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Which Giant OCR?

Old 04-16-07, 01:46 PM
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Which Giant OCR?

I've mountain biked off and on for years, and have just finished a BMX season (Mum's races) and now looking to do Round Taupo in a team with a friend - that's a very hilly 80k. So, I need a road bike... and have left it a bit late in the season and most stores and warehouses are out of their entry level road bikes (plenty left for those with deep pockets )

I'm tossing up a Giant OCR 3W and a Giant OCR 2.

I don't want to find myself a year down the track wishing I'd bought the higher spec'd bike because the groupset is grotty, etc, but I don't want to be just throwing my money around either.

Any advice on which to get?
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Old 04-16-07, 01:51 PM
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I say definitely get the OCR 2. The biggest thing to do in my mind is avoid Sora shifters when buying an entry-level bike. I've got Soras on my bike, and can't wait to upgrade them.
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Old 04-16-07, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by jmoody15
I say definitely get the OCR 2. The biggest thing to do in my mind is avoid Sora shifters when buying an entry-level bike. I've got Soras on my bike, and can't wait to upgrade them.
+1

Sora aint cool and if you get into the cycling thing you will want to be cool.

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Old 04-16-07, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by sarahk
I'm tossing up a Giant OCR 3W and a Giant OCR 2.
I think you should try them out and see how they fit. The 3W is a women's model; you might find that its frame proportions fit you better.

Also, I think it's a pretty color. So I say to go with the 3W.
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Old 04-16-07, 02:21 PM
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At least give the OCR C3 a test spin.
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Old 04-16-07, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Dead Extra #2
At least give the OCR C3 a test spin.
I agree, find out if you like riding the bike first off and second see if the shifters are comfortable for you. I had a Trek 1000 with Sora shifters and I put over 7000 miles on that thing and the shifters never wore out on me, they work like they are supposed to. However you may not be comfortable with the location of the thumb shifter (located on the inside of the brake hood). Depending on how you ride, your fingers may not comfortably reach the shifter, in that case the OCR-2 would probably be the better choice.

I hope this helps your decision.
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Old 04-16-07, 04:29 PM
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OCR2.

Better to lay out a few extra $$$ and be happy, then to skimp and wish you had done something differently.
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Old 04-16-07, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by kls1891
OCR2.

Better to lay out a few extra $$$ and be happy, then to skimp and wish you had done something differently.
+1

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Old 04-16-07, 07:11 PM
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OCR2 to me just a better setup
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Old 04-16-07, 10:41 PM
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yeah, try out the all Carbon fiber model OCR C3... it's a much smoother ride, in my opinion. You will be investing in an awesome frameset.
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Hey... I'll let you in on a secret. The OCR Women's models are identical to the mens models except the color. The Geometry is the same except there are some smaller sizes in the "Women's" line.
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I just had a quick look at the specs on those bikes and the OCR 2 is significantly better specified than the OCR 3.

The OCR 2 has the new Tiagra groupset incluiding the new outboard bearing crankset which is very nice. R500 wheels and SPD-SL pedals all adds up to a bike that you wouldn't need or want to upgrade for serious recreational riding. You'd want to start racing before you would want to upgrade that bike so if you think you are going to stick at it then the OCR 2 is the go. Mindyou if you dont think you will stick at it then even the OCR 3 is too much!

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