Giant TCR Advanced SL Review

Giant TCR Advanced SL Review

 

manufacturing resources, which have allowed the firm to formulate a proprietary resin containing carbon nanotubes. Displacing resin, which is heavier, weaker and many times more flexible, these microscopic particles strengthen the composite structure of the frame and increase impact resistance by a claimed 14 percent.

 

Proprietary carbon nanotubes

In terms of new technology, that’s pretty much it; the Giant TCR Advanced SL features Giant’s proven PowerCore bottom bracket and MegaDrive downtube concepts, both of which are designed to maximise – you guessed it – stiffness. As is the use of Toray T800 high-modulus carbon-fibres; meanwhile, down on the inside of the left-hand chainstay, there’s a moulded 

 

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housing for Giant’s RideSense removable transmitter, which when fitted sends wheel-speed and cadence information directly to any ANT+ compatible computer.

 

Visually, the Giant TCR Advanced SL frame is a treat. Finished in a satin effect over trad carbon twill, the frame packs a sweep of tube cross-sections and profiles that look to owe as much to styling as to attempts to fine tune ride quality, which is not to say that they don’t have an effect.

 

The MegaDrive down tube, for example, has a bulged rectangular section for most of its length, flaring gently to meet the massive head tube and leading into the substantial box structure that houses the bottom bracket bearings. The greater width of the tube prioritises lateral stability over vertical while the bulging dorsal and ventral surfaces add torsional stiffness.

 


 
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