The TCR is Giants all-round race bike and is one of the most influential bikes in history, thanks to it's revolutionary sloping top tube that ultimately led to many other bike brands taking inspiration from this and doing the same. The bikes that we see in the pro peloton of today can be seen to be an evolution of the first TCR 25 years ago. The review acknowledges this commeting 'this bike, that’s celebrating 25 years in the game, is still performing at the top of its class.'
The sloping top tube design means that both the front and rear triangles of the bike are smaller, making them lighter and stiffer in the process. However, this doesn't mean comfort is compromised, as tester Joe Robinson discovered; 'The smaller triangles and longer seatpost work in tandem to offer compliance and the results are a smooth ride in which I felt completely in control of the bike regardless of road surface, which led to an ability to ride further and harder.'
Robinson was equally as impressed with the spec of the bike finding that the 42mm SLR 1 carbon wheelset 'held its speed with ease' as well as being 'personally grateful to be able to run lower pressures on the specced 25mm Cadex race tyres without the risk of pinch punctures' thanks to the tubeless tyres that come as standard on the bike. Given the price and the fact the bike is equipped with a 'full Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and Giant’s own dual-sided Power Pro crankset power meter', Robinson believes the TCR is a 'sound investment.'
Summing the review up Robinson describes the bike as 'a performance bike built for all conditions' and one that, comapred to competitors, 'offers the best value for money at this price range.'
You can read the full review on the Cyclist website here.
To view the full TCR Advanced Pro Disc range, which features 6 different models at various price points, click here.