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Old 05-10-08, 04:58 AM   #1
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Trek2.1 or Giant OCR2

Ok, I have narrowed the decision down to these two bikes. The OCR2 is the 2007 model. I have ridden both bikes and they feel great. I need to know which has the better components and if enyone recommends one over the other. Also, both LBS are very helpful so I feel comfortable buying from either store. The Trek is $1039 wqhile the OCR2 is $799.

Trek 2.1 specs: $1039 at LBS
Sizes 43, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62cm
Frame Alpha Black Aluminum w/TCT Carbon stays
Fork Bontrager Race, carbon; SpeedTrap compatible
Wheels Bontrager SSR (43cm: Alloy hubs w/650c Alex rims)
Tires Bontrager Race Lite, 700x23c (43cm: 650x25c)
Shifters Shimano Tiagra STI, 9 speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Crank Bontrager Select 50/34 or 50/39/30
Cassette SRAM PG950 11-26 or 12-26 (triple), 9 speed
Pedals Nylon body w/alloy cage; clips and straps
Saddle Bontrager Race Basic
Seat Post Bontrager Carbon
Handlebars Bontrager Select VR, 31.8mm
Stem Bontrager Select, 7 degree, 31.8mm
Headset Aheadset w/semi-cartridge bearings, integrated, sealed, alloy
Brakeset Alloy dual pivot w/Shimano Tiagra STI levers

Giant OCR2 2007 specs: $799 at LBS

colorM: Red / Smoke
sizeM: XS, S, M, L, XL
frame: ALUXX butted aluminum, Compact Road Design
FORK: formulaOne Composite w/aluminum steerer
Handlebar: 6061 Alloy
Stem: 6061 alloy Adjustable
Seatpost: formulaOne Composite, 27.2x350mm
Saddle: M: Selle Royal Viper
Pedals: Shimano PD M505, clipless
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra
Front derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Rear derailleur: Shimano 105
Brakes: TK521AG long reach
Brake levers: Shimano Tiagra
Cassette: SRAM PG950 12-26 9-speed
Chain: Shimano HG53
Cranks: FSACK400SST
Rims: Xero XSR-4
Hubs: Xero XSR-4
Spokes: Xero XSR-4
Tires: Kenda Kontender 700x25

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Old 05-10-08, 05:40 AM   #2
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Component wise:

About equal

TRek: Carbon Stays will absorb a bit of the road buzz

Giant: Nearly $300 cheaper.

Up to you.....
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Old 05-10-08, 06:22 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
Component wise:

About equal

TRek: Carbon Stays will absorb a bit of the road buzz

Giant: Nearly $300 cheaper.

Up to you.....
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Old 05-10-08, 06:24 PM   #4
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The Pilot 2.1 has a more relaxed geometry than the Giant - you'll probably ride a bit more upright on the Trek. It will also absorb a bit more of the road buzz.....I'd ride both, and pick which ever one felt more comfortable - the $300 difference will be forgotten in 6 months - but you'll have the bike a lot longer than that.
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Old 05-10-08, 06:48 PM   #5
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Is the Giant a triple or compact crank, can't tell by numbers you posted. If not that may account for a hundred bucks. Triples are usually more. Prolly a compact too! P;us the carbon stay s are far more expensive when buying a bike. Shopping ofr a bike, I fond the same modelw ith cf stays was about $400 difference in the same brand.

I myself would go with the Trek for the simple fact that they list the brand of stems and such. I worry when the mfgr lists: stem, alloy/ handlebars, alloy. Makes me wonder!
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Old 05-13-08, 07:23 AM   #6
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I have the Trek 2.1 pilot (2007) and LOVE it. Wouldn't trade it for the world.
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Old 05-13-08, 06:06 PM   #7
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I ride an OCR and am enjoying it very much. Its a great bike. The carbon stays buzz thing is part of the choices, though not as much as choice of tire width. Either one will do the job and give you many hours of fun. I like the slightly more aggressive positioning of the compact frame. If I'm not mistaken all of the Aluminum OCRs come with a triple.

I'd strongly urge you if you go for the OCR to take $25 and upgrade the front derailer to a 105 as the tiagra front derailer is much harder to keep aligned for shifting. Also for the difference in price you could flip out the tiagra shifters for 105s if your so inclined as well.
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Old 05-13-08, 06:36 PM   #8
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Are they at the same LBS? Do you like one shop better than the other? Seems Giant and Trek both prefer to be "THE" brand in any shop, so you don't see too many at the same shop.

Of course, YMMV and my Trek dealer sells Pinarellos, Salsas, Kona, etc.
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Old 05-13-08, 07:07 PM   #9
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I wish I had a Trek/Specialized shop. I've got a Trek (and Trek derivatives shop) that does have some Breezer, Surly, Felt. Then I got my Specialized shop that has Schwinn, now Giant (in limited amounts). Where I come from Trek obviously dominates the arena in the bigger shops. smaller ones you'll find Salsa, etc.
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Old 05-13-08, 07:39 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by theone2496 View Post
I have the Trek 2.1 pilot (2007) and LOVE it. Wouldn't trade it for the world.
Me too. I think mine is a little older, it's 105 all around and Select wheels. I was worried about those, but so far they are holding up under my 225 +/-...

To the OP, are you looking at the 2.1 or the Pilot 2.1?

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