Giant TCR Advanced 2 First Ride Bike Review
We test the Giant TCR Advanced 2 in our latest first ride review.
In our first ride reviews, we take some of the world’s best bikes out for a spin over different terrains. View our full archive of bike reviews here including our head-to-head triathlon bike tests.
This year, the TCR Advanced frame has been reworked. Cable routing is fully internal, and it’s compatible with Di2 gears. It has Giant’s RideSense ANT+ compatible sensor, OverDrive 2 tapered steerer and fork combination, and full 105 groupset that keeps things smooth. The TCR’s compact look is enhanced by the aero profile seat tube that cuts into the rear wheel’s path. From the off this bike has a racy feel
The TCR wears its racing colours proudly. The 53/39 chainrings combined with 12-25 cassette give you a really rapid gear range. Its handling is sharp without being twitchy. The seat angle is a relaxed (by race bike standards) 72 degrees, putting your weight over the rear end, but the long wheelbase gives it a long, low-slung position that suits riders looking to race. Add a set of clip-on TT bars and it’ll make a great tri bike
That racy gearing means you’ll be putting more effort in on the climbs, but you easily win back on descents. The gearing is aided by the saddle choice. FiZik’s Arione could have been designed with the TCR in mind, the extra length suits it so well: on the flat you’ll want to shift forward and power down on the pedals, while on the climbs you can shift back and use the extra space
to lever your legs through the gears
The TCR has a smooth ride but it’s countered with a definite firmness. Giant’s aluminium cockpit is of decent quality, but we did feel some road buzz in the heels of our hands. The more we use Giant’s own-brand tyres, the more we’re impressed by their smooth rolling and confident grip. Perhaps only faster riders will be happy with this bike on long rides, but overall the TCR is a racy ride that oozes quality
Weight 7.9kg (L)
Size tested L
Sizes available S, M, M/L,L, XL
Frame Advanced-Grade Composite carbon
Seating Giant TCR Vector Composite, FiZik Arione Manganese rail saddle
Handlebar/stem Giant Connect SL/ Giant Contact 1.25ins
Transmission Shimano 105 (53/39)
Brakes Shimano 105
Wheels Giant P-SL1
Tyres Giant P-SL1
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on Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 5:30 am under Bike Reviews, Gear.
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