I am a little baffled by this comparison, so I wanted to see if I am missing something here. I just ordered a Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 disc. I compared with other major brands before deciding and I noticed that the offering from Specialized that is most similar is exceedingly more expensive.
- Giant TCR Adv Pro 1 disc 4200 CAD
- Specialized Tarmac disc expert 6200 CAD, 4750 USD.
I am in Canada so I used both currencies. I do not see the Giant model on the USA site but the model up (Pro 0) is 5250 USD.
Both bikes have identical drive-trains and brakes. Similar cockpit and tires. Wheels are both house brand, mid depth carbon tubeless disc. Frames are similar, I hear good stuff about the FACT 10 carbon but I can’t imagine the frames are much different.
The Specialized is $2000 more in Canada, that is 48%! call it 50%. Even the Pro 0 in the US is only $500 more or 10% than the Specialized and it has di2 and a power meter, those upgrades far exceed $500.
They are both good bikes (I hope since I am buying the Giant) but why such a premium for the Specialized? Am I missing something? Is the frame that much better? Picture yourself walking in a shop and seeing these 2 options side by side. Could you reason out spending 50% more on a very similar product?
Disclaimer: I do not work for, sell or have shares in either company. I even still own a Specialized mtb hardtail I bought in high school.