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Giant TCR Advanced?

Old 07-27-06, 02:29 PM
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Giant TCR Advanced?

Hello.

I am interested in finding out if it would be worth my hard earned $4000 (CDN) to purchase a very minimally raced GIANT TCR ADVANCED DURA ACE bike. It will be my racing/summer bike and it does come with the Ksyrium ES wheels, the carbon frame, dura-ace, etc. but as i said it has only been used very minimally.

Have you heard anything or have u used this year's version of this bike?
www.giant-bicycles.com

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haven't been on one, but i've raced with and been on rides with a couple of guys who have the integrated seatpost advanced.

this is how they described their bikes - AMAZING.

that said, if you're a weekend warrior, as you more or less described, then IMO it's a waste of money. a TCR comp will suffice.

it's your money, do what you want with it.

one last thing - 4000$ CDN is NOT going to buy you an advanced, unless you're getting a sweetheard deal.
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I ride a 2006 TCR Advanced Team, with dura-ace groupset, wheel set and pedals.
The size is 46.6cm (Small - equivalent to 53cm). What I like about the bike is that the compact geometry
gives a super still re-triangle so you feel all the power gets to the road, the overall frame is very stiff in the small size. The straight fork and wheel cut into the seat tube, makes for a very short wheel base and for very precise/ sharp race handling. In my size its extremely light which makes for great climbing and fast descending is safe with no wobble up to 80km. The frame has good vertical compliance making it a comfortable but fast ride overall. The frame finishing is flawless and its design is not as beefy as some of the competing brands, recent reviews against the top carbon bike shows it matches in bottom bracket stiffness without being over built down there. Compact frame provides added standover height. The only change I made was to change the saddle to a Fizik Arione carbon braided. Since you'll be getting the integrated seat post model, be especially sure about the size and seat post height, as you can't add to the seat post length.

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Originally Posted by kleng
In my size its extremely light which makes for great climbing and fast descending is safe with no wobble up to 80km.
Same can be said for a TCR Comp Medium descending at 101 kp/h. Whoever says that TCR comps wobble at high speed need to A. Learn how to ride a bike, or B. get their headset, or wheels, looked at.

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Since you'll be getting the integrated seat post model, be especially sure about the size and seat post height, as you can't add to the seat post length.
The OP made no mention os the ISP model.

Sweet bike BTW
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Originally Posted by botto
Same can be said for a TCR Comp Medium descending at 101 kp/h. Whoever says that TCR comps wobble at high speed need to A. Learn how to ride a bike, or B. get their headset, or wheels, looked at.

The OP made no mention os the ISP model.

Sweet bike BTW
Calfee designs mention that wobbles is due to incorrectly aligned fork tips. I reckon sometimes its not frame wobble, but like you mentioned a slightly out of balanced wheel creating some issues with the growing centrifugal force at speed, unbalancing the bike.

My apologies in OZ the ISP model is the top of the range so I assumed the OP was getting this model.
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Originally Posted by botto
haven't been on one, but i've raced with and been on rides with a couple of guys who have the integrated seatpost advanced.

this is how they described their bikes - AMAZING.

that said, if you're a weekend warrior, as you more or less described, then IMO it's a waste of money. a TCR comp will suffice.

it's your money, do what you want with it.

one last thing - 4000$ CDN is NOT going to buy you an advanced, unless you're getting a sweetheard deal.
i am not a weekend warrior, as i am not even in cat 1/2.

the one i would be getting would be from a pro cat 1 rider who was sponsored by Sugoi-Giant.
My friend bought it at some cost price from giant and is up to selling it to me for around $4000 with the Dura-ace, ES wheels, and the sweet frame, etc...

any other feedback from ppl would be great. thanks.
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Sounds like a great deal to me. I ride a TCR comp with full dura ace, speedplay zero pedals and ksyrium ssc sl's. As far as the quality of the frame and components go, you can't go wrong. If its your size you should get it. The real question is...why is he selling it?
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not exactly the same but if you want to read it here it is http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...nt_advanced_LE
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