|Hel me choose: Trek 1500 or Giant OCR?||woofers|
Dec 27, 2003 7:22 AM
|For the past four months, I've been riding my first road bike, a early/mid-80's Alan with Shimano 105 8-speed. It's really a couple of cm too small, so I use a 130mm stem and have a lot of seatpost exposed.
I'm planning on getting a new frame/fork and building it up with the Alan's 105 parts and wheels. One bike shop recommends the Trek 1500 while another recommends a Giant OCR. Is there any reason to pick one over the other?
(Right now I'm leaning towards the Trek because of purely aesthetic reasons. I like its traditional geometry and the welds are really nice.)
|re: Hel me choose: Trek 1500 or Giant OCR?||craigg|
Dec 28, 2003 1:54 PM
I have a Trek 1500. Depending on where you are located, this Trek is spec'ed differently. In Australia and UK at least, the Trek 1500 has a full Shimano Ultegra gearset, Alpha SL aluminium frame and reasonable wheels, handlebars etc.
I had my bike for two years now and have found it GREAT. The frame is excellent for the price point of this bike. The gearset is fantastic ... I'm not sure there is a need for Durace .... although plenty will tell you otherwise and spent the $$$s to prove it.
The Wheels are OK ... but not terrific. Beware of the spokes provided on mid-range new bikes. They are often sub-standard. If you start popping spokes, don't pay for repairs. Rather ask the trek dealer to fix under warranty. I learnt the hard way after shelling out for about 4/5 spoke replacements and then a full rebuild.
Finally, the comparison with the OCR range. Check the gearset/frame/wheel comparison. I would suggest the Alpha SL is better. The comparison of the gearset is easy. Finally, the wheels are important but difficult to assess cos they are usually OEM wheels in this price bracket. (Biased comments as I ride a Trek 1500 !!!).
|Just looking at the frameset...||woofers|
Dec 28, 2003 4:39 PM
|> Finally, the comparison with the OCR range. Check the gearset/frame/wheel comparison. I would suggest the Alpha SL is better.
Thanks Craig. I'm not concerned about the differences in components, as I'll be getting only the frame/fork. Most everything else will come off the Alan or be purchased separately.
Would you happen to know whether the current 1500 frames are made in the US or offshore?