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eBay - Giant TCR Composite frames from gobike168 - authenticity?

Old 08-02-14, 04:21 PM
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eBay - Giant TCR Composite frames from gobike168 - authenticity?

Hi,

My wife currently has a fairly old Giant OCR Zero, and she was complaining that it was a bit of the heavy side. I'd like to encourage her to ride more, so I'm considering upgrading her to a lighter frame.

I saw on eBay that there seems to be quite a few of the "Giant TCR Composite" frames selling cheaply from a seller called gobike168:

Giant TCR Composite Carbon Frame Set 700c Road Bike Frame Size XS 430mm 2013 | eBay

I know there were a few discussions about this previously, but did anybody ever work out definitively if these were genuine or not?

I believe people were saying the TCR Composite's were much lower-end than the TCR Advanced's anyway, so the price wasn't that off. However, the colour schemes didn't match?

I'm basically tossing up between buying this, and putting together a bike for her, versus buying a whole bike second-hand.

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Victor
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Old 08-02-14, 04:55 PM
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You can't put one together from parts as cheaply as a complete, new bike even with a bargain on the frame quality of the two being about equal. Same with used. It will be much cheaper than putting one together. Now if you build you own wheels and buy lots of used parts, that might come out cheaper, but otherwise no. I know, because I do it all the time.
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That model Giant isn't likely to be knocked off. It doesn't say it is the latest year model, so that could say a lot about the pricing.
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You can't put one together from parts as cheaply as a complete, new bike even with a bargain on the frame quality of the two being about equal. Same with used. It will be much cheaper than putting one together. Now if you build you own wheels and buy lots of used parts, that might come out cheaper, but otherwise no. I know, because I do it all the time.
Not exactly true, if you source your parts well you can save money. I saved about $3,000 on my tcr which would have cost me $11k the way i wanted it.
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Not exactly true, if you source your parts well you can save money. I saved about $3,000 on my tcr which would have cost me $11k the way i wanted it.
Was the TCR even offered from Giant the way you wanted it, would there have been losses due to switching out parts on a stock bike, or are we maybe talking about having a shop build it up from a frame? The latter two possibilities are certainly costly and don't qualify as buying a complete stock bike.

I think it is easier to save money on a part-by-part build at the top of the range. But if you don't specify every detail, what each part on the complete bike bought at retail has to be, it is hard to beat the economies that are offered in a complete bike. I too save money when I build a bike from parts, but I buy lots of take-off parts, my frames are either lightly used or closed out, and I build my own wheels from bargain parts I get online. Also my cockpit parts don't have to match for me to be happy.
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i was recently very, very close to buying that frame until i realized Giant didn't offer it in a PF30 BB shell.

i had no concerns as regards it's legitimacy. i needed a PF30 shell because it was going to be a SS and the only eccentric BB (Beer Components) that i could find was for either BB30 or PF30. besides, it wasn't all that light compared to the one i ended up with anyway. but i found it aesthetically very attractive; the paint job and the long seamless curve of the toptube/seatstays. and yes, as mentioned previously, Giant offers a similar one that is much more expensive, IIRC.

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Even if legit, I wouldn't expect Giant to honor the warranty.

As pointed out before, building your own only makes sense if you've got some spare parts to use or want a VERY specific build list.
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If you bought this, you would swap over most of the OCR components, right?
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