Giant TCR Advanced

Jun 1, 2012
Outside Magazine
TCR Advanced

TCR Advanced    Photo: Courtesy of Giant

BEST FOR: Crit racers. THE TEST: It may not look like it, but Giant completely redesigned the TCR from the ground up, including trimming a bit of weight from the frame while simultaneously incorporating a new oversize headtube and fork that supposedly increase steering stiffness by 30 percent. And it’s not just the handling that’s firm. “Responsive verging on brutal,” reported one tester, who felt the stiff layup and huge carbon down tube made for a bracing ride. Giant’s in-house wheels were a hit, spinning up fast on out-of-the-saddle bursts and carving true when pushed deep in the corners. All in all, it’s a bike made for short, hard racing. THE VERDICT: Gives more snap than a good chiropractor, which you might need if you spend too long in this saddle. 15.8 lbs


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