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What would you do?(13 posts)

What would you do?kinger
Oct 9, 2002 10:27 AM
Ok, I'm torn here. Been shopping for a new road bike and have pretty much decided on a Giant TCR. I REALLY like the ride of the new TCR carbon and can get an Ultegra specc'd one for about $2500. However, this same shop has a 2001 TCR0 frame with 2002 Dura-ace components that I can get for $500 less!

I'd love to have the new carbon frame but I'm not sure it's worth the extra $500. I'll be using this bike a good bit for training (and some road racing) with at least one century a week so there is a comfort factor. I could get the aluminum frame and ride it for a year and swap all the components this time next year when the 2003 TCR carbon frames should be less expensive. I just don't know!
I would get what I wanted. There is only one thing dumberbill
Oct 9, 2002 10:34 AM
than spending $2500 on a bike you don't really need -- spending $2000 on a bike you don't really want.
Unfortunately Bill, you just described 99% of us :-) nmDave Hickey
Oct 9, 2002 10:58 AM
bill, why ruin it for the rest of us by making sense? ;-) nmMB1
Oct 9, 2002 11:35 AM
Yeah, what bill said.fbg111
Oct 9, 2002 10:49 AM
Get the composite, it's an awesome bike, I just test-rode it. Enjoy the frame, then upgrade to Dura-Ace when your Ultegra wears out (or next summer instead of buying a new frame). That composite frame will be much more comfortable on your centuries especially.

Strange that a 2001 TCR0 is only $500 less. I would have thought a frame that is 2 seasons old would be on mega clearance by now. Maybe it's just the 02 Dura-Ace that makes its price that high.

Also, don't assume the 2004 Composite's will be cheaper. The 2003 TCR's are more expensive than the 2002's. They have the 02 TCR Aero frame, though, so who knows what Giant's lineup will be and cost in 2004. Anyway, I don't think you could go wrong with the composite.
Yeah, what bill said.kinger
Oct 9, 2002 11:29 AM
My thought was that I could pickup a 2003 frame next year when they are clearing them out for the 2004's. However, point taken on the 'get what you want' sentiment.
I see...fbg111
Oct 9, 2002 11:55 AM
That might be the more cost effective long-term strategy, but if it were me, I'd have a hard time forcing myself to wait a whole year before getting on that carbon frame. It has a really nice feel to it compared to my alum TCR2.
Not a good idea to wait that long.fracisco
Oct 9, 2002 12:04 PM
I don't think that there will be an abundance of TCR Composite frames lying around next summer. I have a feeling that the production level will be near what the market will want to buy. I think that the unbuilt frameset is only available in ONCE Team colors, too, since that's the only color scheme I've seen hanging on the wall at the LBSes.
The most expensive bike you will ever buy...Spoke Wrench
Oct 9, 2002 1:37 PM
is the one you get insted of the one that you really wanted.
The most expensive bike you will ever buy...tremblay
Oct 9, 2002 5:07 PM
Word up to that one. I know all about that...
Get the carbon.look271
Oct 9, 2002 7:28 PM
You won't notice THAT much difference in Ultegra vs D/A, but you WILL notice the difference in frames.
Check out this ad in the classifieds...hirevR
Oct 10, 2002 5:53 AM
FOR SALE: 2001 Giant TCR0 w/many UpGrades!!
Ad Number: 27448
Size: M
Price: 1400 obo
Product Condition: Very Good

full ultegra + some extra goodies.
re: What would you do?aliensporebomb
Oct 10, 2002 6:59 AM
Yep. LBS is blowing out 2002 TCR0 (Dura Ace + Ksyriums)
for $1999. Urgh. My kingdom for a bunch of cash. But
the carbon bike is definetely getting rave reviews in the
cycling magazines and there's definetely more "ooh ahh"
factor with the carbon variant of the TCR.

Get the one you want. I'll never be able to convince the
wife to get me a $4200 bike, but if you can swing the
freight with minimal repercussions - go for it! It's an
awesome bike.

Either way you win though.