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Hopeful Racerniteschaos
Apr 23, 2002 8:44 AM
I have found a great deal on a 2001 Jamis Quest in my local bike shop. I test rode it and it felt really smooth compared to the TCR-2 of Giant. I guess steel actually is real. I have read some reviews saying that it isn't really a racebike but a dressed up touring bike. I plan on doing road races, not TT or Criteriums, so would this bike fit that purpose?
Apr 23, 2002 9:57 AM
I am terribly biased in this regard. but the TCR is used in the Tour, and the Quest is not ...
that said, if you're not going to do crits, the Quest's stable geometry will not hamper you. the weight will, though - I would say the TCR is at least a couple of pounds lighter, which at my weight is a very significant factor. the Quest's component spec is adequate - roughly equivalent to the TCR 2's, and the Quest has better wheels.
if you really prefer steel, and you really prefer the Quest's ride, then go for it. it is not, imho, as good a racing bike as the TCR. but you can race on it - it's just not optimal for crits - as well as tour (there is no way I can convert my TCR to a touring bike).
Apr 23, 2002 11:07 AM
The TCR-2 and Jamis Quest both had full 105 components. The Jamis on the scales was an even 20 pounds while the TCR-2 was a pound lighter. I am 6'2" and 185 pounds (looking to do some cross training after collegaite rowing this spring semester). I test rode the two, but from different shops on different conditions. The TCR-2 felt quick and light, but I was in a large flat parking lot. The Jamis didn't feel as quick, but was much smoother and easier to control on the rolling hills around the other shop. The TCR-2 was also 1450 while the Jamis was 1200. I'm was thinking that training and roadie skillz would make up for the difference in equipment. If money was no object I would get the TCR-2 in a heartbeat, but since I'm tight on cash right now being a college student I was wondering if the 250 the TCR-2 cost was worth it. For road races on rolling hill terrain I thought I would be happy with the smoother riding Quest than the responsive but buzzy TCR anyways.
Apr 23, 2002 4:51 PM
well, at your weight you certainly might want to consider steel. is the TCR worth the extra $250? good question... I would say yes, but I'm more or less set on having the lightest bike possible, and given that I'm 120 pounds I need the lightest bike possible. as I mentioned, if you won't be doing crits, you won't be handicapped by the Quest's slower handling. and if you're looking to do mainly cross training ... go with the bike whose handling you like best.
funny, though, I never thought of the TCR's handling as 'buzzy' ...
Play lets make a DEAL!K-Man
Apr 24, 2002 5:43 AM
If the TRC is your bike of choice, definately let the shop know this and your reason why you cant buy it, bet they would discount it a bit for you, especially if you would be taking your business to a different shop to purchase the other bike.

re: Hopeful RacerAbol98
Apr 23, 2002 11:35 AM
For $1,400, you could do better than both of your options. Check out the Douglas Fusion on Carbon stays, carbon seatpost, velomax wheels and checking in at about 17.5 lbs.

Also, for sheer value, look at the KHS and Fuji bikes on
re: Hopeful Racerniteschaos
Apr 23, 2002 1:21 PM
I know that, but I haven't found a place to get fit and test ride those bikes. I'd rather not by something that I haven't tested.