Giant 1999 TCR 2R Older Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

1999 Giant TCR 2R, road race & triathlon, Shimano 105 Triple components, Giant fork

USER REVIEWS

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[May 26, 2021]
cycledudeK


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Agility and speed It climbs well very responsive lightweight - even to today's standards durable (I've been riding mine for 22 years & just finished a long race with it) color still turns heads after 22 years

Weakness:

The carbon Seatpost (was not a good fit for me) hard to adjust due to its aero shape wheel choice (however, pretty good for the money)

Price Paid:
$1150
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1999
[Mar 08, 2002]
Ian Humphreys
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cardbon Forks and Frame

Weakness:

Drop handlebars and stem flex

This bike is so comfortable. It just seems to float. It is even better now I have moved to flat bars and bar ends.

Similar Products Used:

First road bike, but have had many Mountain Bikes. Current is a well used but loved Proflex 757

[Jun 19, 2001]
Anonymous
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light and quick. Climbs like a mountain goat on roids! I imagine (if I had any fast-twitch muscles anywhere in my body) that it would also be a decent sprinting bike as well. Long top tube. This is the first road bike that I've owned where I don't need to buy the longest stem made in order to be comfortable.

Weakness:

The fork, while interesting looking, may be a little stiff for a compact aluminum bike. I've given up trying to adjust the derailleurs to keep the chainrings from grinding on each end of the spectrum (may be caused from really short chainstays). The welding is a little sloppy, but this bike is more about cheap speed than fine art. Steering is quick and requires a little bit of finess and attention when riding in a large peloton (more of a weakness on the rider?).

For the money, this is a great, work-horse racing bike. The geometry allows someone like myself, with short legs and a long upper body, to stretch out a little and be comfortable. I love to climb and this seems to be the TCR's greatest strength. Would I rather have a state-of-the-art Italian or titanium frame? Sure, but I don't think that there is much out there that can match the fit and function of the TCR at anywhere near this price range.

Similar Products Used:

Bianchi SLX, a Cannondale Too-stiff, and a Miyata Too-heavy.

[Mar 29, 1999]
Anonymous
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Responsive
Lightest tested
Adjustable

Weakness:

Stem
Seat

I test rode and compared prices of many other bikes. I found the TCR 2R to be the best in price, eventhough I up graded the wheel set and shifters. The bike has a very fast response during sprinting and climbs like no other. Most of the road vibration is dampened by the carbon fork and seat post. Also, a plus is the ability to adjust the bike to fit a wide range of riders. The only drawback I could find is the flexy stem and uncomfortable seat. A true racing bike.

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Trek
Specialized
LeMond
Caloi
Bianchi....

[Apr 01, 1999]
Anonymous
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

As in agreeance with other riders, the weld quality and finish of the Giant bike seem to be not fully worthy of the overall coolness of this bike. I traded the 32 spoke wheelset in for the Giant carbon wheels which make it look much more swoopy, and maybe saved a bit of weight.The TCR (I ride a Lrg.) make look pretty crazy but the bike rides very traditional and stable, like an older style time-tested European road bike. It is not a super quick bike for criteriums, but will make an awesome TT or RR bike due to the sheer comfort and response of the overall package. Too bad it's illegal in 2000 by the UCI.I give props to Giant for producing this radical design and being able to sell it for such a great price. Quality components, nice looks, smooth ride and a good bike to learn higher end road racing/riding skills with.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Apr 05, 1999]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

the bike isn't that good! my bike broke after 2 weeks, it's impossible to repair it! don't by this bike.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Mar 19, 1999]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Price
Appearance
Compact frame design

Weakness:

Finish quality
Welds

I shopped around for a 105 equipped road bike to train on. The TCR2 was by far the best value on the market - paid $1700 Cdn ($1100 US). That was gravy, though - the compact frame design is what sold me. This bike is very responsive. Only downside was the finish quality - had to touch up several paint imperfections, and the welds aren't the prettiest you'll ever see. However, nobody notices because the bike looks so damn good.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Feb 19, 1999]
Anonymous
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

