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Alternatives for Giant TCR Advanced frameset

Old 09-12-14, 05:19 AM
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Alternatives for Giant TCR Advanced frameset

My friend is looking for a carbon frameset which he can both climb and be fast on the flat. He says he likes the Giant TCR Advanced most but it is quite pricy for his budget. It costs around 2.500 USD. Since we are in Turkey, we have to add %18 VAT and shipping costs. What alternatives you can suggest to us?
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Your friend will save the most money by buying a complete bike, not a frame, unless he already has everything to go on it. Many modern frames will support his goals. Have you looking into Cannondale CAAD 10. Aluminum, but very light, very fast, and comfortable. You really need to tell us his budget. Then the frames that fit will be obvious.
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No, no. No Alu frames. He wants carbon. He already has Giant TCR alu frame. Actually it is almost as light as carbon but you know we all crave for that material.
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His budget is something around 1.500-2.000 USD.
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Originally Posted by hillcrawler View Post
His budget is something around 1.500-2.000 USD.
For the whole bike or just the frame?

If just the frame, the Trek Emonda frameset imo is fantastic in the 500-level carbon level for $1,429 -
Émonda SL Frameset - Trek Bicycle

As the previous poster said, you'd probably save money by buying the whole bike complete rather than just the frameset -
Émonda SL 6 - Trek Bicycle
Émonda SL 8 - Trek Bicycle

Imo (and the opinion of several other posters I've read), the previous 2 generations of components from Shimano were nearly the same, but the latest one (for dura-ace it might have been out for a year or two now) shifts a little faster and better.

The Emonda definitely both climbs and is fast on the flat. It's also the most comfortable road frame I've personally ridden, and I test-rode around 15 bikes this summer.
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I would have thought the TCR Advanced would be cheaper than that now that the SL is the top of the line. Here is a whole bike in the US for the price you are quoting for only the frame: Giant TCR Adv 1, M/L, 2014 Red/Si, Bikes.
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
For the whole bike or just the frame?

If just the frame, the Trek Emonda frameset imo is fantastic in the 500-level carbon level for $1,429 -
Émonda SL Frameset - Trek Bicycle

As the previous poster said, you'd probably save money by buying the whole bike complete rather than just the frameset -
Émonda SL 6 - Trek Bicycle
Émonda SL 8 - Trek Bicycle

Imo (and the opinion of several other posters I've read), the previous 2 generations of components from Shimano were nearly the same, but the latest one (for dura-ace it might have been out for a year or two now) shifts a little faster and better.

The Emonda definitely both climbs and is fast on the flat. It's also the most comfortable road frame I've personally ridden, and I test-rode around 15 bikes this summer.
Agreed. I may be biased as I just recently purchased the SL6. The SL frameset comes in at 1,050 grams and I think is priced well at $1450. Spares OP's friend $500 to spend on other upgrades or put towards the taxes.
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Originally Posted by hillcrawler View Post
My friend is looking for a carbon frameset which he can both climb and be fast on the flat. He says he likes the Giant TCR Advanced most but it is quite pricy for his budget. It costs around 2.500 USD. Since we are in Turkey, we have to add %18 VAT and shipping costs. What alternatives you can suggest to us?
Have your friend check out Canyon too. They just added a bunch of bikes to their lineup. Unfortunately, they don't ship to the US, but if they did it would have been a bike I'd look in to. I checked and they do ship to Turkey. I've had no person experience with them but have heard good things. They're business model cuts out some of the middlemen which allows them to sell cheaper.
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P.S. I haven't ridden the TCR, but I have ridden the Defy. I thought the Defy had better handling, but in every other area the Emonda was superior. Better road buzz reduction. Better muting of big bumps. Better handling over big bumps. More comfortable ride overall. Felt faster, to (not sure if that's real or just feel though).
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We will check Emonda and Canyon. Thanks for suggestions.
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