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My Dilemma....Giant TCR (aluminum) or Trek 5200 (OCLV)(3 posts)

My Dilemma....Giant TCR (aluminum) or Trek 5200 (OCLV)butzdogg
Oct 26, 2003 1:07 PM
I currently own a 2003 Giant TCR 2, aluminum frame with 105 groupo and Spinergy SPOX wheels. I recently won a Trek OCLV 5200 with Ultegra groupo and Bontrager RaceLite wheels. To date I have loved the Giant. Before I ride the Trek, does anyone have any experience between the two??
I rode them both...Fixie-ated
Oct 27, 2003 5:32 AM
Until last spring, when I sold my TCR. This question is going to boil down to, "you're going to have to decide this yourself".

I prefer the OCLV for many reasons:

Comfort
Stiffness (in the BB area)
and just overall performance

On the same 24 mile course and good conditions, I always averaged .5 to 1 mph better on the OCLV. I just felt more comfortable on the OCLV and was able to stay aero longer.

Plus the fact that the OCLV has ultegra, that is a plus over 105, though 105 is good stuff.

Then again, I think the OCLV will bring more $$ on the used bike market.

Tough call, but I vote OCLV. What about warranty, will the OCLV be covered? If yes, that is another plus.
re: My Dilemma....Giant TCR (aluminum) or Trek 5200 (OCLV)MrCelloBoy
Oct 27, 2003 10:26 AM
Never roda an Aluminum bike that could hold a candle to carbon for long distance ride comfort.
Carbon is much better at being stiff where it needs to and supple at the same time.
Also, carbon is often described as "dead" feeling. Well, "dead" rough pavement sure beats "live" rough pavement!