CX Bikes With 15mm Front Bolt-Through Axle
If you think about, more and more 29er bikes out there, most are running discs and 15mm through axle, so it makes that part instantly transferable. Never needed to release a front wheel in a hurry in a cross race, unless you have a spare set of wheels in the pits, it’s a bit of a pointless argument, as if you are running a spare might as well run a bike as there are so many other things that can/could go wrong. It makes more sense to buy a pair of reasonable medium bikes, rather than just one top end bike. For those that know me, I only came to this thought too late, but it is nice to have a top end bike to play on, so far one puncture and a snapped pedal, neither would have been affected by a through axle.Posted 4 years ago
Sorry Brant, thought you were talking about the Giant.
Giant UK seemed to have just added the new 2014 TCX SLRs, plus others, to their website.
Ooh that TCX Advance 1 is a right fancy tickler 🙂
No canti’s on any of the Giant 2014 CX bikes either. Telling?Posted 4 years ago
No canti’s on any of the Giant 2014 CX bikes either. Telling?
Yup. Beginning of the end, and all that. Only thing Giant do in relation to cantis is:
Those of you lamenting the passing of rim brakes on Giant’s cyclocross lineup can find solace in the fact that the company will still offer the TCX Advanced SL with canti posts – but it’s last year’s model and will only be available as a bare frameset.mattsccmMember
There are going to be some disappointed dealers. 3, 2 big ones and 1 a Giant main store are 100% certain that the SLR 2 has a 15mm axle. If it hasn’t that’s one less on my list to buy. Not that anything else has but it was its main selling point to me. I reckon lots will go that way.Posted 4 years ago
I got my info from Giant UK’s product manager, so assuming he is right. Plus bacondoublechee also heard direct from Giant. I did try and ask Giant Rutland, my local Giant store, but I can only assume they do not have the internet yet, as they never reply to emails/twitter.Posted 4 years ago
I noticed a few online shops are now saying Dec/Jan for that model. Think i’ll give it a miss!
I am still hearing End of Sep for the small SLR 2, so might wait till then, if it starts to get silly with dates being pushed back then I will just leave it, and probably get a P-X XLS or something.Posted 4 years ago
Do like the look of the TCX but found the handling weird on a test ride. Not sure what it is, maybe the high BB. Would probably get use to it but it did put me off earlier in the year.
Believe Giant changed the geo of the TCX a couple of years ago and it wasn’t that well received. Looks like they’ve kept it the same this year.Posted 4 years ago
They changed the geo and have not changed it back. Looks like the new ones are the same as last years if the published charts are to be believed.
Thought it handled a bit weird on a test ride and did some digging. Quite a few people moaning on forums about it.
Still worth taking one for a spin though as I guess it depends what you are use to and plenty of people do like them.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
So, the QR releasing quite possibly saved the crash bending the fork/frame compared to an unyielding thru axle?
not really, the crash lifted the non lever end of the QR over the lawyer tab but didn’t pull it off completly, so I rode the next 10 miles with the QR not installed correctly despite it still looking right and feeling tight while giving the bike a once over aqfter the crash. Only became obvious when it poped out compleltey on a thankfully inocuous bit of trail!Posted 4 years ago
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