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    2004 Giant OCR3. Uprade or replace?

    Hey, I have a 2004 Giant OCR3 and I'm thinking about upgrading the components. It has Shimano Sora. I want at least 105. I like the frame so I would like to keep it. I'm on a budget of about $400 to upgrade or money I get from bike plus 400 if I sell my current bike.

    Would it be worth it to upgrade? What should I get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedKnightRunner
    Hey, I have a 2004 Giant OCR3 and I'm thinking about upgrading the components. It has Shimano Sora. I want at least 105. I like the frame so I would like to keep it. I'm on a budget of about $400 to upgrade or money I get from bike plus 400 if I sell my current bike.

    Would it be worth it to upgrade? What should I get?
    A 2 year old OCR 3 is not a bad bike and I would only suggest upgrading as parts wear out. Rear cassette and Changers gone naff- Then upgrade them but not until they are past their best. All 3 rings on the crankset gone and the Bottom Bracket- then upgrade the crankset.

    Only problem is that to upgrade just as a matter of course will cost you money and will not make you a better rider. Now if you are talking about wheels- then a lighter stiffer pair will bring performance- Same with a narrower tyre of a beter quality. Other than that- Save your money till you have enough for a newer and better bike with the upgrades you want already fitted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedKnightRunner
    Hey, I have a 2004 Giant OCR3 and I'm thinking about upgrading the components. It has Shimano Sora. I want at least 105. I like the frame so I would like to keep it. I'm on a budget of about $400 to upgrade or money I get from bike plus 400 if I sell my current bike. Would it be worth it to upgrade? What should I get?
    Buy a 105 group on e-Bay RIGHT NOW while prices are at their least. Wait till Spring - sell your Sora group on e-Bay when prices are highest. You should nearly break even other than shipping cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    A 2 year old OCR 3 is not a bad bike and I would only suggest upgrading as parts wear out. Rear cassette and Changers gone naff- Then upgrade them but not until they are past their best. All 3 rings on the crankset gone and the Bottom Bracket- then upgrade the crankset.

    Only problem is that to upgrade just as a matter of course will cost you money and will not make you a better rider. Now if you are talking about wheels- then a lighter stiffer pair will bring performance- Same with a narrower tyre of a beter quality. Other than that- Save your money till you have enough for a newer and better bike with the upgrades you want already fitted.
    I agree with Stapfam. The only people who get to make fun of my equipment are those who can pass me or outclimb me. And those are usually only people who have been riding long enough to realize that bling-bling shifters do not make you fast. In fact, I often spank my riding buddies on my single speed commuter.

    Wheels, on the other hand, are part of the speed equation and are certainly where I would spend my first money on an OCR 3. That being said, the OCR 3 is a very nice bike. We have one that we share around our group and we call it the missionary bike because it is the one we use to spread the cycling gospel to newbies.

    Enjoy the bike for what it is, and if you must spend, get some faster wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawtooth
    ...Enjoy the bike for what it is, and if you must spend, get some faster wheels.
    Fair advice, Sawtooth, but the OP said he wanted to upgrade to 105 - not that he needed to for speed. If speed is the OP's goal, your advice is best. If having a 105 bike is the OP's goal, then mine is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    Fair advice, Sawtooth, but the OP said he wanted to upgrade to 105 - not that he needed to for speed. If speed is the OP's goal, your advice is best. If having a 105 bike is the OP's goal, then mine is.
    Agreed! There is value in going either way. I am listening to hair band rock right now and that always puts me into a mood where speed is king.

    On a side note. I don't personally put a lot of stock into the "buy an upgradeable frame" mentality. From the market prices I have been watching, it seems far cheaper to pick up a nice frame down the road than to pick up an upgrade component set. In that light, it seems more reasonable for someone buying a new bike to make a bikedirect purchase of nice components and a questionable frame with the intention of upgrading the frame at a later date than the other way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawtooth
    ...it seems more reasonable for someone...to make a bikedirect purchase of nice components...with the intention of upgrading the frame at a later date than the other way around.
    Agreed!

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