Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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Me and the hubby tossed around these models and decided that we would have the ocr2 as the componentry was better. We cycle upwards of a few hundred k's each week so thought it was a sensible thing to do.
In the end, neither of us got one!! I went for something I fell in love with, and my husband found last years ocr comp (full carbon and a mix of components) at a really good price so didn't have to think for long (damn budget!!).
It would depend how much you were riding and what the budget said. Both use the same frame so comfort will not change between the two, but the components on the ocr2 will be better and more durable than on the ocr3.
My son has the OCR2 and I'd recommend it. It's good bike. Tiagra components - they work very well. You can fit a rack if you need to (can to the OCR3 too).
The OCR3 has Sora components, the next level down - they too work well, just not quite as well.
The OCR2 though, has a carbon fork where the OCR3 doesn't - this gives the OCR2 a better ride.
Quite frankly, if you can afford the OCR2, buy it over the OCR3 however, if you have to buy the OCR3, you are still getting a good bike.
Having said all that, look at lots of different brands and get as many test rides as you can. All the brands and bikes are different and the only way to find the one the feels right to you, is to try lots.
I have and OCR3 which I've build from the frame up with a mix of 105 and Ultegra components, so it is probably the equivalent of the top OCR just because of the components.
As others have mentioned the OCR3 comes with the bottom end components and if the budget will allow go for the OCR2 as you will appreciate the higher spec components. The frame and fork is the same in both. That being said, as with all bikes once you get a reasonable frame and fork go for the highest spec components.
There's this thing called a 'bus' ... come on over, make your purchase and ship it home. You may just find the saving offsets the price of the ticket. Of course, a few judicious phone calls first might be a good move
I did the same selection in 04 and picked the OCR2 becase at that time, the OCR2 came with cleated pedals and the OCR3 didn't, when I included the pedals, the price diference was so little that it would of been silly for me not to go for the better bike.
I have done a couple of short one hour rides and very happy with it, ...apart from seat! I have had a a couple of days rest now and will be going for longer ride tomorrow & test the seat again!!
Absolutely great!:D I tried it on my 'MOUNTAIN BIKE" ondulating road course and improved my average speed by 7km an hour! Hills are hell of a lot easier, and riding against the wind has been less frustrating. Even the saddle has now been "worn in" and feels quite comfortable. Tyres, brakes and gears have felt good Overall thumbs up! Coming to grips with the Shimano Pedals has been my only problem!!
There's no doubt the 'modern generic bike' is a darned good item. I steered my son towards Giant OCR2 because of the triple chainring - Trek only have doubles in that style of bike. It serves his 'need for speed', his 'I'm Stuart O'Grady in disguise' attitude, his need to maintain fitness for the soccer season (his true love). And it has worked better than I'd hoped.
We need to grow past this belief that cycling is only about 'racing'. Do that, and the cycling world has some wonderful bikes on offer (it's a largely Australian industry psychosis).
Regardless of all that, isn't it geat when you climb aboard your 'perfect' bike I still feel special when I climb on my Trek520
Oh Yeah, every ride on Princess is still an adventure four years later
IMO, the industry in general still subscribes to the "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" mindset. How many of us are good enough riders to really do justice to a bike like the euroPro from Teschner that Lucky Pierre mentioned in another thread or the Ethos ClimbMax from the fat side of the Aussie framebuilders fence? (Not that we can't drool gently of course)
Apart from that, the mindset among non riders is still firmly fixed in the "bikes=toys" mould, which, again IMO, isn't really helped by certain cycling groups and media who seem only too willing to perpetuate this in their dealings with the public.
DAMMIT! I wanna ride to work on the other 364 days too!
Phew, sorry 'bout the thread jack, Fabs. I'll shut up now
BTW does your new girl have a name yet?
I've been standing back and staring at the Black Beast lately. She looks super swish leaning against my dining room table. What a pity I'll never see her on the road (ain't no-one riding my baby but me)
Know what your saying, the only other bum that's been on Princess is Tims, if he has to check out anything and my daughter sat on her for two minutes to check frame sizing.
You can't get anyone to take a happy snap for you?
Of course you could always slow down as you pass shop windows...
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