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.
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.
Weaknesses: None that really stand out as a recreational/commuter rider.
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.
Strengths: Little road vibration
Weaknesses: Not enough color schemes
Sizing doesn't fit all (problem with Giant)
BB is okay; not stellar
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.
I am on the market for a road bike and have found a 2007 Giant OCR 1 for what I believe to be a reasonable price. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this model and what I should look for when/if I go look at it. The bike is an XL, I am 6'3", 185lbs and have a 34" inseam so I believe th ... Read More »
First, my goal and profile. I am a 6'2", 200 pound rider. I have completed lots of Centuries and even 1 double. My goal is to do at least 3 doubles next year with 2 of them having more than 16,000 vertical feet. Currently using a 1993 Cannondale R600.
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Which is the better bike? I rode the Specialized today and it seems to have some better features and to be a better bike. However, I am a noobie and would like the thoughts of others. Pricewise they are all the same.Read More »
Hey Guys, I recently bought a new bike and I am looking to possibly sell my old Giant. I have an OCR 1 that is in GREAT shape. Recently tuned up, new tires, new bar tape, new brakes, and new lines. What would be a reasonable asking price for a bike like this?
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