For the 2012 model year, Giant tweaked their top-of-the line TCR Advanced SL frameset. It’s by no means drastic, but it follows the same lines and technology that they established with the previous model. Giant tends to work in 3-year product cycles, so the 2012 model is a safe bet for the next few years.
The new model has improved steering and has shed over 140g, which is no mean feat. The claimed weight for a M sized frameset is 820g and US MSRP for the ISP version is $3,200 USD, slightly more expensive than last year.
You’ll find subtle shape refinements all around. Giant claims that they haven’t lost any of the frame’s stiffness with this, and impact durability has been boosted by 14%. Giant is using Toray’s stiffer T-800 fibers in this model. A number of bits that were previously made out of aluminum have been changed over to carbon fiber, such as the rear dropouts, the bottom bracket sleeve, and the new direct drop-in headset bearing seats.
The frame has tighter joints between sections and A-type seat stays, compared to last year’s wishbone shape. This is a notable difference, making it easy to spot 2012 models. The non-drive chain stay has got a pocket for Giant’s RideSense ANT+ system.
Here are the available models:
TCR ADVANCED SL 0 ISP
TCR ADVANCED SL RABOBANK ISP
TCR ADVANCED SL 2 ISP
TCR ADVANCED SL 3 ISP
TCR ADVANCED SL 3
The top-of-the-line TCR Advanced SL 0 comes with Shimano Dura Ace Di2. Costs have been lowered because this year, Giant is using their own wheels. The Team edition Rabobank comes with Shimano Dura Ace. The TCR Advanced 2 SL ISP comes with SRAM Red .
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