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Nikias Arndt's Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 gallery

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Nikias Arndt's 2018 Giant TCR SL0

Nikias Arndt's 2018 Giant TCR SL0
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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals for Team Sunweb in 2018

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals for Team Sunweb in 2018
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A close look at the Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 electronic front derailleur

A close look at the Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 electronic front derailleur
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Conservative stickers on the top tube with each of the rider's names

Conservative stickers on the top tube with each of the rider's names
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The Team Sunweb cockpits are Giant Contact SLR handlebars and stems and feature two white bands on each component

The Team Sunweb cockpits are Giant Contact SLR handlebars and stems and feature two white bands on each component
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A look at the non-driveside arm of the Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P crankset

A look at the non-driveside arm of the Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P crankset
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The Giant TCR SL0 has a Giant Ride Sense sensor on the inside of the chain stay

The Giant TCR SL0 has a Giant Ride Sense sensor on the inside of the chain stay
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The head tube features an hour glass profile to contribute to the aerodynamic performance

The head tube features an hour glass profile to contribute to the aerodynamic performance
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A look at the front end of the bike

A look at the front end of the bike
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Team Sunweb use Giant's Airway Lite bottle cages

Team Sunweb use Giant's Airway Lite bottle cages
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Arndt runs extra Di2 sprint shifters on the drops of his handlebars

Arndt runs extra Di2 sprint shifters on the drops of his handlebars
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The Giant TCR has an integrated seat mast, which is topped with an aluminium cap to attach the saddle

The Giant TCR has an integrated seat mast, which is topped with an aluminium cap to attach the saddle
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The bike is equipped with a full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset and an 11-28 cassette

The bike is equipped with a full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset and an 11-28 cassette
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Team Sunweb are one of several WorldTour teams equipped with Shimano's power meter for the 2018 season

Team Sunweb are one of several WorldTour teams equipped with Shimano's power meter for the 2018 season
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A closer look at the Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 rear brake

A closer look at the Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 rear brake
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Large, bold decals feature on the wheels from Giant

Large, bold decals feature on the wheels from Giant
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All of the Team Sunweb bikes are equipped with Giant's Contact SLR saddles

All of the Team Sunweb bikes are equipped with Giant's Contact SLR saddles
(Image credit: Colin Levitch/Immediate Media)
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A neat Fouriers mount holds the junction box and acts as an extra few millimeters of spacer

A neat Fouriers mount holds the junction box and acts as an extra few millimeters of spacer
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Team Sunweb have switched to Sigma Rox 11.0 computers after spending a season with Giant's own branded computers

Team Sunweb have switched to Sigma Rox 11.0 computers after spending a season with Giant's own branded computers
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A closer look at the front brake on Arndt's Giant

A closer look at the front brake on Arndt's Giant
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Arndt ran an 11-28 Dura-Ace cassette

Arndt ran an 11-28 Dura-Ace cassette
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Arndt is equipped with 54/39 chainrings for the Tour Down Under

Arndt is equipped with 54/39 chainrings for the Tour Down Under
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The 2018 season sees the trend of more WorldTour teams dropping existing brand partnerships and replacing them with components from in-house or OEM brands.

Team Sunweb are one of the teams leading this charge with former title sponsor Giant providing the frame, wheels, saddle, handlebars, stem and bottle cages for Nikias Arndt and his teammates in the 2018 season.

As well as Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo, Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Sky are also teams that prominently use parts from their frame provider or affiliated components.

The Giant TCR frame is equipped with the Contact SLR line of components, which includes the saddle, handlebars and stem, while the carbon Airway Lite bottle cages from the brand add a meagre claimed 19g each to the frame.

Giant's SLR 0 wheels were used by the Sunweb women's team during the 2017 season and replace Shimano's R9100 wheels used by the men's team and ridden to Giro d'Italia victory, and two World Championship titles in Bergen at the end of last season.

Alongside the Giant components, the TCR is equipped with a full Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset with an integrated power meter, also from the Japanese component company.

Arndt has opted for a 54-tooth outer chainring and paired this with a standard 39-tooth inner chainring and an 11-28 cassette.

Giant's SLR 0 Carbon Aero wheels are paired with unbranded Vittoria Corsa tubular tyres.

Arndt's bike weighed in at 6.87kg with empty bottles and would come under 6.8kg without them. However, the Team Sunweb mechanic assured us that weight would be added ahead of racing at the Tour Down Under to meet the required UCI 6.8kg weight limit.

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 Full specification

  • Frame: Giant TCR Advanced SL 0
  • Fork: Giant TCR Advanced SL-grade composite fork
  • Saddle height, from bottom bracket (c-t): 785mm
  • Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (at stem): 570mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 6.87kg (with empty bottles)
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Shift/brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P, 54/39 chainrings, 175mm cranks and integrated Shimano power meter
  • Wheels: Giant SLR 0 Aero Carbon, 42mm, custom decals for Team Sunweb
  • Tyres: Vittoria Corsa, 25mm tubular
  • Handlebars: Giant Contact SLR, 420mm
  • Stem: Giant Contact SLR, 130mm
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Saddle: Giant Contact SLR
  • Seatpost: Integrated seat mast
  • Bottle cages: Giant Airway Lite
  • Computer: Sigma Rox 11.0
  • Other accessories: K-Edge Sigma Pro computer mount
  •  Critical measurements
  • Rider's weight: 77.5kg
  • Rider's height: 1.88m
  • Saddle height, from bottom bracket (c-t): 785mm
  • Tip of saddle nose to centre of handlebars:575
  • Total bike weight: 6.87kg