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Giant & TCR Advanced 2018 Range Review

Giant TCR Advanced Review

  • Price Range: £1,299.00 - £7,899.00
  • Discipline: Road Race
  • Usage: Road riding and racing
  • High-quality carbon frame
  • Stiff and lightweight
  • Full Shimano groupsets
  • No XL size for Advanced SL
  • Only Advanced 2 in XS size
  • Di2 only on disc bike

Updated: 23rd February 2018

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 lightening quick acceleration when you stomp on the pedals, along with precise handling characteristics.

There are three different families within the TCR 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. All you need to do is add the supplied tubeless sealant and you are good to go.

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 with tried and tested road race geometry. At the top of the range the TCR Advanced SL models get a stiffer and lighter Advanced-SL grade frame with an integrated Seatpost. The MegaDrive downtube is oversized. 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. Up front you get a full carbon fork on the TCR Advanced Pro & SL models while the TCR Advanced bikes get carbon fork blades with an alloy steerer.

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

Giant TCR Advanced 2018 groupset

Groupset

Full Shimano 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

Most of the bikes in the Giant TCR range get full Shimano groupsets. Starting with 2x10 speed Tiagra on the TCR Advanced 3, moving up to 2x11 speed with 105, Ultegra and Dura-Ace as you go through the range. With Ultegra Di2 on the TCR Advanced 0, Advanced Pro 0 you get the rapid shifting precision that only electronic drivetrains can offer. You also get electronic shifting on the TCR Advanced SL bikes, with SRAM eTap and Dura-Ace Di2 topping out the range.

The TCR Advanced models all feature compact 50/34t chainsets for easier pedalling. You get bigger gears on the Advanced Pro and SL models with 52/36t chainsets so can ride even faster. The Disc models feature Shimano hydraulic disc brakes that offer great modulation for fine speed control that works just as well in the wet as in 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

Giant’s own wheels, on all the TCR models, are built as a complete WheelSystem with rims, spokes and hubs all working together to offer efficient and reliable performance. The SLR-0 and SLR-1 wheels on the Advanced Pro and SL models feature lightweight, deep section, full carbon rims that give you an aero advantage while still being good for climbing.

For 2018 all the TCR bikes are supplied with tubeless wheels and tyres, so you can take advantage of this lightweight, puncture reducing technology straight out of the box. 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 confident 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 2017 Giant TCR Advanced 2017 wheel
Giant TCR Advanced 2017 v-brakes Giant TCR Advanced 2017 head tube
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Giant TCR Advanced range models


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