I'd been looking for ages for a CX’er that will not just allow me to start in earnest racing, but hack along the South Downs I do currently on my Niner. Looked at all sorts, custom builds from Condor and such like, I ordered mine (Dec13, received a week later)
Also, being a ponce, I like a bike to look nice too. Some CX'ers are a bit bulky in seat stays etc. and also for some reason look a bit “long”. Of course I know why this is, but hey I have to like the look.
So, bored one day, popped over to Giant in St Pauls (London) and ended up not only chatting about bikes in general but Roadies and CX’ers too. I was looking at the time to replace my Parlee Roadie so the TCR and Propel were of interest. I simply turned the corner of one of their booths and there was this TCX, only one left in the country at the time, just so happened to be the right size and exactly what I was looking for, deposit placed there and then.
I borrowed for a test ride an Ali TCX2 for a day whilst they fettled the Advance and thats a mighty fine bike as well, had I not been slammed over the head by the Advance’s looks I would have bought the TCX2 in white/orange (£2.2k IIRC)
I’ve ridden it hard over Xmas and a few times since, but I’ve been plagued by the SRAM recall and whilst I don’t really GAS about recalls in general this one has kept me off the bike. No way was I changing my brakes for cables, I chose to wait for the Hydro replacements which have yet to appear but are imminent I’m told.
Ride: Light, flicky, makes your heart pump and legs fall off. Bloody brilliant for the trails I normally ride my Niner on and is very very capable indeed. I’ve yet to ride it in anger racing but I do look forward to that soon or when the brakes have been replaced and the trails dry up a bit.
As is I’ve just taken delivery of a Cervelo R5ca which will keep me bouncing the hills
Edit: I've changed the tyres for Griffo's and now it looks the bits.