All About Zwift’s Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc Frame

All About Zwift’s Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc Frame

Zwift’s newest update includes a new bike frame – the third Giant frame to be added to the game! It’s the TCR Advanced SL Disc, and an update to the TCR Advanced SL which has been in game for quite some time.

Available at level 14+ for 745,500 Drops, the frame is rated at 3 stars for aero and 3 stars for weight. Here’s how Zwift describes it:

“Everything about the Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc screams high performance. It’s the choice of pro racers for challenging road courses that favor all-arounder abilities. Proven compact road geometry, an OverDrive 2 steerer tube, and the massive MegaDrive downtube all work together to deliver legendary handling that’s synonymous with the TCR name.”

Of course, experienced Zwifters know that real-world performance doesn’t necessarily translate to Zwift performance. So at Zwift Insider we run frames and wheelsets through a battery of tests to figure out just how well they perform in Zwift’s virtual world.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc in Zwift…

The Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc, IRL

Aero Performance

The Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc is rated 3 aero stars, which is the highest any standard road frame is rated in Zwift. Not that this makes it special – approximately half of the current frames have a 3-star aero rating.

This frame’s aero performance sits mid-pack compared to the full list of Zwift road frames, clocking in at 2 seconds faster than the older Giant TCR Advanced SL frame.

The TCR Advanced SL Disc turned in a time of 51:31 on our test course (two laps of Tempus Fugit). By comparison, the fastest frame in game (Specialized Venge S-Works) turned in a time of 51:18. (Both of these test times were done with Zwift’s stock wheelset, the 32mm carbon).

This means the TCR Advanced SL Disc is better than approximately 1/2 of the road frames in game, in terms of aero performance.

Climb Performance

The TCR Advanced SL Disc is rated at 3 stars for weight, so we know it won’t be as fast as the very best climbing frames. But precisely how well does it perform?

The TCR Advanced SL Disc turned in an Alpe du Zwift time of 49:19. By comparison, the fastest frame in game (Specialized Tarmac Pro) turned in a time of 48:57. (Both of these test times were done with Zwift’s stock wheelset, the 32mm carbon).

This means the TCR Advanced SL Disc is only better than approximately 1/3 of the road frames in game, in terms of climb performance.

Color Slider

One oddity we noticed: this frame includes a color slider to customize the look – but it doesn’t actually do anything! Regardless of where you slide it, the frame remains black with white accents.

Comparisons + Alternatives

There are no frames in game which turn in the same performance as the Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc, so we have no direct comparisons. However, we can say that, at the price point of 745,500 Drops and a level lock of 14, there are certainly better performers available.

See our Zwift Shopping Guide for a list of recommended frames all the way through level 50 >

Based on this frame’s lackluster performance, we don’t anticipate many Zwifters using it for racing purposes. If you’re a Giant fan, though, you might want to pick it up for those less competitive rides – especially if you ride this bike IRL!

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About The Author

Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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M. D. S. Günther
M. D. S. Günther
4 months ago

When a 3/3 rated bike turns out to be so mediocre then the rating system needs an overhaul

M. d. s. Günther
M. d. s. Günther
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I get the simplicity, and i guess the rating even make sense but i would assume that this is only the case because of outliers such as the Mountain bikes, or the Buffallo bike.
In the end it will not make the game meaningfully more complicated introducing a 10-star rating to give more accuracy. But i also get that this is, if at all, at the very bottom of their priority list.

Evan
Evan
4 months ago

A Giant waste of Drops, if you ask me.

JayDee
JayDee
4 months ago
Reply to  Evan

The bike is nice, just like the Colnago V3Rs, but with such subpar performance, just like the Colnago V3Rs, you simply don’t want to ride it, just like the Colnago V3Rs.

ShakeNBakeUK
ShakeNBakeUK (@bakeuk_2)
4 months ago
Reply to  Evan

😁

JayDee
JayDee
4 months ago

So 2 seconds faster on flat and 14 seconds slower on Alpe than the old frame? Pretty bad. You sure this isn’t another frame with broken settings from the beginning? The color slider and climbing performance would indicate that.

Evan
Evan
4 months ago
Reply to  JayDee

It’s rated 3 stars for both, which is max for aero and 75% for climbing, so I doubt it….

JayDee
JayDee
4 months ago
Reply to  Evan

The star rating, especially for weight, is worthless. It’s basically that the lightest bikes get 4 stars, other road bikes get 3 stars, and TT bikes and MTBs get 1 star.
It’s funny that this bike gets -14 seconds on Alpe compared to the old model when Giant themselves boasted how light the new frame is (it really is pretty light in reality). Perhaps 14 second penalty on Alpe for weight penalty from disc brakes? 😀

ric
ric
4 months ago
Reply to  JayDee

i think the rating is what ever party pays the most. sworks i think

John
John
4 months ago

What’s the point of putting new frames in the game if they’re average. And won’t get used.. why not unlock the concept bike for a week for everyone to try .then another month make the best TT frame available for a week ..etc..

ShakeNBakeUK
ShakeNBakeUK (@bakeuk_2)
4 months ago
Reply to  John

u gotta earn that tron bike son 😉

Evan
Evan
4 months ago
Reply to  John

But that will ruin the fun!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy
4 months ago
Reply to  John

I find once you’ve got a decent all rounder and climber (manageable quite early on) the drop shop becomes pointless. I hoped they’d start putting things in that actually improve stuff, like aero helmets that do in fact reduce drag, or maybe the ability to buy boosts that you can bank and use in game. Either way, these new middling bikes are a bit pointless unless you simply want to collect them for the sake of it.

Marco NL
Marco NL
4 months ago

I wonder if they have any long term direction on frames and wheels? Continuation of the current approach makes the bike shop chaotic and somewhat superfluous long-term. If they would like to promote more variety in bike frames that are actually being used, it would be better to have these frames perform almost equal (as the star rating suggests). An example could be to classify road bike frames as Aero (fast at high speeds but heavier thus slower on climbs), Sprint/Punch/All-round (still reasonably aero but lighter for fast acceleration) or Climb (lightest but slower on flats). Frames within a class… Read more »

EndUser2021
EndUser2021
4 months ago

Yeah the frame and wheelset guide kept me from burning my drops early on with bad performers … now I got the better stuff and am left going… sheesh why would I want to spend drops on what is not an improvement on what I got … heck right now there is only one racing frame I don’t have only due to my not being a high enough level to get it yet =\ … I think ZwiftHQ is at a loss for bike improvements as any multi-year user has been on ALL the ROUTES and has virtually ALL the… Read more »

Dirk Diggler
Dirk Diggler (@eggshapedfred)
4 months ago

Not arsed about the stats as only do workout mode. Would like a GT Grade too.

agent71
agent71
4 months ago

I’d like a system where you have base stats for a bike but should you want to you can spend drops to improve stats up to a point. That allows those that don’t care to ignore and those that do to tweak.

But first I want a 3T Strada in game! 😀

JayDee
JayDee
4 months ago

Btw when will we get the nice Cadex wheels?

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