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    My super swan/SX-2 combo is baggy too but gave it a go and got nowhere. Used one wrap of yellow stans style tape and a stans valve. Wondering whether to give gorilla tape a go to pack it out further.
    I've never had a pop using gorilla tape, but I do with the yellow tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anoobis View Post
    My super swan/SX-2 combo is baggy too but gave it a go and got nowhere. Used one wrap of yellow stans style tape and a stans valve. Wondering whether to give gorilla tape a go to pack it out further.
    I've never had a pop using gorilla tape, but I do with the yellow tape.
    Thanks for the response. The rear tire is still holding up well after two rides and several days tubeless. One off road commute, One light mtb trail ride. I even hit the rim on some rocks during my mtb ride and did some hard cornering with no burping/folding/dieing. So I'm gaining confidence in the set-up slowly.

    As for the front tire...
    I am going to wrap another layer of gorilla tape per a friends advice and use his air compressor in the coming days to try to get the front to set up and seal. He explained that another layer should push the tire up just slightly and help it capture.

    My bike shop assured me that these could be set up tubeless (despite not having the tubeless ready badge).

    Anyone have another set of tires they would recommend for this rim? My other riding buddy suggested the specialized tracer. I like schwalbes/maxxis in general, but have not seen that they have released a tubeless ready cx tire.

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    bottom bracket and crank replacement

    Hi Toronto and gaffer,
    did you ever figure out what kind of BB it is and crank compatibility. would a GXP Sram Force fit on this frame? I imagine I would need to get a BB, but what size and brand?

    I appreciate any help, I'm coming from the era when there was only english and italians BB......

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    Re: My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Quote Originally Posted by mountainclimb View Post
    Hi Toronto and gaffer,
    did you ever figure out what kind of BB it is and crank compatibility. would a GXP Sram Force fit on this frame? I imagine I would need to get a BB, but what size and brand?

    I appreciate any help, I'm coming from the era when there was only english and italians BB......
    It's a 19mm spindle, afiak the only thing that fits is fsa omega. I swapped in a BB91 bb for my ultegra 6700 50/34 crank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    It's a 19mm spindle, afiak the only thing that fits is fsa omega. I swapped in a BB91 bb for my ultegra 6700 50/34 crank.
    somebody from another forum sugested to use a BB86 instead, any thoughts which will work best?

    also which bottom bracket remover would I need? I have the BBT9, bbt22 and bbt18, but I don't think any of them work. thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainclimb View Post
    somebody from another forum sugested to use a BB86 instead, any thoughts which will work best?

    also which bottom bracket remover would I need? I have the BBT9, bbt22 and bbt18, but I don't think any of them work. thank you.
    bottom bracket - FSA Omega MegaEXO Press fit BB 19mm removal (non standard BB86) - Bicycles Stack Exchange

    My Shimano ROAD BB91 works, doesn't creak, can't complain.

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    Image below taken from BikeRumor:


    There's a company called Kogel that's trying to make adapters for all the bottom bracket standards out there and that's what the image is for.

    Technically speaking, Giant's road bike frames use BB86...but apparently they're cross-compatible with BB92

    Also, the documentation bundle that came with my bike says that "Shimano Press-Fit" BBs should work fine

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    good for Kogel!

    I ended up going with a BB86 press fit for my Sram GXP. my understanding is that if you need a Shimano GXP, you go with the BB91 like puma did. ironically they are both 86.5 shell!

    other than the heavy crank, the rest of the bike is the best buck for your money out there. I love this bike!

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    Hi,
    Anybody knows the weight of the complete bike?
    Thanks

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    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    I think mine came in just under 18 lbs. But that's what some guys said who were working on it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pitbullandmtb View Post
    I think mine came in just under 18 lbs. But that's what some guys said who were working on it.


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    No way.

    Mine with Carbon wheels, 700x28 gatorskins, ultegra crankset, XT pedals was 20.1 lbs according to a luggage scale.

    22lbs with stock wheels/tires.

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    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    No way.

    Mine with Carbon wheels, 700x28 gatorskins, ultegra crankset, XT pedals was 20.1 lbs according to a luggage scale.

    22lbs with stock wheels/tires.
    Sounds good...like I said...Thought and estimate of what I heard...Forget my post ;_)


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    I've recently installed a rear rack on mine, I somehow managed to lose the seatpost clamp adaptor. Had to rig it to the seatstays using the rubberized c clamps.

    Does anyone know if you can order a replacement clamp from Giant? My LBS is quite a drive away from me.

    Still loving the bike. I think I'll install a 50/34 compact chainset at some point. Likely 105 to match the rest of the kit

    Glad to see nothing much has changed for 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by pitbullandmtb View Post
    Sounds good...like I said...Thought and estimate of what I heard...Forget my post ;_)


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    I doubt it, but likely you can have one of the giant dealers order one for you and ship it to you so you don't have to pick it up. if there is not much difference I would upgrade to Ultegra crankset rather than 105, but only if you ride a lot and do some racing.

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    Re: My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Swerny View Post
    I've recently installed a rear rack on mine, I somehow managed to lose the seatpost clamp adaptor. Had to rig it to the seatstays using the rubberized c clamps.

