The May/June 2008 issue of Road Bike Action magazine tested and reviewed the 2008 Giant TCR-C1 with positive results. The $3000 bike comes equipped with Shimano's slick new Ultegra SL component group, and Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels with Michelen Pro Race tires. Some highlight of the review:
"When you look at the TCR-C1, you can instantly tell that Giant knows what they are doing with their carbon construction process. [They are] heralded by many as the most advanced carbon bike producer in the world..."
"As delivered, the [size XL] TCR-C1 weighed 16.8 pounds without pedals."
"Aspiring racers and aggressive club riders are the stuff of the Giant TCR-C1. It has the stiffness and agility to move a skilled rider a few wheels up in the peloton..."
"Beyond the Giant's superbly constructed frame, we liked its better-than-the-norm treatments, like the Fizik saddle, its Race Face bar and the Jagwire control cables, which help the Giant stand out from competitors at this price point. The TCR-C1 is a true racing machine from one of the world's most experienced carbon bike makers."