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Opinions on Giant OCR(5 posts)

Opinions on Giant OCRGraydon
Oct 25, 2002 8:22 AM
I'm looking for a good, entry level roadie (thanks for all of the suggestions from an earlier post!) with a triple chain ring. I'm a mtber looking to do long (up to 100 mile) road rides, for training, in the mountains. I've narrowed it down to a few, and the Giant OCR is looking good. What's your opinion on this bike? What's up with the adustable stem? What else should I look at? Thanks!
re: Opinions on Giant OCRaliensporebomb
Oct 25, 2002 1:18 PM
Last summer I tested the OCR1 vs. the TCR2.

Back in July, they wanted $999 for the OCR1 and $1300
for the TCR2. The 2002 TCR2 is now being sold on
closeout for $1000-1100 so I advise you to find one.

I'd say that $300 makes an incredible difference in
quality and performance. The fact that they are selling
some TCR2s for the price of the OCR1 is a true steal..
you can't beat that.

Try them both and you'll see.

I'm at just under 700 miles on mine and it's a great
bike.
re: Opinions on Giant OCRGMS
Oct 25, 2002 1:24 PM
The OCR1 is one of the best first bikes you can buy, I think. If you know your size, internet deals start to look better in comparison, but if you don't then it is hard to argue against an OCR. The adjustable stem is a good way to let you explore different fits, even after you buy the bike and realize you were way off on some fit decisions. You can replace it with a rigid 1" quill stem later if you want, or not. You can also get an adjustable stem for a bike that is not the OCR, so that is not the only reason to buy it. Most new bikers will be oblivious to the fact that it comes with the bike, but be very thankful it is there when their back hurts and they can put their bars up... and then very thankful again when they put on a few miles and want their bars in a more aggressive position.

This bike the most attractive if you have no idea what you want in a road bike (fit-wise, and ride characteristics). It becomes progressive less attractive if you know exactly what you want. It is among the best bikes for finding out what you want in a road bike, but once you decide what it is that you do want, pretty much none of it will be on the OCR. But, it's a pretty cheap way to find out (in the warped economy of a road biker's mind).

You will be one of three types of bikers. 1) A try it and leave it. 2) A consistently casual rider, and 3) a serious rider. If you are type 1, at least you didn't lose too much money. If you are type 2, this will do everything you want it to do. If you are type 3, it will help you figure out what you want, but it won't really deliver it itself.

The ride can very generally be described as rough but fast. The precise meaning of rough is a big question... Probably define it as never the cause of extreme discomfort, but disuades you from riding on heavily patched up road if you don't have to. The triple crank is perfect.

Any other bike you will find at the shop in the same price range will likely also be a cheap aluminum frame but without an adjustable stem, and different components (Giant does a pretty good job with the hubs and brakes, whereas others in the same price range do things like 105 but with Sora brakes and hubs).

Any bike you find on the internet is potentially a better value, but know what you want because you can't ride it.

The other option is used.
TCRGMS
Oct 25, 2002 1:35 PM
I should add, since I noticed from this and your other post earlier that you asked for a triple crank, first road bike and something like 9 people recommended a TCR with a double. Oddly, the suggestion makes sense to me (only in that I understand why people said it, besides the fact that they are convinced what you are asking for isn't really what you want), because it is very true that if you want everything that is on a TCR, it is doubtlessly a better value. But if I were to choose components on a bike now that I know what I want, I would not want the TCR's seat post, stem, pedals, crank, wheels, tires, or saddle (It's a quality saddle and some like it, but count on always switching out the seat on your bike. Almost nothing will come stock with what an individual prefers).

The TCR isn't the only thing that is a better value in the hindsight of a road biker. www.gvhbikes.com (and others) could get you something nice, too. Except you could actually get a triple there, and choose your own pedals/saddle/etc.

But, you don't have hindsight yet, so of the shop bikes, you are looking at the right stuff. Borrowing friends' bikes and looking at the used market is also good.
re: Opinions on Giant OCRastrobiker
Oct 25, 2002 1:44 PM
I agree with both of the previous posts! I got my OCR1 last year, have 4000 miles on it and really like it. Now that I know I am going to ride it and I have learned about what I like, if I had it to do over again I might (but only "might") get the equivalent TCR, which was $300 more at the time. At this point, I am still planning on staying with the OCR until I really get bit real bad by the upgrade bug.

FYI, the triple is really nice. I used it a lot at first on the small hills, and now only use it on the really big stuff, and I see that the more experienced riders start swapping out their rear gears to take on those hills!