The Giant TCR Advanced 2 Disc has arrived here at road.cc for testing, a disc brake road bike that sells for £1,699.
This is the cheapest disc equipped bike in the TCR Advanced lineup. It comes with a Shimano 105 groupset and RS505 hydraulic disc brakes.
All of the other components are Giant’s own, including the aluminium handlebar and stem and the PR 2 wheelset. The complete bike weighs 8.6kg (19.0lb).
Of the other disc brake road bikes that we’ve reviewed on road.cc recently, one of the closest in price to the Giant is the £1,299.99 Vitus Zenium SL Disc.
That bike has a Shimano 105 groupset too but it’s built around an aluminium frame.
We called it a “very good semi-race bike that responds well to hard efforts”.
Likewise, the Whyte Suffolk 105 (£1,299) has a Shimano 105 groupset (you could have worked that out for yourself, right?) and an aluminium frame. It’s a lot heavier than the Giant, though, at 10.3kg (22.7lb).
Stu said the Whyte Suffolk is an excellent frame with great riding characteristics but that it’s let down by its Maxxis Rouler tyres.
We’ll have our Giant TCR Advanced 2 Disc review up on road.cc very soon. In the meantime get more info from www.giant-bicycles.com.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.