    Does anyone know if you can order a replacement clamp from Giant? My LBS is quite a drive away from me.

    Still loving the bike. I think I'll install a 50/34 compact chainset at some point. Likely 105 to match the rest of the kit

    Glad to see nothing changed for 2015
    It's the 11 speed 105 on the 2015 btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    It's the 11 speed 105 on the 2015 btw.
    yes, you are correct.

    I'm fine with 10 sp. All 3 of my bikes are now 10 sp.
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    The new rims look good. Does the bike feel lighter at all? Greater acceleration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainclimb View Post
    Hi Toronto and gaffer,
    did you ever figure out what kind of BB it is and crank compatibility. would a GXP Sram Force fit on this frame? I imagine I would need to get a BB, but what size and brand?

    I appreciate any help, I'm coming from the era when there was only english and italians BB......
    Here is the one that I used: wiggle.com | Shimano PressFit Bottom Bracket with Inner Cover | Bottom Brackets

    model number SM-BB91-41. All has been good with it using the Shimano FC-CX70 crankset. I'm actually having it overhauled shortly

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    Sad day - broken frame

    Sad day. I broke my frame last week...Giant didn't replace as they said it wasn't a manufacturing flaw, but they did give me the 'crash replacement' price for a replacement frame. So, I'm upgrading the frame to the TCX SLR 1, with the full carbon fork and through axle. Just have to get the bike rebuilt, change the stem and rebuild the front wheel with a new hub...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    Sad day. I broke my frame last week...Giant didn't replace as they said it wasn't a manufacturing flaw, but they did give me the 'crash replacement' price for a replacement frame. So, I'm upgrading the frame to the TCX SLR 1, with the full carbon fork and through axle. Just have to get the bike rebuilt, change the stem and rebuild the front wheel with a new hub...
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    Boo! Were you racing cx, mtb'ing, crashing or just Riding along?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenverPoke View Post
    Boo! Were you racing cx, mtb'ing, crashing or just Riding along?
    Fortunately, I was training with club for an upcoming CX race, and noticed the bike really shuddering while braking into corners. There was a dent under the down tube (no idea how I got it) and it must have developed into a crack...

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    Sharing a few more photos of me and my TCX SLR 2. I took inspiration from Toronto Commuter and installed an Axiom Streamliner Disc DLX rack on mine too. On its rear end plate I installed a Cat Eye Reflex Auto reflector/automatic rear light.



    I have small waterproof panniers from a company called Vincita, based in Thailand.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    Sad day. I broke my frame last week...Giant didn't replace as they said it wasn't a manufacturing flaw, but they did give me the 'crash replacement' price for a replacement frame. So, I'm upgrading the frame to the TCX SLR 1, with the full carbon fork and through axle. Just have to get the bike rebuilt, change the stem and rebuild the front wheel with a new hub...
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    That sucks.

    How many KM?

    Can you weigh the old fork and the new one?

    I had my first serious fall on mine (2200km) just yesterday, bent the hanger I think as I had to adjust the RD on the trail to prevent the chain from falling off.

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    About 4200 km. Will try to get weights. Not sure if frame gets returned from Giant. Hope I do get the fork back though. Hope you can get the RD sorted out.

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    I think I screwed up.

    I bought a Fizik Antares R3 Carbon braided saddle but the rails are oval, and the stock seatpost clamp says 7mm rails only.

    Is there a D-FUSE seatpost/clamp that I can install to run this saddle or am I stuck with the heavier KIUM model?

    I see the top of the line models (DEFY 0 , TCX 0) all use KIUM rails....

    Also the SLR2 is Overdrive 1 and not Overdrive 2, and I could have saved myself some $$$ with a cheaper stem as I thought I was limited only to giant models like the OD2 guys are ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    I think I screwed up.

    I bought a Fizik Antares R3 Carbon braided saddle but the rails are oval, and the stock seatpost clamp says 7mm rails only.

    Is there a D-FUSE seatpost/clamp that I can install to run this saddle or am I stuck with the heavier KIUM model?

    I see the top of the line models (DEFY 0 , TCX 0) all use KIUM rails....

    Also the SLR2 is Overdrive 1 and not Overdrive 2, and I could have saved myself some $$$ with a cheaper stem as I thought I was limited only to giant models like the OD2 guys are ....

    So, you can get a 9mm clamp set from giant, my giant LBS got me a set for 20$ CAD, some bikes come with both clamps. (7 and 9)


    So my build is finally done...


    2014 Giant TCX SLR2 (M)
    Stages 6800 Power Meter
    Chinese 38mm Carbon Clincher Wheelset
    Chinese Carbon handlebar
    Chinese Ti Skewers
    Continental Gatorskin 700x28
    Shimano Ultegra 6750 50/34 crankset
    Shimano BB91 bottom bracket
    Shimano CX70 Front Mech
    Shimano Ultegra 6700 Rear Mech (Short Cage)
    Shimano Ultegra 6700 11-28 Cassette
    Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 cables
    Shimano XT M780 Pedals
    Shimano XT RT76 rotors
    Giant Contact SLR Carbon Stem
    Fizik Antares R3 Carbon Braided Saddle
    Fizik 2mm bartape
    Fizik BLINK rear light
    MEC Dazzle 5 rear light
    Shimano CM1000 camera
    K-Edge GO BIG gopro mount
    ORP Smorn front light
    Garmin Fenix 2
    Garmin HRM-RUN heart rate strap
    Garmin wheel speed sensor (accelerometer based)
    Garmin Watch bike mount
    Chinese (Flyxii) Carbon Cages x2
    Roswheel 6" phone bag / spares bag loaded with tubes/tools.


