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Old 01-24-15, 12:14 AM   #1
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2014 Giant TCX SLR 0 vs 2015 Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1

Hi, newbie to the forum here, looking for some bike advice. I'd like to buy a cyclocross bike that I intend to commute on and ride some dirt trails. I have no serious intentions of racing but I'm willing to drop a couple of thousand to get something nice, comfortable and that won't weigh over 25 lbs so I can transport it on a plan with a bike bag.

About myself, I'm in my 30's, and I live in a snowy area. In winter, I commute about 4-5 miles on my fatbike and winter I was using an older giant OCR A 1 for non-snow days. I pretty much ride 4-5 days out of the week, averaging about 50 miles/week. I plan to use the cx bike to take over my rainy/sunny day commutes and stick to the fatbike for the winter stuff.

I'm torn between the 2014 Giant TCX SLR 0 that is around 2800 and the 2015 Giant TCX Advanced pro, which is around 3500$. When I started looking, I was convinced I wanted a carbon frame. My carbon composite OCR A1 rides so much smoother than my old trek crd-3, but my giant was also twice the cost, so who knows. Essentially the only difference between them is the frame and 2014 bike comes with SRAM red components and the 2015 comes with Ultegra components.

Here are the pros as I see it for the TCX SL R 0
-Cheaper
-Better component set
-Hidden rack mounts (so more versatile if I end up needing to put a rack on it)
-Less flashy (and hopefully attracts less attention on the rare days when I need to lock it up outside)

Cons:
-Aluminum frame (weight and comfort)
-Has SRAM red hydro brakes, which I'm not sure if are recalled or not

So, any thoughts? I'm pretty much sold on getting a giant, as their component set seems to be most competitive in that price range, but I'm also open to other ideas.

Thanks!

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I have the TCX Advanced Pro 1 and it's a great bike, not one I would ever consider locking up outside even for a second. If that's even a remote possibility, get the aluminum one which is also a very nice bike and probably not one you're going to want to leave unattended either.

Since the SLR 0 is a 2014 model, you might be able to negotiate a discount. As to a better component set SRAM vs Shimano, it's a matter of opinion, the SRAM is certainly a little lighter, better quality is very debatable as the Shimano components have gotten best in class reviews, but you're also on a heavier aluminum frame that is going to ride a bit harsher than the carbon. I'd still think it would come in under 25 lbs easy. Regardless, I wouldn't get too hung up over weight, ride them both and see which one you like the best. A pound or two is not going to be a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

If adding a rack is a possibility for you go with the SLR. The SRAM hydro's were recalled for a design defect in the fluid reservoir but I think that's been resolved and replaced with a new design, you'll want to check to see if that was done on the SLR you are considering or not. Consider that with the money you save you could get a nice set of second wheels oriented more to commuting and get a lot of versatility out of the SLR.

According to my bike scale, the 2015 TCX Advanced Pro 1 without pedals weighs about 20lbs. With shimano deore xt pedals, 20.7 lbs. The 2014 model (same frame, rim, and wheels) with SRAM parts and same pedals is a bit lighter at 19.2 lbs. I bought a set of Giant CXR-0 carbon rims and slapped some Clemente X'PLOR USH 120tpi tires for pavement and hard pack duty (black friday online sale had them discounted 35%) and that got my weight down to 19 lbs with the pedals.

By the way, if you're leaning towards the Pro 1, I happened to see there's a one for sale on eBay (I was on recently because I'm trying to sell my old 2013 TCX) Not sure what it's reserve price is but it looks to be in pristine condition and maybe you'll get lucky. That's how I bought my 2015 TCX Advanced Pro 1 a few months ago because no bike shop I could find had one in stock. I noticed it because the owner put fizik orange bar tape on it which I think looks sort of cool. I got mine at $3,199 or about a 20% discount from MSRP.

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I have the TCX Advanced Pro 1 and it's a great bike, not one I would ever consider locking up outside even for a second. If that's even a remote possibility, get the aluminum one which is also a very nice bike and probably not one you're going to want to leave unattended either.

Since the SLR 0 is a 2014 model, you might be able to negotiate a discount. As to a better component set SRAM vs Shimano, it's a matter of opinion, the SRAM is certainly a little lighter, better quality is very debatable as the Shimano components have gotten best in class reviews, but you're also on a heavier aluminum frame that is going to ride a bit harsher than the carbon. I'd still think it would come in under 25 lbs easy. Regardless, I wouldn't get too hung up over weight, ride them both and see which one you like the best. A pound or two is not going to be a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

If adding a rack is a possibility for you go with the SLR. The SRAM hydro's were recalled for a design defect in the fluid reservoir but I think that's been resolved and replaced with a new design, you'll want to check to see if that was done on the SLR you are considering or not. Consider that with the money you save you could get a nice set of second wheels oriented more to commuting and get a lot of versatility out of the SLR.

According to my bike scale, the 2015 TCX Advanced Pro 1 without pedals weighs about 20lbs. With shimano deore xt pedals, 20.7 lbs. The 2014 model (same frame, rim, and wheels) with SRAM parts and same pedals is a bit lighter at 19.2 lbs. I bought a set of Giant CXR-0 carbon rims and slapped some Clemente X'PLOR USH 120tpi tires for pavement and hard pack duty (black friday online sale had them discounted 35%) and that got my weight down to 19 lbs with the pedals.

By the way, if you're leaning towards the Pro 1, I happened to see there's a one for sale on eBay (I was on recently because I'm trying to sell my old 2013 TCX) Not sure what it's reserve price is but it looks to be in pristine condition and maybe you'll get lucky. That's how I bought my 2015 TCX Advanced Pro 1 a few months ago because no bike shop I could find had one in stock. I noticed it because the owner put fizik orange bar tape on it which I think looks sort of cool. I got mine at $3,199 or about a 20% discount from MSRP.

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Thanks for the reply! That was very helpful. I think I'll end up getting the SLR 0, I didn't get a chance to ride both very far, but the SLR 0 felt smooth enough with the carbon fork and was able to get a much better deal. The brakes ended up being part of the recall, so I hope I get the 2015 Red Hydraulics installed.

I did end up checking the pro 1 online, but needed a small. Tried a medium at my LBS and it was too much for me.
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Thanks for the reply! That was very helpful. I think I'll end up getting the SLR 0, I didn't get a chance to ride both very far, but the SLR 0 felt smooth enough with the carbon fork and was able to get a much better deal. The brakes ended up being part of the recall, so I hope I get the 2015 Red Hydraulics installed.

I did end up checking the pro 1 online, but needed a small. Tried a medium at my LBS and it was too much for me.
You're welcome, another option you might consider if you want a carbon frame its the TCX Pro Advanced 2. It's the same exact frame as the Pro 0 and 1, just different components. Even with the Shimano 105 group (which is still very nice), the weight is about the same (the 2 doesn't have hydros). Anyway, the SLR 0 is a great bike, you can't go wrong either way. Enjoy and let us see it when you get it
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