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Old 07-06-05, 09:16 PM
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felt or giant

I am very new to riding and am trying to purchase my first road bike. I have narrowed it down to the giant TCR limited and the Felt F55. If there is any input or good advice I would be much appreciative. It basically comes down to what is more important, better components with an aluminum frame or a carbon frame with not as good components.
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Old 07-06-05, 09:19 PM
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I love my giant. I have no experience with Felt though.
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Old 07-06-05, 10:21 PM
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do you think carbon is the way to go
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Most anyone will tell you that the frame is the core of the bicycle. Also, most anyone will tell you that you'd be nuts to buy either without test riding both. If they feel the same, choose the carbon frame.
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The felts are so sexy.....
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Giant all the way!


why?

Because if it's good enough for health net and T- mobile then it's good enough for me.

Besides, I have a giant.
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The common answer to this type of question is "the one that fits best". I have a low end Felt and I like it more now that I have the fit tuned in than when I bought it. I wished I had bought a higher end bike for several months. I will end up getting a high end (to me...$1,200 or less) eventually, but for now, this bike works for what I do.

Other than fit, the frame is probably more important than components.
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Depends what it is for. I like aluminum for its stiff feeling. I like to feel the road. Also because it's cheaper
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I have the Felt f55 and love it. You need to ride them both and decide. If we all like the same thing we would all marry red-headed women
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Old 07-06-05, 10:33 PM
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this is a really cool way to find out what people think. thank you... i guess i know what i am doing tomorrow...test rides!
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Originally Posted by unloveable
I am very new to riding and am trying to purchase my first road bike. I have narrowed it down to the giant TCR limited and the Felt F55. If there is any input or good advice I would be much appreciative. It basically comes down to what is more important, better components with an aluminum frame or a carbon frame with not as good components.
I love my OCR Comp2. Very, very smoooth. The TCR Limited seems to be a nice compromise between the TCR Comp2 and Comp3. Good luck with your choice. If you go with the Giant, see if you can order it through a Performance store; they always have some sort of sale going on.
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I've got a Giant TCR2 Comp. I had to get used to the compact frame geometry which has a different feel for some (I rode a Specialized Allez Epic for years), but now I'm pretty much sold. The Ultegra group works well for me. Carbon is the best. I comes down to whether or not you can do the things you want on the bike you choose. I hope the first thing you think about in the morning, before your first cup of coffee is the ride you want to take on the bike you've chosen wisely for yourself. Good luck!
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Gee, and I thought I'd talk about being a** deep in a playmate while others are talking about bike issues. In a bike forum. But I was wrong...Right? Though it rhymes, we're here regarding bike issues - not **** issues.
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I have had a Giant OCR, it was a relaxed ride and pretty nice. I now have both a Giant TCR Composite and a Felt F30. The Felt was supposed to be the "trainer" and the Giant my Saturday "Fast" bike. Anyway I actually prefer the fit, feel and overall handling of the Felt. The Giant is much lighter but somehow just not as enjoyable.. I think I'll end up selling the Giant and buying a Felt FC1 or 2.. for the "fast" days.

The guys that insist that you must test ride the bike are correct, however my problem is that I allways seem to like the bike I "want" and the short test ride you get is nothing compared to a few weeks with a bike tweaking the fit. I now know I like a more "traditional" non-sloping geometry. So that helps narrow it down going forward.

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Originally Posted by tache0n
I now know I like a more "traditional" non-sloping geometry. So that helps narrow it down going forward.

HTH
How big of a difference is there between a sloped frame and a traditonal straight frame? I narrowed my decision down to a Trek 1200 and a Giant OCR2 and went with the Giant. I have since done quite a bit of wondering what it would have been like to have gone with the Trek instead. The Trek frame was not sloped and bike was noticeably lighter but I'm happy with the Giant.

I agree with everyone else, test riding is a must.
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Are the Giant frames US made?
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Are the Giant frames US made?
In a word, no...
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In a word, no...
where then are they made - do you know?
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Giant is kind of a ghetto brand in my opinion, regardless of the model or price. Something kinda of funky about the way they feel when I have ridden them. I dig the look and feel of riding a Felt. I'm also considering getting a F55.
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Originally Posted by njgino
where then are they made - do you know?
Taiwan...
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Originally Posted by gawnfishin
I have the Felt f55 and love it. You need to ride them both and decide. If we all like the same thing we would all marry red-headed women
Hmm, I have a Felt and am marrying a redhead too...

Felts rawk! getting a Felt in carbon fiber might be difficult as they are short on materials lately. The F2C would be the equivilant of the Giant TCR, maybe even better =)
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I checked out every bike under the sun at all pricepoints and finally settled on an F55, pics soon.
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Am I the only one who uses physical appearance as a tiebreaker? If the bikes are really similar, pick the one with the hotter color scheme and least ugly geometry. If you don't like the way a bike looks, you'll never really love it.
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Originally Posted by Urban Shooter
Giant is kind of a ghetto brand in my opinion, regardless of the model or price. Something kinda of funky about the way they feel when I have ridden them. I dig the look and feel of riding a Felt. I'm also considering getting a F55.
If they are ghetto then T-Mobile must be the stupidest team on the planet!

Vinokourov won the final stage into Paris on a TCR, Jan came in 3rd overall on a TCR, Klodden came in 2nd overall in the tour last year on a TCR, they ride the TCR unchanged for Paris-Roubaix....

Yup, clearly ghetto, the only thing worse must be those horrible Treks that Discovery rides...
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Giant. If they are good enough for the pro's then they are good enough for me.
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