    + Stock wheelset & tires for offroad.


    I did all the work myself, including the bar tape, which I hope isn't too terrible.

    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-photo-3.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-photo-2.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-photo-1.jpg


    I guess I could get the 6700 shifters but I don't think I will bother.

    Pretty much the only things left from the factory are:

    frame, fork, seatpost, shifters, brakes...

    2200km and counting.


    Now time to buy a Giant Propel Advanced Pro 0, and uhhh, just add tribars, and a power meter and a computer and a ... oh no, let's not do this again.

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    TCX SLR Frameset

    So, I replaced the TCX SLR 2 frame that I broke with the TCX SLR Frameset. New frameset came with the 15mm through axle and an OD2 steerer tube, so had to replace the stem as well as get a new front wheel that was 15mm TA. So far bike is quite light and great solid handling. Bike with Clement tires and tubes weighed in at just under 21 lbs. Also replace brakes with TRP HyRds. Fantastic brakes - can't recommend them enough and great value.

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    At BGC Cycle Philippines 2014.




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    How is the bike as an endurance gravel bike? I currently have a Giant Escape Hybrid and am looking to upgrade this summer. I've been looking at Specialized Defy (smartweld) and the new GT Grade (carbon). I usually ride in the morning and want to be able to do slight trails on the weekend. Is the geometry ok for longer rides?

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    Good day to all of you. I have bought my TCX SLR 2 last summer and truly love it, next summer I will be doing "Le tour du Lac Saint-Jean" but for that I require a set of paniers which in turn require a rear bike rack. I have seen that many of you have a rear bike rack but could you please send me your part list and how you installed it please. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swerny View Post
    Just picked this up, will be used mainly as a commuter, also for wet road rides, gravel, and point to point MTB races.

    Size M/L, 19.2 pounds bone stock without pedals.

    I switched out the tires to Vittoria Randonneur Cross Pro tires in 32c for commuting.

    Black bar tape and saddle.

    It has tabs for front and rear mudguards and racks, discs etc.

    Like it so far, have about 100 KM on it.
    19.2lbs sounds really light for a bone stock CX bike at that price point.

    I bought a cheap CX bike to screw around on groomed trails and road bike in the bad weather (Felt F65x) and it is a full 2lbs heavier. Looking through the specs they're almost the same bike.

    Did you weigh it on the bathroom scale or a legit bike scale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max.V View Post
    Good day to all of you. I have bought my TCX SLR 2 last summer and truly love it, next summer I will be doing "Le tour du Lac Saint-Jean" but for that I require a set of paniers which in turn require a rear bike rack. I have seen that many of you have a rear bike rack but could you please send me your part list and how you installed it please. Thank you!
    Please back-read. The first few pages of the thread have this information already.

    Two of us, myself included, use Axiom's Streamliner Disc DLX rear rack. So far so good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Type 100 View Post
    Please back-read. The first few pages of the thread have this information already.

    Two of us, myself included, use Axiom's Streamliner Disc DLX rear rack. So far so good
    Thank you for your response, I had read the previous entries but failes to notice that it was already answered as for what the name of the rear rack was. Thank you once again for reposting this information, will be ordering soon!

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    Just pick my TCX SLR 2 up today. I'm 6' 1 1/2 34 I seam. The size that fit me the best was a M/L with a 90 mm x 8' in the up position. The bike weighed in with shimano xt pedals and 2 carbon Blackburn water bottle cages at 22.14 lbs. The first ride was a short 10 mile loop. First thing I noticed the seat is a brick, that needs to go. Other than that the bike is great. I will upgrade to the Giant aluminum cx wheelset that uses the giant straight pull hubs with dt internals and spokes. I have the same rims on my anthem advanced 27.5 1 and they are awesome. For the price and what they weight you can't beat them. Plus you can get the interchangeable axle caps for any axle conversion. But so far this cx bike rides very smooth!

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    Since replacing my stock chain with a Dura-Ace CN-7901, I've been getting chainsuck on road rides, even on light pedaling loads. As far as I can tell, the stock FSA chainrings aren't that worn as they have only 3300 km on them.

    The only thing I notice that's different is the Dura-Ace chain is a little longer than the old KMC X10 by two or three links.

    Any inputs? Should I shorten the chain? Or should I replace the crank with a 50/34T road compact?

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    Ended up shortening the chain by two links. No more chain suck.

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    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-tcx-1.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-tcx-2.jpgHere's mine in commuter mode

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    Need some help...

    I would like to go 1-11 on this bike (2015 model). I'm planning on replacing the 105 11-28 with a Ultegra 32 cassette (Shimano's website says the 105 GS RD should fit a 32...). Thinking of mounting a Race Face Narrow Wide 40T front chain ring.

    Any issues/experience with this? I presume I will need to remove the Crankset in order to remove the inner ring. Is this hard to do? I think there is plenty of life on my BB, so I don't want to damage it.

