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Giant TCR Advanced Review

Price:

£1,399.00 - £8,999.00

Finance from:

£77.73/month (0% APR)

High-quality carbon frame
full carbon fork on every model
Tubeless wheels for lightweight rolling with fewer punctures
Full Shimano or SRAM groupsets
Every bike gets a carbon seatpost
A lot of bike for the money

Discipline:

Road Race

Weight:

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The Giant TCR Advanced retains its place as one of the best value carbon road race bikes available

Updated: 8th November 2019

Overview

The Giant TCR Advanced is a thoroughly modern, yet classic road race bike that combines raw speed with impeccable handling characteristics. Each model in the range features a carbon composite frame that offers impressive levels of lateral stiffness. This means the bike delivers lightning-quick acceleration when you stomp on the pedals. Of course, you also get the precise handling characteristics that you’d expect from a thoroughbred road race bike.

In this Giant TCR review, we look at the 3 families within the range: the TCR Advanced, the TCR Advanced Pro and the TCR Advanced SL. Within each family, you have a choice of disc or rim brakes as well as different component specifications. Every TCR model is equipped with tubeless wheels and tyres, so you can take advantage of this puncture reducing right from the off.

Giant TCR Advanced 2018 frame

Frame and Fork

A thoroughbred road race bike

All models of the TCR Advanced and Advanced Pro feature a lightweight, Advanced-Grade carbon fibre composite frame. At the top of the range, the TCR Advanced SL models get a stiffer and lighter Advanced-SL grade frame with an integrated Seatpost. All the bikes in the range feature tried and tested road race geometry.

A key feature of the TCR is the oversized MegaDrive downtube. This gives the TCR its impressive levels of lateral stiffness so that all your power is transferred directly to the road, even when you stand up on the pedals. The OverDrive tapered head tube keeps things stiff up front, so steering is precise even when pushing the bike hard through the corners.

The TCR offers an impressively smooth ride for a road race bike. This is thanks to the slim seat stays and composite Variant seatpost that soak up the road buzz. For 2020 all bikes get a full carbon fork made from the same quality carbon as the frame.

The tapered head tube and the fork steerer keep the bike tracking beautifully when you hit the corners hard and fast - Road CC

TCR Advanced, Advanced Pro and Advanced SL Geometry(Click to expand)

TCR Advanced and Advanced Pro

 

Small

Medium

Medium/Large

Large

X Large

Seat Tube Length

445

470

500

525

550

Seat Tube Angle

73.5°

73°

73°

73°

72°

Top Tube Length

535

550

570

580

605

Head Tube Length

133

148

168

188

203

Head Tube Angle

72.5°

73°

73°

73°

73°

Fork Rake

45

45

45

45

45

Trail

60

57

57

57

57

Wheelbase

970

976

997

1007

1021

Chain Stay Length

405

405

405

405

405

Bottom Brackett Drop

68

68

65

65

65

Stack

529

545

562

581

595

Reach

378

383

398

402

412

Stand Over Height

742

765

787

805

823

Handlebar Width

400

420

420

440

440

Stem Length

90

100

110

110

120

Crank Length

170

172.5

172.5

175

175

Wheel Size

700c

700c

700c

700c

700c

TCR Advanced SL

 

Small

Medium

Medium/Large

Large

Seat tube length (mm)

710

740

770

790

Seat tube angle

73.5°

73.0°

73.0°

73.0°

Top tube length (mm)

535

550

570

580

Head tube length (mm)

133

148

168

188

Head tube angle

72.5°

73.0°

73.0°

73.0°

Fork rake (mm)

45

45

45

45

Trail (mm)

60.3

57.2

57.2

57.2

Wheelbase (mm)

970

976

997

1007

Chain stay length (mm)

405

405

405

405

Bottom bracket drop (mm)

68

68

65

65

Stack (mm)

529

545

562

581

Reach (mm)

378

383

398

402

Stand over height (mm)

742

765

787

805

Handlebar width (mm)

