Giant Bikes?

Franco62
Franco62 Posts: 5
edited August 2007 in Road beginners
Ok, so I'm new to road bikes, I've been commuting on my GT MTB and find it extremely hard work, to top it all on my way to work last night a guy on a road bike went past me as if I was standing still, so thinking now of purchasing road bike! my local dealer is selling 'Giant' road bikes and I'm looking at the 'SCR 3', what do you all think of Giant bikes and especially the SCR 3?

I'm commuting 10miles each way, if that makes any difference!
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  • XTCRider
    XTCRider Posts: 113
    Great bike, love mine. Replaced wheels due to accident for better 105 wheels and I just keep tweaking bits as I go along, (105 brakes, shiny black seat post, selle italia seat etc.)
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  • Steveaps
    Steveaps Posts: 36
    Great bike, great looks, changed my tyres and saddle , and pedals.
    Love it.
    Steveaps
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    You won't go far wrong with any Giant quite honestly.
  • pw1brown
    pw1brown Posts: 243
    Another vote for the SCR (I have a 2.0, '06 version). Great for weekend rides in the country.
  • They're solid, unromantic, and unremittingly boring bikes. The Toyota of the cycling world. In other words, not a bad choice for commuting. Probably won't even need a lock. ;)
  • Giant= Toyota is quite good.

    Would Bianchi be Fiat? and Colnago be Alfa?

    If so then I am worried about my Claud Butler..... :shock:
  • I'll chip in with another vote for Giant!....have had my Giant SCR since April and can't fault it at all!
  • I just keep tweaking bits as I go along, (105 brakes, shiny black seat post, selle italia seat etc.)

    Is that not dangerous?

    Fiddling with brakes, changing seat post, seat etc whilst riding.

    Oh, I see; as you go along, not as you ... :oops:
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  • XTCRider
    XTCRider Posts: 113
    thebikeliker : I wondered why I had bother changing the calipers , maybe I should have stopped pedalling


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  • simon000
    simon000 Posts: 20
    I have recently switched from my MTB to a SCR 3 (had it for about 5 months now) and I cannot fault it, have changed a few things on it now, but it has not let me down so far, touch wood. Best thing of all flying past all the MTB users whilst I am on the road, I still chuckle to myself every time I pass them.
  • Stark.
    Stark. Posts: 108
    A Giant won't let you down. I've had an OCR2 for a couple of years and it's fine for commuting around and cycling holidays. However, lately I have found myself hankering after something more exotic...like a Willier...or a Colnago...or an Orbea...or a Pinarello...or a...
  • bossman13
    bossman13 Posts: 106
    am i right in thinking that the SCR range is slightly more forgiving - ie could be more suitable for commuting etc??

    whats the difference between the SCR 1, 2 & 3 , and whats best value?

    thanks
  • JustRidecp
    JustRidecp Posts: 302
    bossman13 wrote:
    am i right in thinking that the SCR range is slightly more forgiving - ie could be more suitable for commuting etc??

    whats the difference between the SCR 1, 2 & 3 , and whats best value?

    thanks

    Yes, the geometry of the frame means you ride more upright. You can make it even more forgiving by flipping the stem - means you're more upright.

    I have an SCR 2.0 and use if for everything. It suits my needs fine. Also, tonnes of folk in my local club seem to have them too.

    With the SCR range the frames are the same but with higher end components e.g. - 3=Sora, 2=Tiagra, 1= 105. The SCR 1 has better wheels, brakes and carbon seat post.

    In hindsight, I wished I'd forked out the extra 100 quid or so to get the SCR 1 as IMHO it's pretty damn good value for money. Cheaper than upgrading wheels, brakes, seatpost seperately. If you shop around you'd be able to get one for sub 600 quid.

    Only criticism I have with the SCR 2 is that the tyres are crap - lasted less than 500miles, wheels are crap and the saddle is crap - really spongy.
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  • mea00csf
    mea00csf Posts: 558
    Quick overview as i've just bought an SCR so am fairly familiar now with last year and this years scr's!

    the SCR is a more relaxed geometry to the OCR

    the top of the range scr 1 is full 105 components and shimano brakes

    next is the scr 1.5 (last years was called the limited) which is full tiagra and shimano brakes and has better cranks and other bits than the 2.

    Then there's the 2 which is full tiagra (i think) but has budget brakes (still decent my boyfriend tells me)

    The 3 is a mix of Sora and Tiagra and probably budget brakes. The Sora shifters work in a different way to the rest of the shimano's.

