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OCR 1 vs. TCR 2(8 posts)

OCR 1 vs. TCR 2witcomb
Jun 24, 2003 5:00 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.

Thanks,
- Neil
re: OCR 1 vs. TCR 2Nug
Jun 24, 2003 5:13 PM
The geometry of these 2 is different (covered recently in a post)- in short, the OCR is a more relaxed geometry and has a longer wheelbase. The frame is a higher quality and lighter alum. on the TCR, and the overall finish is nicer (smoothed out welds) if looks matter to you. I went with the TCR2 - feels like a rocket to me! If anything wears out I may upgrade components, but zero complaints with the full 105 group. I did an even trade for a Thompson seatpost- the aero carbon number was too much flash for me.
re: OCR 1 vs. TCR 2Jeff Rage
Jun 24, 2003 6:53 PM
I was in the same situation as you, and I asked the same question not too long ago. The TCR has carbon forks & seatpost, a 1 1/8" headset, is lighter and stiffer. The OCR has a more relaxed geometry, is more flexable, has a 1" headset, and has a cro-mo fork.

Check these previous threads
Nug "OCR vs. TCR" 6/15/03 5:50pm
Sandbox "Riding differences between a TCR2 and an OCR1?" 5/5/03 4:22pm

I would ride both and see which you like better.
re: OCR 1 vs. TCR 2witcomb
Jun 25, 2003 4:04 AM
Actually the for is carbon for the OCR1. Also, the difference in length is only 7mm in the chainstay tube, which I really can't see changing the feel that much. Granted the frame is lighter and probably stiffer.

I guess my next challenge is finding someone local with a TCR2 instock. I found the posts from earlier, very informative, thanks guys.

Thanks,
re: OCR 1 vs. TCR 2jptaylorsg
Jun 25, 2003 12:02 PM
Wait for the Spring Edition OCR2. It's going to have a carbon fork as well as 105 group, If I'm not mistaken (along with the shaped stays). With one change, though. All of the OCRs will now have Truvativ cranksets and the wheels have changed from Mavic (I don't remember the brand they changed to). I have the brochure at home if you want me to scan it in and post it.
re: OCR 1 vs. TCR 2witcomb
Jun 25, 2003 12:15 PM
Spring Edition? What is this? Also, by the sounds of it, I don't think I can wait that long. I'm currently dieing to get out, but I will require a bike to do that.

Should I expect a drastic increase in price between the OCR 1 and the TCR 2? The OCR1 is 1600(CDN) and the TCR2 is 2200(CDN), which is an increase of nearly 40%. That seems quite drastic, I was expecting in the 1900-2000(CDN) price range for the TCR2.

Thanks again,
- Neil
Spring editionjptaylorsg
Jun 25, 2003 2:10 PM
A LBS told me about the spring edition and gave me a brochure. He said the new bikes were only a few weeks away. Giant's upgrading a few bikes, including the OCRs. May be a U.S. only thing, I don't know. When you go in to test ride, ask your LBS about it. They ought to know. They looked pretty nice.
Also, IMHO, I don't think the TCR2 is enough of an upgrade (especially for a newbie) to justify the extra cost. But if you're looking for something to one day race, it might be worth it.
OopsJeff Rage
Jun 25, 2003 1:54 PM
Yup, the OCR has the carbon fork. Sorry, I was thinking of the OCR2.

Here's a link to the dealer search from the Giant site http://direct.where2getit.com/giant/ Call ahead of time, and make sure they have the right size in stock for you to test ride.