Raceline roads bikes

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by Sasha Nackovski, May 21, 2003.

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  1. Hi,

    Looking at buying an entry level road bike to complement my mountain bike. Anyone have any opinions
    on the Raceline brand of bikes, particularly in terms of quality and durability. Especially
    interested in the Performance model which seems reasonably well equipped for the money. Any opinions
    greatly appreciated.

    Also noticed that Freedomachine is selling Giant OCR2 for $1250. Any opinions on this bike?

    Thanks,

    Sasha
     
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  2. someone

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    Sasha Nackovski <[email protected]> wrote: Hi Sasha,

    My limited experience with Racelines is that they are just ok...

    Look at the Meridas and Specialised bikes....

    Very good value for money...

    > Hi,
    >
    > Looking at buying an entry level road bike to complement my mountain bike. Anyone have any
    > opinions on the Raceline brand of bikes, particularly in terms of quality and durability.
    > Especially interested in the Performance model which seems reasonably well equipped for the money.
    > Any opinions greatly appreciated.
    >
    > Also noticed that Freedomachine is selling Giant OCR2 for $1250. Any opinions on this bike?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Sasha

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  3. Ideal

    Ideal Guest

    GIANT OCR2 is OK but OCR1 has carbon fork & a full 105 gruppo which is a so much better deal & you
    should be able to get this under 1600$. If your budget can stretch it the TCR2 is a great looking
    bike this year & first glances passes for a much more expensive bike. Don't sell Merida or Raceline,
    but Merida are a global brand, very big in Europe, Raceline are a locally distributed brand by
    Apollo. Merida has a bit more racing kudos & jazzy paintwork but stick with their aluminium frame
    versions. Steve

    [email protected] wrote:
    > Sasha Nackovski <[email protected]> wrote: Hi Sasha,
    >
    > My limited experience with Racelines is that they are just ok...
    >
    > Look at the Meridas and Specialised bikes....
    >
    >
    > Very good value for money...
    >
    >
    >>Hi,
    >>
    >>Looking at buying an entry level road bike to complement my mountain bike. Anyone have any
    >>opinions on the Raceline brand of bikes, particularly in terms of quality and durability.
    >>Especially interested in the Performance model which seems reasonably well equipped for the money.
    >>Any opinions greatly appreciated.
    >>
    >>Also noticed that Freedomachine is selling Giant OCR2 for $1250. Any opinions on this bike?
    >>
    >>Thanks,
    >>
    >>Sasha
     
  4. Hi Steve,

    with respect to the Merida's, have you heard anything good, bad or indifferent about their
    "Magnesium" series? I was looking at the 105 Magnesium...

    Also, on the Giants, what $$'s are we expecting to pay for the TCR2? "IDEAL" <[email protected]>
    wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > GIANT OCR2 is OK but OCR1 has carbon fork & a full 105 gruppo which is a so much better deal & you
    > should be able to get this under 1600$. If your budget can stretch it the TCR2 is a great looking
    > bike this year & first glances passes for a much more expensive bike. Don't sell Merida or
    > Raceline, but Merida are a global brand, very big in Europe, Raceline are a locally distributed
    > brand by Apollo. Merida has a bit more racing kudos & jazzy paintwork but stick with their
    > aluminium frame versions. Steve
    >
    >
    > [email protected] wrote:
    > > Sasha Nackovski <[email protected]> wrote: Hi Sasha,
    > >
    > > My limited experience with Racelines is that they are just ok...
    > >
    > > Look at the Meridas and Specialised bikes....
    > >
    > >
    > > Very good value for money...
    > >
    > >
    > >>Hi,
    > >>
    > >>Looking at buying an entry level road bike to complement my mountain bike. Anyone have any
    > >>opinions on the Raceline brand of bikes, particularly in terms of quality and durability.
    > >>Especially interested in the Performance model which seems reasonably well equipped for the
    > >>money. Any opinions greatly appreciated.
    > >>
    > >>Also noticed that Freedomachine is selling Giant OCR2 for $1250. Any opinions on this bike?
    > >>
    > >>Thanks,
    > >>
    > >>Sasha
    > >
     
  5. Hi,

    Seems the general conclusion is that Raceline bikes are not bad, but not brilliant either. I think I
    may stick with a more reputable brand.

    Steve, you mention that I should be able to get the Giant OCR1 for under $1600. Any idea where? Most
    shops seem to be selling them close to the RRP of $1899. I would agree that the OCR1 seems to be
    extremely good value for money.

    Had a look at an OCR2 in the shop the other day, was not all that impressed with the quality of the
    frame. Welding seemed to be a bit sloppy in places. Still, for $1250 its probably still not bad
    value for money.