    Also, any experience/suggestion on Chain type? I was just going to put an Ultegra chain on it.

    I race CX, commute, and tow my daughter with this bike...

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    I have switched all my chains to the KMC. KMC X11SL gold will be the next chain I use on my TCX. Getting ready for some upgrades in components and the chain is one of them. Always had nothing but good luck and longevity with the KMC chains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DenverPoke View Post
    Need some help...

    I would like to go 1-11 on this bike (2015 model). I'm planning on replacing the 105 11-28 with a Ultegra 32 cassette (Shimano's website says the 105 GS RD should fit a 32...). Thinking of mounting a Race Face Narrow Wide 40T front chain ring.



    Any issues/experience with this? I presume I will need to remove the Crankset in order to remove the inner ring. Is this hard to do? I think there is plenty of life on my BB, so I don't want to damage it.

    Also, any experience/suggestion on Chain type? I was just going to put an Ultegra chain on it.

    I race CX, commute, and tow my daughter with this bike...
    yes the 105 GS Rear Mech will fit a 32T.
    You know that there is a 105 level 32T Cassette?

    Will be interest to here how you go with 1x11 setup, the though has crossed my mind.

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    anyone done a wheel upgrade to their TCX SLR2?

    I have read the set weigh upwards on 2.2 KG.

    I also bought a compact 105 crankset and BB to replace the stock FSA Omega but haven't installed it yet.

    I actually debating selling mine and upgrading to the SLR1...but I just don't see the value in that, the SLR1 new would be double the used price of mine.

    All the carbon models are apparently sold out in Canada for 2015.

    Also debating going up to a large for the next bike. My Defy Advanced is a large
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swerny View Post
    anyone done a wheel upgrade to their TCX SLR2?

    I have read the set weigh upwards on 2.2 KG.

    I also bought a compact 105 crankset and BB to replace the stock FSA Omega but haven't installed it yet.

    I actually debating selling mine and upgrading to the SLR1...but I just don't see the value in that, the SLR1 new would be double the used price of mine.

    All the carbon models are apparently sold out in Canada for 2015.

    Also debating going up to a large for the next bike. My Defy Advanced is a large
    yes the stock wheelset do weigh in the region of 2.2kg and is an easy, and noticebale upgrade. choices are more than they were as well with good value in the dtswiss r23 / 24db but there are other good choices.

    how are you getting on with the 105 compact? notice any difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaffer View Post
    yes the stock wheelset do weigh in the region of 2.2kg and is an easy, and noticebale upgrade. choices are more than they were as well with good value in the dtswiss r23 / 24db but there are other good choices.

    how are you getting on with the 105 compact? notice any difference?
    Thanks for the suggestion.

    I haven't installed it yet....if I sell my road bike, then I'll likely sell my TCX as well and get a better cross/gravel bike to replace them both.

    Holding off on the upgrades in the interim.
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    I found a smoking deal on ebay and bought the aluminum pxcr-1 take offs from the tcx 1 for $150.00. Swapped the tires, tubes, rotors and cassette over to the new rims.. Shaved off 2.5 lbs. I noticed a huge difference on how the bike rolls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MI-29er View Post
    I found a smoking deal on ebay and bought the aluminum pxcr-1 take offs from the tcx 1 for $150.00. Swapped the tires, tubes, rotors and cassette over to the new rims.. Shaved off 2.5 lbs. I noticed a huge difference on how the bike rolls.
    that's about a 1 pound weight savings, not 2.5 (if you just swapped everything over).

    The SLR2 wheelset weighs 2.2 KG, the P-CXR-1 1750 grams.

    Savings of 0.45 KG or 0.99 pounds
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    Before we did the swap we used a Park Tools digital scale to weight the before and after. We got a 2.5 lb difference according to the scale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MI-29er View Post
    Before we did the swap we used a Park Tools digital scale to weight the before and after. We got a 2.5 lb difference according to the scale.
    Then you changed something more than just the wheels to gain 2.5 pounds because the difference in wheelsets alone is only 1 pound (as described in my prior post).

    The old wheels weigh 2200 grams....the new ones 1750 grams.

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    I assure you the stock wheels do not weigh 3330 grams or 7.34 pounds (according to your math)

    Nice score on the wheels BTW, a pound of rolling weight is still a big loss.
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    Know I'm curious. I will have to weight the two again and see. Either way it's a weight loss.
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    Hi from a new 5'9 Giant rider from Norway.

    Just got the 2015 TCX SLR 2 in size Small, and as I started CX cycling sport/commuting, I soon realized that I had to do some "equipment sporting". A new Kinesis wheelset at 1550g combined with a set of 700x28c Gatorskin, should make the bike more street-friendly. A very good performance-pricewise combination, and as the 2015 SLR 2 still uses the 9mm QR at the front wheel, they should be easy to fit as well. Although the new wheel combo ended up costing nearly half as much as I gave for the bike itself, as I got it for a reasonable $1070 including S&H.

    The Rocket Ron tires does "only" weight 305g according to the online searches, but if the wheelset is close to 700g lighter, plus probably a few grams lighter tires, then the bike should end up weighing around 20 LBS. The biggest weight loss of the bike will (hopefully) be above the saddle anyway...

