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    Giant OCR C2

    The Classic Question for a Newbie.

    I weigh 270 lbs. Any thoughts on weather or not the Giant OCR C2 is too little bike for me?

    My goals are long distance cycling, and sprint-oly tri's. I live in Canada so the roads have just cleared for me. I was on the life cycle at the gym since January, and am so ready for the road. I got my old 1990 hybrid tuned-up, and added clipless pedals. I also wanted to change the handle bars to normal "curly" bars, standard road bars, but would cost too much as I would have to change too many components. Not worth it or this bike.

    So I thought, cool, the engine needs alot more work then the bike does so I will work on that first. A few days ago, I took it out for the initial "clippless break-in" or the scariest ride I have ever had. Worked-out OK. Last evening, I went to take her for her first real ride to find that the spokes have decided they wanted to meet up with the tube. Bummer the wheels will need to be changed too. So I think I will get a new road bike and then put some heavier duty wheels, and fatter tires for off road stuff on the old hybrid.

    I have been on the Giant OCR C2 and it fits. The LBS says "no problem" with my weight. This is the bike I am leaning towards, but I am concerned about the my weight. I would like a bike that I can "grow-up" with and will last.

    Background: 40 yrs old, 13 months smoke free, biking was a passion for me 15 years ago, was 294lbs in January 07.

    I have lurked a few pages now, and is a great site!

    Thank you and I hope to contribute in the future,
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    Welcome aboard!

    The only issue I would see are the wheels. I'd go with a well built (hand built preferably) hi spoke count wheelset. I run 40 spoke rear and 36 front, but I ride a tour bike. Other than that, you'd be good to go!
    Quote Originally Posted by bill0021
    The Classic Question for a Newbie.

    I weigh 270 lbs. Any thoughts on weather or not the Giant OCR C2 is too little bike for me?

    My goals are long distance cycling, and sprint-oly tri's. I live in Canada so the roads have just cleared for me. I was on the life cycle at the gym since January, and am so ready for the road. I got my old 1990 hybrid tuned-up, and added clipless pedals. I also wanted to change the handle bars to normal "curly" bars, standard road bars, but would cost too much as I would have to change too many components. Not worth it or this bike.

    So I thought, cool, the engine needs alot more work then the bike does so I will work on that first. A few days ago, I took it out for the initial "clippless break-in" or the scariest ride I have ever had. Worked-out OK. Last evening, I went to take her for her first real ride to find that the spokes have decided they wanted to meet up with the tube. Bummer the wheels will need to be changed too. So I think I will get a new road bike and then put some heavier duty wheels, and fatter tires for off road stuff on the old hybrid.

    I have been on the Giant OCR C2 and it fits. The LBS says "no problem" with my weight. This is the bike I am leaning towards, but I am concerned about the my weight. I would like a bike that I can "grow-up" with and will last.

    Background: 40 yrs old, 13 months smoke free, biking was a passion for me 15 years ago, was 294lbs in January 07.

    I have lurked a few pages now, and is a great site!

    Thank you and I hope to contribute in the future,
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    I'm 230 lbs, and have about 4500 miles on my Giant OCR Limited (same frame). It is a very comfortable, excellent long distance bike - I have about 9 centuries on mine so far. The stock Xero xsr3 wheels were too flexy for my weight, so it's safe to assume they won't work to well for you, either.....

    I resolved the issue by having a custom set made. Otherwise, it is a fantastic bike and I've no complaints at all. See if the LBS will either upgrade the wheels or made some other accomodation. It's a great bike and you'll love it.
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    im about 95 kg and riding an ocr3. only problem ive had is with the wheels too. it was a recurring problem with my back wheel until giant was decent enough to get it rebuilt at the store where i bought it. planning new wheels hand built at another store when i'm ready to part with the cash. despite not being ultra clyde, i'm heavy enough to break spokes fairly regularly on these rims. the bloke at the store where I'm planning on getting new wheels told me to stay away from shimano considering my weight if that's worth anything. i assume latest model ocr2 has stronger wheels but you never know...

    i recently got fitted and was told I should've probably not bought a giant considering my particular er...dimensions(?). my stem is now at a pretty high angle and all is going much better (a bit strange looking but i'm not at all fussed) but next time I buy a bike I'll be going to someone who knows a thing about fit as it all feels much better now.

    good luck and enjoy the bike mate (when you get it)

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    I have an OCRC1 and it rides great for me . I have had no problems with the wheels but they are one level up from the C2. I did change the saddle that it came with and got a Terry. I also got and FSA stem and Easton carbon flats.