    No idea on the 4

    When i was looking i was advised to try and avoid the 3 if i could as the extra money is worth it for the 2. Lots of deals around so depending on what your budget is look around for last years and you might be able to either save yourself a lot of money or move up one or two models (i was looking at the 2 or LTD but have ended up with the 1 after finding an excellent deal.)

    One other thing is the Fall 07 tend to have triple chainrings, the Spring 07 have compact doubles. I think this years have compact doubles tho not sure.
  • Well, I've gone and done it, I am now a proud owner of the SCR 3 and can't wait to get out and try it!!
  • simon_e
    simon_e Posts: 1,706
    The 06/07 bikes are going cheap at a few places now, even the Spring 07 might be reduced now the 08-spec bikes are in stock/due soon.

    The differences? In a nutshell, lower digit = higher spec:
    OCR 4 - Shimano 2200/Sora mix (7-speed)
    SCR 4 - similar
    SCR 3 - Sora
    SCR 2 - Tiagra
    SCR 1 - 105

    Try google.co.uk for more specs and prices.

    They might be the 'Toyota' of bicycles but, without paying Ferrari prices, I'd have thought most people would be more than happy with something that good! They seem very excellent VFM.
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  • Zain
    Zain Posts: 80
    They're solid, unromantic, and unremittingly boring bikes. The Toyota of the cycling world. In other words, not a bad choice for commuting. Probably won't even need a lock. ;)

    The Car in front is a Toyota 8)

    Just got my SCR 1 and loving it :D
  • thebikeliker : I wondered why I had bother changing the calipers , maybe I should have stopped pedalling


    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1108/120 ... b5.jpg?v=0

    I have another point and then I'll shutup.

    Is your bike housetrained? I couldn't help but notice the litter tray under it.

    Nice looking bike by the way.
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  • Zain
    Zain Posts: 80
    slightly off topic - but all the new Giant bike people, have you removed those great big yellow 'PC' warning stickers?
    Or is it best to leave them and have the cigarette pack look?
  • owaingibby
    owaingibby Posts: 240
    aberfeldyweather
    Giant= Toyota is quite good.

    Would Bianchi be Fiat? and Colnago be Alfa?

    If so then I am worried about my Claud Butler.....
    Would they be the bike equivalent of MG Rover?

    I guess Orange could be TVR!?

    And one more - Trek - Ford?
  • Zain wrote:
    slightly off topic - but all the new Giant bike people, have you removed those great big yellow 'PC' warning stickers?
    Or is it best to leave them and have the cigarette pack look?

    Oh yes, they came off before all of the reflectors and other crud!

    Another vote for Giant, FCR 2 for me, love it :)
  • MrGrumpy
    MrGrumpy Posts: 288
    GIANT CFR2 here :lol: lovely acronyms, although mine is now 10 years old with full 105 groupset, cost £1100 at the time, but was reduced as end of season. All original equipment as of now, but feel an need to upgrade but will see out this autum/winter and see what i can get on cycle to work etc next year.
  • hilaryw
    hilaryw Posts: 12
    Just picked up my SCR1 today! Went out for a quick ride this evening and loved it. Looking forward to many happy hours in its company.

    Here are some pics http://homepage.mac.com/hjworton/PhotoAlbum32.html
    :D:D:D
  • MrGrumpy
    MrGrumpy Posts: 288
    does it come without a triple chainset ? It would seem these days its either triple or compact ?
  • Finbar
    Finbar Posts: 5
    Had my SCR2 for a few months now. Perfectly happy with it. Great value, I think I made the right choice.
  • Finbar
    Finbar Posts: 5
    Zain wrote:
    slightly off topic - but all the new Giant bike people, have you removed those great big yellow 'PC' warning stickers?
    Or is it best to leave them and have the cigarette pack look?

    No, get rid of them. Save the weight!
  • Has anyone had problems with a creaking seat post (Giant comp) on your OCR / SCR?
  • bikeit65
    bikeit65 Posts: 982
    RossGalway have you tried removing the post and shim, give it all a good cleaning regrease all parts and reassemble, if the post is carbon use carbon assembly paste instead of grease.
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  • TomF
    TomF Posts: 494
    I have the SCR 2.0. Bought last year as a winter bike (it will take mudguards) and used throughout the horrendous weather. I also commute on it.

    I have found it so comfortable that I bought the SCR compsite frame half price earlier this year, and have had it built into a light and fast sportive bike (shame about about the rider, who is neither light nor fast...).