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Will I really see and feel a difference?

Old 04-19-08, 09:37 PM
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Will I really see and feel a difference?

Should I step up to a Specialized Allez Elite Compact from Giant OCR3? I started cycling at the end of last season and purchased a Giant OCR3 as my entry level bike. I have taken to cycling and wonder if I would really notice a difference by purchasing a better bike. Being a noob I can't say that I know much about all of the different components and materials. I do know that with any sport or job you need the right tools. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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i personally don't feel you'll notice much of a difference...the frames are both aluminum and they're both in the same class. the allez has a little more carbon and a few upgraded components...but not much difference. i say save up a while longer. later, you can splurge on something with really nice components/wheels or get a killer frame...or get a killer frame with really nice components and wheels!
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If the new bike fits you better, then you will feel a difference. Otherwise, probably not.
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prob not
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You will feel like you're riding on air!

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The Allez will have a more aggressive geometry.
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If you are a 54 or 56 cm I know someone that would be interested in that OCR3 if the price is right!

I'm not sure you'd feel much of a diff either, comparable bikes.
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Originally Posted by Jay68442 View Post
Should I step up to a Specialized Allez Elite Compact from Giant OCR3? I started cycling at the end of last season and purchased a Giant OCR3 as my entry level bike. I have taken to cycling and wonder if I would really notice a difference by purchasing a better bike. Being a noob I can't say that I know much about all of the different components and materials. I do know that with any sport or job you need the right tools. Thanks in advance for any advice.

Jason
Short answer is no.
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Old 04-20-08, 02:21 PM
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If you are going to step up, step up to Carbon. The Tarmac is pretty sweet.
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