Scorchingly fast, silly light, and more affordable than the competition, this might just be the finest race bike for the money
Less costly than many other racing bikes, the Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0 may just be the bike for those who like like a more agressive ride. Jen Judge
Having strongly advocated for endurance and adventure road bikes for the masses, I realize that pimping a full-fledged race machine like the TCR Advanced Pro 0 may seem like a contradiction. To be clear, I still believe most people will be happier and more comfy on bikes like the Cervélo C5, Diamondback Haanjo, and Open U.P., but it’s also true that some people still race—or simply prefer the harder, more aggressive edge of race bikes, in the same way some people like driving Porsches or Ferraris—and it would difficult to find a better specimen than this Giant. It’s refined, peppier than Froome on uppers, and at $5,250, costs a fraction of most other bikes in its class.
Given the bike’s feather weight, it’s tempting to call it a climbing bike. And indeed, while riding in groups on steep pitches, whenever an acceleration or attack would come, I had no trouble closing or bridging with just a slight press on the pedals. When climbing out of the saddle, the bike flicks over quickly and easily. If I didn’t know better, I would have guessed I was on a bike that cost twice as much with custom-built tubular wheels.