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Question for Team ONCE TCR composite owners(12 posts)

Question for Team ONCE TCR composite ownersThorman
Dec 22, 2002 4:40 AM
I'm going to buy one of the new composite frames and really like the color scheme on the ONCE frameset, but I don't really want the ONCE stuff on it. Are these decals easy to remove? Is there some sort of clear coating over them? Thanks for the info.

re: Question for Team ONCE TCR composite owners_sprocket_
Dec 22, 2002 8:13 AM
I'm looking at mine, and it definitely appears to have a clear coating over the decals. Not saying you couldn't somehow remove it, but I think it would be very tricky.
Carbon giantskatie1
Dec 22, 2002 4:11 PM
As I understand it, the ONCE frame is made up w/ Campy components. The TCR 0 Composite frame (same frame) is made up w/ Dura-Ace. Do you prefer the looks of that frame?
Carbon giantsmike r
Dec 22, 2002 5:07 PM
why not get frame and build up bike. i would never consider a built bike (unless it was an amazing deal) like to choose my own bars, saddle etc.
buying builtjimsawino
Dec 22, 2002 5:22 PM
the deal on a built bike is much less expensive than building a bike part by part. it makes sense if many of the components that come stock you would already choose (drivetrain, wheels, etc). often prices will be comparable if you buy stock and then buy bars and a saddle, or some other components (shops will usually give you a deal if you do it all at once) and use the replaced stock parts on a spare bike (something, as a student, i can't do...yet). my LBS is also willing to swap parts on a stock build to make it "custom" at a lower cost to the buyer. just some thoughts. someday i'll be able to execute my ideal economics on my own bike purchases.
buying builtmike r
Dec 22, 2002 5:55 PM
i'm also a student,
took a year off college, between changing courses. bought new bike, went for frameset and built from there. decided to go all out, got de rosa merak with record. it depends on your lbs. i'm good friends with mine and i got a great deal. i think the extra cost is worth it, its more satisfying to pick and chose each component. can make bike affordable (ie, a chorus/record mix etc) or exotic, depends on your budget.
Answer to the question as I understand it....Bruno S
Dec 22, 2002 6:26 PM
he wants the once frame set without the decals that say ONCE on it. This is why buying the frame set alone or the dura-ace version still doesn't solve the problem.

How about putting some other stickers over the ONCE ones?
re: Question for Team ONCE TCR composite ownersThorman
Dec 23, 2002 4:58 AM
It sounds like these stickers wouldn't be easy to remove, which is what I anticipated.

Earlier this year I swapped out all the 105 components on my Trek 2200 for Dura-Ace so I was planning on putting the Dura-Ace on the Giant and the 105 back on the Trek.

From what my LBS has told me, you can only get the frameset in either ONCE or blue/white schemes.
Yet another non-answerSouxsie
Dec 23, 2002 6:50 AM
I have the TCR Comp1 and it did have about 6 removable stickers on it (no residue). I took off every one that I could and now it only says the big GIANT on the downtube and TCR composite 1 on the top tube. Those remainder graphics are silk-screened on and would probably take a strong. carbon-harming, stripper to remove--believe me I've considered it.

As for the ONCE graphics, my guess is that most of them are silk-screened on. Stickers on the top-level frame would be cheesy, and I don't think Giant is THAT cheesy.

Good luck.
re: Question for Team ONCE TCR composite ownersThorman
Dec 23, 2002 2:17 PM
I just got back from my LBS and checked out the red/white TCR 1 they have. This is really the color I want, but you can't get it in just the frameset.

I was thinking about buying it and selling off the parts since it's the size I need, but after doing the math I would probably lose a few hundred dollars in the process. Looks like the blue/white setup is what I'm going to be getting. If anyone is interested in one of these frames the lead time is around a month from your order date.

re: Question for Team ONCE TCR composite ownersSouxsie
Dec 23, 2002 4:09 PM
That's funny, I really liked the blue frame but could only afford the red one. Just got her a couple weeks ago and it's been too cold to ride. Too bad you don't ride a small. I might have swapped you.

BTW, when you mentioned ONCE I think we all thought you meant the yellow graphics team ONCE bike.
hey thorman.Frith
Dec 24, 2002 5:48 PM
What size do you want? I'm buying the large red/white but i really want the blue/white frame. Maybe we could work out a trade. I wonder if it would be worth the costs in shipping(I'm in Canada). Also I wonder how that would affect warranty. Anyway if you're a large respond here and i'll give you my e-address so we can discuss.