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Rocky Mountain RC50 vs. Liv (Giant) Thrive 1

Old 08-01-16, 09:57 PM
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Rocky Mountain RC50 vs. Liv (Giant) Thrive 1


I'm new to the forum. In fact, this is my very first post!

I'm in the market for a small women's road bike, and my budget is $1000 CAD.

I've found two bikes that I quite like. I've ridden both and felt an equivalent degree of comfort and enjoyment.

But I'm not really sure how they differ from one another in significant ways, and I'm hoping you might be able to help me choose between the two, based on technical specs or other factors that I may not have yet considered.

Bike #1: Rocky Mountain RC50
RC | Rocky Mountain Bicycles
$999 CAD

Bike #2: Liv (Giant) Thrive 1
$899 CAD

Any advice on the differences between these two bikes, as well as tips about bike-shopping in general would be hugely appreciated. I bought my last bike 20 years ago, so I'm a little out-of-my-depth with how much technology has evolved since then.

Thanks so much!
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Old 08-02-16, 09:51 PM
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I cant get the pages to load...they keep timing out on my comp. So ill just bump this post back to the top for you so others see it easier.

Welcome to the forums btw, and happy bike shopping!
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Old 08-03-16, 06:05 AM
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Did you look at the RC Lo Women's specific bike? Same price as the RC you posted but designed for smaller women.

Between the two bike there are small differences. The Giant is a double the RM is a triple. If there are large hills and you are carrying a load the win would go to the RC.

The Giant is a 10 speed with Tiagra which is nice stuff, designed for road bikes. The RM has a mismatch of Alivio, Acera and Deore more geared like a mountain bike. Even the crank has the bulk of a mountain bike. Brakes are similar, wheel size is similar.

It is always nice to know what city you are in, because it lets us know the terrain you will be working with. If you lived in Toronto, then I would most definitely chose the Giant. It is geared well for the city and great components. The added bonus is it is an attractive looking bike.

Now for a city like Vancouver and you were riding into North Vancouver, I would chose the gearing of the Rocky Mountain. Plus you would be helping their local economy because Rocky Mountain is located in Vancouver and employs people that live in the area. (If those things are important to you). The RM is a little more stealth. It looks like every other black bike in the bike rack. If you want your bike to blend in and not stand out, then this might push the bike in your favor.

If I had to chose, the Giant would be the one. If I found the gearing not to be low enough after using it for a year, then I would switch out the cassette and maybe smaller chainrings. If you are a strong rider, then this would be moot.

They are both good bikes, does one speak to you more than the other? Good luck.
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Thanks so much for your very helpful feedback
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