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Cannondale CAAD9 R6 V Giant OCR1

Old 04-12-08, 01:40 PM
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Cannondale CAAD9 R6 V Giant OCR1

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I'm an avid mounitna biker looking to get into road biking for mainly fitness

will work my way up to doing longer rides of say 100k

I'm looknig at the Cannondale CAAD 9 R6 and the Giat OCR1

they both look to be pretty solid bikes and are around the same price the Giant sems to have the edge with the componets being 105 verse Tiagra

I've yet to test ride either of them but I will this week but have read the OCR1 will probalby be alot more comfortalbe becuase of the Geometry being more relaxed and not as racy as the Cannondale

can I get some opions on each of the bikes?
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Well, the OCR is more of a "touring" geometry vs the CAAD 9 being VERY much a race bike. The Canondale is going to be much stiffer too. I'd say it boils down to what kind of riding you're planning on. If you're going to do any performance oriented stuff I'd go with the Cannondale. If you're just going to tool around and do long rides at moderate paces I'd go with the Giant.
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
Well, the OCR is more of a "touring" geometry vs the CAAD 9 being VERY much a race bike. The Canondale is going to be much stiffer too. I'd say it boils down to what kind of riding you're planning on. If you're going to do any performance oriented stuff I'd go with the Cannondale. If you're just going to tool around and do long rides at moderate paces I'd go with the Giant.
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I really do not see my self ever entering any races

I will probably go on group rides but not with anyone where the more relaxed Geo would hold me back.

what would you classify as performance oriented?
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No worries - don't over think this. Both are quality bikes. OCR is more comfortable. CAAD 9 is more "twitchy". Handles faster.
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You could probably set up the Cannondale to be more comfy and the Giant to be more racy with various adjustments, stem lengths, stem flippage, etc.

I'd probably go with the Giant since you get 105 level components. Both will probably suit you fine.
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I'll test drive em both this week and that will be the deciding factor

I have more of a relationship with the Shop that Sells the Giant and the Cannondale shop is closer to me
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Remember to wave to the Cannondale shop owner as you ride by to the Giant store
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the shops are 2 hours apart... if I make it that far on a test ride it'll be interesting
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The Cannondale is, without question, a better frameset. Just about the only thing that is better about that Giant would be the paint. Giant paint is tough as nails. I really think these comfort statements are fabricated by people that don't know how to fit themselves to a bike. I rode an OCR2 for a good year, then switched to the CAAD9. If you have the right saddle, and everything is adjusted correctly, both will be comfortable. The only big difference I noticed on the Cannondale is that it climbs much, much better because of how they build up the bottom bracket area.
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Originally Posted by kergin
The only big difference I noticed on the Cannondale is that it climbs much, much better because of how they build up the bottom bracket area.
I haven't ridden the OCR2, but I'll give my CAAD8 credit for being able to zip up & over some bridges yesterday.
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Yeah, both bikes can be comfortable. The CAAD9 is more race geometry oriented. Shorter wheel base, steeper head tube and the like. We're comparing two different types of geometries with these bikes. The Giant is a fine bike. I myself ride a TCR, which is more comparable to the CAAD9 than an OCR.
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I vote CAAD9, but I'm a little biased.
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Never ridden the OCR, but I do have a CAAD9.
The CAAD9 just feels fast!
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If you've got a Trek dealer you might want to test ride a LeMond. There is a slight possibility that your dealer will be trying to reduce his stock of LeMonds.

Seriously though, I had an OCR2 and I really liked the bike. When my brother-in-law decided to sell his LeMond I test rode it and found that it fit me really well, even better that the OCR, and I liked the way it handled. It also didn't hurt that the LeMond was a carbon spine bike with Ultegra components.
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I did 70 miles on Saturday on my Caad8 and have done a number of longer rides on it as well. I never feel beat up or uncomfortable. Ultimately, bike fit would make a bigger diff than anything else. The Caad 9 might be a better platform for upgrades later on and have better resale value.

I'm kind of a Cannondale biggot though.

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I guess another way to put it is that the CAAD9 is going to feel more "twitchy" and the OCR is going to be more "stable". I don't mean either term in a good or bad way. Just trying to summarize the difference. The OCR is going to have a slightly longer wheel base and a more upright feel. The CAAD9 is going to handle faster/more aggressively due to the shorter wheel base.

Both bikes if they fit right should be comfortable.
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Side note: if you want to try a Giant that compares more directly to the Cannondale try a TCR Alliance. That is one seriously bad @ss bike that gets overlooked all the time. Downtube, lower half of the seat tube, and chainstays are all aluminum. The head tube, top tube, and seat stays are all carbon. It has just the most awesome ride to it. I'd really like to get one.
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CAAD9...best aluminum frame out there, and handmade in the USA.
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I test rode a the Cannondale R6 today and it didn't feel right.. I felt too low and felt like I was to compacted. this was in a 54.. my apparent size. I'm 5'9 - 5'10

I then rode a Trek 1.5 and I like the positioning a lot more.. didn't feel so compacted and was higher up.

I'm gonna try a OCR1 Medium Saturday and see
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I tried a OCR1 the other day. Felt smoother than my carbon bike. Now I'm all giddy waiting for my TCR Alliance frame/fork to show up in the mail
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Too low? do you mean as in handlebar height? Might just need to have the rotate them up a little and try in again, then again, I am 5'10 have a 30" inseam and I am on a 56 CAAD9.
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Yeah, you might have just been on a small frame...
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When I test ride different models of bikes, I try to only pay attention to ride quality, pedaling feel, etc. If I like how a given frame works but feel like I don't fit on it, I'll try a different size or three before dismissing it entirely.

Same kind of thing with the shifters. If the shifts are funky, they probably only need to be readjusted, and the shop will take care of them before letting me out the door with the new bike.
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we are the same hight and same inseam

I might try it in a 56...we will see how I feel after the OCR1 tomorrow

I might just buy it tomorrow if I really like it
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