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Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:39 am
by fotto86
Hi all,

I am looking for some assistance in purchasing a road bike for the 2019 season. I predominantly ride on flats whilst doing some hills sessions here and there.

The two options I am currently comparing:

- 2018 TCR ADVANCED SL 0 DISC DA (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/tcr-a ... sc-da-2018)
- 2019 TCR ADVANCED SL 1 DISC (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/tcr-a ... -sl-1-disc)

The cost $$ of these bikes are the same, given Giant dont provide too many details about the specs are any Giant bike experts able to share which would be the better option?

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:52 am
by ilikegreen
Recent and useful info in this thread, while you're waiting for more specific replies:

https://weightweenies.starbike.com/foru ... r+advanced

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:52 am
by Weenie

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:13 am
by silvalis
fotto86 wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:39 am
The cost $$ of these bikes are the same, given Giant dont provide too many details about the specs are any Giant bike experts able to share which would be the better option?
There is plenty of detail there.
Do you want last year's colour with hydro DA Di2 and better wheels, or this years colour with hydro ultegra di2 and not as good wheels?

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:46 am
by jlok
The 2019 SL1 does come with power meter. Get this if you don't have one.

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:21 am
by sparklywheels
I’d say don’t go TCR. The Propel is much more efficient, especially in any kind of headwind. Say if you ride 20-25 kph into a 20 kph headwind, that’s 40-45 kph apparent speed and the aero bike is noticeably faster.

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:05 am
by K4m1k4z3
2019 SL1:
+ Comes with a built-in PowerMeter
- Has DT Swiss 3-pawl hub and Sapim CX-Sprint spokes (still a solid wheelset though)

2018 SL0:
+ The 42mm deep wheels are a better all-rounder imo (although the difference is going to be miniscule)
+ Has DT Swiss ratchet-style 240 hub and DT Aerolite spokes = lighter wheels (although they slightly are deeper, so same weight probably?)

Both:
Everybody's expecting a new generation of the TCR coming out for the 2020 model year.

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:15 pm
by silvalis
They both have power meters according to the links

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:17 pm
by jlok
yes, with a vast difference in total price

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:22 pm
by K4m1k4z3
silvalis wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:15 pm
They both have power meters according to the links
Thought the powermeters were a 2019 thing, but you're right.

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:05 pm
by fotto86
Thanks for the replies all, I have had a look at the links which have been helpful but didnt shed much light on the components of the bikes I am interested in.

Both colours are attractive and doesn't phase me.

I like that the 2019 bike has the 42mm dish in the wheels.

2018 also has a power metre, and I believe it is a dura ace power metre? How much better is the dura ace over the ultegra and is it the current model? This is the detail I am looking for.

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:29 pm
by stoney
If they bikes are the same price I'd go with the Dura Ace bike, everyday of the week. It's lighter and more polished.

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:55 pm
by silvalis
fotto86 wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:05 pm
Thanks for the replies all, I have had a look at the links which have been helpful but didnt shed much light on the components of the bikes I am interested in.

Both colours are attractive and doesn't phase me.

I like that the 2019 bike has the 42mm dish in the wheels.

2018 also has a power metre, and I believe it is a dura ace power metre? How much better is the dura ace over the ultegra and is it the current model? This is the detail I am looking for.
Maybe you need to have a read about the difference between DA and Ultegra. Start off with an article like this.
https://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/20 ... -groupsets

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:39 pm
by fotto86
Thanks for all the replies, I went with the 2018 edition.

Will post pics when received

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:10 pm
by LiquidCooled
That was the right choice.

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:10 pm
by Weenie

Re: Need help - New Giant Road Bike

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:36 pm
by amngwlvs
LiquidCooled wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:10 pm
That was the right choice. Image
I concur. While I like the deeper wheels better as well, going with the DA over the Ultegra and the lighter SLR-0 wheels instead of the SLR-1's I think is the better choice.