White and black but still the same

Why change a good thing?  I can be sometimes bad about that.  There are times when I’ll keep using something for longer than I really need.  My ProFlex 757 was one of those.  However, things didn’t get much better than my 2009 Giant TCR Advanced.

2009 (black) and 2010 (white) TCR Advanced frames

2009 (black) and 2010 (white) TCR Advanced frames

Of course, you can’t see here, but the top tube of the black frame above is cracked.  This caused me to order a replacement frame.  It arrived last week.

Just after cleaning my 2010 Giant TCR Advanced

Just after cleaning my 2010 Giant TCR Advanced

At first, I thought the frame had a different geometry.  I kept looking and it appeared that the rear triangle of the 2010 frame was different.  The chain stays appeared to be thicker and the carbon molding seemed to have some different angles.

I'm loving the head tube graphics.

I'm loving the head tube graphics.

Even the head tube seemed to be smaller.  Other TCR Advanced owners commented that it appeared the seat tube was also more aerodynamic.  It was enough to get me to get the two frames side by side for some close inspection.

Pretty cool graphics on the seat tube as well.

Pretty cool graphics on the seat tube as well.

Bottom line is that the only changes between the 2009 and 2010 frames are the paint jobs and graphics.  I loved my black Advanced.  To be honest, I wasn’t real excited about getting a white frame, but it was the only replacement frame that they had.

The chain stays are going to be the challenge.

The chain stays are going to be the challenge.

Now that I have it, I really like it.  The graphics have some nice visual tricks.  For instance, what appears to be black decals on the down tube are actually exposed carbon weave.  It is the same with the “graphics” running along the top tube.  In the sun light you can clearly see the weave.

Let's get out an ride!

Let's get out an ride!

So, I had hoped to come and give a review of how much better the new frame is.  Well, here is the good news.  It is just like old frame.  On yesterday’s ride I had people asking me if I liked the ride of the new frame.  My answer was, “Well, I don’t even realize I’m on a new frame until I look down at it.”

That is exactly how I hoped it would be.  It does look sweet…