Very nice bike. Can you tell us how it rides? If you could compare it to other bikes you've ridden that would be great. How much did it cost? Also, do you find it an inconvenience that you cannot remove the seatpost? Does it fit into a standard bike case?
Love the setup. In my opinion (as a viewer-for your eye only etc.) Neat, absolutely a Rider's Bike. You are in great shape, you have the lean and aerodynamic and your weight distribution is so-o- hovering over which allows you to go -at-speed- kind of riding. The Stem says it all. Thanks for sharing.
This bike rides perfectly tight with no slop, takes corners as good as your ability level allows. Since the new fork is with the added beef, it is stiffened but still is amazingly light. It has that beautiful sound but its not loud. It really goes as fast as its owner can and more.
It feels crisp with the integrated seatpost. It doesn't beat the crap out of you, but it's a stiff full-on racing bike. As far as the seatpost, and movement... the seatpost-bracket allows you to adjust the height in a 1-inch range. So I cut mine as high as possible, and so the bracket is all of the way down allowing for me to raise it 1 inch if I were to grow (not gonna happen). I do not use travel cases, but since this is a smaller bike, I'd have room for it in a case if I were to take off the seat. A larger frame might have problems though. I like that if I have to race in the rain my frame doesn't fill up with water. It isn't getting in because the seatpost is sealed. Nice. no creaking, or slipping either. Though I never had that problem with any giant I ahave owned.
This type of frame is meant to be raced first above all else. Formula One cars just race, and sit. That's kinda what this bike is like. To travel is onother concern all together.
As far as a comparison to other brands, well It's my opinion...
-Trek "newer" frames. Ride solid and light, but are nothing special at all. Let's face it. Lance won the tour because of his engine. The trek didn't help. It's ride is way basic for the price.
-Specialized S-works 2005 Models. A great brand marketed with pure savvy, and they finally have a great carbon frame. Stand the Specialized next to the Giant, and you'll see immediately who does the asthetic marketing. Specialized dresses their products well. Giant makes theirs to specs, and little more to glam it up. That's what I prefer.
The Giant has pure racing technologies that some doctors might buy, but it's made for the race event, and the technology is evident in the brand as a whole.
It's clear to me that the Giant cares about how it looks, but knows it has to work right first. They've come a long way, even since their last TCR carbon. This one is spot-on.