So after commuting for a few months on my Specialized mountain bike with a backpack, I decided it was definitely time to invest in something lighter, faster and more efficient. I wanted a road bike, but one with a flat / mtb handlebar, and one with a bit more relaxed geometry.
I started shopping around 6 weeks ago, and rode everything I could get my hands on. Felt, Fisher, Kona, Trek, Rocky Mountain, Specialized, Cannondale, Surly, everything.
I had it narrowed down to a Felt Speed 22 until I rode the Giant FCR2. The Giant was PERFECT, and was almost $400 cheaper than the Felt, with similar tech and components. It's basically an OCR roadbike with a mountain bike bar and seat, and it's XL size fits me juuust right.
I picked it up locally for $679, and added a pair of Schwalbe Marathon 700x32 tires as well as a NiteRider wireless computer and a seatpost rack. I swapped out my headlight, bottle cage and blinkie from the Rockhopper.
I've only done about 30 miles on it so far, but I am amazed at the difference between my mountain bike and this. It seems I can just roll forever, with little to no effort at all, and I can haul some serious ass when I put the hammer down. I bet my average speed has gone up 4mph immediately. I am very happy!!
Here are some quick pics I snapped today, let me know what you think!