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Giant ONCE Frameset(6 posts)

Giant ONCE FramesetDavid
Mar 16, 2001 1:29 PM
I'm thinking of getting a Giant compact road frame (preferably ONCE edition). Can someone explain to me the differences between their OCR, OCR2, TCR, etc. I'm 5'6" tall, arm length and inseam is 30" so I'm pretty sure I would have to go with the small frameset.

Any ideas on what a frameset sells for? I'd like to build it with Dura Ace but prefer the ONCE paint scheme (not the current one on the Giant website but last year's I guess).

What is the ride like? Given the compact design, I would image that the handling and acceleration would be pretty quick. I'm wondering if the ride would be rougher though.

Thanks for your help.
Mar 16, 2001 1:38 PM
My friend is a little taller than you and rides a size small TCR2. The LBS spent a lot of time on his fit, and he thinks it rides very well. Decently light too... 19 lbs including bottle cages, mini-pump, Selle Italia saddle, FlightDeck, and Speedplay X-2's; everything else is stock equipment. I have no experience with the ONCE frameset, so I can only imagine that it is lighter than the TCR2.
re: Giant ONCE Framesetscrublover
Mar 16, 2001 7:19 PM
I've been on last years tcr team model for a few months now. small size. it's a bit rougher than a larger frame, but i still like the quickness and nimbleness of it. no rides over 50 or so miles yet, but pretty comfy with a good fitting and saddle. got it down to 17.5 lbs. makes for a light ride!

check the frames for sale board on the site; i picked mine up slightly used for 350. i think new will run about twice that.

good luck
re: Giant ONCE FramesetGroucho Marx
Mar 17, 2001 7:33 AM
I ride a tcr1. Basically OCRs are a different frameset. TCRs are the same as team ONCE's except for the paint I think. (something about team bikes being anodized?). I'm 6'1, but with a short torso. The large frame was too long for me, and so I ride a medium frame. The medium is smaller, and I use alot of seat post. The extra seat post softens the ride, but because they are compact frames there is usually more seatpost anyway. So as you can see, if you have a helpfull LSB, these frames can be very accomidating. The bikes are very lively, you can feel the road, but not be bothered by it. And the frames are lighter than almost all the frames out there. 2.2 lbs I think. It just make you wanna climb. I'm tearing my hair out waiting for the snow and salt to get washed away by some rain. (Plus for the money I bought it for, I'd have to be a sapp to get anything else). It is probably cheaper to just by the stock ONCE team replica with campy record, instead of buying the frame seperately, the dura ace groupo, then your wheelset, etc... unless you're buying it used. (If you want last years) But buying the stock bike might be the way to go instead.
re: Giant ONCE FramesetGroucho Marx
Mar 17, 2001 7:37 AM
oh, one more thing. If you go to buy the stock bike, the only qualm I had with this bike was the saddle. It was selle italia XO or something like that. It was not a great saddle.
re: Giant ONCE FramesetUOD
Mar 18, 2001 3:48 PM
Im riding a medium TCR 1. Its a rough ride. Mine's a 99 frameset, 105, kinesis CF fork and CXP23 wheelset. It gets kinda sketchy on descents due to short wheelbase but it climbs well because of the wheelbase too. In short im still getting used to it...