What do you all think about the Giant OCR Touring bike for fireroad/mild single track/touring use?
Obviously a test ride for fit and ride quality would be the best way, but hey, I'm in rural western Colorado without a lot of opportunity to test ride.
I came across it on a search for a review of a Bianchi Axis yesteray. It retails for around $1200 which buys one a butted aluminum frame with compact, touring geometry with a steel fork and 105/LX level, triple crankset/mtb cassette drivetrain which can accommodate at least a 700x32mm tire. Nice extras include Avid mech disk brakes, Fizik saddle, Time clipless pedals, fender/rack mounts, adjustable stem, and internal cable routing.
Thought I was settled on a Bianchi Axis but am giving this Giant some thought. Especially since the Giant is about $200 less and comes with pedals and a saddle that I would actually keep.
Is there much more advantage to the Avid Mech disk brakes over standard cantis on singletrack (i.e. worth the extra pain of disk brake maintenance for the assumed extra stopping power, especially in muddy situations)?