Giant introduces its 2011 cyclocross lineup just in time for the ‘cross season to start. This includes the TCX and the TCX Advanced SL composite bike. The TCX Advanced SL uses Shimano Dura-Ace, FSA and Giant components and will retail for $6,700.00.
The new frameset uses Giant’s Advanced SL composite material. From the raw T-800 carbon fiber, the C-Tech composite material is infused, resulting to a stiff frame, much like those used by Rabobank road professional riders.
The TCX Advanced SL has smaller diameter tubes but after applying the Finite Element Analysis (FEA), the product is a bike which can be handled easily and is more compliant to the rigors of cyclocross. It also has the integrated seatpost, overdrive headtube and fork steerer. Bearings are at 1-1/8 inch top and 1-1/4 inch bottom.
The development of the new lineup was hatched after Giant became partners with Rabobank. Its product development team talked with Rabobank’s Lars Boom on undertaking a project of making a new World Cup level cyclocross bike.
Dennis Lane, director of Giant Global Product Development, shares how essential the involvement of the cyclocross racers on the project, “The Rabobank team has very deep roots in cyclocross. With riders like Boom, de Knegt and lots of other developing stars in Europe, they asked us to come up with a bike that would give them a real edge at the World Cup and World Championship level.”
The new lineup of cyclocross bikes will be raced by its off-road team, Rabobank-Giant.