Cycling Plus put together a comprehensive group test on the latest race ready rides on a budget, with the TCR Advanced Pro 2 (£2399) coming out as the overall winner and scoring a near perfect 4 ½ stars (out of 5).
Squaring up against the TCR was the Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc, Cannondale Supersix Evo 105, Boardman Air 9.4, Bianchi Aria 105 and a Focus Izalco Max Disc 7.8, however the “superb package” that the TCR provided meant it took top honours when tester Robin Wilmott crowned an overall winner.
An icon of cycling, the TCR has gone through plenty of developments since its initial launch in the mid 90’s, however Cycling Plus saw that “It’s comfort, handling and performance ability are still outstanding and testament to good design and impressive development work”.
A key element of any bike race is being able to react to other riders instantly, and the TCR is the perfect partner for covering attacks or sprinting for the line; “The lightest bike on test with enormous torsional rigidity and wheels that feel instantly responsive is a heady mixture”.
The TCR doesn’t just deliver excellent performance when climbing either – during the test, Cycling Plus equally praised the descending capabilities; “when descending at 30mph or more, the TCR feels utterly planted”.
Overall, the TCR Advanced Pro 2 was crowned as the best race ready ride on a budget, with Robin Wilmott summing up the review with “the TCR Advanced Pro 2 has sublime ride quality, precise control and unbridled speed on tap”.
You can read the full review in the July issue of Cycling Plus, available online and from local newsagents.