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Cannondale R500 or Giant OCR1?

Old 08-31-05, 10:05 PM
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Cannondale R500 or Giant OCR1?

I'm trying to decide between the Cannondale R500-899.99 or the Giant OCR1-929.99. The reason I'm debating between the 2 is that the Giant is a nice bike with Pretty good components and is just 30$ more then the Cannondale. But the Cannondale frame feels a little bit better then the Giant. Opinions anyone?
OCR1:
frame: ALUXX butted aluminum, Compact Road Design
fork: formulaOne Composite w/aluminum steerer
shifters: Shimano Ultegra STI, 9 speed
front derailleur: Shimano 105
rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
brakes: Dual Pivot Long Reach
brake levers: Shimano Ultegra STI
cassette: SRAM PG-950 12-26T, 9 speed
chain: Shimano HG53
cranks: TruVativ Elita, 30/42/52T
bb: TruVativ Elita GigaPipe SL ISIS
rims: Xero XSR-3
hubs: Xero XSR-3
spokes:Xero XSR-3
tires: Michelin Dynamic, 700x 25c
handlebar: Alloy Anatomic Bend
stem: Easton EA50 6 Degree Bend
headset: FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearing
seatpost: Composite, 27.2x300mm
saddle: WTB Laser V Race
pedals: Shimano M505

R500:Frame CAAD5
Fork: Slice Ultra
Rims: Gipiemme T3
Hubs: Gipiemme T3
Spokes: Gipiemme T3
Tires: Continental Ultra 3000, 700 x 23c
Crank: TruVatiV Touro Triple, 30/42/52
Chain: Shimano 9-speed
Rear Cogs: SRAM PG-950, 12-26
Bottom Bracket TruVatiV Power Spline
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra
Handlebars: FSA RD-300 Anatomic
Stem: Cannondale 3-D Forged
Headset: FSA Alloy integrated
Brakeset: Cannondale Delta
Brakelevers:Shimano Tiagra
Saddle: Selle Royal Viper
Seat Post: Cannondale Carbon
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Old 08-31-05, 10:15 PM
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Cannondale discounted the R500 to $849 for about a month, at least that i know of. you should be able to get it for that price, unless your LBS is marking it up to make some extra money. one LBS by me is selling it for $999, and another one is selling it for $849, but the one that's selling it for $849 is out of stock and can't get any more. also, the R500 is discontined for 06, so if you really want one get it while you can...

i would personally go with the R500 over the OCR 1, the Giant frame is pretty flexible, but that's just my opinion...
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Old 08-31-05, 10:23 PM
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Cannondale has a slightly better frame (and I mean very slightly) then the OCR. The TCR frames are more performance oriented. The giant's parts are better too.

And I'd have 2nd thoughts buying a cannondale with feels called "Gyp me".
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Old 08-31-05, 10:56 PM
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when I tested the Cannondale, it seemed like the frame allowed me to gain speed more quickly then the Giant...
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Old 09-01-05, 04:48 AM
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Cannondale frame is better than the giant one by quite a margin imo, nevermind the components upgrade when they wear out - but try for discount at the LBS.
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Old 09-01-05, 08:09 AM
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ok, thanks. I think I'd rather get a better frame now. Components are replaceable... Frames are not as much.
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Old 09-02-05, 01:33 AM
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Got it!
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It looks Great! Congrats.

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Nice looking bike! Enjoy.
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