I was recently asked a question about this top of the line Giant TCR Advanced. For example, there are some model changes between the US and Taiwan. What are the differences?
Actually there aren’t. The TCR Advanced SL LTD is available in the US as well, but the bike itself is limited, so you’ll have to order it well in advance before receiving it. I’ve also noticed that this bike is very expensive in Australia, almost $17,000 USD. It makes sense for Australians interested in this bike to try and buy it outside of Australia.
In the US, they have another model is known as the TCR Advanced SL 0 ISP. It comes with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (can cost up to $5,000) and Zipp 404 wheels. This model doesn’t exist in Taiwan. It has a Giant-branded handlebar and stem combo. It comes with a Fi’zi:k Arione CX w/ braided composite rails seat. It is shown above. It sells in the US for $11,000.
The limited edition of this bike is known as the TCR Advanced SL LTD ISP. It also comes with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, but that is where the similarities stop. Of course, both editions have the specially limited Di2-compatible frame. This edition comes with a Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheelset (sells for about $4,000), a significant upgrade from the Zipp 404. It also comes with a slightly different paint scheme and with a limited edition FSA Plasma integrated cockpit handlebar/stem combo ($650) instead of the Giant-branded one. It also receives an upgrade on the brakes. It comes with Zero Gravity Negative G ($350) in a limited color that matches the frame. The seat is a Fi’zi:k Arione K1 ($430) also in a limited color. It sells for about $13,900 in the US (but sells for $18,500 AU in Australia, which is about $16,600 USD).
I’ve got access to the limited edition via a supplier and they sell for about 10-20% less than the suggested MSRP, depending on your location. It’s a limited edition and last year’s was limited to 50 bikes. What do you get for that premium price? A top of the line frame in a limited edition, with all sorts of extras and components in matching limited edition colors. Since it’s imported from Asia, you’ll have something extremely unique, with upgraded components. If you purchase your US 2010 TCR Advanced SL 0 and decide to upgrade your wheels to the Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheelset or to Campagnolo Bora Ultra Twos, you’ll be bang in the price range of this limited edition beauty.
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