Not really much work to do on this, but I finally bought my first full carbon road bike!
Just picked it up today and have a few minor tweaks to make but nothing major.
A couple of photos from the ad. (PS. Nope it doesn’t have a double saddle, I just got to choose, and went for the narrower Selle Italia one, though the black saddle looks arguably better.)
There’s a lot to like here.
Giant T700 full carbon composite frame in matt clearcoat finish
Campagnolo Record carbon 10 speed shifters
Campagnolo Chorus other groupset bits
Campagnolo Scirocco G3 rims
All pretty clean and tidy, no bumps, no cracks.
The TCR (Total Compact Road) is a true icon and changed road bike geometry after the 150 year reign of the diamond frame. I’m very keen to ride it.
Almost all new bikes have compact geometry, which lowers the centre of mass, stiffens the frame, and makes a given frame size easier to fit for different body shapes through other adjustments. Fewer different frame sizes (e.g. S/M/L etc.) meant lower production costs and allowed more investment into innovation. This, combined with carbon fibre technology now hitting its stride, makes for a very promising bike indeed. I’m excited to get to know it better.
I must confess, the look of the bike was a big draw for me. I’m a big fan of naked frames, and love seeing the raw material one is made of. The Lemond Chambery is a great example, and the clear coated aluminium and carbon fibre is one of the reasons I like it so much.