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Old 11-06-08, 01:20 PM
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'08 Giant TCR

Just when I've decided to hold on buying my first road bike, along comes a good-looking deal on a 2008 Giant TCR. I haven't been shopping that much, but did take a look at the OCR. I'm wondering what the differences are and whether the TCR could be a good first road bike.

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The TCR is race oriented, the OCR is more comfort oriented. Both are excellent bikes, but for different purposes.
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Ride one and see.

FWIW - I love my TCR after 4+ years of riding it and some racing of it.

Is it a good first road bike? That's like asking "Is a Nike shoe a good first running shoe?"
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Ride one and see.

FWIW - I love my TCR after 4+ years of riding it and some racing of it.

Is it a good first road bike? That's like asking "Is a Nike shoe a good first running shoe?"
I'd really like to find an XL TCR frame, but they're just too expensive for me budget which is why I think I am going PF.
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I'd love to get a new/used/different TCR frame in a "M". I'd also kill for a Giant TT bike.
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Just when I've decided to hold on buying my first road bike, along comes a good-looking deal on a 2008 Giant TCR. I haven't been shopping that much, but did take a look at the OCR. I'm wondering what the differences are and whether the TCR could be a good first road bike.

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What do you call a "good-looking" deal?
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One with a nice looking rack....

....to hang panniers on.
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i love my 2002 TCR, but M had a longer top tube than I was expecting and it took me a while to get used to it (55.5 cm). its great now. Maybe my previous bike was too short. i guess just make sure you get the correct TT size.
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What do you call a "good-looking" deal?
LBS has it at $800.
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I'd really like to find an XL TCR frame, but they're just too expensive for me budget which is why I think I am going PF.
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That's not a bad deal, although I might be buying a PF ZX3 for a forumite for half that. I am not sure the TCR is worth double the price.
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Pull the trigger. My "race-oriented" TCR is one of the most comfortable "race-oriented" bikes I've ridden.
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