Giant unveiled its all-new range of TCR road bikes earlier this year, giving top editors and test riders from various publications around the world a chance to analyse and test the latest iteration of this legendary race machine.
The ninth generation TCR was developed in partnership with pro racers including Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet from Team CCC, and it has certainly made an impression with those who have had a chance to ride it. Dozens of publications have published their “first ride” reviews, with many naming it a leader in its class.
In a feature story published earlier this spring, Bicycling Magazine ran this headline: “The new Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 Disc is understated, elegant, and fast as hell.”
Bicycling test editor Bobby Lea, a former pro racer and Olympic athlete, wrote, “Here’s my take: From the TCR’s carbon wheels and carbon Giant Contact SLR stem and handlebar, not to mention the insanely light frame (14.5 pounds for our size large) with oversize bottom bracket shell, I experienced no perceptible flex when standing up out of the saddle and stepping on the gas. In fact, the TCR danced with the ease of a lightweight climbing bike. But for a bike to turn well, it needs some lateral flexion so you can stand on the outside pedal and push it into the pavement to carve through high-speed turns. The TCR does just that, stays planted on the road through hard turns in a way that belies its 14 pounds.”
VeloNews technical editor Dan Cavallari wrote that the new TCR’s blend of aerodynamics and lightweight efficiency sets a new standard for a race bike all-rounder: “Giant’s new TCR Advanced SL 0 Disc makes the case that the era of aero-only bikes is coming to an end. This all-rounder incorporates aero shaping into an astonishingly light and lithe ride.”
German publication Gran Fondo also reviewed the TCR Advanced SL 0, calling it “a first-class climber” and writing, “The TCR accelerates incredibly quickly. The rotating mass is kept low thanks to the lightweight carbon wheels with the tubeless 25C tires and we’ve rarely hit 50 km/h so quickly. The bottom bracket is extremely stiff and power is transmitted directly, putting every watt into propulsion.”
For more insights and ride reviews, click on the publications below to check out the reviews and stories by some of top cycling websites and test editors around the world.