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Giant Propel advanced 2 versus Giant TCR advanced carbon

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:43 am
by Bazcul
Hi everyone,

A recommendation if possible. Im looking at buying a second hand bike for no more than 1000.00 Euro. Ive been doing a lot of research and found a 2016 Giant Propel advanced 2 and a 2017 Giant TCR advanced carbon in my price range, but am unsure which bike to choose. My normal cycle routes would be between 60km - 200km with climbs, eg . Wicklow 200 etc in Ireland so would be interested in peoples opinions about the comfort and climbing abilities of both bikes, or even a recommendation of a different bike within my price range.
Much appreciated

Re: Giant Propel advanced 2 versus Giant TCR advanced carbon

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:15 pm
by jlok
tough decision. I'd say just get the one looking better.

Re: Giant Propel advanced 2 versus Giant TCR advanced carbon

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:15 pm
by Weenie

Re: Giant Propel advanced 2 versus Giant TCR advanced carbon

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:36 pm
by smartyiak
I like "normal" brakes, so I'd lean towards the TCR...and, if climbing, would also chose the TCR.

Re: Giant Propel advanced 2 versus Giant TCR advanced carbon

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:09 pm
by amngwlvs
Either would be a great choice and as far as value goes you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal than a Giant. I had a 2015 Propel Advanced 2 and recently upgraded to a 2018 TCR Advanced Pro 0 Disc. No doubt the Propel was a great bike but over time I wanted something that was a little more "do it all".

The Propel always felt like a race bike (even on coffee rides) - long and low. While on paper the geo between the Propel and the TCR is the same the TCR is more comfortable to me but still certainly feels fast. In regards to climbing, the Propel is no slouch but I've gotta give that category to the TCR (though my TCR has lighter/carbon wheels than my Propel which will certainly help in that department).

While some people didn't like the brakes on the Propel I never found them to be an issue and I've never ridden a rim brake TCR so I can't say much on that end.

If all you want to do is go fast, go Propel. If you want a bike that's a little more geared to those long rides and the climbing I'd propably go TCR. And if you still can't decide, do what @jlok said, get the one you think looks better!

Don't forget to post pics when you get it!

Re: Giant Propel advanced 2 versus Giant TCR advanced carbon

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:10 pm
by amngwlvs
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Re: Giant Propel advanced 2 versus Giant TCR advanced carbon

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:32 pm
by Bazcul
Thank you very much for your responses, I think I'm leaning towards the 2017 advance propel 1.... I think!
But to make things more complicated, I've also been offered a 2014 tcr advanced 0 Di2 in great condition. The specs on this bike are better, but it is an older bike, and I'm not sure about the electronic group set, ultegra di2?
Any thoughts?

Re: Giant Propel advanced 2 versus Giant TCR advanced carbon

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:16 pm
by amngwlvs
No you've really thrown a wrench in the gears! What are you not sure about with the Di2? I recently upgraded and while not a necessity it's fantastic.

I would personally probably go with one of the newer bikes. In 2016 they changed up the design of the TCR so I feel like the 2014/2015's still look dated. As was suggested to me when I posted my first thread here you don't want to have the “what if I had bought the newer bike instead of buying a 2 year old one?” a year or two down the road.

Re: Giant Propel advanced 2 versus Giant TCR advanced carbon

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:16 pm
by Weenie