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Go BIG or go home?

Old 07-07-08, 03:30 PM
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Go BIG or go home?

I'm in the process of purchasing my first bike. I have tough decisions mainly because of cost. I chose my LBS because they are part of the top 100 bike retailers, and because they have three brands they carry. Cannondale, Specialized and Giant. I am 24 and weighed 250lbs., I am now at 230lbs. I wanted to give myself a gift as an incentive to keep working out on a consistent basis. I decided to give myself the bike after losing 20lbs. I plan on using the bike mainly for training and weight loss, and would love to do some long distance charity rides in the future. My question is this, at $850 I have the Giant OCR2, and at $1699 I have the TCR A0. The Giants were suggested to me because of the more relaxed upright feel (All my childhood I had mountain bikes, so I am used to the more upright position.) and after riding the OCR2, I really enjoy the feel of it. Is the TCR A0 going to be so much more worth paying double the price, or should I just stick with the OCR2. I really want something that I won't need to upgrade, and won't need to replace a lot of parts on in the near future. If the difference were $50-$100, it would be no question, but I am essentially looking to pay double the price. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Not to multiply your options, but other brands also offer "comfort performance" lines of bikes. Specialized has their Roubaix, and I believe Trek and Cannondale also have similar offerings.

Either of those bikes you mentioned will likely be fine for a year or so, but I think that the TCR A0 is much less likely to need replacement/significant upgrades in the next few years.
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Here is exactly what you should do:
-Ride as many bikes(demo) at the shop as you can. DO NOT look at the pricetags on any of them. Find out exactly which one makes you exicted about riding and feels good. After you have ranked them, look at the price then haggle with the dealer.
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Originally Posted by slickyricky View Post
Here is exactly what you should do:
-Ride as many bikes(demo) at the shop as you can. DO NOT look at the pricetags on any of them. Find out exactly which one makes you exicted about riding and feels good. After you have ranked them, look at the price then haggle with the dealer.
And hope you haven't picked a Scott Addict LTD
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Cannondale Synapse

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Not to multiply your options, but other brands also offer "comfort performance" lines of bikes. Specialized has their Roubaix, and I believe Trek and Cannondale also have similar offerings.

Either of those bikes you mentioned will likely be fine for a year or so, but I think that the TCR A0 is much less likely to need replacement/significant upgrades in the next few years.
Cannondale's comfort option is the Synapse. For me it won out due to superior frame construction for the price.
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Old 07-07-08, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by fortega00 View Post
I'm in the process of purchasing my first bike. I have tough decisions mainly because of cost. I chose my LBS because they are part of the top 100 bike retailers, and because they have three brands they carry. Cannondale, Specialized and Giant. I am 24 and weighed 250lbs., I am now at 230lbs. I wanted to give myself a gift as an incentive to keep working out on a consistent basis. I decided to give myself the bike after losing 20lbs. I plan on using the bike mainly for training and weight loss, and would love to do some long distance charity rides in the future. My question is this, at $850 I have the Giant OCR2, and at $1699 I have the TCR A0. The Giants were suggested to me because of the more relaxed upright feel (All my childhood I had mountain bikes, so I am used to the more upright position.) and after riding the OCR2, I really enjoy the feel of it. Is the TCR A0 going to be so much more worth paying double the price, or should I just stick with the OCR2. I really want something that I won't need to upgrade, and won't need to replace a lot of parts on in the near future. If the difference were $50-$100, it would be no question, but I am essentially looking to pay double the price. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Aren't the Giant OCR and TCR differnt geometry / type of frames? I thought the OCR was the more relaxed geometry and the TCR a full on race geometry.

All of these companies have "racy" and "relaxed" frames. Furthermore, within those frames, you can get various levels of components. Using your Giant example, you can get an OCR with top quality components that will cost as much as the TCR that you mentioned. Again, these sort of trends can be seen in all the companies you mentioned.

What you should do is specifically ask to ride a relaxed and a race frame from all three companies, controling as much as you can for proper size and fit. Then decide which FRAME feels best. Once you do that, you can pick your price point based on the component group on that frame. Hope this helps.
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Camilo is right, the OCR and TCR have different geometry. For a first road bike and wanting to use it to drop some weight go with the OCR or the Synapse or whatever similar models other companies make. I love my OCR's, I have minor back issues and not really bothered by them. The TCR...I start to feel a little tight in the mid-back but damn it's a "fast" bike. Good luck on your search.
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