expired Giant TCR Advanced 2 Disc 2018 - $1,399 (50% off), Lawrencia Cycles (Hawthorn, VIC)

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Unreal price for a great road bike. If I live in Melbourne I'd pick one up in a heartbeat.

Spec: (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/tcr-advanced-2-disc)

  • Frame: Advanced-grade Composite
  • Fork: Advanced-Grade Composite
  • Handlebar: Giant Contact
  • Stem: Giant Connect
  • Seatpost: Giant Variant, Composite
  • Saddle: Contact (Forward)
  • Shifters: Shimano 105
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 105
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
  • Brakes: Giant Conduct Hydraulic Disc Brake
  • Brake Levers: Shimano 105
  • Cassette: Shimano 105, 11x28
  • Chain: KMC X11EL-1
  • Crankset: Shimano 105, 34/50
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano RS500
  • Rims: Giant PR2 disc, tubeless
  • Hubs: Giant alloy disc, 28H
  • Spokes: Stainless steel, 14-15g
  • Tires: Giant Gavia 1 Tubeless, 700x25, Folding

BikeRadar’s Road Bike of the Year 2018 (rim brakes version):
https://www.bikeradar.com/au/road/news/article/road-bike-of-...

New Shimano 105 (R7000) will be available from 2019 model, but at this price I'm more than happy to live with a run-out group-set.

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    Great deal for anyone who lives in VIC. I tried to price match (VIC prices) bikes in NSW with no lucks.

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    Good price. Medium or medium/large only by the looks of it.

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    Wow! That's a great deal, CF with 105 from a reputable brand. Also, subjectively, in nice colour.

    Just what I wanted, a drop bar with disc brakes (hydraulic), looks like my size too (medium/large).

    • +2 votes

      it might not be hydraulic from the lever through to the calipers, Giant on some models have cable pull / hydraulic hybrid, lever pulls cable to a piston that then works hydraulic through to calipers, stopping power and feel of hydraulic with simplicity of a cable caliper.

      wise to check the system incase you think it's 105 full hydraulic and wanted to sell the group set yo upgrade.

      • +3 votes

        Yeah, I think you're right on this particular one - it's the Giant Conduct brakes, cable-actuated hydraulic

        https://www.giant-bicycles.com/global/showcase/conduct

        Notwithstanding that, this is a great deal / price. If I was in Vic, N+1 would definitely be coming into play.

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        Thanks for that.

        Damn it, manufacturers always find ways to skim.

        • +1 vote

          I would say that is a feature? Hydraulics need bleeding and cannot be replaced as easy as cables

        • +4 votes

          @djprima: Hydraulic brakes are way better. I went 5 years on my commuter without bleeding the system. Even if it's just the calliper, they'll still need a rebleed just as often as a pure hydraulic system. The loss is out the calliper, not the handle. The Once set up, they're set and forget. 105's didn't have hydraulic brifters until the current generation (I think?) which will be seen on 2019 bikes. Cable actuated hydraulic brakes are a monstrosity and should be killed with fire. As are pure cable disc brakes.

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          @serrin: good to know, thanks. Yeah I've used hydraulics before and just heard of this cable actuated hydraulics, thought it's an improvement

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          @djprima:

          I'll give a counter anecdote regarding hydraulic brakes. I had a mountain bike with Shimano hydraulic brakes and had a disappointing experience.

          Unfortunately I cannot remember the model of the brakes but the fluid reservoir on the brake lever started leaking. Took it too the shop and it needed some new gasket but the brakes were discontinued the year before and they couldn't get parts anymore. Was a bit fed up so I just used silicone sealant to stop the leak (that worked, bit of a bodge). Bike was stolen so its someone elses problem now :P

          I've since learnt a lot about bike maintenance, and I've built myself a cyclocross bike and I replaced OEM brakes with TRP HY/RD brakes. These are cable actuated hydraulic brakes and they are fantastic. Heaps better than the brakes the bike came with and just as good stopping as the full hydraulic brakes I had on my mountain bike.

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          @rx8geek: thanks for that, conclusion is I need to try one and decide for myself :))

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      I had a TCR med/large. I'm 6ft1" and is the perfect size. Just FYI

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    Bloody hell what a price.

