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Old 07-27-06, 04:49 PM
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Was $899 a good deal for this bike?

Giant OCR TOURING 2004 model was still in the box
Specifications:
frame ALUXX butted aluminum, Compact Road Design, Touring

specific geometry and features, three water bottle mounts, fender and rack mounts, internal cable routing

fork Giant CrMo, 1" w/disc tab

derailleur Front: Shimano 105, Rear: Shimano Deore LX

shifters Shimano Ultegra flightdeck STI, 9 speed

cranks TruVativ Elita ISIS drive, 30/42/52T

pedals Shimano Alium Clipless

handlebar Easton EA 50

stem Ahead Alloy adjustable

headset cane creek aheadset

brakes Avid BBDB Road Disc

levers tektro rx 2.0

saddle Fizik Vitesse cp, crmo rails

seatpost Easton EA50

rims Mavic A319, 36 Hole

hubs Shimano Deore, 36H, disc brake

Tires Vittoria Zaffiro, 700x28c

cassette SRAM PG950 11-32T, 9 speed

spokes Stainless Steel, 14/15G

extra's integrated spoke holder w 3 extra spokes
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Old 07-27-06, 05:22 PM
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Thread better posted before purchase.
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Old 07-27-06, 07:16 PM
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Well I have a 14 day window to try the bike out. I was debating between the bianchi volpe and the surly crosscheck both of which are also 899 but This giant was spec'd better so I just went for it. Now I guess I am just looking for confirmation that I made the right choice before it is too late to change my mind. Here are the specs for the Crosscheck
Spec Name Surly Cross-Check
Frame Reynolds 631 double-butted chromoly
Fork Chromoly
Headset Ritchey Logic Comp
Rims/Wheels Alex, 32 hole
Hubs Shimano Deore
Spokes 15g stainless
Tires Ritchey SpeedMax Cross, 700 x 32
Crankset Cyclone with QBP Engagement Rings
Chainwheel 36/48
Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore LX
Chain Shimano HG-72
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Cogs Shimano Tiagra, 9-speed: 12-25
Shifters Shimano bar con
Handlebars Salsa Moto Ace
Stem Tahoma
Brake Levers Shimano
Brakes Tektro cantilever
Saddle Velo Endzone
Seat Post Kalloy Uno
Color(s) Bean Green

Here are the specs for the Bianchi Volpe
Spec Name Bianchi Volpe
Frame Double-butted chromoly
Fork Double-butted chromoly
Rims/Wheels Alex ACE 19
Hubs Shimano Tiagra
Tires WTB All Terrainasaurus 700 x 32
Crankset Sugino XD500T
Chainwheel 48/38/28
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Cogs SRAM, 9-speed: 11-32
Shifters Shimano Tiagra STI
Handlebars Aluminum
Stem Forged aluminum
Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra
Brakes Cane Creek SCX-5 cantilevers
Pedals Wellgo clipless, 2-sided
Saddle Bianchi Velo, Women's saddle on 44cm
Seat Post Poise XC suspension
Accessories & Extras Rack, fender mounts

It seemed to me that the parts were so much nicer on the Giant OCR touring that it was no contest. But I am new to this so I just wanted to get some opinions of some experienced touring folks. Thanks for any input.
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Old 07-27-06, 07:26 PM
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Nothing wrong with Giant - I like their products & have always thought them an excellent value for the money. If you want validation for your choice, the previous sentence is as close as I can come.

My advice is don't obsess about it. You got a great bike at a great price. Now just go ride.
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Old 07-27-06, 07:37 PM
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If I had $899 to spare, I would ask what size... I think it is a good deal. Reasonable quality components, and one of the few road bikes with factory disks.

I actually perk up whenever I see an OCR touring on eBay, but they are almost always small sized... so I lose interest quickly.

I think you made the right choice, but either of the others would be nice too. You won't get a bad bike out of the deal.
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OCR touring, Little Darwin? There is such a thing, distinct from the road bike? I've got a reason for asking, but it's too much a long term idea to start my own thread.
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Thanks for the feedback :-) I did a forum search on ocr touring and read some good stuff. I am taking it on a 70 mile ride tomorrow from Minneapolis MN to Faribault MN. So far I do love the bike. I think it is a keeper.
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Old 07-28-06, 05:42 AM
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OCR touring, Little Darwin? There is such a thing, distinct from the road bike? I've got a reason for asking, but it's too much a long term idea to start my own thread.
There was an OCR touring for a couple of years... 2004 looks like the last year according to my search.

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/030...2004&range=149

If the above link doesn't work, drill down at the US Giant site, Yu will find it in the 2004 Archive under OCR Elite.
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