Giant stated anyone can make a light bike or a stiff bike but to produce a light stiff bike is the challenge. Giant states this frame has the best weight to stiffness ratio of any bike they tested against. I went for the SL model because of the ISP or integrated seat post, love it or hate it the amount of engineering that goes into the ISP is much higher than non ISP's. The vertical flex of the ISP is quite amazing and adds lots of ride comfort while I can't detect any lateral flex what so ever. The proper flex is engineered into the carbon construction and not by some gimmick like some other manufactures utilize. For such a stiff bike the ride is quite good, unexpectedly comfortable for a full on race frame.
The saddle is the new Giant SL forward, while I’m sure it's great I just love my Sella SMP Stratos and I really need to stick with what works for me. I don't want to go through the hassle of fooling with saddles again. The bike came with Giant's new carbon wheel system. There are 2 versions that are offered on the Advanced SL line the SLR 0 which is a light 1331 grams and mine which is the SLR 1 which is 1425 grams, still pretty light. Both wheels are 30mm deep and the only difference is the hub and spokes, the actual rim is identical. I'll test them in another blog post as I haven't used them yet, though very anxious to try them. I decided to use a new set of Mavic Cosmic 40's which weight 1545 and switch wheelsets back and forth. Shifting is Ultegra mechanical with 52 x 36 front rings and of course 11 speed with 11 x 28 cassette. I love Shimano's electronic Di2 but I certainly don't have to have it and Shimano's mechanical shifting is phenomenal these days. Shifting is effortless. Enjoy the pics.
|Lines of the frame have been smoothed out|
compared to the previous generation.
Giant says the frame is 181 grams lighter than the
last generation TCR.
|All Advanced SL frames use the T800 carbon|
and have the Integrated seat post.
|Internal cable route is very neatly done. |
Frame is Di2 ready if you want to convert it over.
|Bottom bracket is massive and stiff|
|Ant + ride sense|
|Finish on the frame is excellent. A flat finish that more or less|
changes color in different light.
|Like them or not but the ISP provides for an amazing ride.|
|New Giant SLR 1 carbon wheelset. They weigh in a 1425 grams.|
They have some interesting new tech in the construction.
I'll do a ride report in the near future.