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Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Fri Oct 05, 2012 04:25 am

Bought this little beauty a couple of months ago...

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im not too sure of the year... as online the Giant archives stop before i can find a pic of this...

but specs are as follows....

50cm frame
53 & 39 tooth rings up front
25 - 12 in the back
Carbon fork (Giant branded, not too fussed about finding out the mfr)
1 1/8 threadless steerer.
Shimano WH-R500 wheels front and back
175mm Truvativ ELITA cranks
Pro XLT stem
boggo Giant bars
(The two of above to be swapped with a Deda Zero 1 stem and new bars TBA)
Tiagra groupset 9speed (flight deck model)
Superstar Carbon TI QR's
Superstar Headset spacers
Shimano PD-M530 on the bike at the mo....
Shimano PD-R540 to be fitted once i get shoes and cleats.

mint condition....bar a couple of chips from the pump on the frame and no cable rub as far as i can see....
had to replace the braze on as it cracked when i was indexing the gears, but otherwise a joy to ride.... superlight compared to my 29er hardrock so i can at least mix it with the other roadies from the lax team this season :)

going to give it a respray in the winter here.... matt black as it is now... but i work with an ex signwriter/pinstriper so will see if he will do me something special on the frame to set it apart from the norm! 8) text and striping will be in red and white to match what it used to be.

P.S. what do you think of the wrap job on the bars? first shot at it...... will do better with the new bars once ordered and delivered.
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby Beatmaker » Fri Oct 05, 2012 07:56 am

I remember them vaguely, early noughties IIRC.

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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Fri Oct 05, 2012 08:24 am

Its funny how things are coming full circle..


Giant haven't had an aero road race bike in their range for a good few years.. and they're supposed to be releasing one for 2013.

Nice bike though! I love Giants. I'd be tempted to pick one up second hand as a winter bike.

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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby mega9 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 07:10 am

Its a 2003 mate nice bike.

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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Sat Oct 06, 2012 22:17 pm

Cheers .... I was having trouble dating it as all the info online was saying the only black painted aero like mine was an aero 1..... Where did you find out about it? Cos I'm a bit OCD and would like to have a wee pile of info I can refer to on it.
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby RideOnTime » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:41 pm

Yes, tis a beaut. :) :D :) :D

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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Mon Oct 08, 2012 04:20 am

yeah its a bit of a blast.... very strange feeling only balancing on 10 - 15 mm of rubber both ends after coming off a mountain bike.... got to get used to it fast as im pencilled in for a 100km charity ride at the start of next month if i remember correctly... at least my group rides will be starting on thursday 8) gotta love daylight savings!!!

fingers crossed the bars i have my eye on are still available at payday....74% savings is an awesome buy.... heres hoping..... cos i really want to put my fancy stem on it :)
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Sat Oct 13, 2012 00:54 am

i have just ordered.....

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Image cos it matches the colour scheme of the bike :D

new cables..... o-rings...... and a couple new bottles for my new toy. Thanks chain reaction sales 8)
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby RideOnTime » Sat Oct 13, 2012 07:30 am

lovin' those handlebars. :P

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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Mon Oct 15, 2012 05:48 am

Get yourself onto chain reaction cycles.... They are 74% off at the moment :shock: I bagged them for $24 Aussie dollars so I'm a very happy cycler :wink:
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Sat Oct 20, 2012 07:39 am

everything arrived yesterday.... will post pics soon
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Wed Oct 24, 2012 00:37 am

Everything fitted and working correctly..

my goodies :
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fitted and looking sweet. IMHO...... i know the stem stands out like a mutts nuts..... but it will get a respray along with the bike in winter....

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i am very proud of my wrap this time.... and it is super comfy.... (Zipp bar tape if anybody is interested)

the new bar and stem knocked off 165g from the originals which will lighten up the front end a treat :lol: trying to teach myself to not pull up on the bars when cranking it as ive nearly toppled myself a few times already!

Time to go out and rack up some K's 8)
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby Beatmaker » Wed Oct 24, 2012 06:03 am

It's nice tape, but you have applied it a little wrong. You shouldn't need to apply electrical tape to the end of the bar, if wrapped correctly you should leave a little overlapped with the end of the bar which tucks into the inside of the bar, and the bar end plug will keep it in place. Also, it looks like you have used the little strips of bar tape over the top of the main tape behind the levers, it should be applied underneath with the main tape wrapped in a figure of eight over the top and around the shifter, leaving no exposed bar and less risk of the tape slipping.

Hope this makes sense, and helps!

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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Wed Oct 24, 2012 06:51 am

the overlap at the end wasnt playing ball so the tape went on as an extra just in case..... and i put the strips on the outside as i am toying with the idea of putting in the flight deck computer and gubbins ... so dont want to have to retape again..... but i might have to thinking about it now if i want the wires hidden..... bugger :roll:

i appreciate the advice tho!! :D
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby unixnerd » Mon Oct 29, 2012 22:26 pm

toying with the idea of putting in the flight deck computer and gubbins


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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Mon Nov 26, 2012 04:39 am

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plus this

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@ 25kmh =

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plus dentist =

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the last pic was 4 weeks after the fact.... dont worry the bike is ok!!!!!
it just suffered a twisting of the stem on the steerer and a burst bartape!! phew! :mrgreen:
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby FransJacques » Mon Nov 26, 2012 13:04 pm

Ouch, get better quickly, sorry to see you had a bit of an off there.

Bike is indeed an 03 or 04. I have an 02 Aero TCR which doesn't have the aero seat tube.

The first picture at the top illustrates how far bar curve design has come in 10 years - look at the massive radius of the hooks, you'd have to rotate the bar down and move the levers way up to get a decent wrist angle that didn't kill you after 30 mins.

Nowadays, with 3T ergonova, FSA compacts, Deda RHM, etc. comfort has come a long way since we were riding 66 or 63 bend Cinellis back in the mid-80s.
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Mon Nov 26, 2012 21:43 pm

FransJacques wrote:Ouch, get better quickly, sorry to see you had a bit of an off there.

Bike is indeed an 03 or 04. I have an 02 Aero TCR which doesn't have the aero seat tube.

The first picture at the top illustrates how far bar curve design has come in 10 years - look at the massive radius of the hooks, you'd have to rotate the bar down and move the levers way up to get a decent wrist angle that didn't kill you after 30 mins.

Nowadays, with 3T ergonova, FSA compacts, Deda RHM, etc. comfort has come a long way since we were riding 66 or 63 bend Cinellis back in the mid-80s.


cheers for the year of bike!! been bugging me...... i love my new Kore bars..... and i only bought them cos i had a slightly shorter stem in my box of bits i wanted to try to bring the position back a tad as the original stem had me straining the bottom of my back when on the drops.... so by sheer luck... the first attempt at sorting out the cockpit has resulted in the comfiest position i could want.... it has surprised me how much 10mm in length difference can change the way the bike feels :D goon breeze through my charity ride in January now......
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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby dwanes » Tue Nov 27, 2012 13:29 pm

Man, that is one mental crash! What is going on there, is that a post stuck in the middle of a cycleway? What is it there for?

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Re: Giant TCR Aero2

Postby rgliniany » Wed Nov 28, 2012 03:34 am

Yeah... It's to stop clowns driving down the shared paths with cars... There was an access point for council vehicles just behind me.. I'm looking through local department specs to see if there should have been warning markers before it.... We shall soon see....
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