  • +1 vote

    Want a really nice bike? Buy this, get an Ultegra groupo from Wiggle/Chain Reaction/Merlin, and sell off the 105 groupo.

    • +1 vote

      The extra efforts reduce the saving, people will not pay high price for components taken off a new bike, also time to retrofit and selling the stuff.

      If you want Ultegra, just wait for an Ultegra deal.

    • +2 votes

      Get onto the facebook swap groups and buy Di2 parts. believe it or not there are others out there that buy a bike with Di2 and want to swap over the Grouppo. . I assume this frame takes Di2? then selloff the mech 105 Grouppo. You need Di2 cables, battery, junction boxes, derailleurs and brifters. I already have spare Di2 cables, battery and rear derailleur…hmmmmm!!!

  • +3 votes

    Incredible price! Wish we had this sort of sale in WA

  • +2 votes

    Seriously considering to get a friend to pick this up in Melbourne.

  • -1 vote

    Wow tempted to pick up the whole lot and distribute among friends. Very tempting.

  • -1 vote

    Does it come with peddles?

  • +1 vote

    is it made of carbon fibre?

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    oh why it is only in VIC… damn

  • +6 votes

    Grabbed one! Excited to get it!

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    I have one of these I got second hand a few years back (not disc brake though). Its an excellent bike. I was lucky enough to get mine for 1k after some negotiation. They wanted this price second hand, so it's a great deal for a better bike brand new.

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      same. I paid around $1100 for my 2nd hand TCR advanced. No discs either, but I do have ultegra.

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    Since this is a bike thread, I hope I can ask for some suggestions for a bang for buck commute bike.

    I only need to ride it to and from the train station, ~1.2Km each way, small roads.

    Don't need anything fancy. looking to spend less than $400.

    I don't know anything about bikes.

    What do you guys think about Samson Cycles? Their prices seem quite reasonable.

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      I have a similar position to you. I'll be keeping an eye out for some OZB member's advice.

    • +3 votes

      Are you taking the bike with you or leaving it at the station? Is it a secured/monitored area?

      Probably better off walking the 1.2km. If you must, for that distance, you don't need anything fancy/super efficient, just get a pre-owned sub $200 or less bike, it will serve you well.

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        I bought one recently like this one https://www.rebelsport.com.au/sports/cycling/bikes/flight-me... and I wore the tires out in 2 trips. Granted I'm 120kg, but really need to cycle to reduce the weight. By recent I mean 6 months ago and I broke the frame a couple of weeks ago. It was bad.

        • +1 vote

          Don't know when it'll be on next but surprisingly Aldi sells decent bikes, I have both the hybrid and road bike, 3 years and 1 year old respectively. Mainly cycle to and from the station ~5km, would be about $300 too. The stations I usually go to have dedicated bike cages, which are free if you sign up (Parkiteer).

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          Get yourself a 2nd hand steel frame bike and some touring tyres (marathon plus if you've got the budget, they won't wear out on you). It'll be heavy and slow but it won't break.

      • +2 votes

        Yeah, lazy to wake up that little bit earlier to walk. Also, I'm in work shoes, not ideal for walking.

        Just looked at map again, and it's actually 1.7km, not that I'm justifying my purchase based on the distance :P , but just thought I'd share haha.

        The bike will be left at the station, it's a pretty secure location.

        I think i'll go with what most have suggested here: buy a cheap 2nd hand one from gumtree or something.

        cheers

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          Some good bikes that would suit what you wanted for around $200 or less on gumtree. Also try FB marketplace.

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      If you are locking it up at the station, then a cheap second hand bike or a single speed would be the way to go.

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      you will be better off with previous deals $99 bikes from rebel sports

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      If the particular train station is near Samson Cycles, I'd invest more in the lock than in the bike.
      Grab something second hand that does not look expensive, but is in mechanically good condition.

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      I used a second hand giant crx 4 for years to get to the station. Picked it up for only $100 and then spent about $80 fixing it up (tyres, brakes, etc). Does the job, don't need to worry if it gets scratched or stolen. I've even cycled the full way to work (30km round) and it's been fine for that too.

    • +3 votes

      1.2km each way? Walk, jog, run!

    • +1 vote

      Just get a Reid Urban X1 Hybrid/Commuter bike?

