BMC Teammachine SLR03 VS Giant TCR Advanced 2
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    BMC Teammachine SLR03 VS Giant TCR Advanced 2

    Hi all,
    I want to get a new bike and after doing a bit of research and test riding (other options are Merida Scultura 5000, Cannondale CAAD12, Trek Emonda SL6), I am down to two choices, BMC Teammachine SLR03 105 and Giant TCR Advanced 2. What do you think about each option? Please let me know!

    BMC Teammachine SLR03 105:
    Price: AUD2299 + 3 free servicing.
    Spec: Carbon frame, fork and steer tube, 105 shifters and derailleur, shimano non-series brakes and crankset.
    Pros: Very good handling, almost "stick" to tarmac when cornering. Fast acceleration and keen climber.
    Cons: Heavy, and unnecessarily huge cassette (11-32), also pricy for this spec.

    Giant TCR Advanced 2:
    Price: AUD2299+1 free servicing+$460 worth of goodies that I can choose.
    Spec: Carbon frame and fork, hybrid steer tube. Full 105 groupset.
    Pros: Eager accelerator, and also good spec for the price.
    Cons: Handling is too sensitive that it feels a bit all over the place. And there is no more my size in 2016 model, so I have to buy the expensive 2017 model.

    Greatly appreciate any advices on which bike to choose! Cheers!

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    It comes down to fit. The BMC is a bit taller. I find it more comfortable than the TCR. The TCR though rides like a rocket. If you are looking for pure acceleration it's hard to do better than the TCR. It all comes down to the type of riding you are doing and which feels better to you.

    For me I'd go with the BMC because I am not racing and in the saddle for several hours a ride. You may be doing something completely different and find that TCR to be a lot more fun

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