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Old 04-18-07, 12:37 AM
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OCR versus TCR

I am looking at upgrading my road bike, and will probably stick with a Giant.

My question is, what is the major difference between a TCR and an OCR.

There seems to be some overlap in price.

Is it better to go for an OCR with better running gear, or a TCR at the same or similar price but with cheaper lower end of the scale running gear.

I would appreciate any comments.

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Old 04-18-07, 12:53 AM
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the standard OCR's (1 & 2 & 3) are considered sport bikes, and they come with triples, while the TCR is considered more of a competition bike, and it comes with compact double...

those are just the basic OCR's and TCR though...
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the OCR is a softer ride. the TCR is lighter and stiffer, and costs more at the same specs....

runing gear is up to you: do you intend to race or mostly cruise around? the OCR is more stable downhill, but weight distribution feels wrong if you are pushing it. the triple is a bit of a soft option if you don't like hill clmbing.... compact doubles or full size doubles are the go for stronger legs, or if you never see a decent mountain.

buy the frame for your purpose, and you can always upgrade components later if you still want to. the stock components on a TCR2 for example are not bad.

i just built mine from a frame and fork... a TCR composite. velospace 2744
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I ride an anodized tcr frame and my buddy has a ocr 1. the tcr is def. more aggressive. His bike is too small for me so I've never ridden it, so I can't comment on ride quality between the two.
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I love my '06 TCR C2.
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And with the TCR, you can get the cool seatmast.




Seriously, its a matter of what fits you and your riding style. The OCR is going to tend to give you a little more upright position, and a triple crankset. I'd pick out the OCR, and TCR in your price range, and test ride both of them, then decide.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
And with the TCR, you can get the cool seatmast.
Yeah!

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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
i just maxed out my HR. damn i love this bike. later.
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Originally Posted by botto
show off.
Why don't you post your crappy TCR too?
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
now that's one hot looking garage door, don't change a thing!
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Originally Posted by linus
Why don't you post your crappy TCR too?
why you gotta hate on the TCR ?

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Great looking bike Merlin. You too Aham23. I think some of the new and used TCR carbon frames on ebay are one of the best buys out there right now.
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TCR frames also have a shorter wheel base than the OCR frames, which translates into a slightly stiffer frame that responds faster to steering inputs
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Originally Posted by botto
show off.
Merlinextralight have you seen this frame

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And in this corner, representing the OCR:

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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
And with the TCR, you can get the cool seatmast.
But it's a bugger to try to transport it by air due to that long protrusion.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
And in this corner, representing the OCR:

The gearing in that photo says all the OP needs to know about the OCR's target market
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
And with the TCR, you can get the cool seatmast.




Seriously, its a matter of what fits you and your riding style. The OCR is going to tend to give you a little more upright position, and a triple crankset. I'd pick out the OCR, and TCR in your price range, and test ride both of them, then decide.
How do you adjust the seat height on those integrated seatposts?
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Originally Posted by kergin
The gearing in that photo says all the OP needs to know about the OCR's target market

ZING!!

If you're in it for comfort, go OCR. If you want a more aggressive geometry for racing, go TCR. That being said, with adjustments and a little bit of work, either one can be made to mimic the other.
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Originally Posted by oc613
measure twice, cut once.
more like measure 6 times, get giant dealer to cut once!
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If you're buying another Giant its not an upgrade.
Buy a bike that handles well... some of the comments from guys on the T-Mobile team about their TCR Advanced bikes (while flinging the bike up against the team bus, post race) would make a sailor blush and they reckon that they "lost minutes" on various decents in races last season in Europe.
Spend more on the frame and less on the components. A high spec OCR (or even TCR) is a poor investment because you've got good equipment on a poor ride quality bike.... the equipment wears out, breaks or gets damaged and when you replace it you've still got a a dog. If you buy a decent frame and modest running gear when the wear or damage happens you've got good reason to justify upgrading to a higher quality component and still have a sweet ride.
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Did you take time out of your busy pro career to puke that out?
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Originally Posted by abovethetoptube
If you're buying another Giant its not an upgrade.
Buy a bike that handles well... some of the comments from guys on the T-Mobile team about their TCR Advanced bikes (while flinging the bike up against the team bus, post race) would make a sailor blush and they reckon that they "lost minutes" on various decents in races last season in Europe.
Spend more on the frame and less on the components. A high spec OCR (or even TCR) is a poor investment because you've got good equipment on a poor ride quality bike.... the equipment wears out, breaks or gets damaged and when you replace it you've still got a a dog. If you buy a decent frame and modest running gear when the wear or damage happens you've got good reason to justify upgrading to a higher quality component and still have a sweet ride.
You make a good point of noting the frame is the most important consideration in a new bike. The rest of your post is crap.
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Originally Posted by abovethetoptube
If you're buying another Giant its not an upgrade.
Buy a bike that handles well... some of the comments from guys on the T-Mobile team about their TCR Advanced bikes (while flinging the bike up against the team bus, post race) would make a sailor blush and they reckon that they "lost minutes" on various decents in races last season in Europe.
Spend more on the frame and less on the components. A high spec OCR (or even TCR) is a poor investment because you've got good equipment on a poor ride quality bike.... the equipment wears out, breaks or gets damaged and when you replace it you've still got a a dog. If you buy a decent frame and modest running gear when the wear or damage happens you've got good reason to justify upgrading to a higher quality component and still have a sweet ride.
do you have any extended riding experience with Giant Carbon frames? their are many who consider Giant Carbon frames to be of a very fine quality. later.
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Originally Posted by abovethetoptube
If you're buying another Giant its not an upgrade.

<load of crap removed for brevity>

.... the equipment wears out, breaks or gets damaged and when you replace it you've still got a a dog.

If the frames are so lousy, and the riders hate them, why did T-Mobile just extend their contract with Giant?

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