There has been a lot of talk about Giant’s new bikes for 2013, like the new Trance X 29r, the new Glory DH bike, and now two of our eagle eyed readers have spotted the link for the entire 2013 line up. Other than the new full suspension models mentioned previously, there are a few standouts like the XTC Advanced SL 29r shown above. Some models like the Faith, are conspicuously absent from the list though with All Mountain bikes becoming more and more capable, it’s not surprising that demand for single crown freeride bikes would fall. On, the road side of things excitement would have to come from the use of both 11 speed Dura Ace mechanical and Di2 drivetrains making for some very awesome, very expensive bikes. Of course, there is always the Ultegra Di2 equipped TCR Composite for under 4 grand to bring things back into perspective.

Jump past the break for a quick run down of some of the new models!

Two models of the XTC Advanced SL 29er will be offered, the 0 ($7,750), and the 1($4,250) Both models feature what appears to be a collar-less seat post clamp with what looks like a cam style clamping mechanism under the top tube. It will also be available as frame only for $2250.

XTC Advanced SL 29er highlights:

  • RockShox SID XX World Cup 29 with QR15 thru-axle, OverDrive 2 steerer suspension fork
  • Giant Contact SLR composite handlebar, stem and seatpost
  • SRAM XX/X.0 2×10-speed componentry
  • SRAM XX World Cup hydraulic disc brakes
  • Giant P-XCR Composite 29er 0 WheelSystem
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Color: Composite/Blue/White

We haven’t covered the 2013 Glory yet it seems, so here it is in all of its… splendor. For 2013 the Glory has been given more “Hart” with tweaked geometry to make it longer, slacker, and more stable when raced to its limits on the World Cup tracks. It will be available in the 0 shown above ($6,200), the 2 ($3,200), and frameset for $2,000.

Glory 0 highlights:

  • RockShox Boxxer World Cup with 20mm thru-axle suspension fork, RockShox Vivid R2C rear shock
  • SRAM X.0 DH crank with SRAM X.0 10-speed shifting and Avid X0 Trail brakes
  • DT Swiss EX-500 rims, DT Swiss 240 hubs 20mm (F) 12mm (R) hubs, DT Swiss Competition butted spokes with alloy nipple wheelset
  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Color: Polished/Black/Blue.

While the STP remains in the line up, it has changed quite a bit into more of a pure dirt jump/street thrasher than 4x geared bike it was previously. As such, the new STP is avaialble in single speed only with Chromo 3 pc cranks, a Pivotal saddle, and dirt/street friendly tire combo. The complete bike will run $1,550, while a frameset will be offered at $750.


  • RockShox Argyle R with 20mm thru-axle suspension fork
  • Giant Pivotal seatpost and saddle
  • Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Alienation Black Sheep double wall rims, Giant Tracker 20mm (F) Formula sealed bearing (R) hubs, Black Stainless Steel spokes wheelset
  • Sizes: Regular, Large
  • Color: Satin White/Silver

Big news for the TCR Advanced SL line is the option for both mechanical and Di2 11 speed Dura Ace groups. The top end 0 will of course feature the electronic 11 speed goods, and will cash out at a pricey $9,600. However, you can snag mechanical 11 speed Dura Ace on both the Rabo and 1 edition bikes for a more wallet friendly $7100, and $6900 respectively.

Key Upgrades (over TCR Advanced SL 1)

  • Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic 11-speed componentry
  • Fi’zi:k Arione CX saddle with braided composite rails
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL
  • Color: Satin Composite/Blue/White

The Trinity Advanced SL 0 also receives the Di2 11 speed upgrade, for a whopping $13,400. Not to be left out, the Trinity Advanced SL 1 is also built with Di2, but an Ultegra build and speced with Giant’s own P-SLR1 Aero WheelSystem rather than the pricey Zipp Firecrest 808’s that come on the 0.

Key Upgrades (over Trinity Advanced SL 1)

  • Shimano Dura-Ace TT Di2 electronic componentry
  • Fi’zi:k Arione Tri 2 saddle with braided composite rails
  • Zipp 808 Firecrest wheelset
  • Optional UCI-legal TT conversion kit available
  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Color: Blue/White/Composite


Thanks to Cymacyma and Patrick for the tip!


  1. I remember Giant as the alternative to the other large-boutique brands, being more affordable because of the tremendous volume of bikes they produce in their city-sized factory. I guess the days of making affordable bikes is in Giant’s past.

  2. @ec
    Huh? Tarmac SL4 Di2 – $11 000, Trek Madone 7.9 Di2 $11 500, Cannondale SuperSix Evo Di2 $10 500, Giant TCR Adv SL Di2 $9600.

  3. @ec
    I think Loki’s point is the at least 10% difference in price of the Giant Uberbike versus the competition. The 2013 catalogue has expanded the variations all the lines. I believe the TCR Advanced and TCR Advanced Sl have at least 4 price points for each frame. If you include the Defy line and Composite line there will be a bike for every pricepoint from entry-level to EGO and race ready.
    In the US they will be releasing Aluminum TCRs in addition to the carbons.

  4. @ec
    They still do a fine job of making very affordable bikes. This just happens to be showcasing the top teir offerings. If it’s not already pretty clear; websites like this aren’t really in the business of bringing you breaking news on a Sora spec’d road bike because that landscape isn’t chock full of groundbreaking advancements. You can get Giants new TCR SL (Aluminum) with full Ultegra and a well designed wheelset for $2,300 and head straight to the races with no excuses and spare change in the pocket. I think Loki is just trying to give some perspective.

  5. Thank you guy, way more eloquent than my cryptic response and covered everything that was in my reaction but I was to lazy to type out (er, what he said!)

  6. @Loki. No problem with the clarification. It’s not hard to stick up for the big guy when they are putting out legit products without leveraging an insane marketing budget or gimmicks. Yes, I do have a bias and I back that with trust in the companies engineers and products. Simple (albiet technologically sophisticated, yet proven) stuff that works very well.

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