CYCLIST CALLS NEW TCR ADVANCED SL DISC “TOUGH TO BEAT”Catarina Almeida
Cyclist magazine published a feature review of the new TCR Advanced SL Disc on its website, calling it “tough to beat” in the performance road bike category, and giving it a near-perfect ranking of 4.5 stars (out of 5).
Describing the evolution and impact of Giant’s flagship road racing bike over the years, Cyclist Digital Editor Paul Stuart wrote: “The Giant TCR is a piece of cycling history. In 1997 it was the first to adopt the concept of the ‘compact’ frame. Now the majority of race bikes have compact frames, and the competition is, literally, stiffer than ever. Lining up against the likes of the Trek Émonda, Specialized S-Works Tarmac and Cannondale SuperSix, the latest TCR needs to boast some impressive numbers, and Giant doesn’t disappoint. It claims that the new TCR is more aerodynamic, more rigid and lighter than all but one of the competition.”
As for the TCR Advanced SL Disc 0’s performance on the road, Stuart wrote: “The frame’s rigidity was apparent from the outset. It almost pushed back on my pedalling efforts, and the transfer into acceleration was immediate. That aggressive character was very well balanced by the control and ride quality. The bike handled sharply yet had a reassuring stability on fast descents, and I had a few eye-widening moments when I happened to glance down at my speed.”
Summing it up, Stuart wrote: “My overwhelming impression of the TCR was how well rounded it is. It has the weight and handling of a pure climber yet also the aggression of an aero road bike, all while having the tyre clearance to make it an all-day cruiser.”