      Urban X1 24Sp $450
      https://www.reidcycles.com.au/urban-x1.html

      Much better value for an additional $50 as compared to the 7Sp Urban X0 priced at $400

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      Try iamfree bike shop in fitzroy. Around the same price range $400 with hydraulic disc brakes. My partner bought one, I can attest to great value for money and quality too.

      Else reid bikes, my osprey is still going strong 5 years later.

      Samson bikes I've had less than great experience with them but it's been a long time. Depending on the station sign up to parkiteer if you can.

      And yes please get a d lock at minimum.

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      Internal hub + rust-free chains/carbon belt drive

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      1.2km being left for theft and vandalism at station… Just get something for $50 on GumTree or free off a garbage pile.

      Even if you get a better weekender that commute is trash beater duty.

  • +5 votes

    I think TCR has a relatviely aggressive geometry, not really aimed for the causal riders.

    Probably best not to buy it because it's a bargain, without first trying it out.

    • +2 votes

      Nah buy first and think about trying it out later.
      I'd say there will be limited stock too, maybe 1-2 of each if that.

      • +1 vote

        Yeah, I'm sure there is some ozbargain rule about having 10 or more stock for a deal…..

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          There would never be a premium bike deal then.
          Shops only ever have one maybe two in a size and the importer warehouse doesn't have that many.

          Everywhere is clearing the MY18 for the new models.
          This shop is still cheaper than normal.

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          @joelmuzz:
          With the new R7000 released this year I hoping for more great R5800 deal in the coming months.

    • +2 votes

      TCR sits between the Defy and Propel in terms of geometry.
      A good deal even though it's still the older R5800 instead of the new R7000

      Lawrencia has good deals, in the past the Cannondale CAAD8 105 was priced at $999. Only downside is their after-sales services

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        The TCR and propel have the same stack and reach measurements and is similar to many other race bikes.

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        Yap TCR and Propel are same geometry, just Propel is aero tube shapes, but comes at a price of being a harsher ride and heavier so actually not great for most people.

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      I would think the Defy is more suited to most people on here. The TCR would be harsher to ride as well and I dont know if it can accept wider tyres which is becoming standard these days.

      Would only recommend it to someone who is starting out racing on a budget.

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        It can't, it's 25 max.
        Some 28 might just clear, but that's dangerous a little flex and frame gone in seconds.

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    What height range would a M frame be suitable for generally speaking?

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    Just got one, with 49.99 pedal ,awsome !

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    I just got a superSix evo 105 … this is a way better deal

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    Most good bike deals are always around Melbourne :(

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    Can people please recommend where to buy a decent bike light (would like to buy something decent, hoping for <$100); decent helmet; and clip in pedals/shoes combo? or just direct me to a good site for this stuff?

    Would be greatly appreciated.

    • +1 vote

      Pushys
      Wiggle / Chainreactioncycles
      Probikekit

    • +3 votes

      For helmet and shoes you really need to try before you buy. Depend where you are, in Brisbane there's BikeBug which has decent deals every now and then.

    • +1 vote

      WRT lights, I've tried numerous over the years, from cheap chinese imports (cheap does not mean bad, btw) to $multi-hundred name brands.

      For commuting, etc, I keep going back to Aldi lights. They sell them a couple of times a year, usually about $40 for a front & rear set. Multiple mounting options, usb rechargeable, nice & bright, sensible flash patterns (no crazy fast strobes). I really like them a lot. I reckon they're unbeatable for the price.

      • +1 vote

        With respect to lights, either buy something that has adjustable brightness, or buy the appropriate light for your riding.
        If you're using it during the day, or need a 'light to see by' because you're riding in a dark area at night, get something bright.
        If you're riding on a well lit bike path, then please don't get an obscenely bright light which will just blind the other path users.

    • +1 vote

      Lastest major bike light review from Vic consortium of researchers and bike people said any lights sold.in a shop will be good enough these days. The low end of eBay still dangerously not worth it. My Moon Mask is still going strong after 5 years of use most days. Highly recommend that for a front commuting light.

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    no postage options?

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    Great deal, I paid over 2K$ for a TCR composite 8 years ago, still going strong though.

  • +1 vote

    Lawrencia cycles. Those guys have been around for ever. I bought my first 10 speed bike from them in the 80s

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