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Which Bike to Buy: Compact Litespeed or Giant TCR???(8 posts)

Which Bike to Buy: Compact Litespeed or Giant TCR???peterkg
Sep 25, 2002 7:56 AM
Assuming all things being equal compenent/wheel wise, which bike should I get? I fit well on both and with only cursory parking lot test rides, I really cannot get a good sense of how each bike will handle as far as long distance comfort, high speed descents, fast cornering, and hills ability. I'm specifically looking at the Siena and the TCR1... I know the Siena is more, and I can afford it, but why spend more cash when I don't have to. I've done all the homework and know the supposed differences between titanium and aluminum, but cannot get a real sense of things in the parking lot!

BTW, I'm a recreational rider (about 2x during the week, with long rides on the weekend) who enjoys competing in century rides and the like. Thanks!
re: Which Bike to Buy: Compact Litespeed or Giant TCR???fbg111
Sep 25, 2002 8:43 AM
I own a TCR2 and am happy with it, but if you plan on doing longer rides you might want to go with the Litespeed. That titanium frame combined with the curved carbon/ti seat stays will probably give you a more comfortable ride than an aluminum TCR1. Or, if you can afford it, you might check out the new, sub-16lbs, 2003 Giant TCR Composite:

It's a fast, light bike which is probably also comfortable on long distance rides. ONCE rode it in the TDF this year.
Sep 25, 2002 11:04 AM
you're not racing, right? get the Siena. will be MUCH better for centuries.
Sep 25, 2002 11:19 AM
Well, then what is your opinion of carbon fiber as compared to titanium for long distance comfort? Thanks, Peter
no opinionweiwentg
Sep 25, 2002 12:52 PM
never ridden either!
anyways, I just remembered that this year's Siena has CF stays. I would personally get last year's Siena, and not get any other bike for a long time ...
also, you shouldn't have TOO many problems with integrated headsets, aside from some isolated incidents. the one on my TCR works almost perfectly (so far...).
Siena Integrated Headset Problems...PsyDoc
Sep 25, 2002 11:57 AM
...were reported in a post below by singletrack "integrated headsets or not."

desmo posted the following:

this is in no way meant to condem a whole product line, but my local Litespeed dealer just sent his personal Siena back because of an "ovalized" intergrated headset race. probably an isolated occurance but thought it worth passing on.
re: Which Bike to Buy: Compact Litespeed or Giant TCR???spuncrazy
Sep 25, 2002 3:38 PM
I own both, a TCR1 and a 2003 Siena. Both great bikes. The siena is much more comfortable, I never realized how much I felt the street on the TCR until after I rode the Siena for awhile. They both climb good. Either one would be a good choice. However for anything over 40 miles I will use the litespeed. One other thing I noticed the Siena is stable at speed yet coners good. The TCR is a little less stable. The wide aero fork on the TCR gets hit by crosswinds more than the Ouzo pro on the siena.
i have a 2001 tcr0 for sale....good price...gr8 bikehirevR
Sep 26, 2002 8:11 AM
email me if interested