Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
Reload this Page >

Buy new Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1 or upgrade group on my 2013 TCX Advanced SL?

Notices
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

Buy new Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1 or upgrade group on my 2013 TCX Advanced SL?

Old 11-18-14, 10:31 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Buy new Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1 or upgrade group on my 2013 TCX Advanced SL?

I bought a used 2013 TCX Advanced SL frame last year and put a compact 105 set on it along with some new components. This type of bike is really suiting me well and I'm debating wether I should upgrade my components to a SRAM Red or Red 22 for about $1,800 or thereabouts or just sell it as is and get this awesome 2015 TCX Advanced Pro 1 with ultegra. Plus, as a U of I grad, I can't resist the color scheme.

I'm really leaning towards the new one but it's on the condition I sell my existing one (per my wife ).

Curious to know if anyone has had an opportunity to ride the 2015 yet and what it weighs stock.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
image.jpg (103.3 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg
image.jpg (95.4 KB, 51 views)

Last edited by Gus90; 11-19-14 at 07:21 AM.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 11-19-14, 11:30 AM
  #2  
Full Member
 
justin1138's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 468

Bikes: yes...

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Liked 97 Times in 21 Posts
I'd go with the new bike for 1) the disc brakes, 2) I like Shimano, and 3) that paint scheme looks nicer.
justin1138 is offline  
Old 11-20-14, 06:22 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by justin1138
I'd go with the new bike for 1) the disc brakes, 2) I like Shimano, and 3) that paint scheme looks nicer.
it's turning out to be a hard bike to find. If I do I think I'm going for it. Just hope I can sell my current one.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 11-20-14, 10:57 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Willamette Valley
Posts: 105

Bikes: Giant Defy Comp, M60 gravel grinder

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What size is your TCX and What do you want for it!
Oregonroadruner is offline  
Old 11-20-14, 10:31 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Oregonroadruner
What size is your TCX and What do you want for it!
It's a M/L 56cm frame, I purchased the frame used but it's in great condition, I put on new brakes, saddle, stem, cables and housing, pedals, cassette, bar tape, and tires. Swapped some used parts including crank, fd, rd, rims, shifters, and drop bar from my road bike. I listed this bike on eBay starting at $1,299. Basically backed out the used parts and discounted the rest. If your seriously interested pm me and I'm happy to consider any offer.



Anyway, I found the new bike on eBay as no LBS had this model available anywhere. By pure luck I got it 20% less than MSRP and its brand spanking new, only one test ride apparently. Can't wait to receive it from the seller..


Last edited by Gus90; 01-03-15 at 09:03 AM.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 11-21-14, 08:34 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Willamette Valley
Posts: 105

Bikes: Giant Defy Comp, M60 gravel grinder

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Gus90
It's a M/L 56cm frame, I purchased the frame used but it's in great condition, I put on new brakes, saddle, stem, cables and housing, pedals, cassette, bar tape, and tires. Swapped some used parts including crank, fd, rd, rims, shifters, and drop bar from my road bike. I listed this bike on eBay starting at $1,299. Basically backed out the used parts and discounted the rest. If your seriously interested pm me and I'm happy to consider any offer.

Anyway, I found the new bike on eBay as no LBS had this model available anywhere. By pure luck I got it 20% less than MSRP and its brand spanking new, only one test ride apparently. Can't wait to receive it from the seller..

H
bummer the frame is to big for me. Thanks for the offer
Oregonroadruner is offline  
Old 11-21-14, 10:16 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Oregonroadruner
bummer the frame is to big for me. Thanks for the offer
No worries, thank you for asking though.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 11-28-14, 02:55 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Got to say I'm somewhat surprised about what this new TCX Advanced Pro 1 weighs compared to my previous one that was built up using an older Shimano 105 5600 drive train and shifters, aluminum drop bar, and Mavic Aksum Rims. That one, with pedals and the garmin sensor bits even, weighed in at 19.5 lbs. Both frames are the same size, M/L

The new blue and orange TCX Advanced Pro 1 without pedals or garmin sensors weighs 19.6 lbs. Is Shimano Ultegra hydro and disk brakes that heavy? Or perhaps my wheels and rims weigh more than the Aksiums. Not that it really matters all that much but I did not expect this given the specs of both bikes. I half expected the weight to be somewhere in the 18 lbs range.

