Since 2009, the TCX cyclocross bike has been a mainstay of Giant’s range. It has found a great deal of success over the years in World Championships, the cobbled classics, the daily commute, and on the sales floor.
Almost inadvertently, midway through last decade, the TCX added another string to its bow. Giant was conspicuously slow to jump on the gravel bandwagon, so those duties fell to the TCX too. While the Revolt eventually plugged that gap in Giant’s line-up, the TCX can still quite happily blur some lines between gravel and cyclocross – especially if you don’t overthink things too much.
At the 2021 CyclingTips Field Test in Bright, Victoria, Australia, we had the opportunity to put the Giant Revolt Advanced and Giant TCX Advanced, in similar spec levels, to the test. Part of that was in pursuit of a deeper understanding of the differences between gravel and cyclocross bikes – two circles of a Venn diagram that, at a glance, have plenty of overlap. But while we’ve reviewed the Revolt before, we are yet to take a closer look at the latest iteration of the TCX, so we figured it was as good a time as any for a standalone review.
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Includes paid promotion: Our second Field Test was done in partnership with Ride High Country, the tourism and advocacy group responsible for cycling within Victoria’s North East region. We thank them for their support in being able to produce this series.