2017 Giant TCR Advanced SL2 (XS)

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JS300
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Location: NYC to Seoul

by JS300

bilwit wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:18 am
what camera are you using for those pics & do you bring it with you on rides (if it isn't a phone)?
I use a Canon 6D with a pancake 40mm lens when riding. The 6D is relatively small for a full frame DSLR, and it's a pretty light package with the pancake lens. I also have a short neoprene strap that keeps it pretty comfortably on my back without moving around when riding.

That said, I only bring it with me occasionally, typically on shorter rides or if I know I'm going somewhere particularly scenic or photo-worthy. My phone takes great pics too, but being a photo junkie, it clearly doesn't compare to a proper camera, particularly the dynamic range of the sensor. I am thinking about getting a smaller mirrorless camera to carry with me on rides.

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by JS300

Weird that some recent posts on this thread are not showing up for me unless I choose a specific date range other than "All posts" in the "Display posts from previous:" menu at the bottom.

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by JS300

A few updates. I'm now down to 6.410kg total.

I picked up a Berk Lupina on my recent trip to the UK: 150mm with round rails in 3K matte. It's listed at 80g, but mine came in at 70g, saving me 33g over my cheap Chinese carbon saddle (103g).

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I also sold my Giant SLR 0 Aero (55mm) wheels a while back and have been riding the stock SLR 1 Climbing (30mm) wheels (1425g w/tape), which are great and a decent weight. I thought the lower profile looked better on the bike. My local shop gave me a nice discount on a set of the 2018 SLR 0 Climbing wheels, which saved me 66g. They're advertised at 1325g, but mine came in at 1359g with rim tape. Not a huge difference from the SLR 1, but I really like the quality and feel of the SLR 0 hubs. I'm keeping the SLR 1/Vittoria tires/Ultegra cassette setup for bad weather days.

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Finally, I went with lighter tubes and tires on the new wheels: Specialized Turbo Cottons in 24c and Continental Supersonics. This saved me 103g over my previous Vittoria Corsa clinchers (500g/pair) with Continental Race Light tubes (148g/pair).

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Here is my updated specs:

2017 Giant TCR Advanced SL2 (XS)
Ultegra 6800 levers, F&R derailleurs, brakes
Dura Ace 9000 pedals: 249g
Dura Ace 9000 crankset 52-36, 165mm: 631g
Dura Ace 9000 11-28 cassette: 195g
Giant Contact SLR Carbon handlebars (40cm): 181g
Giant Contact SLR Carbon stem (80mm): 122g
Supacaz bartape
Giant Aircap expander: 15g and cut steerer tube (-55g)
Giant SLR 0 Climbing Wheels (30mm) w/rim tape: 1359g
Specialized Turbo Cotton tires (24C): 442g/pair
Continental Supersonic tubes: 103/pair
KCNC Titanium skewers: F 19g, R 21g
Garmin mount: 28g
Berk Lupina saddle, 150mm, round rails: 70g
Jenson Elite Carbon cages: 24g, 23g

Current weight with pedals, cages, and Garmin mount: 6.410 kg

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I am now trying to decide whether to upgrade my Ultegra 6800 drivetrain to DA 9000, DA 9100, or 9150. And I'm shopping for some EE Brakes. I'm hoping these changes will get me down close to 6.0-6.1kg.

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Vortice
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by Vortice

How’s the ride - mixed opinions about whether the ride is a little on the harsh side?

JS300
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by JS300

Vortice wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:04 pm
How’s the ride - mixed opinions about whether the ride is a little on the harsh side?
The ride seems great to me, but I haven't really riden it back to back against other bikes. My last two bikes were a Cervelo S3 and a CAAD, and my TCR seems both stiffer under power and more comfortable on rougher terrain than both other bikes. I would say the TCR is definitely stiff, but I have not found it to be overly harsh.

JS300
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by JS300

Added EE Brakes and saved 151g over my 6800 brakes. The brakes feel great -- much stiffer than 6800.

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Updated spec list:

2017 Giant TCR Advanced SL2 (XS)
Ultegra 6800 levers, F&R derailleurs
Dura Ace 9000 pedals: 249g
Dura Ace 9000 crankset 52-36, 165mm: 631g
Dura Ace 9000 11-28 cassette: 195g
Giant Contact SLR Carbon handlebars (40cm): 181g
Giant Contact SLR Carbon stem (80mm): 122g
EE Brakes: 88g (front), 86g (rear)
Supacaz bartape
Giant Aircap expander: 15g and cut steerer tube (-55g)
Giant SLR 0 Climbing Wheels (30mm) w/rim tape: 1359g
Specialized Turbo Cotton tires (24C): 442g/pair
Continental Supersonic tubes: 103/pair
KCNC Titanium skewers: F 19g, R 21g
Garmin mount: 28g
Berk Lupina saddle, 150mm, round rails: 70g
Jenson Elite Carbon cages: 24g, 23g

Current weight with pedals, cages, and Garmin mount: 6.260 kg

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I think the only thing I have left for this bike is the levers and derailleurs. I was set on DA 9000, but now, I torn between DA 9100 or Etap. In any case, my 6800 is running perfectly now, so I'm not in a rush.

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onemanpeloton
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by onemanpeloton

The bike looks amazing! Great choice of parts.
2017 Giant TCR Disc
2016 Cube Crossrace
2016 Cube Stereo 140

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