Right, which Giant TCR to choose.......(or Propel!)

bendertherobot
bendertherobot Posts: 11,684
edited June 2019 in Road buying advice
Which one shall I opt for. No other choices please, mind is made up.......

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or


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or, late entry.......

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  • Discs - I assume it'll get ridden a lot in the rain. Both good looking bikes.
  • It'll probably get ridden more often in the rain as a result of choosing it, but I have other bikes for that.

    the issue with the blue one is it's a tad heavier, of course. But at least both wheel heights are the same (same wheels more or less).
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  • TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc, it's the way forward... But I'd be concerned at splashing out over £2k on a frame with with 405mm chainstays, which given my Cube has 415mm stays, suggests you could be limited to "big" 25mm like GP4000S IIs at best.

    Unless you plan to mainly race on it, I'd want to at least have the option of "big" 28mm tyres.

    Doesn't that bother you?
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  • I'm OK with 25. But 28 will fit appatently except the notorius 28c gp4000 can be tight.
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  • banditvic
    banditvic Posts: 549
    I have a 2017 Giant TCR advanced pro 1 with carbon wheels Fantastic bike, I wouldn't personally go for a disc braked bike for summer use, (weight weenie) I have a GT grade and another disc braked bike for Winter duties, so do like Discs but for winter and off road, never had braking issues with a summer bike.
  • redvision
    redvision Posts: 2,958
    The rim brake one.
    Colour scheme looks way better and I just don't like disc brakes - imo they detract from the look of a bike.
  • I have a rim brake TCR , fantastic bike and comfortable as well, very light and lovely to ride

    That deal for the rim with Ultegra is pretty good. paid that for 105 last year
  • Pauls are very cheap for the blue one at present, I was considering it before I picked up an as new Emonda Ultegra disc. They knocked a further 300 quid off last week I think...
    The only reason I went disc was being bike no.2 it will get ridden frequently in rain / wet roads.
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  • The rim version got my vote. From a purely aesthetic view (which is the main reason we buy new bikes) it just looks great! Those big bed knob shifters and the colours look odd on the disc version.
  • shiznit76
    shiznit76 Posts: 640
    Disc version looks like a can of Irn-bru, for that reason alone, I'm out, rim version for me
  • shiznit76 wrote:
    Disc version looks like a can of Irn-bru, for that reason alone, I'm out, rim version for me

    Haha! It does.
  • dj58
    dj58 Posts: 2,221
    Where is Camcycle1974 when you need him? He would tell you to go rim brake on the TCR, and I would have to agree, the colour scheme is nicer also.
  • Tashman
    Tashman Posts: 3,434
    disc for me, bored of all the black bikes out there.
  • rokt
    rokt Posts: 493
    I, personally would pick the rim version, just because I like the look of it more. Giant make some beautiful frames and the finish and quality is top notch, I’m sure which ever one you end up with will be great.
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I rather like the jolly blue and orange one, but agree that the shifters look a little odd compared with the tidier looking drab grey and black one.

    You sure we only have those 2 to choose from??
  • keef66 wrote:
    I rather like the jolly blue and orange one, but agree that the shifters look a little odd compared with the tidier looking drab grey and black one.

    You sure we only have those 2 to choose from??

    Yeah, we could choose from the 2019 version of the rim version here but the cheapest I can get that for is £650 more than the 2018 version and as much as I like 12mm more of rim, that just ain't really worth it.

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  • timothyw
    timothyw Posts: 2,482
    Blue one is prettier, so that one. Black is boring.

    I didn't even notice one had discs and one didn't.

    Having ridden shimano hydraulic discs for the past few months I can't see myself buying another rim braked 'best' bike unless it's a real bargain - and I'd probably have to kill my existing (rim braked) tcr first, it's too good to need replacing.
  • Blue one has a lot more character. I have discs and it is more practical, however until the latest version the Shimano hoods are a hideous abomination designed ergonomically for somebody with square hands.
  • The hoods/shifters are r8020 on the blue one. (I think) THe new ones with the dimples on?
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  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,756
    keef66 wrote:
    I rather like the jolly blue and orange one, but agree that the shifters look a little odd compared with the tidier looking drab grey and black one.

    You sure we only have those 2 to choose from??

    Yeah, we could choose from the 2019 version of the rim version here but the cheapest I can get that for is £650 more than the 2018 version and as much as I like 12mm more of rim, that just ain't really worth it.

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    But. But. But. It's black and fluro.
    That's easily worth a grand.
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  • vegas76
    vegas76 Posts: 278
    Go for disc brakes so you can use the bike all year round.
  • Stop it! I keep making my mind up, then defaulting back!

    Ok, let's lay this out:

    1. I like the blue the most. I like discs slightly more given that both bikes have CARBON wheels, so the black one would never get used in the wet.

    2. The blue one is £300 more.

    3. I could use that £300 to work towards Di2 on the black one.

    4. I HAD decided on the black one. Now I'm prevaricating again.
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  • Oh, and, while I DO have a disc/winter bike, that's a 1x Vitus Energie so that's not really an all weather disc bike in terms of long distances/endurance.
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  • luv2ride
    luv2ride Posts: 2,367
    Oh, and, while I DO have a disc/winter bike, that's a 1x Vitus Energie so that's not really an all weather disc bike in terms of long distances/endurance.

    Maybe not helpful but since getting some deeper carbon rims on my Solace disc I find I'm using it for the vast majority of rides these days, unless it's proper raining in which case I use the Crosslight disc as that has full mudguards. The "best" lightweight bike (CR1 SL) rarely gets an outing these days, though can be a treat when I do use it...I'd go disc with nice wheels!
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  • Indeed, and the giant ones are 30mm carbon with dt Swiss hubs and Sapim spokes, about 1500g
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  • vegas76
    vegas76 Posts: 278
    Why would you get a brand new shiny bike which you can't ride in wet conditions because you might damage the wheels?

    You'll be kicking yourself when you're having to reach for your older bike...
  • letap73
    letap73 Posts: 1,608
    Stop it! I keep making my mind up, then defaulting back!

    Ok, let's lay this out:

    1. I like the blue the most. I like discs slightly more given that both bikes have CARBON wheels, so the black one would never get used in the wet.

    2. The blue one is £300 more.

    3. I could use that £300 to work towards Di2 on the black one.

    4. I HAD decided on the black one. Now I'm prevaricating again.

    I am assuming you have discounted the 2018 Giant tcr advanced 0 with Di2 - £1799 at Pedalon?
  • I had but though di2 is nice it's not the pro, wheels need a upgrade and not keen on the colour. Apart from that.....
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  • If you like the blue one the most, do it, you then presumably also have the option of putting those wheels on the Vitus and you then also have the option of riding in the wet!

    Voting is a lot closer now than at the weekend.
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  • yiannism
    yiannism Posts: 345
    Disc brakes are the way to go. All the industry is heading there, several manufacturers on their endurance lines they dont even offer the rim brake version. Given the fact that you live in a wet country, i cant really see any real reason to get the rim brake. You have also to consider that the disc brake will hold the value better if you ever decide to sell it, plus you will always be able to upgrade on Di2, but if you chose other way around, you will stuck with it.

    I am not commenting the looks, is something objective and its solely up to you to decide