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Strengths: A very nice, race quality bike for not a lot of money. Giant got this right!
Weaknesses: None I can think of
I bought this as a training bike for duathlon. It proved itself to be agile and mobile, a good complement to my Cervelo P2. The ride is responsive and it goes where you want it to. My only complaint is a really small one. The wheels that came on the bike are a little on the heavy side . However, this is easily fixed by buying a set of lighter wheels for race day. My pair of American classic victory 30 wheels and tufo ride elite tubular clinchers lightened things up a bit and ensured I had a good connection to the road.
Strengths: Responsiveness, great bike for me to start on.
Weaknesses: None so far.
Got this bike not too long ago as an intro into road riding.
It's given me great rides so far and I really have no complaints.
I did switch the stock Giant wheelset to a set of Mavic Ksyrium Elite.
For those who care, the weight of the bike stock (with 2 cages, a computer and Shimano 105 pedals) was 19.5lbs.
After the wheelset swap, it was 18.3lbs.
Not that this matters to me in the slightest since I'm only beginning, but it was nice to know.
Strengths: Comfort, fits well despite the sizing disrepancies, apparently lasting into it's second owner (me) after a crash and 4 years.
Weaknesses: I've never tried 105 brakes out the box, so maybe this complaint about pads is due to their age. Aksium wheelset isn't the lightest thing around, if you're counting.
Odds are, no one will care about a 2006 bike now, but anyhoo: I bought this bike used in case of a "rough" start with road bikes. It wasn't just used, but also involved in a crash beforehand which was claimed only to damage the RD and wheel. Previous owner replaced said components (WH-R500 rear wheel, 105 RD) as well RD hanger as well as drivetrain (Still Ultegra 6600) while he was at it. So while it was seemingly below original spec I took the owner's word in it being a perfectly working bike.
Since then, I've been abusing the bike down rough hills and despite it's age and crash, it's perfect. Maybe this is partly due to the owner being right about the frame being clear of damage, but regardless: wow.
The frame is a size larger than Giant recommends (oddly, the previous owner was no taller than I was), but it has always fit like a glove. Handling is a bit quick - perhaps because of it being my first road bike. I will note that after I did some component swaps (see setup), I can't ride no-handed with confidence.
Comfort is nothing to complain about even though this is a bit of a competition-focused bike.
I couldn't make out much regarding the pedaling response qualities since I'm about 140lb. I'd be baffled to notice flex - which there isn't. I can't even find faults with the unpopular wheel choice it's equipped with (Mavic Aksium and Shimano WH-R500).
Maybe it's due to their age, but the brake pads (just the pads) may leave something to be desired. They will slow down the bike well-enough, but not so much of give that "bite" for quick stops at low speed.
Overall I'm pleased with the bike, albiet the fact I have it a bit below it's original spec with a lot of usage. If anything, that just gives the frame a bit more credit. Great ride. 5 stars not because it's the best bike in the world, but there's not really anything substantial to complain about. Yes, this is partly due to the care taken by the previous owner, but it's 2010 as of now, and I don't have any desire replacing this 4 year old bike at all.
Strengths: Wonderful complete package with the Mavic wheels and full Ultegra Groupset. A real carbon seatpost and a decent saddle are nice and the Race Face bars and stem seem fine too, appearing identical to Giant's own branded ones?
Weaknesses: Why don't they just supply pedals with it to complete the groupset?
I bought this in the sale at the weekend - below cost! I've raced and trained on Giant compact frames since 2006 and haven't looked back since then. This was a chance to upgrade to a full carbon bike and this spec at this price is a steal!! The carbon frame is soooo comforatble, yet responsive and fast too. It feels like having a tailwind on the climbs, pity the legs don't!
Similar Products Used: Giant TCR Alliance with 105 gears, Ultegra chainset, Tiagra brakes(why?) and those Xero XSR wheels which is replaced by the C2, Giant TCR carbon with 9 speed Dura Ace and handbuilt wheels (in my pre-Canada life)
Bike Setup: Standard: Full Ultegra groupset, Mavic Aksium race wheels, Michelin Pro Race 2 tyres, Race Face bars and stem, Fi:zik Arione saddle.
Upgrades - I have a pair of Mavic Ksyrium SL wheels which will come out for special occasions.
I've been doing quite a bit of research on both models- I've also test rode them several times. I'm really curious to see if anyone out there has an opinion on the Felt- I've seen tons of data on the Giant, but not so much on the Felt.
I realize that you get way more bang for the bu ... Read More »
Does anyone have experience with this bike? Its a little outside my price range but I know I'll be glad once I own and ride it. My LBS has it in stock and have a great reputation for caring about the customer.
Any positive or negative comments regarding the model are greatly appreciated...
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I have seen some older postings on this topic and would like some current advice. The Trek comes outfitted with full Ultegra gear; Bontrager wheels, saddle, handlebars, stem, and seatpost. The Giant comes mostly with Ultegra, but Race Face crank and 105 brakes (both are Ultegra on the Trek). It a ... Read More »
I need your opinions.. I was sold on the Giant TCR Composite 2 seeing that the components are pretty much the same as the 5200 and the bike is about $900.00 less.. The sales guy at the lbs is telling me the better buy would be to go with the Trek instead of the Giant because of the construction/qua ... Read More »