Giant OCR Touring Road Bike

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $1200.00

Product Description

Frame Material: Aluxx SL aluminum
Frame Angles: Unspecified
Sizes: large, medium, small, xlarge, xsmall
Colors: Dark Silver
Fork: Giant
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Shimano 105 STI Dual Control
Handlebar: aluminum
Stem: aluminum, adjustable
Headset: 1 1/8" integrated FSA integrated
Front Der: Shimano 105 Triple, braze-on
Crankset: TruVativ Elita, 30/42/52 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano Deore LX
Pedals: Time ATAC Alium
Tires: 700 x 32c Michelin Dynamic

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User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2011

Strengths:    Ride feel & comfort- phenomenal. I thought with the frame being aluminun that it would be harsh ride - I couldn't have been more wrong. Speed - wow - this bike handles 20 miles + per and doesn't get weird and doesn't transfer road vibe at all.Corners and tracks like a dream. Hauls stuff with no problem and no effect on speed - acts like the load isn't there. Stops well to on Avid mechanical brakes - never a problem . Wearing Sora STI shifters 3 X 9, the shifting is precise and doesn't hesitate. The 11-34 cassette I spec'd on it has great range without sacrificing some speedy gears.

Weaknesses:    Odd parts - the headset is a 1 1/8" threaded headset -no one makes these but the company. Setting up the brakes - my mechanic had to add a "traveler" to get the right brake leverage. Odd screw sizes for the canti brake attachments. Very close space tolerance on the front disc brake - we're talking millimeters here - hope I never bend it.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the frame from C-list and built the bike. I've ridden many bikes over the years, and I have to say that this touring bike not only handles incredibly well, but accelerates and holds speed in a way that rivals my Trek Madone4.7 and my Gunnar Roadie. It's stable without being slow, fast without being twitchy, and carrying a few extra pounds didn't stop the speed or impact the handling in any way at all. It was comfortable to ride and still had enough nimbleness to get out of its own way. I have ridden other touring bikes and none of them have the same feel as the Giant OCR Touring.

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Favorite Ride:   Anything long and challenging

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Frame from C-list -

Similar Products Used:   Miyata 700, Bianchi Eros, Bianchi Axis, Schwinn Passage - 80's version touring bike, Raleigh Alyeska, and various other brands.

Bike Setup:   2003 Giant OCR Touring Frame
1 1/8 factory threaded headset
80mm adjustable stem
converter from threaded to threadless stem
42 cm anatomic bend bars
Sora 3 X 9 STI shifters
Shimano 105 braze-on triple front der
Deore rear der
shimano 11-34 cassette
Used SKS fenders
Double walled Sun rims laced to Deore hubs 32 and 36 front and rear
stainless spokes and nipples
Schwalbe Marathon 32 c tires
Avid Dbb mechanical brakes
No name steel seat post
Planet Bike Men's ARS competition saddle
Silver handlebar tape

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jparham3 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2008

Strengths:    Cool disc brakes that are sure stoppers.

Weaknesses:    Not really any, but will be be modified by some who want more torque in the low range gears for mountain climbing v. commuting

Bottom Line:   
I really like this bike even though I did my supported X-USA ride on an old Trek 520, I like the compact geometry since I have a shorter upper torso than average. I is a bit heavily built in the wheels for just commuting, I have used it nicely for that and will pass it down to my son now for temporary use until he outgrows it.

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Favorite Ride:   Cabot Trail

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   LBS- Harper's in Kno

Similar Products Used:   Trek 520 and Schwinn Voyager

Bike Setup:   Standard but I ditched the stock tires for Panracers and love them for commuting

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

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2007

Strengths:    Easy to fit. Brakes are sharp. Blistering speed, sharp handling. You can feel the quality of the components.

Weaknesses:    None to me

Bottom Line:   
A well thought out design . Performing mutiple tasks very successfully. A pleasure to ride and much faster than my Cypress Lx and just as comfortable. Very impressed with it's overall performance

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Similar Products Used:   Giant Cypress LX, Trek 830

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hihosilver a Commuter

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2004

Strengths:    A solid frame with extremely strong heavy welds on frame. No noticable give in frame.
Easy to adjust so fits well. Faults are fewer than most bikes. The standard cassette
is great for all around use, but primary commuters are encouraged to swap to a
road cassette instead of the stock mountain cassette.

Weaknesses:    The only weakness is in the execution of the bike sale. This is not a straight
touring bike, nor is it a pure road bike. It is kind of a hybrid between a "hybrid
bike" and a touring bike. Giant needs either to recommend at least one outside
vendor who can deliver great parts for this bike or develop their own parts
at a reasonable price point.

Aethestically this bike is not as nice as I would like. The problem is the after
market manufacturers don't design their products to work well with disk brakes.
You can get SKS fenders and bike racks, but they will not integrate well with the
frame and must be massaged to fit. After they fit, they are not pretty.

It would be worth it to have Giant fenders that look nice without the SKS
pointy sticks. Because of these aethestical disconnect, I will have to
rate this bike at a 4 level.

Bottom Line:   
This is a very nice all purpose bike. It gives the dual ride feel of a hybrid
for pleasure riding and the down on the handles feel of a road bike. It is a tad
heavier than strick road bikes, but it has all the fixings for touring. If
you are rough on your bike, you will appreciate the 3 spare spokes on the frame. It is a pleasure to fly thru the gears.

Unlike almost all road bikes, this one comes standard with very good disk brakes.
You don't have to worry about rain or long downhills. It will stop without
blowing out your tires. A real peace of mind that you can only appreciate after
blowing a tire at 50mph on a steap downhill.

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Favorite Ride:   any

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   You don't want to know. You didn't ride one.

Bike Setup:   12..23 road cassette, instead of stock 11..31 cassette. SKS fenders. Rear rack.
Dual NiMh headlights, cyclometer, flash back bar lights, and rear tail light.

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