Perhaps the old ISP frame is lighter than the new frames with the D-Fuse composite seat post which includes a tension bolt. Going to be hard to let the old TCX go now. With original specs which was a SRAM Red drive train and lighter rims, I'm guessing this puppy would easily be under 18 lbs.

More importantly, I've found that I can't mount my Garmin Speed/Cadence sensor on the rest chain stay because there is not enough clearance between the left crank arm and the chain stay. I'm not sure what to do other than maybe search for a thiner magnet to put on the crank arm. sigh.

Last edited by Gus90; 11-28-14 at 06:32 PM.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 11-28-14, 04:46 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
thisisbenji's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Wadsworth, IL
Posts: 466

Bikes: Motobecane Vent Noir, Specialized Crux, Specialized Carve

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Disc brakes are a bit heavier than cantilevers.

I recently went from a 20 lbs Crux Elite w/ cantilever brakes (aluminum frame / aluminum steer carbon fork) to a Kinesis Crosslight Pro6 disc brake w/ full carbon fork. Being that the frame and fork are lighter than the Crux (I used the same components) I should have been in the 19 lbs range, but I ended up being at 21 lbs.

I think it's a combination of heavier hubs, rotors, & heavier braking bits (hydraulic fluid, caliper, reservoir). The extra pound in weight is more than worth it though.

Last edited by thisisbenji; 11-28-14 at 04:51 PM.
thisisbenji is offline  
Old 11-28-14, 06:36 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Well that makes me feel better. Why the obsession with weight, I don't know. One think I thing I'm definitely going to do is buy a second set of wheels, likely with a deeper "V" rim, and put on tires with a smoother tread pattern that would be much better for riding groomed and hard pack trails. With the new pass through axle on this bike, it's a bit harder finding a rim so I may have my LBS make them.

I have the conversion kit to go tubeless on the current rims as well. Debating whether tubeless is worth it or not. Don't think it will make that much difference in weight regardless, but perhaps some advantages to running lower tire pressure in certain riding conditions. I've never ridden tubeless so I don't know much about the pros/cons.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 11-28-14, 07:58 PM
  #11  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by thisisbenji
Disc brakes are a bit heavier than cantilevers.

I recently went from a 20 lbs Crux Elite w/ cantilever brakes (aluminum frame / aluminum steer carbon fork) to a Kinesis Crosslight Pro6 disc brake w/ full carbon fork. Being that the frame and fork are lighter than the Crux (I used the same components) I should have been in the 19 lbs range, but I ended up being at 21 lbs.

I think it's a combination of heavier hubs, rotors, & heavier braking bits (hydraulic fluid, caliper, reservoir). The extra pound in weight is more than worth it though.
Is that you're neon yellowish bike you posted pics of recently? If so, it's a gorgeous build. You definitely have an eye for detail.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 11-28-14, 08:33 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
thisisbenji's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Wadsworth, IL
Posts: 466

Bikes: Motobecane Vent Noir, Specialized Crux, Specialized Carve

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Gus90
Is that you're neon yellowish bike you posted pics of recently? If so, it's a gorgeous build. You definitely have an eye for detail.
It is, thanks!

Looking at at data on Reynolds wheels it looks like all of their disc variants are about 1/4 lbs heavier than the rim brake variant, and that's before adding rotors!
thisisbenji is offline  
Old 11-29-14, 04:20 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
All kitted out and ready for it's maiden ride. Lights are attached because it'll be getting dark by the time I make it back.


