Giant TCR Composite 1 review

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£2000

Giant TCR Composite 1

BikeRadar verdict

3.5 out of 5 stars

"Excellent frame and top components but the wheels don’t do it justice"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 8.00am By

There’s a slight mismatch here, with Giant’s excellent TCR frame paired with wheels that fail to do it justice. Handling is reassuring and predictable, and it’s great on descents, but the heavyish hoop and tyre combination makes climbing harder than on many of its rivals.

It's good to see that the mix of Shimano 105 and Ultegra includes the latter’s excellent chainset, and shifting was flawless. The TCR is competent, assured, fast, accelerates ruthlessly well on the flat and offers no nasty surprises, but the consensus among our Bike of the Year testers is that it lacked a bit of zing and sparkle that its striking looks suggested.

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Specification

Name:
TCR Composite 1
Brand:
Giant
Price:
£2000

Description:
Groupset: Shimano Ultegra/105; Wheels: DT Swiss R1900
Fork:
Carbon, alloy steerer
Frame Material:
Carbon
Handlebar:
Giant Connect SL
Saddle:
TCR
Seatpost:
Giant Vector composite
Stem:
Giant Connect SL
Weight (kg):
8.35

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