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Old 10-04-06, 11:59 PM
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I am seriously considering a new Giant road bike. Can anyone share their experiences?
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Old 10-05-06, 12:06 AM
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C'mon dude, this question is so broad. Giant is huge. Which model? Do you race? Give us some more details.
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I ride Giant Moutain Bike(2006 Boulder SE, lowest grade moutain bike) and Giant TCR c3. I love both, very good, very good.
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Old 10-05-06, 12:35 AM
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I am showing my ignorance with the question. I am moving up from a Trek 200 Comfort Bike. I don't remember the model number of the Giant, but it is just over $2,000 with triple gearing (30 gears). The dealer seems very good and was strongly recommended by several members of the bike club that I just joined. I will be using it primarily for Club rides of 30 - 50 miles, but I hope to build up to Centurys or longer. I am definietely not a racer (new rider, 64-years old), but I don't want anyone to have to stop and wait for me.
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yes. they're very good.
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I love my Giant, you should check ot the OCR composite models, I have the OCR C3 I highly recommend it
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My wife rides a Extra Small Giant.

I swear.
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I have the OCR 2, I’ve had it for a few years now. The OCR2 is basically a entry level bike and for me it was a trade up from a Wal-Mart type bike. Over the years I’ve upgraded a few things peddles, saddle, stem but for the most part it’s the same bike I bought for $750.

I can’t say its better than X or outperform Y because I don’t have vast experiences with frames, components, geometrys etc. But I’ve never had a problem with it and it tends to take some abuse. I’ve put several thousand miles on it.

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Got my 1st road bike this year.I ride 26-63 miles a pop, moved up from $200 Trek hybrid also. VERY happy with Giant OCR 2.
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You really can't go wrong with Giant so long as your dealer is easy to work with.
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To give you some perspective, Giant is probably the world's largest bicycle manufacturer. For years Gaint made bikes for other companies (A lot of bike sold by Schwinn in the 80's were actually Giants). In about 1990, Giant started marketing bikes under their own name. When Giant started selling under their own name, their bikes tended to be substantially cheaper than comparable bikes. (partly because they had to be given the lack of a recognized brand name, and partly because they could given their economies of scale.) To a degree Giant has maintained a price advantage over comparable bikes at most price points.

Giant also has been a major player in CF frames, and has an excellant reputation for the reliablity of their CF frames.

Some people are put off by Giant because the brand name doesn't have a lot of cache. However some of the people who think that may well be riding bikes made by Giant, although with a different decal on the frame.
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I have a TCR2 (2005) and i'm extremely happy with it. Of course, i don't have anything else to compare it with really short of an old department store bicycle and an old dirt bike...
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+ 1 for the OCR2. I really enjoy the relaxed geometry and haven't changed any of the stock components except for the stem.
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Yes, I have read nothing but great reviews on the OCR's. So much so that I bought one in September.
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Originally Posted by R-Wells
My wife rides a Extra Small Giant.

I swear.
I don't know whether you should be offended or proud.
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Originally Posted by gearmeout
I don't know whether you should be offended or proud.
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Giant makes great bikes. I love mine. Make sure you test ride it and then decide for yourself. Bikes (fit and feel) are very personal and subjective things.
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I think Giant makes awesome bikes..The shop I work for in Nashville is primarily a Giant dealer...To tell you the truth I would wait for the 07 line even because they are making some pretty cool things for 07. All the OCR's which what sounds like you are looking at, are gonig to come with compact cranksets rather then triples. And the new alliances are coming out too where the top half is carbon, and bottom half is aluminum. Also the carbon bikes have a clean look to them and they left alot more raw carbon in 07 showing then in the 06 line. Great bikes you cant go wrong with a giant.
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GIANT IS GOOD. Me likes mine a lot. Later.
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I'm new to roading....(was and still am a mtn biker) I just got a TCR C3. Rode it the first time last night. Was only able to do about 15-20 due to time/lighting constraints after work. Smooth, comfy, responsive. I love it, but like some others here, I don't have that much to compare it to. I did ride a number of different bikes, was able to ride on someone's Lightspeed Ti, but carbon seemed the best fit for me. For the price I paid for my TCR C3....it was a no-brainer.
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I have a 2005 OCR Limited, which is essentially an OCR2 comp. Upgraded the wheels. I'm 59, ride centuries, etc. I think it's a great bike. Even my friends who are on Colnagos, Scotts, Litespeeds all acknowledge Giant frames are great. It is all about fit and personal feel, but for the price, I don't think you can do better.
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Originally Posted by gearmeout
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Well she likes it

The rest of the story on my wife’s Extra Small Giant.

My wife works nights and commutes about 5 miles each way on an old Cannondale C300.

So, she comes in one morning from work and tells me she wants a road bike for when we ride together.

So I tell her that’s great, but you need to do a little research and try to understand about buying the proper size bike.

So she spends the day reading up on the internet about how to determine the best size bike.
Then she finds one of the online sizing calculators, and makes me help measure her to fill in all the info.

Now that she has done a little homework and has an idea what sizes of bikes she should test ride, she says, lets go to the LBS and buy me a bike.
After about 45 minutes of discussing a price range, and arguing about which one of us is gonna pay for her new bike, I grab MY checkbook and of we go.

When we arrive at the LBS we walk in and a really friendly fellow meets us at the door and asks if he can help us.
My wife tells him that she is interested in an entry-level road bike.
Well, he kinda leans back and tilts his head a little and takes a good long look at my wife( I am pretty sure he spent more time checking the size of her breasts than was necessary)

Then he tells her he has Giant road bike that should be about her size.
She then very patiently proceeds to explain to him that she has spent all day doing homework and reading up on proper bike fit, and has used and online size calculator, and that she is pretty sure that a Giant would be to big, and an extra small would be much closer to the correct size.
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Hmmmm. Can you post a picture of your wife?
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I test rode a TCR C3 the other day, and I've got to say that it's a really, really nice bike. It's got a 105 Groupo, but with a Truvativ crank, Xero wheelset, and some in-house brakes. I really liked the carbon as it was my first time riding carbon, and it felt much better than my old Cannondale. I hear that the conpact geometry is easier to climb hills with due to your legs being at a more steep of an angle over the pedals. The onyl downside (if you can call it that) is that Giant's are so common, so if you're like that, then just sand and clear it.
IMO, if you've got the money, get the TCR C2 with Ultegra. It looks a lot better and has a way better groupo. But remember; Giant isn't the only bike manufacturer that offers bang-for-the-buck. Cannondale's Six13 with Ultegra is $2400, and you can get some godd deals on them this time of the year.

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You won't go wrong with a Giant. I've been riding an 2002 OCR3 for 4 years now. No real upgrades, just dilegent upkeep to keep her ridin' smooth. With any luck I'll be getting a new TRC composite this winter. So yes, Giant makes a great bike and great prices.
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