    I can get a good deal on an Avanti Vivace (carbon fork, Tiagra/Sora components, Mavics etc). Too bad
    about the ugly paint scheme. Can anyone give me experiences with this bike?

    Thanks to all who responded.

    Sasha

    On Fri, 23 May 2003 23:48:06 +0800, IDEAL <[email protected]> wrote:

    >GIANT OCR2 is OK but OCR1 has carbon fork & a full 105 gruppo which is a so much better deal & you
    >should be able to get this under 1600$. If your budget can stretch it the TCR2 is a great looking
    >bike this year & first glances passes for a much more expensive bike. Don't sell Merida or
    >Raceline, but Merida are a global brand, very big in Europe, Raceline are a locally distributed
    >brand by Apollo. Merida has a bit more racing kudos & jazzy paintwork but stick with their
    >aluminium frame versions. Steve
    >
    >
    >[email protected] wrote:
    >> Sasha Nackovski <[email protected]> wrote: Hi Sasha,
    >>
    >> My limited experience with Racelines is that they are just ok...
    >>
    >> Look at the Meridas and Specialised bikes....
    >>
    >>
    >> Very good value for money...
    >>
    >>
    >>>Hi,
    >>>
    >>>Looking at buying an entry level road bike to complement my mountain bike. Anyone have any
    >>>opinions on the Raceline brand of bikes, particularly in terms of quality and durability.
    >>>Especially interested in the Performance model which seems reasonably well equipped for the
    >>>money. Any opinions greatly appreciated.
    >>>
    >>>Also noticed that Freedomachine is selling Giant OCR2 for $1250. Any opinions on this bike?
    >>>
    >>>Thanks,
    >>>
    >>>Sasha
    >>
    >
     
  6. John Staines

    John Staines Guest

    OCR 2 frame is exactly the same as the OCR1 and OCR3.

    Cheers

    John

    Sasha Nackovski wrote:
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > Seems the general conclusion is that Raceline bikes are not bad, but not brilliant either. I think
    > I may stick with a more reputable brand.
    >
    > Steve, you mention that I should be able to get the Giant OCR1 for under $1600. Any idea where?
    > Most shops seem to be selling them close to the RRP of $1899. I would agree that the OCR1 seems to
    > be extremely good value for money.
    >
    > Had a look at an OCR2 in the shop the other day, was not all that impressed with the quality of
    > the frame. Welding seemed to be a bit sloppy in places. Still, for $1250 its probably still not
    > bad value for money.
    >
    > I can get a good deal on an Avanti Vivace (carbon fork, Tiagra/Sora components, Mavics etc). Too
    > bad about the ugly paint scheme. Can anyone give me experiences with this bike?
    >
    > Thanks to all who responded.
    >
    > Sasha
    >
    > On Fri, 23 May 2003 23:48:06 +0800, IDEAL <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >GIANT OCR2 is OK but OCR1 has carbon fork & a full 105 gruppo which is a so much better deal &
    > >you should be able to get this under 1600$. If your budget can stretch it the TCR2 is a great
    > >looking bike this year & first glances passes for a much more expensive bike. Don't sell Merida
    > >or Raceline, but Merida are a global brand, very big in Europe, Raceline are a locally
    > >distributed brand by Apollo. Merida has a bit more racing kudos & jazzy paintwork but stick with
    > >their aluminium frame versions. Steve
    > >
    > >
    > >[email protected] wrote:
    > >> Sasha Nackovski <[email protected]> wrote: Hi Sasha,
    > >>
    > >> My limited experience with Racelines is that they are just ok...
    > >>
    > >> Look at the Meridas and Specialised bikes....
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Very good value for money...
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>>Hi,
    > >>>
    > >>>Looking at buying an entry level road bike to complement my mountain bike. Anyone have any
    > >>>opinions on the Raceline brand of bikes, particularly in terms of quality and durability.
    > >>>Especially interested in the Performance model which seems reasonably well equipped for the
    > >>>money. Any opinions greatly appreciated.
    > >>>
    > >>>Also noticed that Freedomachine is selling Giant OCR2 for $1250. Any opinions on this bike?
    > >>>
    > >>>Thanks,
    > >>>
    > >>>Sasha
    > >>
    > >>
     
  7. Tezza

    Tezza New Member

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    Hi Sasha,
    I went through these issues myself not long ago and I suggest that you take the time to test as many bikes as you can. The Giant is OK but try to go to at least Shimano 105 running gear rather than the Tiagra level. I urge you to check out the Merida Road 904. They are a fabulous bike. Full Shimano 105 running gear, a sub 10kg weight, carbon forks and a set of strong Ritchey wheels. At about $1800 it might cost a bit more than the Giant but in my opinion, it is a far better bike with superior frame geometry.
     
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