDrive 2 steerer
Cranks SRAM Rival 1, 40 X-Sync ring
Chain SRAM PC1170
Cassette SRAM PG1130 11-36
Brakes SRAM Rival 1, 140mm Centreline rotors
Frame size tested M/L