    About the saddle; The Giant Performance saddle is not the most comforting thing I have sat on. Does anyone know if the Fi'Zi:k saddle fits the seatpost without any modifications? I was thinking about getting an Aliante, as that saddle is one of the most comfortable saddle for the 165+ Pounds riders out there without too many miles on two wheels.

    A wider Giant Connect SL handlebar at 44 cm, replacing the narrow 40 cm that came with the bike, with a 30g weight save, is ordered. Also a 110mm carbon stem with a 10g weight save, that might be 10mm too long as the new 44 cm handlebar gives 15mm longer reach, is ordered. The carbon SLR handlebars is $250

    A compact 50/34 crank is next on the list, and a set of fenders of course. Every "low end" CX bikes should come with 50/34 and fenders as standard if you ask me. The Giant Speedshield Alloy Tour 700C Fender Set should fit the bike perfectly, but I can not find anyone selling those.
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    Hi from a new 5'9 Giant rider from Norway.

    Just got the 2015 TCX SLR 2 in size Small, and as I started CX cycling sport/commuting, I soon realized that I had to do some "equipment sporting". A new Kinesis wheelset at 1550g combined with a set of 700x28c Gatorskin makes the bike more street-friendly. A very good performance-pricewise combination, and as the 2015 SLR 2 still uses the 9mm QR at the front wheel, they were easy to fit as well. Although the new wheel combo ended up costing nearly half as much as I gave for the bike itself, as I got it for a reasonable $1070 including S&H.

    The Rocket Ron tires "only" weight 305g according to the online searches, but the new wheels gave a total weigh save of 900g, and I can probably shave of another 100g if I get lighter inner tubes. The biggest weight loss of the bike will (hopefully) be above the saddle anyway...

    About the saddle; The Giant Performance saddle is not the most comforting thing I have sat on. Does anyone know if the Fi'Zi:k saddle fits the seatpost without any modifications? I was thinking about getting an Aliante, as that saddle is one of the most comfortable saddle for the 165+ Pounds riders out there without too many miles on two wheels.

    A wider Connect SL handlebar, and a longer stem are also ordered. The bike came with a FSA Grossarmer Pro BB386, but as the RD is short and limited til 28T, a 34T chain-gear is ordered as well. The Giant Speedshield Alloy Tour 700C Fender Set should fit the bike perfectly, but I can not find anyone selling those.
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    I'm up to 4000km on my TCX SLR 2.

    Been to California on it, 70km road/cross race, 70 km charity ride, 186km ride for fun, very happy with it.

    Taking it to the swiss alps in August!

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    How are you finding the Kinesis wheels torro?

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    I'm currently at 5900 km on my TCX SLR 2 - in that span of time I've frayed out my rear shift cable twice.

    After 13 months of mostly road riding I finally went to a trail center with it. Out went the roadgoing commuter parts, and back went the stock Schwalbe Super Swan tires at 60 psi. This was my first trail ride and I'm happy to say the bike was much more capable than I was. Nothing broke except for a tired old plastic bottle cage.



    I've also just replaced the stock saddle with a Selle SMP Hell, and put on Fizik 3mm bar tape.


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    glad to see this thread is still going.

    I actually sold my bike last month, hoping to upgrade to a 2016 carbon model...I'm waitiing to see the specs.
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    I upgraded to an almost brand new, 2014 TCX SLR1.

    I should have bought that bike from the start!

    Loving the SRAM shifters and the hydro brakes. Seems a fair bit lighter as well.
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    Looks like the new (MY '16) TCX pro is double thru axle.

    142x12 in the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    Looks like the new (MY '16) TCX pro is double thru axle.

    142x12 in the rear.

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    I'm looking at the 2016 TCX SLR 2 model.

    The FSA Omega crank, and its "proprietary" 19mm spindle and bottom bracket, seems to be making a return after one year on the slightly better Gossamer unit. They also seem to have downsized the rotors to 140mm and switched over to 33mm Maxxis rubber.

    Otherwise the frame doesn't seem to have changed much over our bikes.

    Interesting that Giant US seem to have discontinued the TCX SLR 1.

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    Since I bought mine I have done some upgrades. I should have bought the carbon version but at the time money was the killer. So I have upgraded to carbon Thomson road bars, Sram force fd, rd, cassette, force crank, and Sram red hydraulic brakes/shifters, KMC X11SL Ti nitride chain, ESI red bar tape. And a WTB rocket V saddle w/ti rails. This thing is a rocket on the gravel and on the road.
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    I've had my 2015 Giant TCX SL1 since January of this year, bought it to get into CX racing. Then almost sold it to buy a CF HT MTB, but one of the local guys talked me into keeping it.

    So far all I have done is 3T Ergonova bars, Lizard skin bar tape, tubeless conversion, my saddle (Bontrager Affinity RXL carbon) and for a size M bike I came in at 18lbs 8ozs. I have a 40T Raceface N/W ring on order and will be swapping over to 1x11 this week, should help pull another .5-1lbs off of the bike. Next up will be either a set of carbon wheels or some Stans Iron Cross elite wheels, either way I should be able to from the stock 1650g wheels to something in the low 1400g range for another .5lbs weight loss.

