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Giant Compact frames-yea or nay?(6 posts)

Giant Compact frames-yea or nay?David
Nov 19, 2001 4:24 PM
I can get what seems to be a great deal on a 2000 ONCE frame
but I am unsure of the frame for a couple of reasons.

1.fit
2.the fork

I know o lot of people ride these bikes and Team ONCE races them but I wanted some input from everyday riders who paid for their bikes w. their hard earned money.I read reviews on this site and people really loved them or really didnt love them.

Thanks for your input!
re: Giant Compact frames-yea or nay?Love Mine
Nov 19, 2001 6:27 PM
I bought a Giant as my first road bike about a year ago. It was the TCR2 though so not quite as good a frame as what you're looking at. Although I don't have anything to compare it to, I love mine. I've been able to do many centuries with no comfort problems at all. It's also a very stiff and responsive frame on the climbs and in the sprints. I like mine so much I'll strongly consider getting another one (the ONCE frame) whenever I get ready to upgrade to something more expensive.

All that said, can you get a test ride on the bike? Good luck!
Yeah if it fitsCT1
Nov 20, 2001 5:06 AM
I've been VERY pleasntly surprised with my 01 ONCE frame.

I believe the 00 frame has an alloy steerer tube, eh. I find the ride quality quite decent for an aluminum frame. Significantly BETTER than my Caad5 frame.

Note: you can pick up 01/02 ONCE framesets for about $850-$900 and slightly used the are even less. I bought a new frame for $700 from a guy off of RBR classifieds. If you would take a medium I'll get you his name as he has more of them. These frames have full carbon steerer tubes which will drop the weight a few ounces.

The only downside I can see with the Giant TCR is the lack of available sizes. I'm using a medium and I'm 5' 8.5" with a 31.7" inseam. The frame just barely fits me.

YMMV
JohnG
re: Giant Compact frames-yea or nay?Sharky
Nov 20, 2001 4:09 AM
Check the top tube length. If its similar to your present bike the fit should be ok. You might have to use a long seatpost. The fork is good, but not vey stiff. I used mine for about 2000 milea and replaced it with an AME. I put about 7000 miles on my once frame and I think it is one of the best frames you can buy for the $. The ride is not too harsh (depending on your tires}, and the frame weigh 2.2 lbs! Good Luck
re: Giant Compact frames-yea or nay?tcr01
Nov 20, 2001 6:38 AM
The frame is good frame. It's not awesome, but is pretty good. A very good design for criteriums but the geometry does cause for some twitchy descending. In others words the bike goes better up hills than down them. I actually liked the confidence that came with the alloy steerer rather than the carbon. The fork isn't that great and I would imagine that the person who put the AME on noticed a big improvement. BTW, I ended up with the alloy steerer after my carbon one was recalled. Weight was the biggest difference between the two. Ride quality didn't feel that much different.

For fit, I would also suggest fitting by the top tube size. The problem is, 3 sizes of top tubes doesn't work for everyone. It just happens that a 55.5 top tube is what I need for a good fit. I think the TCR frame is a good bang for the buck. BTW, all TCR frames are the exact same frame except for the paint and graphics.
re: Giant Compact frames-yea or nay?MD
Nov 21, 2001 5:41 AM
If you are a big rider don't do it. The bike frame is built to only last a season of racing maybe two if you are lucky. Mine lasted only a season. It isn't worth the money. There are plenty of other compact frames out there that are a little bit heavier, but will last a lot longer. The top tube length is the most important of these bikes. Oh yeah! I had to replace my fork on the Giant. It seperated where the carbon and the crown met. I say look some more for other compact frames if you want one.