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Giant TCR 2(9 posts)

Giant TCR 2blatman
May 5, 2002 1:29 PM
hi, i am going to be new to road biking and i am looking and the 2002 Giant TCR 2. is this a good bike for a beginner. i currently mountain bike alot but im looking to do some road as well. thanks alot
Dan
re: Giant TCR 2ArkansasRyder
May 5, 2002 1:40 PM
I ride one of these bikes, and I think for a beginner you will love it. I think a veteran would feel the same. You get a professional quality frame at an affordable price. Get it!
re: Giant TCR 2weiwentg
May 5, 2002 3:09 PM
it's an incredible bike (I ride a TCR 0 myself). however, make sure the LBS fits you properly. if they can do that, then you are, indeed, getting a pro quality frame.
perhaps you could tell us your height, weight, riding style, and goals (road races? TT? crits? centuries? Ironman triathlons? all of them?), and we could give you more recommendations.
re: Giant TCR 2blatman
May 5, 2002 5:00 PM
hi, i am about 5"11 or so, 32-33 inseam. my upperbody is pretty short. i weigh about 157 lbs or so. i havent ridden a road bike yet so i dont have a style but i want to be out and ride with everyone i work with. they ride pretty fast. i may, in the future, want to do some races, and some centuries with guys i work with.
thanks
Dan
re: Giant TCR 2sctri
May 5, 2002 7:46 PM
In that case, i think that the Giant is a good choice, my first road bike was a giant (an ocr 2 of considerably lesser quality.. but i digress) and I loved it (anyways). The benfits of the carbon fork and seat post will show up big time if you try those long rides. The compact frame is light and stiff so i think you will find it plently fast to ride with those guys from work (so long as your legs are up to it!)

Good luck

rc
re: Giant TCR 2JohnG
May 5, 2002 9:46 PM
The medium TCR will fit you just fine. It's an excellent frame and more than capable of taking you to some serious levels.

JohnG
long top tubesweiwentg
May 6, 2002 5:16 AM
take note, TCRs have relatively long top tubes. make sure the bike store can get you fit properly first. if they can, you're in for one hell of a ride :)
re: Giant TCR 2hoboken_rider
May 6, 2002 3:30 AM
Hi -

I'm a new rider as well - just got my first road bike, the TCR-1. I've only had it out twice so far, but I love it. I'm 5'7", 150, and the small frame seems to fit me perfect.

My brother rides the TCR-2 and I'm hearing raves from his end too. Good luck, let us know how everything turns out.
Be real careful with the fit.Spoke Wrench
May 6, 2002 7:30 AM
Non-riders are harder to fit than experienced riders because they have no background to know what they need and because I have no idea what kind of rider they are going to become in the next few months. Mountain bikers are a even more difficult to fit than non-riders because they have pre-concieved ideas that don't always apply to road bikes and no one knows what kind of road rider they will become. Giants are hard because a good fitting Giant looks different due to the compact geometry.

Lots of traditionalist fitters, like myself, have a little more difficulty fitting Giants. If your bike shop guy starts by checking for stand-over clearance on a Giant, I think that's a real bad sign he might not understand what he's doing.

If I were sizing you, I think I'd first put you on a traditional frame bike to determine the seat and handlebar position relative to the pedals. That's just to allow me to use my experience more effectively. Then I'd try to mimic those dimensions on a Giant while using a stem as close to 110mm as possible.