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TCR1 Composite vs 2002 TCR Team (Indecision not quite over)(9 posts)

TCR1 Composite vs 2002 TCR Team (Indecision not quite over)BaadDawg
Mar 29, 2003 9:05 AM
I promise my asking questions and indecision will soon be a thing of the past. After having decided to purchase a 2003 tcr1 composite for 3,200 CDN I was looking in another store for shoes and they have a 2002 TCR Team (it has about 30 miles on it).

Its more expensive (about 600 CDN) is full campy record, has nucleon wheels, has record pedals (the composite has no pedals) BUT
its Aluminum not full carbon.

Advice?? I'm torn.
Buy neitherterry b
Mar 29, 2003 9:28 AM
If you can't make it 12 hours between posting your "final decision" and posting again asking about another bike, you might want to consider if you've decided at all. You need more research. Or buy them both.
The frame should be the deciding factorridleyrider
Mar 29, 2003 11:00 AM
Dont be sucked into the trap of inferior frame with superior componentry. As a rule (very expensive wheels & Campag carbon cranks aside) components are much cheaper to replace individually than a new frame.

Buy the best frame you can afford was the advice given to me many years ago and they were right. You will probably have the frame for many years which you can upgrade as & when you want.

I suspect that the ride feel and the look of the carbon frame will be significantly better than the Alu one. The difference between a mid range components set (grouppo, wheels & components) and a higher range component set are not likely to be as noticable IMO.
The frame should be the deciding factorBaadDawg
Mar 29, 2003 11:29 AM
I'm leaning to my original choice the tcr1 composite because I really want the carbon ride not the aluminum.

Sure threw me for a loop though being offered something I wasn't planning on with pedals and full record and high end campy wheels. All I was looking for were shoes lol. Never even tried em on.
The frame should be the deciding factorTSuprano
Mar 29, 2003 11:31 AM
I have ridden both the TCR aluminum frame and the TCR composite frame. I would hands down go with the composite frame. It is a stiffer better climbing, sprinting, and all around frame. I am not to sure about the seat post on either bikes though. The aero seatpost seams a little harsher over a standard seatpost.
buy the one with the better warrantytnbiker
Mar 29, 2003 4:00 PM
I just got a new road bike, and I am going to have it sent back becuase I realized there is a gap in one of the welds. This was unexpected considering I spent $$$ on a premium bike. But, I am glad there is a warranty to bite the cost of a new frame.
re: TCR1 Composite vs 2002 TCR Team (Indecision not quite over)geeker
Mar 30, 2003 8:39 AM
As someone said on r.b.t., why not find a pro shop that will fit you to a frameset (stock or custom) and build it up however you want? I'm in the US, but have always envied the low Canadian prices for framebuilding and Campagnolo groupos. (Campag seems particularly cheap.)

An alternative to the aluminum bike could be a sharp-looking Marinoni (they do lots of compact frames) with Campag and hand-built wheels. There's at least one Canadian mfr. of carbon frames, but I forget the name (I think it's Quebec-based).
guru bicycles, nmJas0n
Mar 30, 2003 6:14 PM
or argon 18 (nm)Frith
Mar 31, 2003 7:34 AM