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Giant & TCR Advanced Range Review

Giant TCR Advanced Review

  • Price Range: £959.20 - From £3,279.20
  • Discipline: Road Race
  • Usage: Road riding and racing
  • High-quality carbon frame
  • Stiff and lightweight
  • Full Shimano groupsets
  • No XL size for Advanced Pros
  • Only Advanced 2 in XS size
  • Di2 only on disc bike

Updated: 17th February 2017

Overview

The Giant TCR Advanced is a thoroughly modern, yet classic road race bike that combines raw speed with impeccable handling characteristics. The carbon composite frame offers impressive levels of lateral stiffness, which means the bike offers lightening quick acceleration when you stomp on the pedals along with precise handling characteristics.

For 2017, Giant have introduced models with the all-weather stopping power of disc brakes; the TCR Advanced 1 & 2 Disc and the TCR Advanced Pro Disc. Of course, being a road race bike there are also models with conventional rim brakes; the TCR Advanced 3, 2 & 1 and the TCR Advanced Pro 2, 1 & 0 for those who prefer conventional stopping power.

Giant TCR Advanced 2017

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. The oversized MegaDrive downtube gives the TCR its impressive lateral stiffness which ensures that all your pedalling power is transferred 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 ride is smooth for a road race bike thanks to the slim seat stays and composite Variant seatpost that helps to deal with less-than-perfect road surfaces. Up front you get a full carbon fork on the TCR Advanced Pro models while the TCR Advanced models feature 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 2017 groupset

Groupset

Full Shimano groupsets

Exceptional speed-focused road bike that offers efficiency, precise handling and the reliability of Shimano's hydro disc brake – Giant TCR Advanced 2 Disc, Road CC

You get full Shimano groupsets on all models, starting with 2x10 speed Tiagra on the TCR Advanced 3 moving up to 105 and Ultegra 2x11 speed as you move up through the range. With Ultegra Di2 on the Advanced Pro Disc you get the rapid shifting precision that only electronic drivetrains can offer. The TCR Advanced models all feature compact 50/34t chainsets for easier pedalling while the Advanced Pro models get 52/36t chainsets which gives you the big gears you need to ride even faster.

The Disc models feature Shimano hydraulic disc brakes that offer great modulation for fine speed control that work 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 2017 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 reliable performance. The SLR 0 and SLR 1 wheels on the Advanced Pro models feature lightweight, deep section, full carbon rims that offer an aero advantage while still being good for climbing.

Shod with fast rolling Giant Gavia tyres, the TCR Advanced Pros are supplied already set up as a tubeless system, so you can take advantage of this lightweight, puncture reducing technology straight out of the box. The PR-2 and SR-2 wheels feature conventional rims that, while not-quite-as-lightweight as the SLRs, offer confident performance on every road.

When you deliver all the power you can summon through the pedals, the frame just passes it along the line with a nonchalant roll of the eyes and barely a hint of flex – Road CC

Giant TCR Advanced 2017 - 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 the same high-quality disc or non-disc frame on every model. This means that the more affordable TCRs make an ideal platform for future component upgrades.

The disc equipped TCRs are an ideal choice for those who like to cycle in all-weathers as you get consistent braking performance in both wet and dry conditions.

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Giant TCR Advanced range models