A Great Bike, Let Down By Some Very Expensive And Not Very Durable Shimano Dura Ace Components
I have had this bike for coming up on 2 years (the 2014 is available at the end of 2013) and the bike itself has been pretty much what I have come to expect of a Giant Product. The frame is well constructed and being the SL 0 super light and also super stiff. I have had 4 TCR's and each one has been stiffer than the last. That's the good.
The integrated seatpost clamp does and will eat into the frame over time, I have been told by a friend that had a similar problem on the same bike that he was told that it was because he was tightening the...clamp too much, but the design of the clamp is such that it doesn't really matter it creates a pinch point and will eventually crack the seat post. Bad Giant!! Then comes the most expensive part of the Bike the SHIMANO Dura Ace 9000. After having DA 7800 and 7900 to say I am disappointed in the performance and durability is an understatement. I have broken no less than 5 Cassettes and each time (to their credit) Shimano replace them-but a 3 year warranty they should without question. I have also broken a non drive side crank and my big ring, I got a new crank, but I am waiting for a mate to help me with the remaining big ring warranty. I do really like the Di-2 shifting, but the charging with the internal battery kit is rubbish, it is hard to plug in because the cover gets in the way, it can only go one way and is just hard to do. Battery life is pretty good and I have only been stranded once, and that wasn't really stranded. Once the battery gets below 10% you get stuck in little ring, not a biggy just means lots of spinning. I emailed SHIMANO to vent my displeasure at their faulty product and was informed that my pedaling technique mustn't be as good as the Pro's and that is why I am breaking components. I find this hard to believe as I had years and a lot more km's on my other bikes and that included racing. Would I buy another Giant, without fail, would I buy a bike with Dura Ace on it. Not on my life, Unless the issues are resolved and I don't believe they will be, Ultegra looks like it for me, but even it has its flaws (but this review doesn't cover that scope).
Giant TCR Advanced 0 2012....
I would have probably gotten the model one up of this, but the price just did not make sense, considering the Advanced SL version with the Dura Ace UDi2 groupset costed almost double this one.
I bought this approximately a month ago and have since only ridden it only twice; mostly due to the dreadful very cold weather where we are experiencing at the moment. I bought this bike because it was a significant upgrade compared to my 2009 Giant Defy Alliance Comp.
Based on the discounted price, the full carbon frame; the Ultegra UDi2 electroni...c groupset; the ANT+ for pairing electronic devices related to cadence monitoring; it is just a dream to ride this. As I have never owned a TCR before, while being use to the Defy frame; the geometry is slightly different. Where the Defy is probably regarded as more comfortable, the TCR is definitely designed to be performance driven and also very competent. Changing gears with this Di2 groupset is challenging and difficult to remember the sequences; since the handlebars literally has two computer mice with a trigger happy finger you can just click away seamlessly. Like with every piece of technology that comes out onto the consumer market, all it takes it just practice... lots of it. This bike will last me for a while; just makes me wonder what I'm going to do with my Defy bike; although I have since changed the bike saddle to a Gel Stelle Italia because the stock version is just too uncomfortable and despite the adjustments, it gave me lower back pain while causing me to shift my body weight forward in order to avoid discomfort.
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