Last edited by Gus90; 12-06-14 at 05:02 PM.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 11-30-14, 10:17 AM
  #14  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Just found a fantastic savings on buying a second set of rims and upgrading them to full carbon Giant P-CXR0's at about a 28% discount off MSRP from bicyclewarehouse.com. This included a 20% discount on the already discounted price for Black Friday weekend. I'm thrilled I found them so cheap.

As for tires to put on them, I'm leaning towards Clement LAS 700x33's as they should be pretty fast on hard pack trails, pavement, and have at least a little cornering grip. I'm also considering Schwalbe's Sammy Slicks just because I can get them with some puncture protection. Weight is about the same but the SS are 35 rather than 33.

Last edited by Gus90; 11-30-14 at 02:55 PM.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 12-05-14, 01:13 PM
  #15  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
After a few test rides this week on the new TCX it is awesome but surprisingly feels a lot slower than my old one. Granted the old one has a compact crank 50/34 vs the standard cross crank 46/36 and, probably more impactful, smoother tires vs the knobs on the new one. Plus it's winter and I haven't ridden much in the last few months so maybe I'm a little out of shape. I'm about 2-3mph slower on my normal route. Weight difference between the two is not that much, about 1lb with the new TCX being heavier. Haven't received the carbon rims yet which will shed weight.

Oh, and I rolled through dog **** today which is always nice. Thanks again to the dog owner who didn't clean it up. A**hole. As a dog owner who cleans up after his pet, I can say that.

Last edited by Gus90; 12-05-14 at 01:17 PM.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 12-06-14, 05:08 PM
  #16  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Got my matte carbon bottle cages, K-edge Garmin Mount and Chain Catcher today. Also put on a rear stay cover from Lyzene. This pretty much completes the bike. Took it on a few rides so far and it's fantastic.

Gus90 is offline  
Old 01-02-15, 09:35 PM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
1bluetrek's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: eastern wa.
Posts: 646

Bikes: 2015 Giant Advanced Pro 2,Trek 1500, a GT Avalanche and a Mongoose IBOC Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sweet! My wife surprised me with a new TCX PRO 2 a few months ago and I'm loving it! Have fun on that puppy!
1bluetrek is offline  
Old 01-03-15, 07:54 AM
  #18  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi, thanks for starting this thread. I've ordered the Pro 1, due to arrive mid Feb 2015. As a few have mentioned it's been hard to find. I can't get it in Hong Kong, so have ordered from abroad. There's not many reviews as yet, other than Giant endorsed or short technical articles. So it's interesting to read your details first hand...from a "real" owner.

I'm already planning to buy a second set of wheels. How are you getting on with the CXR0's? Are they a big improvement over the standard wheels? It's common to read suggestions to stay away from Carbon for off-road as they are likely to break, so maybe I'll go for a carbon set with slicks for the road only?

Please keep posting any kit updates, and experiences. I hope to do the same when my bike arrives.
Fantail is offline  
Old 01-03-15, 08:32 AM
  #19  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Fantail
Hi, thanks for starting this thread. I've ordered the Pro 1, due to arrive mid Feb 2015. As a few have mentioned it's been hard to find. I can't get it in Hong Kong, so have ordered from abroad. There's not many reviews as yet, other than Giant endorsed or short technical articles. So it's interesting to read your details first hand...from a "real" owner.

I'm already planning to buy a second set of wheels. How are you getting on with the CXR0's? Are they a big improvement over the standard wheels? It's common to read suggestions to stay away from Carbon for off-road as they are likely to break, so maybe I'll go for a carbon set with slicks for the road only?