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    I ride a rebuilt 2002 OCR3 and would expect you to have problems other the than the afore mentioned wheel issue. I'd expect your LBS would give you a price break if you got it with different wheels.

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    Thanks all for the input. I plan to get to the LBS tonight and will discuss the wheels. I feel much better about getting it now.

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    I have an OCR C3, 2006 model, and I weigh 290. I have not had any problems with the wheels yet, that I have noticed. Although I only have about 250 miles on it so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aboyd
    I have an OCR C3, 2006 model, and I weigh 290. I have not had any problems with the wheels yet, that I have noticed. Although I only have about 250 miles on it so far.
    Crank on the bike going up a good climb. If your front wheel doesn't flex enough to alternate hitting both brake pads, I'll be surprised. I'm "only" 230 lbs and flexed the crap out of mine. Flat ground, not so noticeable. For reference, the stock Xero 3 wheels on my OCR Limited were 20/24 spokes, and weighed well over 2,000 grams. FWIW, I never had any problems with mine over the 1,000 or so miles I put on them, except the flexing. and the stock Michelin Dynamic tires were pretty crappy, too.

    I went to a custom set of 24/28's on a semi aero very stiff rim and Michelin ProRace 2 tires to get much stiffer, responsive wheels while shaving off over 1lb of bike weight (>500 grams). The bike went from a pretty nice ride to a real demon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman
    Crank on the bike going up a good climb. If your front wheel doesn't flex enough to alternate hitting both brake pads, I'll be surprised. I'm "only" 230 lbs and flexed the crap out of mine. Flat ground, not so noticeable. For reference, the stock Xero 3 wheels on my OCR Limited were 20/24 spokes, and weighed well over 2,000 grams. FWIW, I never had any problems with mine over the 1,000 or so miles I put on them, except the flexing. and the stock Michelin Dynamic tires were pretty crappy, too.

    I went to a custom set of 24/28's on a semi aero very stiff rim and Michelin ProRace 2 tires to get much stiffer, responsive wheels while shaving off over 1lb of bike weight (>500 grams). The bike went from a pretty nice ride to a real demon.
    Thanks for the info, I never notice. I do not climb very good at my weight, but will attempt to crank a little harder on the next climb I do and see what I notice. Where did you get your replacement wheels? I haven't shopped around yet, but from what I read, I will need too eventially.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aboyd
    Thanks for the info, I never notice. I do not climb very good at my weight, but will attempt to crank a little harder on the next climb I do and see what I notice. Where did you get your replacement wheels? I haven't shopped around yet, but from what I read, I will need too eventially.
    The flexing should be readily apparent on a standing climb - at least mine was. Are you on the same wheels I had, the Xero xsr3's with 20/24 spoke count?

    I got my wheels built by Mike Garcia at www.oddsandendos.com. Do a forum search on Mike Garcia and you'll turn up tons of stuff. He built me a killer set of custom wheels to my specifications/requirements, and they were relatively inexpensive - $420 delivered.

    Can't say enough good things about Mike and how pleased I am with the wheelset.
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    Thanks

    Appreciate the input, will give Mike a look.
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    I have a Giant ocr 2 that i got last fall and have put close to 2000 miles on it with no problems what so ever. The bike got a wheel upgrade the day it came home from the shop, put ritcheys pro on it . They are still perfect with no truing done to them and bike has never had to go back for anything and it rides like a dream even with my 250 ponds in the saddle which i also upgraded to a specialized bg2 saddle.
    You won't be sorry with this purchase

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    i also have a 2006 ocr2 carbon, weigh in at 245 today, and have yet to experience problems with the wheels. but, i admittedly have only about 250 miles on it altho there have been some ugly climbs in those miles. so far, so good. will be riding this in the STP in july, so hopefully the wheels will be ok, should know by then, eh?

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    I didn't think much about the wheels either, until I really cranked on them this weekend. The wheels seem "soft", like the hubs are starting to turn before the rim catches up. At my weight, 290, I am not going to take the chance. Gonna order a set from Mike Garcia and sell the Xero's, before I ruin them. Aside from this, the bike is great, I love it!!
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    I replaced my Xeros with Velomax (now Easton) Circuits. At 230LBS these wheels have been bombproof and fast. They only weigh 1650 grams and are the best thing I have ever put on my OCR Composite. Highly recommended. You can usually find them on sale somehere in the low-mid $300's.
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