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OCR 1 vs. TCR 2(2 posts)

OCR 1 vs. TCR 2witcomb
Jun 24, 2003 4:46 PM
I have spent the past few months mountian biking, and I'm looking for something to get out on more often. So, this is going to be my first road bike, which I would expect to be out on 3-4 times a week.

I have been debating between these two bikes, and it seems that there is no reason to fork out the cash for the TCR 2 when the OCR 1 has the same components and a decent frame. The seatpost and wheels are something I can pass up for the money. But is there any strong reasons to go for the TCR 2 over the OCR 1? I would prefer to get the TCR 1, but I feel that the cost of that bike is somewhat out of my league.

If anyone has any other suggestions for a first time bike which would also be good to grow into, please suggest away.

- Neil
A couple of things to considerjptaylorsg
Jun 24, 2003 5:04 PM
Welcome to the road, Neil. If you're like me, you'll probably mostly forsake the mtn. bike. I'm not an expert, but I ride an '02 OCR1. I believe that the main differences between the bikes are the adjustable stem (which is flexy and most don't like) and slightly relaxed (less racy) geometry on the OCR. Componentry is pretty similar. You should ask your LBS, though about the new models on these bikes. I saw some brochures, and Giant has upgraded the OCR1 componentry and started shaping the tubing more (for strength/comfort??). Be sure to investigate the new models or work a deal on the older one. Also, read this site and others and think about the frame material you want to invest in. I kind of wish I had avoided aluminum and am now looking to upgrade my frame, but it might be perfect for you. Good luck, and happy riding.