Please keep posting any kit updates, and experiences. I hope to do the same when my bike arrives.
Those CXR-0's with a set of Clement X'PLor USH 120tpi tires shaved 1.7 pounds from my bike. The rear is much quieter than the CXR-1. The tires I chose are not as plush feeling as the Clement LAS I had on the previous bike but they have better flat protection and should last longer. Those tires are better suited for packed gravel, pavement, etc. than the knobbies and ride a little smoother and faster. Overall, the rims seem pretty solid and since they use them on the Pro 0 which is as much of a dedicated cyclocross race bike as any, I'm assuming their still pretty durable. With the same Shimano cassette, the rear lined up perfectly with my derailleurs; however, I did have to adjust the brakes a little on both front and rear.

One issue I've noticed on this bike when swapping wheels, is the rear most brake caliper bolt is very hard to get to especially with a multitool wrench. Just not enough room to get to it because of the stays. I had to buy a park hex wrench (I bought the set) to be able to reach it at a bit of an angle, but still a little tricky to adjust and tighten properly. I thought my previous TCX was awesome but the difference in braking with these new hydro discs are unbelievable. This bike is everything I've ever wanted in a versatile cross bike. Perfect for 80% of the riding I do around here. I think you'll be very happy with it. I'm especially glad it doesn't have the integrated seat post, on my old bike, the paint on the post got damaged from the seat mast clamp on my old one. Sort of wish I had Di2 but it's just crazy expensive right now. The mechanical Ultegra set up is pretty flawless and crisp. However, I did put a chain catcher on the front derailleur just in case. My one gripe with Ultegra's new front derailleur is the back plate that sticks to the seat post. I knocked it loose somehow when my bike was in the work stand and I had to take the derailleur off and put it back on. I assume my LBS didn't adjust it properly when they put my chain catcher on so I'm hoping it was just a fluke.

I also thought the stock bike would be lighter than it actually was. All stock, with the CXR-1 Rims and Schwalbe Super Swans it came in at 20.7 pounds (including pedals, rear garmin sensor, and k-edge handlebar mount). My old bike was 19.5 with same accessories. Weight penalty of the disc brakes I guess. The CXR-0 rims and Clemente tires knocked it down to 19lbs (including the addition of the chain catcher, rear stay guard, and bottle cages). I imagine the Pro 0 with the single front cog and Dura Ace Di2 is closer to 17 pounds without pedals.

I don't have a good picture with the CXR-0's on yet as it's too cold outside to bother but here it is hanging on my garage wall.


Last edited by Gus90; 01-03-15 at 08:56 AM.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 01-03-15, 08:59 AM
  #20  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
This was my first test ride on it, was pretty cold that day though....

Gus90 is offline  
Old 01-03-15, 09:10 AM
  #21  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Gus90
Those CXR-0's with a set of Clement X'PLor USH 120tpi tires shaved 1.7 pounds from my bike. The rear is much quieter than the CXR-1. The tires I chose are not as plush feeling as the Clement LAS I had on the previous bike but they have better flat protection and should last longer. Those tires are better suited for packed gravel, pavement, etc. than the knobbies and ride a little smoother and faster. Overall, the rims seem pretty solid and since they use them on the Pro 0 which is as much of a dedicated cyclocross race bike as any, I'm assuming their still pretty durable. One issue I've noticed on this bike is the rear most brake caliper bolt is very hard to get to especially with a multitool wrench. I had to buy a park hex wrench (I bought the set) to be able to reach it at a bit of an angle. I thought my previous TCX was awesome but the difference in braking with these new hydro discs are unbelievable. This bike is everything I've ever wanted in a versatile cross bike. Perfect for 80% of the riding I do around here. I think you'll be very happy with it. I'm especially glad it doesn't have the integrated seat post, on my old bike, the paint on the post got damaged from the seat mast clamp. Sort of wish I had Di2 but it's just crazy expensive right now.
Thanks,...1.7 pounds is pretty significant. Are you keeping the CXR-1's so you have 2 set-ups? Presumably this would mean buying another set of rotors and a cassette. This is what I'm thinking (with a road focused wheel/tyre), and this would also give a bit more flexibility on the gearing. Are the Clement's Tubeless?

