Sneak Peek Gallery: Disc-Equipped Prototype Giant TCX

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Whether it’s a sign of things to come or just prototype eye candy, there is no doubting the sex appeal of this SRAM Red disc-equipped prototype Giant TCX. The stealthy crosser was on display during Giant’s recent mountain bike team unveiling at its U.S. headquarters in Newbury Park, California.

And while the focus of the one-day powwow was distinctly mountain bike centric (including a sneak peek of four prototype 27.5-inch bikes), this carbon cross machine with Adam Craig’s named emblazoned on the top tube was certainly a head turner. Craig, a former cross-country Olympian, will spend the summer focused on enduro racing before turning his attention to hopping barriers on the U.S. cyclocross circuit. Perhaps this will be his bike of choice.

Highlights included the aforementioned SRAM hydraulic brake set-up, which RoadBikeReview will be getting full details on during the upcoming Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. We also measured a 135mm rear drop-out spacing, and noted a single-ring SRAM XX1 36-tooth chainring.

But perhaps most noteworthy was the use of a 15mm thru-axle fork. Obviously this would slow down wheel changes, but the added stiffness might just be worth it, especially for a racer like Craig who is a little more aggressive than most.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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  • aclinury says:

    never understood why the need for cross bikes when hardtail 29ers already exist. I guess people will buy anything

  • vcnz says:

    Actually I never understood the need for 29ers, they do not make any sense

  • Bill Hicks says:

    I agree, 29ers make little sense. I could replace my commuter and old road bike with a disc braked cyclocross bike…. sweet!

  • Mike Latoris says:

    CX bikes are simply the future for 90% of Americans who do not ride their 29ers in hills or mountains because they live in cities and flatlands. CX bikes are the ultimate commuter / singletrack / trail /gravel / fire road bike for the vast majority of those who would otherwise consider a 29er. It seems likely CX bikes and the emerging popularity of 650 will render 29er to the fate of 26er as the years quickly roll by.

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