My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

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My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby dwanes » Wed Dec 19, 2012 13:02 pm

Hi all, here is my two week old 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3 road bike.
I’ve got back into road cycling after a 20 year lay-off since a Teen, and have been riding a Trek aluminium bike for the last 9 months.
Due to getting back into it so well I thought I would treat myself to an upgrade and one which fit better.

I felt I needed to go Carbon because otherwise I would have that Nagging feeling in the back of my head of ‘should I have gone carbon?’

I don’t have heaps of money in my budget and after a lot of research, wanted a ‘safe’ buy, and thought that is what Giant would give me. I got 10% discount at a local bike shop bringing it to around £1100, which I thought for a carbon framed bike was pretty competitive. I chose it over the cheaper 2012 model because this has a full carbon fork/steerer and I actually like the look of the Tiagra chainset


Anyway the bike:

Carbon frame and forks
Tiagra groupset
Giant Composite seatpost
Giant/ DT Swiss Wheels

Everything is standard except for the saddle which I replaced with a Madison Prime and I also got the LBS to swap over the cassette to an 11-25 from the original 12-28.
I have done around 100 miles on it so far and really pleased with it, handles great, is stiff when climbing but also comfortable when cruising, very little brake rub from the wheels and just as important I love the look/styling of it.

It is not a lightweight bike due to the components and standard wheels; I am guessing around 9kg, but will try to get a weight posted soon.

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby Danny87 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 23:44 pm

Yeah good choice.

Forget the components that bike looks cool. Excellent looking frame, I'm sure it rides as good as it looks!

Tiagra appears to be good value for money and I agree the Tiagra chainset looks nicer than the 105 chainset IMO.

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby TheoDR » Thu Dec 20, 2012 01:32 am

Sweet looking bike!

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby rgliniany » Thu Dec 20, 2012 04:11 am

Danny87 wrote:Yeah good choice.

Forget the components that bike looks cool. Excellent looking frame, I'm sure it rides as good as it looks!

Tiagra appears to be good value for money and I agree the Tiagra chainset looks nicer than the 105 chainset IMO.


im not too sure..... the frame looks sweet as!! but i am not convinced on the solid looking chainrings..... i like the look of a sparse chainring.... gives me the impression of less weight...... might just be me though...... :roll:
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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby greasedscotsman » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:39 am

dwanes wrote:Image


Blimey, chainring looks small there! What size is it?

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby dwanes » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:19 am

It is just a standard Compact chainset 50/34. Funny, I had not noticed, it does look small from that angle. Maybe it’s because the bottom bracket area is so large, which is what I wanted to demonstrate in the photo.

The look of the Tiagra chainset does divide opinion. I like the solid look of it, in the same way I like the look of those Pro Rotor Q chainrings. I also like the matt finish of the chainrings, whereas others are more glossy.
Although I bet it is the first thing to show signs of corrosion in a few years.

I will be giving it a weigh in tomorrow on calibrated scales. It won’t be a lightweight tho. :(

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby junglist_matty » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:01 pm

Looks nice!

I felt I needed to go Carbon because otherwise I would have that Nagging feeling in the back of my head of ‘should I have gone carbon?’


Carbon doesn't always mean better; especially cheap carbon... Although generally speaking, they look nicer, so if you buy a bike depending on how much you like looking at it, carbon is usually always going to win; alloy frames can be as light (lighter) and as comfy


Either way, enjoy the new bike.

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby dwanes » Thu Dec 20, 2012 13:38 pm

Thanks, Yes, that was the point I was trying to get across really, I would have been quite happy with Aluminium and agree there are better aluminium frames than carbon at my price range, I was close to putting my money on a De Rosa Milanino and would have been happy with it, BUT there would always have been that nagging feeling in the back of my head of “MAYBE I should have gone carbon, MAYBE carbon would have been better”.

Now that I have a carbon bike, next time it comes to buying a new bike I can feel at ease buying an Aluminium bike.

As for cheap carbon, that is why I chose Giant and this model, If anyone knows their onions (Carbon) it would be Giant. With their manufacturing and expertise I wouldn’t imagine they would produce a ‘Cheap’ carbon frame.

Apart from that, what is a ‘Cheap’ carbon frame and its downfalls? Is this something from years gone by and stuck or do they still exist? (serious question)

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby greasedscotsman » Thu Dec 20, 2012 14:03 pm

Yeah, I figured it would be "standard" compact. Oh and I prefer the finish on Tiagra to 105. Actually, I think I even prefer it to Dura Ace and Ultegra! Nice bike though, enjoy! :D

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby The Fuggler » Thu Dec 20, 2012 16:43 pm

I'm biased, but that is a beauty.
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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby dwanes » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:29 am

I have just weighed it, but the resolution of the scales were 0.5 kg increments and it weighed in at 9.0 kg so could be either side of that.
So I will have to get hold of a set of more accurate scales from somewhere this weekend.

It is a M/L size frame, if anyone has already got a weight?

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby Nickel » Fri Dec 21, 2012 19:03 pm

Looks lovely. I've got a 2012 Comp 1 and I think I prefer the paint scheme of your bike.

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby TakeTurns » Fri Dec 21, 2012 19:15 pm

Looks cracking. I've never really liked the look of Giants, but that frame is brilliant. They've done a great job with it.

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby dwanes » Fri Dec 21, 2012 19:41 pm

Thanks nickel, I do like white bikes, and think this wont date to badly. I would love an ultegra groupset though!
How have you found the wheels that came with yours? they are an upgrade from mine. I have some handbuilts that i may swap over for the stock wheels to see if there is any improvement.

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby TheFD » Fri Dec 21, 2012 21:39 pm

Your garden is looking a bit mossy! Get green thumb in to sort that out!!

Oh...nearly forgot - nice bike by the way!
2013 - R872
2010 - Spesh Tarmac

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby dwanes » Fri Dec 21, 2012 22:02 pm

Moss grows on everything round here that doesn't move, it must be the dampest part of britain, does my head in :x
If I had my way I would tarmac it :idea: then build a mini velodrome on it. :D

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby Ben89 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 09:35 am

Good choice mate, I've just bought the same bike back from a trip to Taiwan, only cost £720 as I visited the factory. I've got it in black/blue, ill try to post some pics when I get a chance. Are you planning on changing the components?

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby RideOnTime » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:25 am

nice one. 8)

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby dwanes » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:56 am

Ben89 wrote:Good choice mate, I've just bought the same bike back from a trip to Taiwan, only cost £720 as I visited the factory. I've got it in black/blue, ill try to post some pics when I get a chance. Are you planning on changing the components?

thanks, Over time i would like to upgrade to ultegra groupset, since my first post i have upgraded the wheels to handbuilts, ultegra hubs with mavic cxp33 rims using dt comp spokes, which are much stiffer and feel smoother. In fact i love em!

I still havent got round to weighing it, i have no scales, feels heavyish to me compared to a lot of other carbon bikes, but it is a fairly cheap price.

I look forward to seeing your new giant.

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Re: My 2013 Giant TCR Composite 3

Postby dwanes » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:01 pm

Forgot to say, i am now using new tyres, conti grand prix poly-x breakers, which i really like.


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