Nice little piece from a customer who has recently traded his Venge for a TCR Advanced SL - makes great reading.
"Wow! What a bike! Thanks Steve for recommending this machine, it really is the stiffest, lightest and most responsive bike I have ever had the pleasure of riding. For the last couple of weeks I have been trawling the Internet looking at reviews, YouTube vids, and videos from GIANT themselves waxing lyrical about the new TCR project. I couldn't find a bad review and for once I'm glad to say that this bike really DOES live up to all the marketing hype - in every aspect it is superb! The love affair starts with picking it up; you can scarcely believe that a ML bike can weigh so little. The wheels are classy in an understated way and add to the stealthy look of the bike. GIANT's own finishing kit - mostly carbon, compliments the bike too and contributes to that incredible weight. The Ultegra di2 groupset is the cherry on the icing on the cake and overall (unless you pay out an extra £1500 for the Dura Ace version) I would say that this has to be one of the, if not THE, best value bikes on the market for 4k.
My first ride on it was a hilly 40 miler and what I noticed from the off, was that every last ounce of power generated seemed to be channelled into foward momentum... immediately! There was no "lag" like I've experienced with lesser frames and any effort was rewarded and then some.
Although I chose this model primarily for climbing - after all I do live in Cornwall and there are precious few interesting flat routes in the county, it proved to be no slouch on the flat. Descending was a pleasure too, just so responsive and sure - footed. I could go on and on about how pleased I am and at the time of writing this I am super excited about getting out on it tomorrow morning. If you're considering getting an all - round climbing, racing machine then don't overlook this beauty. There's a model in the range to suit most budgets and if you want to be very well looked after then look no further than Cycle Logic in Helston, a family-run business by a family passionate about cycling :) "