Mad bike riding scientist
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Denver, CO
Bikes: Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
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Originally Posted by vancouverboy
hi, i have allways wanted to tour and am finally able to purchase a bike. I am lucky enough to afford a half decent bike and am thinking of buying the giant ocr tour 2005. Its about 1700 canadian. Can anyone tell me if this is a good purchase for serious touring ...im 200lbs, and will be packing appropriate amounts for long distances. thanx
The OCR looks okay for touring with a couple of minor problems. The disc brakes can interfer with the rack mounting which is important for touring. Disc brakes are "sexy" but not really necessary. A good cantilever brake is suitable even here in mountainous Colorado. (I even use them on tandems without braking problems.)
I would measure the rear chainstays. Anything less than 45 cm on a medium frame (56 cm) is too short for touring. The bike will be very squirrelly under load which is never a good thing. The front end geometry looks to be a bit too steep also. A more relaxed head angle will be more stable.
Finally, considering that most touring bikes last forever, I not convinced that the integrated headset on the Giant's will last a long time. There are some problems with the headset that are design related and can't be fixed if the headset wears out. The Chris King
website has an indepth article on the problems with integrated headsets.
The Urbanite bike quoted by another poster looks good. I have a Cannondale T800 that is a great touring bike. The Fuji World Tour and the Trek 520 are worth a look too.
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