Editors put the TCR Advanced Pro Disc to the test in a group review with three other road bikes in its category: a Specialized Tarmac SL7 Expert, BMC Teammachine SLR Two and Scott Addict RC 15. Redesigned this year with a more aerodynamic profile and a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio, the TCR Advanced Pro Disc 0 model was an instant hit.
“The Giant had me at first pedal stroke,” wrote tester Simon Smythe. “With its superior spec it’s clearly the best on paper, and the lightest of the four too. When I felt it surge the first time I pressed down on the pedals I knew beyond doubt it was a test winner.”
Editors noted the updates to the frameset, with tube shapes designed to lower drag and improve the TCR’s performance in sprints and solo situations. They also appreciated its included PowerPro power meter and composite tubeless Giant WheelSystem: “a sub-1,500g set of wheels with the latest hookless rim tech—something Giant is fully committing to—[that] are the lightest, fastest, most expensive wheels on any of the four bikes in our grouptest.”
Describing the performance of the TCR Advanced Pro Disc on the road, Smythe wrote: “The ride quality is superbly nuanced. The stiffness is there but it’s not overdone—it feels lively and springy rather than brutally rigid. Having ridden our four bikes around the same test loop pretty close together it was easy to compare performances on various sections: it climbed efficiently, descending was stable and confidence inspiring. It had just the right amount of comfort without losing the feeling of connectedness. On the flat it was smooth and fast when rolling round a big gear."
For more, check out the full review on the Cycling Weekly website.
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