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Giant TCR(7 posts)

Giant TCRMart
Jun 16, 2001 11:52 AM
I just went to the cycle shop and picked up the Giant TCR frame - I could not believe how light it was. I struggle with the fact that they only come in three sizes though. I'm 5ft 11ins with about a 33 and a half inch inseam. I am thinking of getting the medium - any views would be welcome.
re: Giant TCRbadabill
Jun 16, 2001 1:55 PM
Im 5'10 with a 30 inseam and a medium fit me fine. If you have not ridden a TCR I would find a shop that has some built up and take them for a test ride. Its a great racing frame, but for a all day rider it was to harsh a ride for me.
Another opinion of the TCR.boy nigel
Jun 16, 2001 4:37 PM
I second badabill's recommendation of absolutely finding a shop with a medium and/or a large built-up--and with a few seatpost sizes available--before further consideration. It sounds to me like you'd either be a medium with a long seatpost or a large with a shorter or average-length seatpost.

Regarding the all-day ability of the TCR, I have one of last year's TCR2s (105 components). I ride a lot in New York City (where I live)--a metropolis not known at all for their smooth, silky, well-taken-care-of roads. I've also done 100 miles on the bike in a day (1/4 of which were these far-less-than-perfect city streets), and I came back feeling just fine; indeed, no more beaten up than on a twenty- or sixty-miler, road-shock-wise. To add to this, I ride a Small TCR, which, if anything, would be a stiffer and harsher ride than a medium or a large would be (less flex in shorter tube lengths by a good stretch). The tubing is great, as are the stock carbon fork and seatpost, which soak up some road shock for sure. Another thing to consider: I ride with 110-115 psi in each tire (including on the 100-miler), so I don't need to soften-up the tires with lower pressures to feel comfortable on my bike.

I'm not doubting that badabill's TCR experience warranted it too harsh for him, but everyone's tolerances and perceptions are different. Saddles can make a good difference; as well, handlebar tape (I use the stock cork tape), gloves, and even on-bike positioning can also affect how one feels the road bumps and/or stiffness. I came from a stiff steel frame, and I find the TCR to be so much more comfortable. Try one out; if possible, take one on a medium-length ride (or at least a 20-miler) on varying types of road or terrain (hills, flats, rough pavement, smooth pavement, etc.). If you dig it, buy it; if not, pass on it.

Good luck, and have fun.
re: Giant TCRElefantino
Jun 16, 2001 5:39 PM
My son (5-11, 180, 33-inch inseam) tried both the medium and the large and went with the large. The medium, for his height and weight, was too unforgiving — harsh ride, even with the long seatpost. He likes the large much better.
check Giant sitecyclopathic
Jun 17, 2001 8:48 PM
they have sizing chart under bikes/sizing. I think best fit for you would be medium, SP size 1 or 2.

with respect to riding qualities you'd better off having more seatpost exposed. Frame itself is very stiff, but all harsh is taken out by carbon post and fork. More exposed seatpost -> softer ride.
re: Giant TCR1on1
Jun 18, 2001 6:55 AM
This season I picked up a TCR 0 in a size medium with a number 3 seatpost. I am 5'10" and 150lbs with a 32" inseam. The bike fits me very well but if I were any larger, I would have opt'd for the large. The reason for this is because the medium would then have too much drop for me.
Love mine!ChrisV
Jun 18, 2001 7:55 AM
I ride a small also and yes, it should be stiffer and more uncomfortable, but I have to admit, it is the most comfortable bike I have owned so far save for my Ti mountainbike. They are a great deal for the level of bike you get!