No one thought that a frame under 1000 grams was possible, but Giant did it with the TCR Composite. How do you top it? Make a bike that's even lighter and stiffer. Introducing the TCR Advanced.

Giant's engineers pushed the Finite Element Analysis and NAS-TRAN software to their limits. The TCR Advanced has undergone hundreds of hours of computer and real world testing to determine the optimal placement of materials for the lightest, stiffest road racing frame available. Giant's engineers have also developed a new molding procedure which enables the single air bladder and hydraulic compression to produce a continuous structure with different shapes at critical load areas. The technology also helps to minimize overlapping material to further reduce the weight while still maintaining stiffness. For the bottom bracket, drop outs and head tube, aerospace aluminum is used for enhanced strength and reduced weight.

At only 830 grams (size medium), the frame is not only lighter, it's 10-20 percent stiffer than the TCR Composite. And it still rides with the same vibration absorbing comfort that only Giant carbon composite can provide.

You also get the confidence of knowing that you can ride the same bike as Jan Ullrich and the entire T-Mobile Team. They're racing on them right now in the Tour.

This engineering breakthrough was possible through a variety of design and manufacturing innovations. An even more advanced carbon fiber and resin is used to create the composite sheets that the various pieces of laminate are cut from. A custom made aerospace grade high-strength, high-modulus fiber, coupled with a special nano resin for better lamination strength, allows a higher level of stiffness. Like all Giant composite materials, fibers and resin are mixed and woven in Giant's propriety in-house composite machinery.

An integral part of development and production is Giant's use of computer-driven Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Dynamic Vibration Analysis and strength testing to optimize the design. This allowed them to increase both the strength and rigidity of the frame while using less material. Giant's engineers have also developed a new molding procedure, called Dynamic Adaptive Tubing Technology. This procedure enables the single air bladder and hydraulic compression to produce a continuous structure with different shapes at critical load areas. It is very much like ovalizing an aluminum tube at the bottom bracket or head tube to counteract torsional loads. The technology also enables the most efficient layering and shape of the bottom bracket, head and seat tubes by minimizing overlapping material to further reduce the weight while maintaining stiffness. For the bottom bracket, drop outs and head tube, 7075 aluminium is being used for enhanced strength and reduced weight.

  • Light weight (830grams) M size, yet very stiff and responsive. Frame together with front fork is expected to weigh less than 1160 gram.
  • Input from Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Dynamic Vibration examination and strength testing allowed for an optimum design approach in reaching the objectives of lower weight whilst increasing both strength and rigidity of the frame. In line with Giant's company objective of creating a better overall cycling experience.
  • High strength, High Modulus Aerospace grade composite fiber called 'Fibrium' is used for better strength and rigidity.
  • A new, Nano resin is being used with the fiber to achieve a higher lamination strength to weight ratio.
  • New Resin and fiber are being mated and woven on Giant's own in-house developed composite machine using propriety technology.
  • Giant's propriety Dynamic Adaptive Tubing Technology (DAT) a special molding process, allows very efficient fiber distribution enabling the reduction of overlapping material at cross sections such as head and seat tube.
  • 7075 Aerospace Aluminum is being used for the aluminum parts (bottom bracket, drop outs and Head set parts) for better strength and lower weight.
 
FRAME: GIANT TCR Composite Advanced
FORK: GIANT Full Composite Advanced
WHEELS: Shimano Dura-Ace 7800
TIRES: Continental GP3000 magenta/black, 700x23c
SHIFTERS: Shimano Dura-Ace 10 Speed
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Dura-Ace 10 Speed
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Dura-Ace 10 Speed
CRANKSET: Shimano Dura-Ace 53/39 10 Speed
CASSETTE: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-23, 10 speed
SADDLE: Selle Italia, Flite Titanium or SLR
BOTTLE CAGE: Elite Carbon or aluminium Patao
SEATPOST: Giant Racing Components Composite with aluminum head
HANDLEBARS: Deda Elementi Newton 31 Anatomic
STEM: Deda Elementi Newton, 31.8, 7 degree
HEADSET: FSA
BRAKESET: Shimano Dura-Ace w/Dura-Ace STI levers
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