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giant tcr2 or GT zr3.0(7 posts)

giant tcr2 or GT zr3.0hogarth
May 11, 2001 9:06 AM
I'm new to road bikes and have an option of buying one of the above bikes. The price of the GT is about 80 dollars cheaper than the Giant.
I'm looking for a fast bike to do 3-4 hour training rides, long century kind of rides plus the odd race. I weigh 180 pounds an am 6 foot 2. Which bike will be better suited for me and which one has better components.

Thanks in advance.
re: giant tcr2 or GT zr3.0NoName
May 11, 2001 9:28 AM
I would go with the GT, you would have to check which one would fit better. I use to own a giant myself, nice ride, but not to comfortable for long rides, in my experience.

Good Riding!!
re: giant tcr2 or GT zr3.0confusion
May 11, 2001 9:34 AM
All the 2001 Giant carbon forks (OCR1-TCRn) have been recalled. I know a guy that ordered one and will not be getting it for several weeks because Giant has stopped shipping them.

You may want to look more into this before buying a Giant TCR2 off the showroom floor because it should not be sold with the Giant fork on it.
re: giant tcr2 or GT zr3.0?hogarth
May 11, 2001 9:50 AM
Was unaware of a problem, as my dealer didn't say anything. I was in there tonight and he pushed the GT over the Giant even though he's a Giant dealer. He offered to sell the GT for 850$ or the Giant for about 920$, and on paper they both look similar in parts spec. I'm a mountain biker and quite a few of the people who wrote reviews for the GT 3.0 on this website are also mtbers who're very happy with the ride, so will probably go with the GT anyway.
Thanks again
re: I love my Giantcyclopathic
May 11, 2001 9:52 AM
but not sure it would be the best choice for you.

They are pretty similar equiped /full 105, carbon fork, same wheels/.
Giant would be lighter ~18lbs, /GT frames ain't light/ and gives you carbon post for more cush. it's stiff and fast

On other hands GT comes with triple cranks, something to appreciate on long centuries/touring. More sizes, potentially better fit /some shops would just push you what they have, then Giant might be better fit/ and hey for 80$ and seat post trade you can get suspention post and ride double centuries without killing your back.

let's put it this way Giant would make good racer/training bike and good bike for fit to ride a century. GT is gen pur bike which can be raced and can be turned into touring bike.

GT ZR3.0 corresponds to OCR1 in Giant line TCR2 is step up.
re: I love my Gianthogarth
May 11, 2001 10:05 AM
The 2001 GT 3.0 has a double chainring up front, not a triple.
Also how much heavier will a GT be over the Giant?
Thanks again
re: never had one on scalecyclopathic
May 11, 2001 12:31 PM
but I'd guess GT will be over 20lbs. Their MTB frames are boat anchors

Other thing some of 2001 Giant forks cracked /dropouts spaced too wide they had bad batch/ so TCR sales on hold until they investigating it.

I rode double century on my TCR-1 and I can tell it isn't a double century bike. Ok for century. Stiff frame/low weight makes it a good crit bike