    Should make for a nice 17lbs CX bike for this season, hoping to try and make a couple of races depending on the weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walt Brown View Post
    How is the bike as an endurance gravel bike? I currently have a Giant Escape Hybrid and am looking to upgrade this summer. I've been looking at Specialized Defy (smartweld) and the new GT Grade (carbon). I usually ride in the morning and want to be able to do slight trails on the weekend. Is the geometry ok for longer rides?
    I was actually wondering the same thing. I rode the Anyroad 2, and didn't like it too much. Does the TCX make for a good endurance gravel bike?
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    Not to be the sole buzzkill that breaks up the love-fest here, but a few things things should be mentioned to anyone considering this bike... Things I managed to figure out through insinuations here and other places, but as far as I can tell, have never really been stated clearly.

    This bike might be fantastic as a complete, but as a frameset, it's a nightmare. Proprietary seatpost. Sold one place, overseas, or ordered direct through your LBS, for which you will pay as if it's a Thomson masterpiece, not a decent piece of OEM kit. Proprietary headset. Proprietary stem, which is ridiculous. The only person who benefits from a 1 1/4" stem is the guy selling them to a captive market.

    Again, I'm sure these bikes are fantastic when bought as a complete. But if you're a guy who builds his bikes, and has a favorite cockpit setup... Pass. You won't be able to use them. And sourcing the stuff you can use SUCKS. Beyond the headset which shows up on eBay, everything else is full MSRP, and a two week wait (or more) for your dealer to get it. I know, that was my afternoon. Rather than play ball, I'm just returning the frameset. I'll be on a CAADX or a Crux, thanks very much.

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    a small defence, of (perhaps understandable criticisms).

    proprietary seatpost. yes this is a little annoying, surprised it didn't come with frameset - the 2014 TCX and 2015+ Defy Range came with the SL version which is only 211 grams (including clamp) ... which is not really that bad (i would suggest good) - and i would imagine if it cracked Giant would look fairly kindly on you. don't know RRP though.

    1 1/4 stem, plenty available for relatively cheap on ebay (of various angles).
    and this steer width only applies to SLR1 and above. headset? meh who cares - replacement bearings are ~$12 whichever size.

    these are all minor compared with Specialized disc brake SCS system that means you can only use their proprietary wheels (Crux, some models offer alt D Hanger) .

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    I'm looking at spending $50 on a stem, $40 on a headset, $10 on spacers, and maybe $100 on the seatpost, but the dealer thinks closer to $150-$175.

    That's nearly $300 on stuff I could scrabble for $75 for the vast majority of other bikes... And here's what gets me... None of it is necessary. There's not one study that shows the 1 1/4" upper steerer standard is appreciably stiffer or offers more control than the 1 1/8" standard. And while the D-Fuse is supposed to be comfortable, so is the Syntace P6, Ritchey Link, and Ergon CF3. They all manage to fit in standard clamps. And the CF3 is in two different pieces, for God's sake.

    I've been around cycling long enough to not get too riled up by the whole musical chairs of new and pointless standards game... It's stupid, but part of the world. However this bike just manages to revel in it more than most. If pointless new standards are the terrible infotainment blurbs of the bike world, the TCX SLR is Miley Cyrus sticking her tongue out while twerking and sending a selfie via instagram with a hash-tag referencing a feud with one of the Jenners, all at the same time.

    Again, as a complete, I'm sure it's awesome. But if you like to build your bikes from the frame up... Run. Run and don't look back.

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    So my non-drive side bearings died fairly dramatically and the whole BB/cranks thing seems to be a nightmare? I read 6804 on the bearings, bought new 6804 bearings to find that the ID is different?!

    Can someone confirm that 50/34T tiagra crankset (hollowtech II) with a Shimano BB91 will replace the FSA cups in the frame at the moment? If so then I may consider a hope PF41 BB.

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    Yes the seat post deal sucks but for everything else no one problem. Just like the above posts, just replace your upper and lower head set bearings and your good to go. You will have to buy a new fork but if you shop around they are a dime a dozen. Also there are other mfgs.that make aftermarket od2 stems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anoobis View Post
    So my non-drive side bearings died fairly dramatically and the whole BB/cranks thing seems to be a nightmare? I read 6804 on the bearings, bought new 6804 bearings to find that the ID is different?!

    Can someone confirm that 50/34T tiagra crankset (hollowtech II) with a Shimano BB91 will replace the FSA cups in the frame at the moment? If so then I may consider a hope PF41 BB.
    Similar story but on road bike, my wifes non-drive side breaing was DOA on her Trek Domane 4.3. I pulled the seals on the bearing once I had it out, seems it made it out of the bearing factory with no grease in it.

    My plan is after any major wet/muddy cross races to wash the bike and then remove the cranks and pull the seals on the BB bearings. Then flush the bearing out and replace with some synthetic bearing grease.
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    So despite my initial frustration at the several (in my opinion) pointlessly proprietary standards, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on a new 2015 TCX SLR 2, because A. the price was right, and B. I figured I'd basically strip it and use the stock components to build my girlfriend a bike.

