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Newbie seeks entry level bike: Giant OCR 3 vs. Jamis Aurora(4 posts)

Newbie seeks entry level bike: Giant OCR 3 vs. Jamis AuroraCarlos3
Mar 17, 2002 11:39 AM
Hi everyone.

I am a quasi-newbie looking for a road/light touring bike in the ~$600 class, basically to use as transportation/daily commuting in the Greater Phoenix area. I don't have any racing aspirations. Ride distances could vary from short local hops of 2 to 5 miles each way, to 10 or 20 miles each way to adjacent cities. I am a moderate intensity rider, more often on the hoods than in the drops, but maintaining a quick pace.

I've been looking at the Giant OCR 3 and the considering the Jamis Aurora as well. I am a heavyweight, ~240#, and even after I trim down over the next several months I'll still be around 200 to 210#. How does this affect the choice of steel (Jamis) vs. aluminum (Giant)?

The OCR is easy to find, so I've been able to check it out in person -- it looks good at least. I haven't been able to find a dealer which stocks the Jamis Aurora so I would have to order one sight unseen. Any thoughts on which might serve my purposes better over the next few years?

Also, any thoughts on modifications (inexpensive) that should be made to either bike at the time of purchase? Wider/different tires, etc.

Any other advice?
re: Newbie seeks entry level bike: Giant OCR 3 vs. Jamis AuroraBianchiAmber
Mar 17, 2002 2:45 PM
I have a friend that rides the OCR. It is a lot of bike for a little money. Granted you aren't getting top name components, but for $500 you are getting Shimano index shifting. The hubs aren't great. The frame is decent though. It is comfortable yet stiff. It has a very nice appearance. I think you will do just fine with this one.
Had an Aurora once.Ray Sachs
Mar 18, 2002 8:04 AM
I did some loaded touring on it and it was pretty good for that application. I never really liked the way it felt unloaded though, just kind of cumbersome and dead feeling. It felt good with 40 pounds of gear on it. That said, I'm really picky about frames - more than my riding talent probably warrants, but I swear I can feel fairly subtle differences between frames and I know what I like. That said, I bought another Aurora for my 14 year old daughter as a first road bike and she really likes it. Good utility bike to be sure.

Thanks for your help guys. ntCarlos3
Mar 18, 2002 1:57 PM