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    Giant TCX SLR SS CX Build Advice

    Building up an Adam Craig Giant TCX SLR SS CX bike for racing and training. The shop I am doing the build one was able to hunt one down for me.

    Below are build specs. Anything you would change in the build? Thoughts, suggestions? I definitely want to run tubeless.

    Frame Specs - Size 50...

    Model: TCX SLR SS

    Frame: ALUXX SLR-grade aluminum, w/ SingleSwing single-speed specific dropouts

    Fork: Advanced SL-grade composite, OverDrive 2 steerer, 15mm thru-axle

    Seatpost: Giant D-Fuse SLR


    Current Build Specs...

    Handlebar: Thomson Katie Compton

    Bar Tape: S-Wrap HD

    Stem: Giant Contact SL, OverDrive 2 - 31.8mm 100mm +/- 8 1-1/4" 135g.

    Saddle: Specialized Phenom Expert - 143mm - Ti Rail

    Pedals: Shimano XTR

    Brakes: TRP Hylex 160mm FR/ 140mm RR

    Cog: Endlesa 18t cog

    Chainring: Race Face N/W 38t 110 bcd

    Chain: SRAM 890 or 870

    Crankset: SRAM Force CX1 - 170mm - 110BCD

    Bottom Bracket for BB86:
    Chris King

    Wheelset:
    Industry 9 SS hubs with Stan's Iron Cross

    Tires: Specialized Trigger Pro 2Bliss 33c
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    Enjoy the ride!

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    Sounds like a good build to me. Going to try that I9 wheelset myself. Ride the hell out of it. Get your passport ready for next years SSCXWC.

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    Giant TCX SLR SS CX Build Advice

    Finally got her built! Not the best pictures. Will post some ride pictures eventually. Bottle cage is on for gravel grinding this winter!
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    Enjoy the ride!

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    Looks good.

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    Looks great.

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    How's that gearing treating you?
    I love me some SS on much of the dirt, but haven't gone to SS for gravel/road/CX type debris.

    And the Hylex? Any thoughts?
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    Gearing is a little light for gravel grinding, probably better for CX racing. I'm gonna go down a tooth or two on the cog and see how that goes on the gravel. I'm not the strongest rider so gearing a little lighter will be better for me.

    As for the Hylex, they are nice. Gotta love one finger braking. The rear brake needs to be re-bled cause it's feeling spongy and has more throw than the front brake. Otherwise, the Hylex is a pretty solid brake.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    RCMTB-
    Thanks. SS on dirt is something I've ironed out the kinks on over the years.
    I always like it a bit easier than many, but living at 9K feet where all the trails only go up... well SS is a choice, but for me not the only choice.
    And on road? I've no idea how it'll work out. Seems like road/trail/dirt/gravel/CX needs a wider window of gearing than mtn SS.
    Time will tell, but I'll likely start w/ a similar ratio to yours.
    And a year from now I'll shoe horn a rear cluster on it and one bar end shifter.

    My current project is a SS carbon disc thru axle weirdo CX bike.

    2015 New cyclocross bike thru axle 142mm-Carbon bike frame,Carbon bike parts,Carbon bicycle frame,Carbon road frame,Carbon MTB frame

    Super cheap at $550 for the frame/fork shipped to the States. Not perfect but close.
    And as much as I want to skip this project, the Hylex brakes keep pulling me back. Back to Want, even if it's never near Need.
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    RCMTB- How's the bike? The ride, etc..
    I shouldn't even be looking at this.
    I have an opportunity to get one of these Adam Craig framesets... problem is, I'm just starting to get into SS (noob) and a good friend has already agreed to build me a steel frame.
    Damb.

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    The bike rides awesome! I've only been out on it a few times. The bike is very compliant and yet stiff at the time. I love not having to think about switching gears and just focusing on keeping my rpm up when climbing and then mashing it out. And the fit is great. It feels more comfortable than my road bike.

    I like the Hylex and will like them even more when the rear brake is bled correctly. It had to be re-bled at the shop when installed and it just does not feel right. The front brake is great, but it never was re-bled since it was already bled from the factory. Otherwise, I've had no issues. I did change the cog from an 18t to 16t since I was spinning out too much on road. I slid the rear drop out back to accommodate the 16t. I'm thinking I could go as low as a 15t.

    I see it getting more use than my RLT9 for gravel grinding since I want to get stronger which means I'll may unload the RLT9. But the RLT9 could be a great rain bike with fenders on it. Anyhow, the SSCX is mainly going to be used as a gravel grinder/winter bike in the off season and then raced during cx season.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Any chance anyone knows the OP or how to get in contact with him?
    I have been searching for this bike in my size for awhile, and would love to see if he still has it and might want to sell it!
    I sent a PM, but it has been years since he was on here last (from the looks of it).

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pentabikecx View Post
    Any chance anyone knows the OP or how to get in contact with him?
    I have been searching for this bike in my size for awhile, and would love to see if he still has it and might want to sell it!
    I sent a PM, but it has been years since he was on here last (from the looks of it).

    Thanks.
    That is a nice SSCX!

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