THE BIKE: Giant TCR Advanced SL 0
Had a few months on board the Giant TCR Advanced SL 0. Time to give some feedback.
Aero Propel vs Light Weight TCR? The cause of riding buddy breakups of many a Giant rider. 90% of my riding is through the rough hinterland roads out the back of the Gold Coast, Going either up or down. Making the choice a little easier: Ride quality, weight & comfort of Giant TCR Advanced SL 0.
The first Carbon bike I ever saw was a Giant Cadex. I remember it clearly. Back in the 90’s at Australian Junior Triathlon Championships. I was riding a Reynolds 753 steel beauty, Sorenson. But along came Kurt Kulibab with an original Giant Cadex Carbon. Remember that funky solid seat stay. #bikeporn of its time.
Over 2 decades later I’m riding Giants. Power down the Advanced SL 0 delivers what I want most in a road bike; immediate feedback of acceleration. Handling gives 100% confidence in the bike beneath you. So much so I haven’t bothered switching out the stock carbon wheels. Just added some Vittoria Evo CX 25mm’s.
I’m more impress than I expected
The particulars: 2016 Giant TCR SL 0
Giant TCR SL 0
I had plans to tweak the Giant TCR’s setup with some customised carbon parts. Bar, stem and wheels. But after riding and weighing haven’t bothered. The SLR wheel set is light. Plus I’m digging the rim bead which gives an audible pop when initially pumping air in. As if it’s a tubeless setup:
Giant SLR 0 DBL WheelSystem Front with Vittoria Open CX 25mm + stock skewers = 1.02kg
Giant SLR 0 DBL WheelSystem Rear with Vittoria Open CX 25mm & Dura-Ace Cassette 11-28T + stock skewers = 1.38kg
|Frame||Advanced SL-grade composite, Integrated seatpost, Electronic|
|Fork||Advanced SL-grade composite, Full-composite OverDrive 2 steerer|
|Handlebar||Giant Contact SLR, Composite, 31.8mm|
|Stem||Giant Contact SLR, OverDrive 2, Composite w/ Titanium bolts|
|Seatpost||Advanced SL-grade composite, Integrated Variant design|
|Saddle||Giant Contact SLR forward, composite rails|
|Shifters||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Electronic|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Electronic|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Electronic|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Electronic|
|Cassette||Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28T, 11sp|
|Crankset||Shimano Dura-Ace, 36-52T, 170mm|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano, Press Fit|
|Rims||Giant SLR 0 DBL WheelSystem; 30mm deep, 23mm wide, Full composite|
|Hubs||Giant SLR 0 DBL WheelSystem; Star Ratchet driver, [F] 16h [R] 21h|
|Spokes||Giant SLR 0 WheelSystem; Aerolite bladed stainless|
|Tires||Vittoria Evo Open Corsa CX 25mm|
|Extras||Stages Power Meter, Polar M450, Custom RedBull ‘Athletes Only’ Carbon Cage|
|Weight||As is in image: 6.61kg|