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Wow, Did any one see........................................(7 posts)

Wow, Did any one see........................................zoom
Oct 5, 2001 8:41 PM
The new Giant carbon TCR frame and frok. They built one for interbike that weighs 13.1/.2lbs.

http://www.mtbreview.com/tradeshow/interbike2001/giant/productpage12.shtml
I'm sure I'm in the minority, but: What a useless trinket!cory
Oct 5, 2001 8:51 PM
What would you DO with the thing in the real world? Keep it in a display case?
re: Wow, Did any one see........................................Avanti Guy
Oct 5, 2001 9:55 PM
My LBS in Melbourne Australia got one in about a week ago to have on show. They arent allowed to sell it or build it up to ride, its just allowed to sit there and look pretty, and that it does :)...
I picked up the frame and was amzed at how light it was! I held the Giant and Look KG281 in opposite hands and the Look 281 actually felt heavy compared to the Giant. Apparently they will cost around $3500 AUS for the frame only, not a bad deal it seems, its carbon tubes with carbon lugs, the finish is great, and apparently it is plenty stiff also.
re: Wow, Did any one see........................................flybyvine
Oct 5, 2001 10:50 PM
I noteice that the review suggests that the project bike used more Carbon & Ti than UCI allows. I vaguely remember a rule like this being in existance (but obviously not concerned aboiut ever hitting the limit). Does anyone know what this limit is and how it is measured ?
Weight limit?Ian
Oct 6, 2001 2:41 AM
I took that to mean that they used enough carbon and ti to get below the UCI weight limit.
re: Wow, Did any one see........................................DINOSAUR
Oct 6, 2001 7:18 AM
Is this the frame that the manufacturer recommends not sitting on the top tube while waiting for a ride to start?
There might be a limit on weight and durability...
YikessJohnG
Oct 6, 2001 6:07 PM
Man, that is one light AND expensive frame!

I can see this as a VERY special climbing beast (for sponsored riders) but I can't imagine it surviving as an "everyday ride" on real world roads. However, I do have to give Giant some Kudos for upping the ante, so to speak.... even if it might be a little over-the-top.

BTW: My Al TCR with Record HW weighs just at/under 16# so it isn't giving away too much to the carbon frame. I didn't weigh the Al frame/fork separately but I think it is in the low 4# range. It's reasonably comfy for an Al bike. Did 100 miles on it today and I'm not hurting from the ride quality.

YMMV
JohnG