The 2016 Giant TCR road bike fills the gap between the Propel aero bike and Defy endurance road bike with an all-new design that claims to be the “Total Race Bike.”
As a carbon frame, all models carry the Advanced moniker, and it’ll be available in three frame tiers -Advanced SL, Advanced Pro and just plain Advanced. And as any self respecting top-level road bike debuting in 2016 must, it makes all the important claims of being lighter, more compliant and more efficient. The only buzz phrase left out is “more aero.”
Most of the technology story is centered on the SL model, with Giant’s testing showing it bests its main competitors in frameset stiffness, stiffness to weight ratio and complete bike-with-wheels stiffness when paired with their new SLR 0 carbon wheels.
And it does all that while dropping 181g off the prior model’s frameset weight with plenty of newness trickling down to the others…