I'm at a crossroads. I've ridden both the Trek 1000 and the Giant OCR3, which are what I've narrowed my selection down to.
To me, they both ride the same, maneuver the same etc. They have the same shifters on it, carbon forks etc, the only real difference seems to be aesthetics.
But, I'm doing my hardest to put looks last in the qualifying factors, I really am. Now it really comes to how well the companies back their products, and how good they are for fulfilling warranty work if needed. Now, I'm not doubting either of the company's product, I'm just saying nothing is perfect.
Which company will provide me better support in the long and short run?
I'm leaning towards that Flare Duotone Orange Trek 1000 though
My bike will be used for recreation and commuting to work, roads only, the roads here in Florida are nicely paved, so I'm covered on that aspect of it. I'm on a personal quest to slowly eliminate expenses (aka car) that I don't necessarily need in my life.
This will be my first bike that I haven't received as a Christmas gift since I was 12 (I'm 20 now). I think this bike will be more than adequate for me for a long time so I don't think I will be upgrading anytime soon. But by nature, I get easily obsessed with things I do that aren't work related, so I'm sure I'll rack up miles on this bike... which is why I'm concerned about possible warranty work.