Giant has been refining their race-ready TCR series of bicycles for years, but somehow they've kept the prices pretty chill. The TCR Advanced 2 Disc is a perfect example: The Advanced-Grade carbon fiber Composite frame shows off new flowing lines that help cheat the wind, along with absurdly light weight. Those truncated shapes found at the head tube, down tube and fork legs help the TCR Advanced 2 Disc slice through the air with less effort. A tapered OverDrive head tube/steerer tube interface adds handling precision in fast corners. A press-fit PowerCore bottom bracket ensures instant response with every pedal stoke. The TCR Advanced 2's carbon fiber Composite fork helps keep weight low as well. There's even room for tires up to 32mm wide. All this makes for a pretty strong argument for a bike that can brag about best-bang-for-your-buck.
But there's more. Lots more...
Shimano recently redesigned their venerable 11-speed 105 component group. Called R7000, the new 105 components are a direct descendant of Shimano's pro-level Dura-Ace component group. The Shadow-style rear derailleur shifts even smoother and boasts a wider gearing capacity, the toggle-pivot front derailleur requires less effort to operate, and the new levers adjust to fit smaller hands better. A Shimano RS510 52/36T alloy crankset and 11-30T Shimano 105 cassette makes the TCR Advanced 2 Disc an even better choice for tackling otherwise fearsome hills and inclines. Tubeless alloy PR-2 wheels and Giant Gavia Course 1 tubeless tires take grip and smooth ride quality to another level. Helping to reign in speed is the job of Shimano's (you guess it) 105 hydraulic brake calipers. A Giant Approach road saddle, Composite carbon fiber Variant seatpost, alloy Contact stem and alloy Contact road handlebar complete this race-worthy machine.
This bicycle was produced by hand in Waterloo, WI, using the same molds and techniques as the Madone 6.9 SSL of the same year. The bicycle uses Trek's proprietary OCLV 110 carbon fiber material for very light weight and impressive torsional strength. An aggressive geometry provides nimble handling and lightning-fast pedaling response, especially during uphill, out-of-the-saddle efforts. Up front, a 1-1/8" Cane Creek external-cup headset holds the lightweight Bontrager Race X Lite OCLV 110 carbon fiber fork. The Madone's cables are all externally routed, allowing easy servicing in the field.
The Livestrong Madone bicycles feature real gold leaf panels on the top tube, down tube and seat tube. Lance Armstrong's signature appears across the top tube under the clearcoat. Yellow highlights and custom graphics adorn the bike and many of the components.
Shimano's 10-speed 7800 Dura Ace components are found throughout the bike, including the dual-control levers, both derailleurs, both multi-pivot brake calipers, and the 12-25T cassette. Long service life and precise operation can be expected for years to come from Shimano's best pro-level components. A Bontrager crankset with carbon fiber arms, 53/39T chainrings and matching custom graphics is an impressive centerpiece to the Livestrong Madone. Bontrager Race X Lite alloy wheels also feature custom yellow spokes and carbon fiber hubs, and are wrapped with 700x23mm Bontrager tires. A Bontrager carbon fiber seatpost, Bontrager saddle, Race XXX Lite carbon fiber stem and OCLV carbon fiber handlebar also boast custom yellow graphics.
Felt continues to offer excellent performance at every price level. The VR60 is a prime example of how Felt's Variable Road (or VR) series brings high performance to an affordable price point.
The VR60 starts with a lightweight custom-butted FLite aluminum frame and UHC Advanced carbon fiber fork. The frame's shaped and tapered tubes ensure impressive torsional strength while retaining light weight and a smooth road feel, especially on rough and choppy surfaces. The geometry of the VR60 emphasizes a more upright posture for a wider range of rider fits and flexibilities. Up front, the UHC carbon fiber fork soaks up fatiguing vibration while helping to keep the entire chassis light. Details such as internal cable routing, a ControlTaper head tube/steerer tube interface, flat-mount disc brake installation and a top tube "bento box" mount demonstrate how Felt wants your first endurance road bike experience to be a good one. But they didn't stop there...
Shimano's 8-speed Claris conponents are found throughout the VR60's drivetrain, including the adjustable-reach dual-control levers, front derailleur and long-cage rear derailleur. This family of components might be Shimano's most introductory product for road bicycles, but the overall feel and functionality of Claris will set a high standard. An alloy Shimano Claris 50/34T compact crankset and 11-34T cassette brings a wide gearing range to the VR60, making steep ascents less challenging. Tubeless-ready alloy Devox wheels are wrapped with 700x30c Vittoria Zaffiro semi-treaded tires for easy acceleration and confident grip. Cable-operated Tektro disc brakes bring effective stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine. A Devox saddle, alloy Devox seatpost, alloy Devox stem and alloy Devox road handlebar complete this value-packed machine.
- Lightning-quick shifts with the latest generation Di2 derailleurs and wireless Di2 dual-control levers
- Programmable shifting for righties and lefties with Shimano's E-Tube Project smartphone app
- Wireless shift signal can be received by most 3rd party handlebar computers from Garmin and Wahoo
- Larger 36T rear cassette cog capacity on the 105 Di2 derailleur
- The internal battery is wired to both derailleurs and is charged by a new aperture at the rear derailleur