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frame recommendations for crit / backup bikeDuane Gran
May 2, 2001 6:36 PM
I recently had the misfortune of damaging the fork on my bike and it has underscored the need for a backup ride. My current frame is carbon fiber, and although it has been great for road racing I'm a little leary to take it into the crash prone crit environment. For fear of being flamed, I'll refrain from mentioning what brand of bike I currently have.

I'm considering getting a Giant TCR ONCE frame, mostly because I can get it dirt cheap through team sponsorship. I'm familiar with some fork issues they are having, but I'm not in a rush to make this decision, so I'm keeping an eye on the Giant as an option if they work out their fork issues. This frame appeals to me because it wouldn't break my heart if it got scratched up in a crash. Although it is possible that it could break, that could happen to almost any frame.

I'm not very particular about materials, but cost puts carbon and Ti out of the question. I'm a confessed weight weenie, so aluminum frames seem like the right balance between cost and performance. Criteriums aren't my specialty... I just don't want to mess up my road racing bike. Along these lines, I don't want to give you all the impression that I'm skittish about crashing. I don't mind losing some skin for the love of sport. I just don't want to be without a ride for a week like I am right now.

I'm interested in thoughts some of you may have on ideal low cost frames that would be ideal for crit/backup bike purposes. As for my personal info, I'm 6' tall and weight 155lbs and tend to have pretty typical proportions and flexibility.

Incidentally, to those who gave great advice a few weeks back on a time trial bike, your suggestions are taken to heart. This situation has put me on a little bit of a detour, but in the fall I'll be looking again at the TT scenerio.
re: frame recommendations for crit / backup bikerstel66
May 2, 2001 8:21 PM
Duane, I race a TCR-1 in crits and it's a great frame for that. It accelerates quickly, doesn't feel rough on the road and it steers quick. I can point it anywhere and it goes. I have about 4 teammates racing on the TCR series and we all agree it's a great bike. I was racing a Specialized M-2 and I feel a good difference between the two bikes. When I was racing with my M-2, I was getting beaten up by its overall stiffness. The Giant is plenty stiff to sprint with but it's very forgiving in it's ride and I come out much better in the end. The fork is great, very aero and stiff when in the corners, I had a Profile Julie RC and I have better control with the Giant. I am standing by with the fork recall, I inspect it prior to any ride or race for signs of cracking, the recall only involves the 01 line and the fork has been around for awhile and I still think it's a good design. You'll be happy with that frame....

Ride On!!!!
re: frame recommendations for crit / backup bikeJohnG
May 2, 2001 9:52 PM
You should check out the Cdale 4-5 frames. They are stiff and light and they have a slightly high BB. Tons of them available new and used. Maybe you can find a shop selling "team" frames. That's how I got my 01 frame for a song.

A song? How much is that?bigdave
May 3, 2001 11:10 AM
Just wondering what a good deal on these 4/5 frames is...

A song? How much is that?JohnG
May 6, 2001 12:02 AM

email me and I'll tell you the price I got mine at.

TT and Crit bike, Giant is the choiceOnrhodes
May 3, 2001 7:28 AM
I've been racing my Giant TCR for 2 years now. It is light, stiff, inexpensive, and awesome for crits,road races, and TT. You're looking for a backup back, and eventually a TT bike. Kill two birds with one stone. The Giant TCR will give you that crit bike and TT bike all in one. All you have to do is either slap on an aero bar, or swap out the whole cockpit.
I do question the two different bikes for racing. I can understand having a backup bike. I have a Litespeed Arenberg as my crappy weather/back up bike. I recommend though that you race the same bike. There is no getting used to switching back and forth between the two. You have already spend countless hours on the one bike so no what it is capable of.
My TCR is a kick ass bike for all sorts of conditions. That is one of the big draws to purchasing it.
Just some food for thought. has a great crit bike....keith m.
May 4, 2001 7:42 AM
a late 2000 Bianchi XL EV2. This bike is light and has a killer fork if I remember, time or look or ouzu pro or something. I think he had it for only $679. I have one of these with campy record and I love it.