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Newbie roadie needs help(3 posts)

Newbie roadie needs helpBen S
Jul 14, 2003 6:04 AM
I have been mountain biking for several years and would like to get into road riding, mainly for fitness and to train for mountain biking. I am considering a Giant OCR2, which seems like a good value. I am looking to spend under $1,000. My only concern is the quality of the drivetrain. My mountain bike has LX/XT components, which I am pleased with. I am just wondering whether the Tiara drivetrain will be adequate. Any thoughts are appreciated.
re: Newbie roadie needs helpwitcomb
Jul 14, 2003 6:37 AM
I just bought a TCR2 and I love it. It is my first road bike, but I figure I may as well spend the cash on a good bike and save the upgrade next year. I debated between the OCR1 and the TCR2 and I'm glad I went TCR2. I would suggest spending the extra cash, you will find that you'll spend far more time on your road bike than your mountian bike just because of convience. So, I would recommend spending the extra cash and going OCR1 if your debating.

The one thing to keep in mind, is you will probably want to factor in road shoes. I think the OCR's have some shimano pedals so you don't have fork out for that as well.
A few things...funknuggets
Jul 14, 2003 11:13 AM
Yah, I would really assess how you are going to ride. If you are going to just sit and spin and stay out of the hills where you are going to shift a lot, especially under power, or you are going to put a decent amount of miles, the drivetrain would be a source of concern.. .especially the rear derail. My second concern would be for the shifters, so if it were me, I would look for 105 or Ultegra at minimum. If Im not mistaken... SuperGo and Performance have both been offering fair starter bikes at this pricepoint, so I would likely consider those instead of "settling for the Giant with the lower quality components", but that is just my take.