Giant OCR 1 Road Bike

4.3/5 (44 Reviews)
MSRP : $1100.00

Product Description

The ALUXX Butted Aluminum frame makes the OCR series affordable and ersatile enough for touring, charity rides, serious commuting, and spirited enough for entry level racing.
  • frame: ALUXX butted aluminum, Compact Road Design
  • fork: formulaOne Composite w/aluminum steerer

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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Randall a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: March 6, 2011

    Strengths:    all around workhorse

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    I have logged 13,000 miles on this bicycle including 1,200+ on the Blueridge Parkway. It is a workhorse and built tough. I expec to get another 10,000 on it before I move to a touring bike in retirement.

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    Favorite Ride:   Blueridge Parkway

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   Mama's Board n Bike

    Similar Products Used:   Giant Hybrid and MTB

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joe Spyn a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2010

    Strengths:    Great deal, climbs extremely well

    Weaknesses:    Poor bottom bracket design, brake/rim interface

    Bottom Line:   
    Mine shipped with a poorly installed bottom bracket assembly;
    one which (amazingly) has a plastic cup incorrectly installed that
    was causing some clicking. Once the shop fixed it under
    warranty, it has spun like a top since.

    I like the wheels a lot, but I do all I can to avoid potholes
    and tracks at high speeds. The bike transitions nicely; spins
    out of corners well and climbs like a goat. Mine is all stock
    except for the pedals, tires (I went to Continentals, it shipped
    with a really cheap 23mm Kenda) and a shorter stem. I went nuts
    and weighed it at 17 lbs on a digital scale. My feeling is that
    I could have spent a tall four figures on a cf bike that weighed
    the same, and this frame doesn't flex at all like cf (and I stand
    a lot while climbing).

    My only knock are the serrated rims, which are machined presumably to
    improve braking. In actuality, they eat brake pads. I am replacing
    mine after one season, and I have never replaced brake pads on any
    bike in my life. As far as I can tell, I will be doing this as long
    as own this ride or keep the wheels.

    Long story short: Keeping in mind that I bought this as a year-end
    closeout ($725 for a $1600 ride), I am very pleased. The bottom bracket
    is a concern; I would never pay top dollar for a bike with plastic parts.
    Likewise, the rim/brakes are simply a bad design. That said, for the
    substantial savings, the bike was and is a screaming deal. On my club
    rides, I routinely out-gun similarly talented peers on much more expensive
    bikes. Now that four figures is the low-end for road bikes, this bike is
    a price/performance bargain.

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    Favorite Ride:   Anything with killer hills

    Price Paid:    $725.00

    Purchased At:   local shop

    Bike Setup:   strictly road, swapped the pedals and cheap stock tires (Kenda) for Continentals

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Fattiremaniac a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2010

    Strengths:    Durability, Comfort, Touring, Commuting, Fun, Price

    Weaknesses:    None that really stand out as a recreational/commuter rider.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great 1st road bike. Use it for long (30 - 70 mile) recreational rides and for commuting to work. I have put around 2,000 miles on it. Made a couple of significant upgrades over the years. Replaced the stock saddle with a Terry Ti Fly. Replaced my wheelset with American Classic Victory wheelset - these wheels make a world of difference over the stock ones on this bike. The rest of the bike is stock with the exception of the tires. I kept the triple ring because the granny gears have come in handy on some of the steep climbs in the rocky mountain region. This bike may not be the best climber but it will get you there and not beat you up. Just an all around good bike that will take you anywhere the pavement goes. My next upgrade will be the stock breaks.

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    Favorite Ride:   Red Rocks Golden Denver Platt River C470Loop

    Price Paid:    $1100.00

    Purchased At:   Campus Bicycles

    Bike Setup:   2006 Giant OCR1 with American Classic Wheelset, Terry Ti Saddle and Fusion 2 Hutchinson tires.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by MrCrassic a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: March 27, 2010

    Strengths:    Little road vibration
    Good acceleration
    Not heavy

    Weaknesses:    Not enough color schemes
    Sizing doesn't fit all (problem with Giant)
    BB is okay; not stellar

    Bottom Line:   
    For some reason, the 2008 model, the one I have, doesn't show.

    This is a great bike. I swapped the wheelset for my old Ksyrium Elites and the triple crank for a double, which made it so much better (and lighter). At 20 lbs (my setup), it's not a feather, but it's certainly not a tank. Power transfer to the cranks is pretty good, though I've tested bikes that are much smoother. (This might be partly due to the FSA BB.) It's climbs alright, though the construction of the frame (emphasis on the BB area) doesn't do much to make it any easier. :)

    It's a really comfortable ride for an aluminum bike; the (stock) carbon seatpost helps. The stock wheels are parachutes; I recommend replacing them or using them for climbing torture-fests. As usual with mid-range bikes, the saddle is half-decent for most, and will probably be replaced sometime down the line.

    What's really great about this frame is that it works really well with higher-grade gear. People I know with the same bike or bikes from previous years have gotten even better performance from upgrading it. It's a great buy for a long-term investment, especially if it'll be used for long distance riding or commuting.

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    Favorite Ride:   NJ (Chathams, 9W to Rockland)

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   Bay Ridge Bicycles

    Similar Products Used:   Trek 1000

    Bike Setup:   2008 Giant OCR1
    Mavic Ksyrium Elite
    Shimano 105 grouppo
    Fast enough

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Manny Santana a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: November 20, 2008

    Strengths:    Weight and comfort.

    Weaknesses:    Gears make alot of noise when you shift gears.

    Bottom Line:   
    I actually have the 2008 Model and it rides great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. It retails at 1167.00 but for the price you get a great ride at low and hi speeds.

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    Favorite Ride:   DC city streets

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Purchased At:   The Bike Rack

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