Just got news from Matt over at Eden Bicycles that limited edition Rabobank Team versions of the 2012 Giant TCR Advanced SL are shipping.
They’re saying the frame comes in under 900g and is the first time Giant’s used full carbon dropouts and BB shell, which should eliminate squeaking issues caused by metal inserts (shop’s words). The frame has all of Giant’s performance code names: Overdrive 2 tapered headset, Powercore
PFBB30 PFBB86 bottom bracket shell, etc.
While the 1.5″ to 1.25″ Overdrive 2 forks aren’t getting much love out in the real world, we’ve ridden the TCR Advanced down some 50kmh+ descents in Switzerland and have to say it does provide a pretty rock solid bike. More pics below…
In reality, if you’re buying a Giant with OD2, the chances you’re going to swap out your fork are slim to none, especially when it’s custom paint matched to a frame. More standards add complexity, but we really don’t see what all the fuss is about on this. After all, plenty of brands have proprietary seatmast shapes that require specific toppers and there’s not a tremendous outcry over that insanity. Discuss.
Frameset price is $2,900.