Giant OCR vs Specialized Allez

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  1. dandaman

    dandaman New Member

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    After months of thinking i should get a flat bar road bike for my fast London commute, im increasingly thinking i should get with the drop bar crowd!

    i had been set on a Ridgeback Genersis Day 2 until i found out they dont have carbon forks in the 2006 model. The Day 3 is too expensive so im looking for a road bike with carbon forks for less than 700 pounds.

    Ive narrowed it down to one of the Giant OCRs or Specialized Allez bikes. its just a real headache figuring out which offers the best value for money!

    I want something light, fast and fairly durable to handle the dodgy roads of London. There are no big hill climbs in my 40 minute commute.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance....
     
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  2. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    this is mostly personal preference, but I's DEFINITELY get the Specialized oever an OCR. Some of those OCRs are BRICKS!! I had a 1999 Allez, which was one of my favourite bikes.
     
  3. dandaman

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    thanks! yeah, oddly i just read somewhere minutes ago that the OCRs are heavy.

    but then there appears to be an issue with the strength of Aleez wheels... :confused:
     
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    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure about the new OCRs, but the ones I saw from a few years ago were total anvils!! I actually thought they were steel.

    What wheels are on the Allez?
    Got a link?
     
  5. dandaman

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    on the spec allez double its Alex DA-16 alloy rims....

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5326
     
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    yeah, they use crap, cheap spokes and rim tape too. I mate of mine recently bought a cheap Gitane with some Alex wheels on it, but they've been fine for him -- all i did was put on some proper rim tape, and I've given the front wheel a slight tweak to correct a small wobble. This buddy of mine weighs about 72kg

    If it were me, I wouldn't be too concerned about the wheels -- they cop a bit of a pounding anyway. Chances are they've had a cheap build, so I'd just keep a close eye on the spoke tension, and make sure the guys at the shop quickly correct an misalignment.

    I guess what I'm trying ot say is that wheels cop a pounding, and they're cheap and easy to replace. I'd be more concerned about the other components on the bike.
     
  8. JTE83

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    Those people who say crap about the OCR probably don't ride one. I have 5 road bikes and my OCR 1 with Jandd panniers is one of them. The wheels are strong enough to take my 150 lbs weight with a fully loaded pannier too. I have 1000 miles on my bike and no problems except a replaced under warranty Ultegra Right Shifter.

    It's not a slow bike even with panniers. My top speed ever was with my Cervelo Soloist (Ksyrium SLs) at 32.9 mph in top form. I hit 29.8 mph on my OCR 1 with panniers, and I wasn't in top form as when I did 32.9 mph. (All speeds flats no wind)

    The OCR 1 makes an excellent commuter bike, and it's my most comfortable bike. I also have a 2005 Kestrel Talon, 2006 Raleigh Prestige, 2002 Giant Tcr Aero 2, and 2003 Cervelo Soloist Team.
     
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    ok, well i wont take it off my list then! thanks.

    tried out some Treks yesterday. Trek 1000 i think. was ok, but not overly impressed
     
  10. the beef

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    It's a personal thing, but I really don't like the compact frame geometry of the OCR. I've test ridden an OCR 3 as well as an OCR 2; even with the right adjustments I just can't seem to find a good fit. But it might work for you; it's different for everybody.
     
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