First launched in late June, 2015, the Giant TCR received a long awaited update for 2016. Giant Bicycles US has released details of its full range online, with the UK and Australia set to follow in coming weeks.
While the Defy, Propel and TCX have remained mostly unchanged, barring new paint, new saddles and new wheels, the TCR has been rebuilt from the ground up.
Giant says the new flagship TCR advance SL 0 is lighter and stiffer for 2016
Though the new TCR may look similar to previous versions, Giant claims the updated frame is both lighter and stiffer. The top end Advanced SL frame has a claimed weight of 856g.
For 2016 there will be three frames in the range (Advanced SL, Advanced Pro and Advanced), with each offering varying components and prices. While each frame shares the same overall design, it’s the quality and thickness of the carbon that dictates the price differences. Surprisingly, there is no alloy TCR in the 2016 lineup.
Each of the new frames feature Giant’s MegaDrive down tube, 86.5mm press-fit PowerCore bottom bracket shell, and asymmetric chainstays. The new TCR also employs a progressively changing geometry, meaning that the bike, no matter the size, should retain the same ride characteristics.
Made from a slightly lower grade carbon, the Advanced Pro and Advanced frames also receive a new lighter and stiffer fork
The top end Advanced SL frame features hollow carbon dropouts and an integrated seatpost, and accepts both mechanical and electronic drivetrains. The Advanced Pro and Advanced models get a new fork, which Giant claims is stiffer, 39g lighter and features the OverDrive 2 steerer tube (OD2).
We had the chance to take the new flagship Advanced SL 0 for a spin around the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca, to read our first impressions click here.
The TCR Advanced complete bikes will also feature Giant’s new range of wheels and saddles.
- TCR Advanced SL 0 $9,000 / £TBC / AU$8,499 – Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, Giant SLR 0 Climbing wheels
- TCR Advanced SL 1 $5,900 / £TBC / AU$6,499 – Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset, Giant SLR 0 Climbing wheels
- TCR Advanced SL 2 $4,100 / £TBC / AU$4,499 – Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset, Giant SLR 1 Climbing wheels
- TCR Advanced SL frameset $3,200 / £TBC / AU$TBC
- TCR Advanced Pro 0 $5,500 / £TBC / AU$5,999 – Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical groupset, Giant SLR 0 Climbing wheels
- TCR Advanced Pro 1 $3,500 / £TBC / AU$3,999 – Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset, Giant SLR 1 Climbing wheels
- TCR Advanced Pro frameset $2,200 / £TBC / AU$TBC
- TCR Advanced 1 $2,500 / £TBC / AU$2,799 – Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset, Giant PR-2 wheels
- TCR Advanced 2 $2,000 / £TBC / AU$2,299 – Shimano 105 22-speed groupset, Giant PR-2 wheels
- TCR Advanced 3 $1,700 / £TBC / AU$N/A – Shimano Tiagra 20-speed groupset, Giant SR-2 wheels
The 2016 TCX Advanced Pro 1 for the cyclocross racer
For a detailed breakdown of Giant’s newly released accessories click here. See the gallery above for a peak at a few new TCX, Defy and Propel models.