Giant unveils all-new TCR Disc and Contend road bikes

Giant is introducing its TCR Disc range of road bikes, a modern blend of legendary road-riding performance with the added control of integrated disc brakes.

 

Giant have also launched the all-new Contend series of road bikes aimed at aspiring riders who seek the performance and ride quality of competition-level road bikes, combined with a smooth, confident ride quality at a high value.

TCR Disc range

 

The new TCR Disc range includes three series: TCR Advanced SL Disc, TCR Advanced Pro Disc and TCR Advanced Disc.

 

Engineered, designed and developed to seamlessly integrate the proven advantages of disc brakes with the established benefits of TCR road bikes, the TCR Disc range delivers a new level of control to performance-minded road riders.

 

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The TCR Disc range brings the added control of integrated disc-brake technology to the legendary road performance of the TCR.

 

Each purpose-built frame is engineered with flat-mount disc brake technology for the most consistent braking power in all conditions. And the new front (12 x 100mm) and rear (12 x 142mm) thru-axle setups produce a race-tuned ride quality with unrivalled precision and steering stiffness. The TCR Advanced SL Disc and TCR Advanced Pro Disc models also come equipped with Giant’s SLR Disc WheelSystem and all-new Gavia SLR tubeless tires to boost efficiency, comfort and control.

 

The TCR platform has long been the bike of choice for Giant’s elite pro road racers, supplying several generations of riders with unrivalled all-around performance in the most demanding conditions and terrain. The new disc-brake version of the TCR was developed and field-tested over the past year with Team Giant-Alpecin riders.

 

2017 TCR Disc Range

 

The flagship series of the new range is the TCR Advanced SL Disc. The latest overall frame design, reengineered last year and ridden to stage wins in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and dozens of other pro races (non-disc version), is the lightest, most efficient TCR ever. Each one is handcrafted from Giant’s premium Advanced SL-grade composite. Every tube shape, junction and layup technique is strategically re-engineered to reduce weight without sacrificing stiffness.

 

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The TCR Advanced SL Disc model comes with the Giant SLR 0 WheelSystem, all-new Giant Gavia SLR tubeless ready tires, and a SRAM Red eTap wireless electronic groupset.

 

The toptube, seattube, integrated seatpost and seatstays feature minimalistic profiles, while the PowerCore bottom bracket has each been refined to maintain the stiffness and efficiency that the TCR range is known for. The new Variant Integrated Seatpost design allowed Giant engineers to balance compliance and efficiency for a superior race-tuned ride quality.

 

Compact Road Design, a Giant innovation that changed the landscape of performance road bikes when it was first launched in 1997, helps give the new TCR Advanced SL Disc its agile, responsive handling. And a new Advanced SL-grade composite fork with a thru-axle design helps boosts steering stiffness. When combined with the OverDrive 2 steerer tube and MegaDrive downtube, the result is razor-sharp handling and cornering precision.

 

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The TCR Advanced Pro Disc model comes with the Giant SLR 1 WheelSystem, all-new Giant Gavia SLR tubeless ready tires, and a Shimano Ultegra groupset.

 

The TCR Advanced Pro Disc series is built around a handcrafted Advanced-grade composite frameset including a full composite fork and OverDrive 2 steerer tube. This series features the Variant seatpost (non-integrated) for a race-tuned feel, and many of the same core frame technologies as the TCR Advanced SL Disc series including MegaDrive, PowerCore and all-new internal cable routing. Finally, the TCR Advanced Disc series features the same Advanced-grade composite frame as the TCR Advanced Pro Disc, but with a composite fork and hybrid OverDrive steerer tube.

 


TCR Advanced 1 Disc.jpgThe TCR Advanced 1 Disc features Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and drivetrain components.

TCR Advanced 2 Disc.jpgThe TCR Advanced 2 Disc is built on a lightweight Advanced-grade composite frame with Giant’s Variant seatpost for added compliance.


Contend

 

The Contend range features three series, all with purpose-built framesets handcrafted with aluminium construction.

 

The new Contend range includes these three series: Contend SL Disc, Contend SL and Contend.

 

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With a lightweight aluminium frameset and specially designed geometry that blends endurance positioning with agility, Contend delivers a confident ride quality to a wide range of road riders.

 

Every Contend bike puts an emphasis on confident handling, smooth ride quality, and lightweight efficiency. Its versatile all-rounder frame geometry is designed to blend endurance positioning with quick and agile riding characteristics. Here’s a look at each series:

 

 

Contend SL Disc

 

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The Contend SL Disc features flat-mount disc-brake integration for added control in all types of weather and road conditions. Contend SL 1 Disc model shown here.

 

Built on an ALUXX SL-grade aluminium frame with an Advanced-grade hybrid composite fork, the Contend SL Disc features integrated flat-mount disc brakes for consistent braking power and overall control in all weather and any road conditions. A D-Fuse composite seatpost adds road-smoothing compliance and reduces vibrations to help minimize fatigue and improve rider comfort.

 

The Contend SL Disc series features Giant’s Compact Road Design for lighter weight, greater stiffness and confident handling. It also includes the OverDrive steerer tube for steering precision and a MegaDrive downtube of unmatched frame stiffness and efficiency.

 

Special features on the Contend SL Disc include integrated rack and fender mounts, allowing riders to customize their bike for commuting or long-distance touring adventures. And the frame is also designed with internal cable routing for clean aesthetics and functionality.

 

Contend SL/Contend

 

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With its lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frame and hybrid composite fork, the Contend SL offers confident handling and a smooth, efficient ride quality. Contend SL 1 model in blue shown here.

 

The Contend SL is built with all of the same frameset features as the Disc model, but with rim brakes instead of integrated disc brakes. And the Contend offers a similar frame platform, but with an ALUXX-grade aluminium frame and a 27.2 round-diameter seatpost instead of the D-Fuse.

 

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The Contend series, available in several models at various price points, blends endurance geometry with a quick and agile ride feel on the road. Contend 1 in black shown here.

 

Availability


Giant South Africa will confirm local availability and pricing at a later stage.




5 Comments

Ghost Rider X, Jun 28 2016 09:04

Like the TCR Advanced SL in orange :thumbup: 

EugeneS, Jun 28 2016 09:17

Also great value at $8250 in the US (see Giant's website); similarly specced bikes go for over 10K there. Should come in below 120K here. Still lotto money for me though.

rock, Jun 28 2016 11:38

I think they missed the boat with tyre clearance on the Contend, should have had some options for up to 32c 

shaper, Jun 28 2016 02:40

Thru axles?... nothing like complicating things, makes life difficult swapping wheels between bikes .. else a complete upgrade of wheels to go with the new bike!!

Honkdonk, Jun 28 2016 03:42

All of a sudden disc brakes on a road bike are starting to look common. So much so that old style rim brakes look odd.. Kinda like the new Hilux