Also, the Rotor Cranks could be upgraded (Shimano?) as they are supposed to be heavy, and I'm not sure if different ratios are easy to find/fit, but I do like their functional look. I'm sure Di2 would be amazing. I'm keen to try the Ultegra mechanical, and get familiar with riding this style of bike. The Pro 1 looks like a refined package, whereas the Pro 2 is ripe for upgrading.

Thanks for the details on the brake calliper bolt. BTW what pedals did you go for, they look like Shimano SPD's (XTR)?

I'm a complete newbie when it comes to CX, so I'm really looking forward to trying it out. My road bike doesn't get out much since moving to Hong Kong, as there's very little safe road. So a buddy and I are buying matching Pro 1's ....(he's ditching his mountain bike). We'll ride the designated cycle trails, which are part pavement, part off-road tracks.
Fantail is offline  
Old 01-03-15, 09:24 AM
  #22  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Fantail
Thanks,...1.7 pounds is pretty significant. Are you keeping the CXR-1's so you have 2 set-ups? Presumably this would mean buying another set of rotors and a cassette. This is what I'm thinking (with a road focused wheel/tyre), and this would also give a bit more flexibility on the gearing. Are the Clement's Tubeless?

Also, the Rotor Cranks could be upgraded (Shimano?) as they are supposed to be heavy, and I'm not sure if different ratios are easy to find/fit, but I do like their functional look. I'm sure Di2 would be amazing. I'm keen to try the Ultegra mechanical, and get familiar with riding this style of bike. The Pro 1 looks like a refined package, whereas the Pro 2 is ripe for upgrading.

Thanks for the details on the brake calliper bolt. BTW what pedals did you go for, they look like Shimano SPD's (XTR)?

I'm a complete newbie when it comes to CX, so I'm really looking forward to trying it out. My road bike doesn't get out much since moving to Hong Kong, as there's very little safe road. So a buddy and I are buying matching Pro 1's ....(he's ditching his mountain bike). We'll ride the designated cycle trails, which are part pavement, part off-road tracks.
I'm keeping the other set of wheels to use when I ride muddier trails. If you do decide to buy the CXR-0's you'll need to get the 15mm end caps for the front rim unless they sell them with the rims. Mine came with quick release skewers so I just had to go back and buy the 15mm end caps and swap the QR caps out. The axle in the front hub was already 15mm ready so it wasn't a problem once I got the caps.

I didn't get another rotor as I've been pretty happy with the 46/36 gearing. I thought I'd miss having a compact 50/34 set up but to be honest, it left too much of a gap between rings. I find I can pretty much keep my average speed the same. I'm not going to be doing much pavement riding on this so I don't think I'll miss the extra 4 teeth. As to the weight of the 3D rotor, I'm not sure if it's light or heavy I haven't been able to find info on it. I have a dedicated road bike that has Ultegra 6800 on it with a compact crank so if I ever decide to upgrade it to a standard I suppose I could keep the compact for this bike if I find I really do miss the gearing. However, I think for a CX the 46/36 is ideal for single track and more challenging trails. If you were riding pure pavement or hardpack, maybe there'd be some benefit to a compact rotor but there's plenty of discussions on this forum about this so I won't get too far into it here. The bike, stock, is pretty damn sweet as it is. Not much to upgrade to be honest. It's ready to race right out of the box.

The clement's can be run tubeless just like the schwalbe's but I decided not to bother. Maybe if I decide to race I would set them up that way.

My pedals are Shimano Deore XT. Not as light as the XTR's but pretty darn close. (I took them off my old TCX).

Last edited by Gus90; 01-03-15 at 09:30 AM.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 01-03-15, 09:58 AM
  #23  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Gus90
I'm keeping the other set of wheels to use when I ride muddier trails. If you do decide to buy the CXR-0's you'll need to get the 15mm end caps for the front rim unless they sell them with the rims. Mine came with quick release skewers so I just had to go back and buy the 15mm end caps and swap the QR caps out. The axle in the front hub was already 15mm ready so it wasn't a problem once I got the caps.

