Giant TCR Advanced 1 2016
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Giant TCR Advanced 1 2016
Using the latest design frame, which maximises the gains available with the compact frame design (lighter, and faster) then fitted with Shimano Ultegra 22s equipment, all at only $2499.
Giant TCR Advanced 1 - 2016
Every now and then, it pays to take a step back and have a think about progress, about bikes, prices, what you get for your money, how it compares, are they getting dearer or cheaper, are they really any better, do I really need a new one?
When considering the 2016 Giant TCR Advanced 1, compared to 2013, 2014 and 2015, the conclusions go something like this.
Price? $600 cheaper than last year, $400 cheaper than the year before and amazingly still $200 cheaper than way back in 2013!
What you get. Same 11-speed Ultegra groupset as the past 2 seasons. while back in 2013 it was 10 speed. But now in 2016, it comes with a compact crankset. Slightly heavier wheels, handlebars and stem and front forks than previous, but on a lighter frame so the weight difference is negligible.
How it compares. For most riders, a slight improvement in wheel durability, a saving of hundreds of dollars and the most striking appearance yet, is a very positive comparison.
Dearer or cheaper? Well, every component is not exactly the same (but then, that would be a boring world wouldn't it!) so a comparison is subjective to a degree. Most components are the same as previous. A couple of slight downgrades, one huge upgrade with the frame and you would have to say the 2016 bike is cheaper.
Are new bikes better? Undoubtedly yes. Even over a short sample range of 4 models, the overall product is superior to its predecessors. Go back even further and the gulf between older and new is immense.
Do you need one? Well, only you, (or your partner) can really answer this one. But if you have a bike that is more than a couple of years old and you like riding for pleasure, for the excitement and exhilaration, for the mind clearing joy of it, then isn't it logical that all these sensations are enhanced on a better bike?
The 2016 TCR Advanced 1 is a cracker. Looks great, is super reliable and handles like a dream.
But you know what?
The most unbelievable thing about it is the price!
- High-performance Advanced-grade composite frame with Variant composite seatpost
- Advanced-grade composite fork with alloy/composite hybrid OverDrive steerer
- Giant PR-2 rims, Giant Performance Tracker hubs, Sapim Race spokes
- Shimano Ultegra 11-speed componentry
- Colour: Comp/Lime
- Sizes: XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL