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Giant OCR 3 vs. Trek 1000(5 posts)

Giant OCR 3 vs. Trek 1000fsu_surfer
Feb 15, 2002 9:53 PM
I am a 25M that is a solid runner/swimmer and am really interested in getting into cycling for a new challenge. Anyway the LBS's around the house offer 2 intersesting entry-level road bikes for around the same price. I looked for a used bike, but my size 6'3" and long legs have hampered the process. (A LBS REFUSED to sell me an old Raleigh today for $250 because it didn't fit!) Well I have decided to bite the bullet and buy a new bike that will fit. Which bike would you guys recomend the Giant OCR3 or the Trek 1000? Both get good reviews and am just looking for additional input. Thanks.

Marty
Neither...Elefantino
Feb 15, 2002 10:23 PM
I say this over and over, but keep looking for a used bike. For the $700 or so you're going to drop on one of those two, you could get a much better ride.

For example, this week I sold my son's OCR 2 (full Shiimano, no Tekno/house parts) for $450. XL frame, almost looked brand new.

If you are a good athlete you will quickly realize the limitations of the two bikes you mention. They are fine for casual weekend rides, but I would bet the challenge you seek is a competitive one, not one of dealing with a bike with inferior equipment.

Even if you don't decide to go used, there are a lot better bikes out there for your money. Supergo is having a fire sale on 105-equipped Schwinns for the same price as the two bikes you mention; that's just one example.

There is nothing worse than buying something you will either a) quickly outgrow or b) realize too soon that it's not enough bike for you.

Probably not the input you wanted. But them I am always the contrarian.

FWIW,
Mike

PS: I'm 6-5 and picked up a mint (I mean MINT) condition S-Works M4 62cm with Ultegra/Dura-Ace and Spinergys on eBay for $1,040, shipped. There was a NEW Bianchi Talladega, 63 cm, that went for a Buy It Now of $1,075 a few weeks ago. Be patient. Don't buy a bike that sucks.
Good Advice (nm)IAM
Feb 15, 2002 10:47 PM
yes! neither!weiwentg
Feb 16, 2002 6:35 AM
you WILL outgrow them. fast. I know I outgrew my bike fast ...
get something like a Giant TCR. or the Trek 2300. or look around for something used (best option).
re: Giant OCR 3 vs. Trek 1000Sharky
Feb 16, 2002 3:29 AM
Get measured, size cycle or fit kit. By someone other than LBS. Not to say he isnt right but sizing info can vary. Then look for a good used setup in your size. You can get a lighter, better bike and there are plenty around even in your size.