I didn't get another rotor as I've been pretty happy with the 46/36 gearing. I thought I'd miss having a compact 50/34 set up but to be honest, it left too much of a gap between rings. I find I can pretty much keep my average speed the same. I'm not going to be doing much pavement riding on this so I don't think I'll miss the extra 4 teeth. As to the weight of the 3D rotor, I'm not sure if it's light or heavy I haven't been able to find info on it. I have a dedicated road bike that has Ultegra 6800 on it with a compact crank so if I ever decide to upgrade it to a standard I suppose I could keep the compact for this bike if I find I really do miss the gearing. However, I think for a CX the 46/36 is ideal for single track and more challenging trails. If you were riding pure pavement or hardpack, maybe there'd be some benefit to a compact rotor but there's plenty of discussions on this forum about this so I won't get too far into it here. The bike, stock, is pretty damn sweet as it is. Not much to upgrade to be honest. It's ready to race right out of the box.

The clement's can be run tubeless just like the schwalbe's but I decided not to bother. Maybe if I decide to race I would set them up that way.

My pedals are Shimano Deore XT. Not as light as the XTR's but pretty darn close. (I took them off my old TCX).
The wheels look pretty sharp in the garage photo. Good advice on the different axle configurations, I wasn't aware that you could add caps to resize. There are a few hub brands that give you size options, and it sounds like this number will grow as the thru axle becomes popular on all types of disc brake bikes.

Here's the thread I found on Rotor Crank weights, (New Model of Rotor 3D Crankset - Weight Weenies it's old and things might have changed, or there's a good reason why they are "heavy". In any case, I haven't looked at this in any great detail. I'm glad to hear that the stock bike is pretty sorted, and I'm no monster, so I think the 46/36 will be fine.

For pedals I like LOOK, and use them on the road bike, so their S-track might be interesting. However just about every comment I have read rates the Shimano SPD's as the best all-round.
Fantail is offline  
Old 01-03-15, 10:12 AM
  #24  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Gus90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Chicago (suburbs)
Posts: 810

Bikes: A few too many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Fantail
The wheels look pretty sharp in the garage photo. Good advice on the different axle configurations, I wasn't aware that you could add caps to resize. There are a few hub brands that give you size options, and it sounds like this number will grow as the thru axle becomes popular on all types of disc brake bikes.

Here's the thread I found on Rotor Crank weights, (New Model of Rotor 3D Crankset - Weight Weenies it's old and things might have changed, or there's a good reason why they are "heavy". In any case, I haven't looked at this in any great detail. I'm glad to hear that the stock bike is pretty sorted, and I'm no monster, so I think the 46/36 will be fine.

For pedals I like LOOK, and use them on the road bike, so their S-track might be interesting. However just about every comment I have read rates the Shimano SPD's as the best all-round.
On a CX bike, I'm not sure look type pedals would be the best choice, I find them more difficult to get into quickly. I've seen a lot of people use egg beaters as an alternative to spd's though and I think they are pretty light in comparison too. I've also heard a lot of good things about speedplays but since I already had a few bikes set up with spd's I stuck with them. My road bike has look though.
Gus90 is offline  
Old 01-03-15, 10:31 AM
  #25  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Gus90
On a CX bike, I'm not sure look type pedals would be the best choice, I find them more difficult to get into quickly. I've seen a lot of people use egg beaters as an alternative to spd's though and I think they are pretty light in comparison too. I've also heard a lot of good things about speedplays but since I already had a few bikes set up with spd's I stuck with them. My road bike has look though.
Cool. For LOOK I meant their S-track (SPD equivalent)...if that's what you mean, posters also comment they are very positive. Their composite entry level version is light and cheap. I'll see what they look like in the flesh, but will probably end up with Shimano.
Fantail is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.