Is this because the frame is compact? A friend did suggest I use a Fit Calculator before attempting to order the bike.Bertrand said:The fit will be considerably different than your OCR, so you should be sure of the geometry before you spend the money on the new bike.
Thanks,Bertrand said:In my view, the big problem with the MB frames is that the head tube is the same length irrespective of frame size (i.e., short!).... a good cost-cutting measure, but it may not work for all riders.
If it fits, though, I think the bike itself is a good buy.
I do not want to ride in a more upright position. That is how my OCR3 is and I do not care for it. Changing the headset out shouldn't be a big deal, right? I know one of the LBS in my area actually will replace your headset during a pro fitting of you bike. They did a phenomenal job on my wife's bike fitting.Oversane said:Are you happy with the way your current bike fits?
Do you want to ride in a more upright position? Look at the headset on that bike.
Find a couple of places to give you techniques on sizing yourself, just to make sure the numbers match. It will be worth the extra time.
Check out the geometry of the Immortal against the geometry of other bikes you're considering.
And remember that once the bike arrives it will need to be assembled. You can do that. It's fairly straightforward. But if something isn't right, you'll need to take it to a mechanic. I'd recommend that you take it to a good mechanic and let him/her assemble and adjust it for you.
Knowing your dimensions will come in handy whether you buy from BD or your LBS.
Thank you so much for the information. I guess I could just measure the Seat Tube on my OCR3 and that should tell me what size it is, correct?fran2537 said:if it is any help, i went from a 63cm Giant, i think it was a 2002 model (it was a replacement frame as the older orginal frame had cracked)--fairly traditional geometry to a MB LeChampion 62cm. i am 200lb and 6'2" with a 34" stand over height.
the 62cm fits me fine and i actually like the more compact "cockpit." i have done several centuries on the bike and find it very comfortable. i did have the LBS do the build and then fit me to the bike once assembled--which i recommend.
without knowing more though i would be concerned that 6'6" your choices at MB are limited. i think i am basically at the extreme end of the fit spectrum for the 62cm. You are 4" taller than me so it might be a bit on the small side.
This won't give you the frame size on the OCR, because the sloping top tube requires a shorter seat tube than a standard frame, like the MB. Giant uses verbal labels to size their bikes, from XS to XL. The frame size should be noted on the seat tube somewhere. I can't imagine that you would be on anything smaller than an XL. You can check the measurements/geometry on the Giant website:CyclingForCancer said:Thank you so much for the information. I guess I could just measure the Seat Tube on my OCR3 and that should tell me what size it is, correct?
fran2537 said:great advice-agree wholeheartedly.
i would also add that you might even try the LBS if you dont have an objective bike fitter nearby. i have found that a good LBS especially the non-commission driven ones are looking to build long term customer realtionships beyond the single bike sale.
who knows, you might also get lucky and find a nice deal.
I love my MB but frankly would have preferred to go the LBS route if they could have competed on price. Note: I did have the LBS assemble the MB and they are more than happy to service it, my kids' bikes and my mountain bike