The Giant TCR Advanced SL 1 (2017) is one of the best value for money road bikes - especially now with our End of Season Sale. It’s the best carbon frame that Giant produces and it’s paired to one of the lightest carbon wheels, a carbon handlebar and stem.
And at the heart a Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain does the shifting.
In this preview, I’ll explain why it’s so good.
TCR Advanced SL bikes are usually a lot more expensive. Under normal circumstances I would say only consider the Advanced SL if you’re a very experienced rider.
At this price though - who cares.
Consider buying it if:
One, you’ve reached the limits of your current road bike. You want to climb faster, be more comfortable and start doing longer rides without feeling fatigued.
Two, you’re riding roads that are extremely versatile; undulating, mountainous and flat. And want a bike that can cope with all these gradients.
Three, you’re relatively fit with good flexibility. If you’re not so flexible, then consider the Giant Defy Advanced Pro.
Is made from Giant’s top of the range carbon called Advanced SL. It’s the exact same frame Giant’s CCC pro team uses.
And it’s a very different frame to the second-tier TCR Advanced Pro.
This is how:
First, the frame itself is made from the best carbon that Giant can get their hands on. Naturally, it’s going to be the lightest and stiffest.
Second, the manufacturing process is also the best. A tech called continuous fibre is used to strengthen the frame.
Third, CNTs (Carbon Nano Tubes) are used to reinforce the carbon sheets and deliver better impact resistance.
The TCR Advanced SL 1 (2017) is built with Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain, Ultegra brakes and full carbon Giant SLR 1 wheels. In keeping with the TCR’s design intent, a semi-compact 52T/36T crankset is paired to a 11T-28T rear cassette. This endures it perfect for long Beach Road rides but also easy enough to take on the climbs in the Dandenong Ranges.
Electronic shifting is perfect for those upgrading from a mechanical groupset like Tiagra, 105 and even older generation Ultegra. As you would expect, gear shifting is clean and precise.
In fact, it’s perfect.
Maintenance is also low.
There are no cables to lube and cable tension to maintain. Di2 is incredibly reliable. And if something does go wrong then it’s an easy fix.
Carbon wheels help the already light TCR Advanced SL shed even more weight. And at 1,380 grams these are one of the lightest. And because the hubs are made by DT SWiss, they are not only going to be precision engineered, they are going to last a very long time.
The rear hub is driven via a pawl system which delivers engagement every 20 degrees. This means every 20 degrees of the hub’s rotation power get delivered to the rear wheel.
Although not as fast as DT’s ratchet system, it’s still fast enough and a huge improvement over Giant’s other wheels.