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. Giant Cadex Carbon

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

Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 13

The particulars: 2016 Giant TCR SL 0

Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 1
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 9
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 12
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 8
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 14
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 11
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 18
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 17
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 15
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 2
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 3
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 4
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 5
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 6
Courtney Atkinson - Giant TCR SL 0 7

SPECIFICATIONS:

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

Size Medium
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
Pedals Shimano Dura-Ace
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Electronic
Front Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Electronic
Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Electronic
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace
Brake Levers Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Electronic
Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28T, 11sp
Chain KMC X11SL
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

 

Sunrise road testing ? Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 #thisisqueensland ?: @adamweathered

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