• Mathew

    I’ve been riding/racing the TCX Advanced 0 for the past three months. I have done everything on it, from XC racing, MTB trails, gravel grinds and over night pub touring. It is the most versatile bike I have owned, and is a pleasure to ride. I haven’t found the 40t chain ring to be a huge problem, I tend to get away with spinning out at a slightly higher speed (41kmph), and I’m yet to find many hills where the gearing is too high. One of the best features about the TCX range is the through axel/disc brakes, having come from a canti/QR CX bike, the TCX controls remarkably better on rough or fast terrain. I used to find myself retreating to the drops to get better braking, however having a stiffer front end and more powerful braking gives you the confidence to stay on the hoods. One last thing, after riding Di2, I doubt I’ll ever be able to switch back to mechanical- which may prove to be a costly habit.

  • SeanMcCuen

    looks like a fun bike, and I bet with some massaging, could be an awesome everyday roadie.

  • SeanMcCuen

    that’ll work.

  • De Mac

    Great review Wade, but I disagree with your advice to opt for a Defy over a CX bike – unless you specifically meant a Defy over this TCX you tested. Ordinarily, CX bikes are optioned with FD & 2 x XX drivetrain, which averts the issue you had with running out of gear inches. Also, a CX bike has the ability to CX (of course) but also avails one of the opportunity to put road tyres on and go fairly quickly on the tarmac. Owning 3 x road bikes, an MTB and a CX bike – I know which one I would choose if I could have only one bike. cheers

    • I definitely agree that if I had the choice of one bike, the CX would be the way to go. But we’re talking high-end bikes here and while of course it can be used on the road, the trails are where it shines.

  • Winky

    Slightly related when thinking about versatility of CX/adventure bikes. Major manufacturers miss an opportunity by dropping the fender mounts from all of their high-end frames. I’m looking for a disc-braked winter/gravel/commuter but want a bike that is fairly high end, and with (of course) non-SRAM hydraulic discs. I need fenders for club riding in the winter, but as soon as I get to a level in the range where hydraulic discs are specced, the fender mounts are gone. Sure, I could kludge some fenders on, but why should I have to?

  • Sumodog

    I ride Trek Boone with similar setup , except that it has front derailer – these are great all round bikes , I ride it pretty much anywhere . Much more forgiving than a road bike and much faster than my dually .

  • adanpinto

    CX bikes are getting too complicated, losing somehow their beauty.

  • Ant

    Did you ride any really steep stuff on it, Wade? I reckon a 40/28 ratio would be hard going for some of the rough and ready stretches at 20-30% that I encounter on my CX and mountain bikes.

    • I didn’t find the gearing inadequate for 20% pinches, but never got into anything steeper than that. Perhaps 50mins into a CX race the legs might have found it difficult though.

  • eatmorelard

    I’ve recently converted my CAADX to a 1x setup – a simple swap out for the Force CX1 RD and a 42T wide-narrow chainring on the front. Paired with a 11-32T cassette, I get a pretty good spread of gears (and the RD will go to 36) – I can spin out to about 45km/h on the road. The CX1 RD make the whole drive train silent – no slap, no dropped chain (so far). I love it. The advantage of the 1:1 actuation on SRAM (no pull ratio in the RD), means I could pair it easily with my 10 speed Rival shifter and it I wanted to go 11 speed it would require me to swap out the shifter and cassette (assuming it was a 11-speed freehub).

  • cooken

    Nice review wade. Curious about why you find it uncomfortable if riding for more than 2-3 hours? I’m assuming a more upright position than your road bike but any less comfortable than riding a mtb for more than 3 hours in your experience? Was the bike a similar TT length to your usual road set up?

    • Possibly where the discomfort came from was the fact that I was riding with others who were on regular road bikes, and I found it very difficult to keep up with them on this bike. Part of that was the gearing not being suitable for that type of riding. I have another road bike set up with 28mm tyres where I don’t experience that problem. My fit with this bike was done very similar to my other bikes.

  • Ralph

    Are these smaller disc rotors than have fitted to previous R785 systems? Look a little smaller..?

  • Janu

    I’ve always thought CX bike would be more comfortable on the road (with slick tires) compared to purely road bike (for amateurs, not racing ofcourse), because CX bike with it’s higher front end, shorter top tube and longer wheel base is basicly an endurance / grand fondo type bike and those are all the rage now and marketed as go-to do-it-all bikes.

  • Jim

    looks like Yarra Boulevard ? There’s a solution for the tacks – off road !!

  • pervertt

    “Oh Grandma, what big teeth you have!”

  • Durianrider

    Wade Wallace you can spin out a 40×11? Using this chart, that means your ‘spinning out’ cadence is only 80rpm. The hour record is set at around 105rpm and most top sprinters sit on around 130rpm.

    Time to get up to speed with power and cadence. ;)

    Here is your homework:

    Google up BikeCalc and type in your gear ratios. Click on speed at cadence. #sorted

  • Pommy Simon

    Hi Everyone. I see this thread is a few days old now. I hope I’m not too late to add my 2cents worth….
    Firstly, let me say, I’m an old school mountain biker – you know, late, late 80’s/early 90’s rigid steel frame, cross-country, pre-xtr, pre-downhilling mountain biking…..I am also a happy owner of a TCX Advanced 0. I’m almost ashamed to say I haven’t raced it yet but, it’s an absolute joy to ride. I find it’s a great compromise as a bike for all seasons and all types of riding – with a few caveats…
    It’s a good deal slower to get up to full speed on the tarmac, when compared with my TCR 0, Although I guess that’s a rather obvious statement, I think it’s a lot to do with the tyres, which are great for gravel and trails, not so good for the tarmac…
    The gearing is most definitely compromised (for me, anyway….). I can still pedal up to around 45kmh+, but it’s the hill gearing I find frustrating…I’ve changed the rear sprocket to an 11-32 (which works fine with the original DI2 Dura-Ace derailleur, by the way…But you will have to get a longer chain…) and I still struggle up a 22% soft-ground rise. Anything really technical, and I’d have to get off and walk – which I guess you’d do during a CX Race, arguably the prime function of the bike…
    I now use the TCX for all my riding….Road and Trail… I still love my TCR advanced 0, I rode it the other week for the first time since I took delivery of the TCX (in November 2015…) and noted the sheer acceleration and the single mindedness of the thing but, I just can’t stay off the TCX…. the steering is simply superb (better, even that the TCR on the road), the bike tracks better than anything I’ve ever ridden off road and the grip is tenacious yet predictable when it’s about to let go. High speed potholes do catch me out (think… neck crunching…), but I think that’s more an issue with my riding style…Ultimately, there’s not a lot it can’t do, and I’ve had a lot of fun bashing around Lysterfield Park and the local Creek Paths on it.
    A lot of my cycling friends are now considering Cyclocross bicycles as a viable alternative, or even as a replacement for their road bikes – there’s a lot of fun to be had away from the traffic…
    I say all this as a fan of off road riding, but I am considering selling the TCR…. The TCX is THAT good.

  • Hayden Bull

    A 40-11 gear going 37km/h is 80rpm, I’d suggesting building some leg speed buddy if thats the cadence you spin out at.


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