    Overall, I'm pleased with how the bike turned out, but I have to say, I'm having a very hard time believing these claims of 18-19 pounds out of the box... Reason being that my quite pricey ultra-light build using a medium sized TCX SLR 2 frameset as the base has turned out to be a fairly porky 18.5 pound bike...

    The build:

    TCX SLR 2 frameset
    Rival 1 right shifter / left brake (used Rival here because it's just 4g heavier than the Force shifter/brake)
    Rotor 3D30 crankset
    Rotor ultralight BB86 bearings
    KMC XLSL chain
    Rival 1 long cage rear derailleur (used Rival here because it's just 8g heavier than the Force RD)
    XX1 10-42 cassette (only 267g vs the Force 10-42 cassette at 315g)
    TRP Spyre brakes
    Velocity Major Tom tubular wheelset
    Ashima Ai2 rotors
    Vittoria EVO XM front, XN rear
    D-Fuse seatpost
    Ergon SRX3 Pro Carbon saddle
    Enve stem 90mm
    Enve compact bar 44
    Lizard Skins wrap
    Crank Bros stainless eggbeaters with aftermarket ti spindles

    So with the exception of the saddle (185g) and the Lizard Skins wrap (76g) everything is super light on the bike... The addition of the Rotor cranks, KMC ultralight chain and XX1 cassette makes the 1x11 groupset nearly half a pound lighter than standard Force CX1, for instance... Plus all the other sexy lightweight bits... Yet the bike is still 18.5 lbs.

    Just due to how I built up the bike, I had the opportunity to weigh every part but the frameset... And I weighed everything, from the tubular tape strips to the cables. Bottom line, even if the fork is coming in at 650g cut (and there's no way it is) and the headset/bolt/expander/topcap weighs 175g (generous) the frame still has to be around 1550g - 1600g for that 18.5 pound figure to add up. Or nearly a pound heavier than the sub-1200g frame weight I was expecting based on the literature...

    Pretty disappointing, considering on most competitors framesets, I'd be looking at a 17.5 to high 16's build... But hey, the bike does ride great.

    I'd be really interested to see some scale pics in the 18-19 pound range of a TCX SLR 2 stock... Mine was insanely heavy stock... Maybe 25 pounds. For instance I can verify that just with wheels, tires, and rotors I lost a verified four pounds. I pulled a 390g (nearly a pound) tube out of the rear tire, for instance. Heaviest tube I've ever seen. Guess they didn't want anybody flatting, ha ha. And the Super Swans may have the same tread pattern as Rocket Rons, but they are wire bead tires... Mine weighed around 430g a tire.

    Ah well. Still a really nice riding bike. But definitely confused about Giant's decision to push these fairy tales about super light frame weight... So they built something heavy, around the same weight as the Specialized Crux aluminum disc... Who cares, own it. It rides nice, after all. And weight weenies will always find out the truth, lol...

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    i weighted my small TCX SLR 2.

    Fork = 650g is with star nut.
    Frame = 1485g with hanger and FSA 19mm BB installed.

    What are your hubs on the Major Toms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaffer View Post
    i weighted my small TCX SLR 2.

    Fork = 650g is with star nut.
    Frame = 1485g with hanger and FSA 19mm BB installed.

    What are your hubs on the Major Toms?
    Oof, this is a heavy fork. So figure what, around 1400g to 1390g without the BB? Guess my medium could be 150g heavier... Damn heavy for a modern alloy frame, at any rate, especially a relatively new one. And I swear I saw an official blurb from Giant talking about how the Aluxx 6011A TCX SLR frame was sub-1200g. Of course I can't find it now. Typical, ha ha. Ah, well. First-world problems, yo.

    It's the complete wheelset from Velocity, standard QR (non-convertible) front hub... So that's the ATB convertible rear hub and the ATB lightweight front hub... They are the Pro's, not the Comps, btw. Just means they're built with Sapim CXRay spokes instead of DT Swiss Competition.

    EDIT: Boom, full-on lie by Giant about the Aluxx TCX SLR frame weight...Sub-1200g... Yeah... If you add a pound, lol.
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    I would think twice about that CAADX

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    My medium TCX 2 carbon is 20lbs. stock out of the box. I have no idea how yalls are 1 to 2lbs. lighter stock out of the box then a carbon frame. shimano 105 and super swan tires.

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    Can you post some pics, that sounds like an awesome build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinciSean View Post
    Can you post some pics, that sounds like an awesome build!
    Sure...
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    How much weight did you save going to the Rotor crank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinciSean View Post
    How much weight did you save going to the Rotor crank?
    About 78g with the crank and another 30g with the BB. So roughly 108g...

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    Just a quick question.

    Have you guys ever tried to put your bikes on a workstand? Where do you clamp it: on the seatpost or on the top tube?

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    I always use my seat tube.

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    Can anyone confirm the axle sizes on the 2015 TCX SLR 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinciSean View Post
    Can anyone confirm the axle sizes on the 2015 TCX SLR 2?
    Looks to be QR still MY16' , saw one hanging in the giant store over the weekend.

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    After 18 months on the stock FSA Omega crank, I finally swapped it out for a Shimano 105 FC-5750 compact. Out went the stock bottom bracket and in went Shimano's SM-BB91-41B.
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    I've also installed a Token chain catcher and gone clipless with Deore XT T780 pedals, which are SPD on one side and flat on the other.


