Giant TCR Advanced Pro Disc 1 review

We tested out the Ultegra equipped TCR Advanced Pro Disc 1, and held it in higher regard than the pricier TCR SL

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Ultimately it’s a fantastic bike. I’m not one to ascribe an ethereal quality to a machine, they are never more than the sum of their parts to me. But these are some special parts and when you add them together you get something that is never less than that – a total complete race bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Lighter than much of the competition

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    Great value wheelset

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    Excellent handling

Reasons to avoid
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    External cable routing

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    Lack of aftermarket stems

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    Saddle may not be for everyone

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The Giant TCR Advanced Pro Disc 1 was selected for an Editor's Choice award in 2020. This year's list contains 78 items which scored a 9 or 10/10 with our tech team - this gear is the best of the best, and has received the Cycling Weekly stamp of approval. 

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.