Cyclocross is a dirty job and riders need to change bike very often during the race, so Giant supplies Lars with a fleet of five Giant TCX Advanced Pro bikes.
As you probably know,the Giant TCX Advanced Pro was the first disc-equipped ‘cross bike to win a UCI world cup, with Lars in Valkenburg, last year.
Now lets learn something more about it!
Team Giant-Shimano technical expert Tom Davids:
“Lars is riding the same bike as he was on last season when he won the World Cup, the TCX Advanced Pro, but with some key changes that we identified. The frame is made from Advanced-grade composite material, making it very light yet stiff and responsive to the needs of a cyclo-cross race. We looked at what we could improve on an already strong design, with the main change coming in the front end with an upgrade to the front wheel with a thru-axle to further increase stiffness.
It has a Giant’s D-Fuse composite seat post design, built to dampen vibration. The lack of a bridge on the seat stays allows for more mud clearance, and a thin, flat top tube improves shoulder comfort yet maintains stiffness.
It has race proven geometry together with asymmetrical chainstays for optimal power transfer. He has five bikes all of which are built with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Shimano R785 hydraulic disc brakes. It is then finished off with the PRO Vibe stem and bar, as well as a PRO saddle. It is then completed with Shimano XTR M-980 XC pedals.
The circumstances Lars is riding in are of course the best testing grounds that you could ask for in terms of performance and as well durability, something that is of course important for the consumer.”
Lars Van der Haar:
“I have ridden this bike for the past few seasons now and know it very well. We have changed what needs changing and the bike has some great technologies. It’s smooth when it needs to be smooth and stiff when it needs to hold its ground. I really like this bike.”