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    I'm thinking of changing the stock crank on my 2014 TCX SLR1, but it's an FSA Gossamer EVO386 unit.

    Trying to figure out what's compatible.

    Anyone know if the Shimano crank and BB91 will drop right in? I would assume so right?

    What about the Shimano BB with a Force or Red GXP crankset? I ask since my bike comes with a SRAM groupo
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    I have a TCX SLR Frameset (XL, ano black, + 15 mm TA fork). The frame comes in at 1369 grams (with derailleur hanger, seat post clamp, FD bracket and cage bolts) and the fork comes in at 425 grams.

    Running fresh cables is really getting to me. I can't get the RD cable housing through the hole in the back of the chain stay. >

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swerny View Post
    I'm thinking of changing the stock crank on my 2014 TCX SLR1, but it's an FSA Gossamer EVO386 unit.

    Trying to figure out what's compatible.

    Anyone know if the Shimano crank and BB91 will drop right in? I would assume so right?

    What about the Shimano BB with a Force or Red GXP crankset? I ask since my bike comes with a SRAM groupo
    Shimano press-fit bottom brackets like the SM-BB91-41B and the SM-BB71-41B will fit. They're technically BB86.

    For a GXP crank you'll need a BB86 GXP bottom bracket. Shimano's stuff won't work because GXP crank spindles aren't a constant 24mm diameter like Shimano's cranks are. GXP steps down to 22mm on the non-drive side.

    Quote Originally Posted by dr. locktopus View Post
    I have a TCX SLR Frameset (XL, ano black, + 15 mm TA fork). The frame comes in at 1369 grams (with derailleur hanger, seat post clamp, FD bracket and cage bolts) and the fork comes in at 425 grams.

    Running fresh cables is really getting to me. I can't get the RD cable housing through the hole in the back of the chain stay. >
    You don't need to run cable housing for the RD internally all the way through the chainstay. Once you're past the bottom bracket, all the cable housing you need is the little piece from dropout to RD.



    Giant actually uses an internal liner inside the TCX's drive-side chainstay to route the inner RD cable. You can pull it out from the dropout area (in the photo it's the round bit containing the cable; it "seats" in there like an outer cable in a cable stop), but I don't recommend it because it can be tough to get the internal liner to seat in its internal hook around the bottom bracket area.

    The best way of routing RD inner cable through the drive-side chainstay and its internal liner is with a powerful flashlight - I used my Cat Eye Volt 1200. Lie down under the bottom bracket shell, with the rubber grommet for the RD cable removed, then look through the opening. You'll be able to see the end of the internal liner from there. It's a little fiddly but not impossible. I managed to do it on my own.

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    Hey guys, quick video of some DT Swiss R32 Spline DB's on my TCX. I made a lot of changes over the winter, I'll post some thoughts once I have some decent ride time on it this year.
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    Here's a pic

    Still waiting for my XD Driver to make it 10 - 42.
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    hi, i'm from Indonesia, thanks for kind sharing from everyone here.

    is there anyone experience TCX SLR 2 2016 ? mind to share a bit here? perhaps anyone who has done some modification on it too

    i'm 5'9 and on my plan to get 1 for size S, still waiting for the stock coming.

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    I forgot about my thread.

    A month or so ago, I changed the stock crank on my SLR1 to the same one with compact rings (50/34). I prefer the gear range this way.

    New chain and Candy pedals as well.

    Tires are now Challenge Gravel Grinders which suit my needs well.

    Still thoroughly enjoying the bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by starter View Post
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    TCX SLR 2 frameset
    Rival 1 right shifter / left brake (used Rival here because it's just 4g heavier than the Force shifter/brake)
    Rotor 3D30 crankset
    Rotor ultralight BB86 bearings
    KMC XLSL chain
    Rival 1 long cage rear derailleur (used Rival here because it's just 8g heavier than the Force RD)
    XX1 10-42 cassette (only 267g vs the Force 10-42 cassette at 315g)
    ...

    May I ask what chainring you used for your build?

    I have a Rotor 3D24 w/ Power2Max Type S power meter and an 38T SRAM XSync chainring on my TCS SLR. I would like to go up to 42T or even 44T, but I guess the clearance between chainring and chainstay would not be sufficient.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Type 100 View Post
    After 18 months on the stock FSA Omega crank, I finally swapped it out for a Shimano 105 FC-5750 compact. Out went the stock bottom bracket and in went Shimano's SM-BB91-41B.
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    I've also installed a Token chain catcher and gone clipless with Deore XT T780 pedals, which are SPD on one side and flat on the other.
    Hi - can you tell me what mudguards you are using and how you managed to fit them given the lack of anchor points?

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    Reviving this old thread from the depths as I have just recently purchased a 2014 TCX SLR1.

    I bought an M/L, am 5'11" with a 32" inseam and am stoked to not have to instantly change the drive train. Anything Shimano is always the first to be removed form any bike I own, and I'm loving the SRAM hydraulic brakes. Aside from a slightly shorter stem which is already OTW, I don't really plan on changing too much.

    I do, however, plan to add a rack and fenders in the Fall, mostly so I don't throw too much debris at my little guy in the trailer.

    Recently added lights and a bell:
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