400

420

420

440

Stem length (mm)

90

100

110

110

Crank length (mm)

170

172.5

172.5

175

Wheel size

700C

700C

700C

700C


Giant TCR Advanced Shimano Ultegra chainset

Groupset

Full Shimano or SRAM groupsets

Another bonus is the fitting of a composite seatpost right up from the lowest spec bike, for more saddle comfort than an alloy number – Cycling Weekly

It’s great to see full groupsets on the TCR rather than the mix and match approach that you find on some bikes. The groupsets are split between Shimano on most of the Advanced and Advanced Pro bikes and SRAM electronic drivetrains at the top end. Starting with 2x10 speed Tiagra on the TCR Advanced 3 you move up to 2x11 speed with 105 on the Advanced 2 and Advanced Pro 3. The next step up takes you to slick-shifting Ultegra. The Advanced Pro 0 and all the Advanced SL bikes get 2x12 speed SRAM Force or Red eTap AXS wireless drivetrains for the ultimate in shifting technology.

Most of the TCR bikes get semi-compact chainsets with big 36/52 chainrings. These are bigger chainsets than you’ll find on easy pedalling sportive bikes like the Giant Defy. You can really get up to speed pushing these big gears. To take your ride to the next level the TCR Advanced SL Bikes and the Ultegra equipped Advanced Pro bikes have power meters fitted to the chainsets. This puts you in touch with how much power you push through the pedals giving you the opportunity to fine-tune your training and maximize your potential.

The TCR Disc models feature Shimano or SRAM hydraulics that matches their groupset. Becoming ever more popular these offer great modulation for fine speed control that works just as well in the wet as the dry. The 12mm thru axles on all the disc models add stiffness for improved control under heavy braking.

Giant TCR Advanced 2018 wheels

Wheels

Giant WheelSystems

The Giant wheels, fitted across most of the range, are built as a complete WheelSystem with rims, spokes and hubs all working together to offer efficient and reliable performance. Like their frames, Giant build their own wheels, which helps to explain why they can offer such refined high-performance machines at such reasonable price points.

The SLR-1 wheels on the Advanced Pro and SL models feature lightweight, deep section, full carbon rims that give you a fast-rolling aero advantage while still being good for rapid climbing. The only non-Giant wheels in the range are the CADDEX 42 tubeless wheels that lend some pro-level spice to the top-of-the-range TCR Advanced SL 0 Disc.

Every TCR Advanced is supplied with tubeless wheels and tyres, so you can take advantage of this lightweight, puncture reducing technology straight out of the box. All you need to do is add the supplied sealant, pump up the tyres and you’re good to go. The PR-2 and SR-2 wheels on the TCR Advanced bikes feature conventional rims that, while not-quite-as-lightweight as the SLRs, offer reliable performance on every road.

Giant’s emphasis on composite technology and its development of quality own brand wheels and tyres mean that you’re unlikely to feel short changed by the components fitted – Cycling Weekly

Giant TCR Advanced 2018 - a racing thoroughbred

Best for

Everything you want from a racing thoroughbred

Lightweight and stiff with confident handling characteristics, the Giant TCR is ideal for general road riding and racing, especially when your route takes in a bit of climbing. While the TCR is available at a range of price points you get a high-quality carbon composite disc or non-disc frame on every model. This means that the more affordable TCRs make an ideal platform for future component upgrades.

Offering high-performance at price points that are hard to beat, the Giant TCR is a bike that every serious road rider should consider. The disc-equipped TCRs are a great choice for those who like to cycle in all-weathers as you get consistent braking performance in both wet and dry conditions.

Giant TCR Advanced frame detail Giant TCR Advanced frame detail
Giant TCR Advanced Shimano Ultegra brake calliper Giant TCR Advanced Shimano ULtegra brake calliper
Giant TCR Advanced UCI approved decal Giant TCR Advanced Chainstay detail showing tyre clearance

Giant TCR Advanced range models


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