Nature Boy’s Giant TCX Advanced 1

Nature Boy’s 2014 Giant TCX Advanced 1

GiantTCXAdvanced1-1This isn’t the most exotic machine you’ll come across.  But the bike and its owner get the job done.  In fact, since the bike’s owner upgraded from a clunker Surly Cross Check (now relegated to commuting duties), he is a changed man.  No longer is the Nature Boy floundering in Florida sandpits, or getting worked over on the nighttime GCX rides in Gainesville, Florida.  At 19.2lbs for a bike in size Large (think 57cm top tube), this is a svelte and fast machine.

The bike was most recently raced at the Spaghetti 100 65 Mile Dirt Epic race in Tallahassee.  See it in action in the Race Video.

The Giant TCX Advanced 1 also represents outstanding value for money, when compared to other more exotic offerings.  Full SRAM force drive train, Rotor cranks, and hydraulic braking.

Heaps of tyre clearance. 40’s would fit easily.

Frame: Giant Advanced-grade Composite, Electronic Ready.  All cables are routed internally.
Fork: Giant Advanced-grade composite, Composite OverDrive 2 steerer, 15mm thru-axle.
Headset: Giant.
Seatpost: Giant D-Fuse SL Composite.
Saddle: Fizik Antares.
Wheelset: Giant P-CXR1 Wheel System.
Tyres: Schwalbe Super Swan Evo, 700c x 35mm, folding, configured tubeless.
Handlebars: Giant Connect SL, 31.8mm.

Race number for a lad who resides in the 352 area code.
Race number for a lad who resides in the 352 area code.

Stem: Giant Connect SL, OverDrive 2.
Shifters: SRAM S-Series HRD 700.
Derailleurs: SRAM Force 10 speed.
Crankset: Rotor 3DF, 46 / 36 chainrings.
Bottom Bracket: Custom Rotor 386BB for BB86.
Pedals: Shimano SPD compatible.
Cassette: SRAM PG1050 11×28, 10-speed.
Brakes: SRAM S-Series HRD 700, hydraulic disc.
Brake Rotors: Avid 160mm, front and rear.
Bottle Cages: Cheapo crap that doesn’t do the bike justice… tsk tsk.

Bike supplied by Cycle Logic team sponsor, Bike Works, 2300 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida.

We’re hoping to see this bike in action at Southern Cross 2015… Nature Boy needs a little convincing.


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  1. Avatar Mike Gustafson

    I’m a bit skeptical about the 17lb weight you mention. I have this exact same bike but it’s the 2015 version with Shimano derailleurs, cassette, shifters, and hydraulic brakes. Same wheel set and everything else. It weighs 20.7lbs. I find it very hard to believe SRAM shifters, brakes, derailleurs and cassette would shave 3lbs. I got mine down to 19 lbs by buying a set of CXR-0 rims. I’ve compared SRAM components to the Shimano and there is not a 3lb difference. What am I missing here?

    • JOM JOM

      Mike, I’ll be happy to double check the bike’s weight when I return to the USA.

    • JOM JOM

      Mike, the bike’s owner (Nature Boy) just checked the weight on my behalf. 19.2lbs. Clearly I made a typo with the blog entry, which has been corrected.

      Thanks for checking in, appreciate the feedback, sorry to have driven you temporarily crazy 🙂

      • Avatar Mike Gustafson

        Hey thanks for checking and it’s perfectly ok. I was just trying to figure out what was wrong with my bike. This makes it a lot less perplexing. Cheers.

  2. Avatar Robert

    I have a 2014 tcx pro 1 Can you change out the rear cassette to a 11-32 or do you need to change to a wifli rear derailure


    • JOM JOM

      Hi Robert,

      Comments from friends who own SRAM equipped bikes:

      “Maybe… as you know it depends on the length of the hanger. SRAM says you need the wifli derailleur. I bet you could do 30 with the standard deraileur, but 32 might be pushing it. That said, my wifli derailleurs look like they could easily go bigger than 32. If he is using SRAM shifters, he could also throw a SRAM mtb derailleur and it will work great. I used both the x.9 and x.0 with success.”

      Follow-up to above comment from another friend.

      “If its XX1 (11 speed) the road shifters will not work with an MTB derailleur.”

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