Got my Giant TCR-2 and upgraded it with Shimano Ultegra group and Mavic Open Pro rims. The welds on the Taiwanese frame are not very nicely done, but the screaming paint job concealed the flaws. As long as it doesn't fall apart on me, I'm happy. Sizing is a problem as the geometry is quite different from traditional frame. The best way to size it is using the top tube length...heck, the best way is to take it for a spin. The top tube length of my old frame suggest that I get the small (44cm), but after riding the medium (50cm), I find the longer top tube rides better. So, don't be afraid to try out a new riding position, afterall, it is a new concept frame. The funky stem is quite limited in its adjustability. I have to swap to a normal stem to achieve the reach that I like. That aside, the ride is awesome. The compact frame is light, efficient and stable when climbing and sprinting out of the saddle. The carbon fork absorbs shocks better than my old aluminum model. Acceleration is great. The best thing has to be the price. Although it is not a Colnago or Bianchi, all your money goes into performance with the Giant, and not tradition. I'll give this bike 4 burning dead horses for value, ride quality and eye candy factor. I reserve one dead horse for the stem and welds.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Feb 19, 1999]
Anonymous
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

Got my Giant TCR-2 and upgraded it with Shimano Ultegra group and Mavic Open Pro rims. The welds on the Taiwanese frame are not very nicely done, but the screaming paint job concealed the flaws. As long as it doesn't fall apart on me, I'm happy. Sizing is a problem as the geometry is quite different from traditional frame. The best way to size it is using the top tube length...heck, the best way is to take it for a spin. The top tube length of my old frame suggest that I get the small (44cm), but after riding the medium (50cm), I find the longer top tube rides better. So, don't be afraid to try out a new riding position, afterall, it is a new concept frame. The funky stem is quite limited in its adjustability. I have to swap to a normal stem to achieve the reach that I like. That aside, the ride is awesome. The compact frame is light, efficient and stable when climbing and sprinting out of the saddle. The carbon fork absorbs shocks better than my old aluminum model. Acceleration is great. The best thing has to be the price. Although it is not a Colnago or Bianchi, all your money goes into performance with the Giant, and not tradition. I'll give this bike 4 burning dead horses for value, ride quality and eye candy factor. I reserve one dead horse for the stem and welds.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Nov 23, 1998]
Anonymous
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

First off, I acknowledge that I am far from an expert, having spend little over two serious years in the saddle of a bike with sport-touring geometry.
So now that I've decided that I'm going to stick with the sport I decided that it was time to get a bike with racing geometry. So, over the last few weeks I've tried out eigth different bikes in the 54-55cm range and the TCR size medium (50cm). Once I got used to the compact road concept I tested the TCR side by side with other bike. Now, as you know, each bike had its own personality; some cooperate and some seem to balk. What I really wanted to know was which bike was going to cooperate with me and which ones wanted to lag behind when I got out of the saddle and sprinted. Everything was rather normal until a tried out the TCR. That, my friends, is when I feel in love with the TCR. Since I'm trying to be prudent with my money, I tried the bikes again, making sure that they were in the same gear to decide if this responsiveness was fact or fiction. It was fact; that bike stuck with me every time--come to think of it, it felt like an extension of my body, just like it's supposed to be.
If you are at all curious, go to Giant's web site (www.giant-bicycle.com), find a dealer near you, and try one out. As you may find, it is, as others have said, a bit on the nervous or ultra-responsive side but after rolling around for a few minutes the feeling grows on you and adds to that quick feeling.
As for the rating, I would hesitate to give ANY bike the full five stars, but if the rating existed, I would give the TCR 2R a 4.5. As it is, I give it a VERY STRONG 4. Who knows, after I've ridden for a year I might come back and give it the full five like John gave the TRC 1R.

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