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    Giant TCR 1 Build

    Hey, new here. been lurking around for years, i finally made an account lol.

    Anyway, i recently snagged a Giant TCR-1 frame (2008) with no fork for 35 bucks. The frame is missing a race on the steerer tube. I will find out tomorrow exactly whats missing.

    what do you guys know about these frames? I do know that giant generally makes great bikes.
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    If there is no fork, there is no steerer tube. Do you mean head tube? And what do you mean "missing a race"? Did the frame come with a part of a headset installed? Don't worry about that, you will likely want a complete new one anyway. Barring any crash problems, it should be quite good.
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    Pretty darn good headsets (like a CC Forty) are available cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
    If there is no fork, there is no steerer tube. Do you mean head tube? And what do you mean "missing a race"? Did the frame come with a part of a headset installed? Don't worry about that, you will likely want a complete new one anyway. Barring any crash problems, it should be quite good.
    lol sorry, i was going of what the guy told me on the phone. the frame is missing the top fork sleeve on the headtube lol. eitherway a super nice frame. weighs just over 2lb

    have the frame now and like it alot.

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    cc forty was on my list as well as some FSA's

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    Is it your size, though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
    Is it your size, though?
    i baught i because it was my size lol. maybe a touch on the small end, but should fit me nicely once built and setup

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    Looks like the frame was a 2006 model not a 2008 model. here is a picture of the frame
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    Quote Originally Posted by calgarc View Post
    lol sorry, i was going of what the guy told me on the phone. the frame is missing the top fork sleeve on the headtube lol. eitherway a super nice frame. weighs just over 2lb

    have the frame now and like it alot.
    That's great. So we have one mystery solved. Still no sure what a top fork sleeve is and where you will get a replacement. Not to be contrary, but I can't see how that frame could weigh just a little over 2 lb (908 g). That is world class carbon territory. Are you sure you don't mean 3 lb? How are you weighing it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by calgarc View Post
    Looks like the frame was a 2006 model not a 2008 model. here is a picture of the frame
    Where's your rd hanger? Where do the shift cables go? What size seatpost? Do you have a collar?

    Is it aluminum? If it were me, I'd be looking for another guy to sell it to and get your $35 back, because getting this rideable could be a lot more money than you'd think, as well BIG can of worms regarding compatibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
    Where's your rd hanger? Where do the shift cables go? What size seatpost? Do you have a collar?

    Is it aluminum? If it were me, I'd be looking for another guy to sell it to and get your $35 back, because getting this rideable could be a lot more money than you'd think, as well BIG can of worms regarding compatibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calgarc View Post
    i baught it so i can build my own bike... i love building bikes. i've built everything from chopper cruisers to ultegra road bikes
    That's great, but if you're going to be needing a ton of small parts that will be expensive and difficult to track down, there are a LOT of better foundations out there than this one. For instance, start with a complete frameset- I have a feeling that anything but the oem fork will look pretty goofy with that giant headtube.

    E:You sure it's not a 2001?- http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...nt&model=TCR+1

    What I'm getting at is you're going to have a BEAR of a time finding an integrated 1" headset as well as a 1" fork that won't look 10 ways out of place.

    E2: the proximity of those slip pivot pliers to the frame makes me wonder about your mechanical skillset as well, but that's a different story all together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
    That's great. So we have one mystery solved. Still no sure what a top fork sleeve is and where you will get a replacement. Not to be contrary, but I can't see how that frame could weigh just a little over 2 lb (908 g). That is world class carbon territory. Are you sure you don't mean 3 lb? How are you weighing it?
    It's without a fork and headset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
    That's great, but if you're going to be needing a ton of small parts that will be expensive and difficult to track down, there are a LOT of better foundations out there than this one. For instance, start with a complete frameset- I have a feeling that anything but the oem fork will look pretty goofy with that giant headtube.

    E:You sure it's not a 2001?- 2001 Giant TCR 1 - BikePedia

    What I'm getting at is you're going to have a BEAR of a time finding an integrated 1" headset as well as a 1" fork that won't look 10 ways out of place.

    E2: the proximity of those slip pivot pliers to the frame makes me wonder about your mechanical skillset as well, but that's a different story all together.
    positive. i checked and measured the fame before i baught it. it takes a 1-1/8 threadless headset. which means ins 2003/5/6 frame, and i have built plenty of bikes over the years. I also get discounts on parts through a friend

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConGrUenCy View Post
    It's without a fork and headset.
    Yeah but I have a 2009 TCR Advanced carbon frame without fork and headset that weighs 1200 g. No way the straight TCR weighs ony 900 or a little more. At least I don't think so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
    Yeah but I have a 2009 TCR Advanced carbon frame without fork and headset that weighs 1200 g. No way the straight TCR weighs ony 900 or a little more. At least I don't think so.
    it weighs almost 1100 last i checked...

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    I got it measured a second time at the LBS as well as a matching carbon fork. it is def a 1-1/8 frame and will take an FSA orbit headset

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    Okay - have fun. Pop back in with some pic's when you are done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
    Okay - have fun. Pop back in with some pic's when you are done.
    i have progress pics of my franken bike

    need to figure out what type of lightweight crank to get... preferably something affordable

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    so here is what the geometry of the frameset looks like.


    The next step is to paint the fork/frame to match. Probably gonna paint it white.
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    I think it look pretty nice right there. Unless the paint is in poor condition I'd leave it alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertL View Post
    I think it look pretty nice right there. Unless the paint is in poor condition I'd leave it alone.
    it just seems odd to have a fork that does not match... lol the artist side of me has to OCD on that.

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