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Jamis Road Bikes???

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Anyone know the Jamis road bike line? I've riden their hardtail mountain bikes for years and I'm thinking of keeping the patronage up and getting a road frame. Thoughts? what is comprable for the $$$$?


post #2 of 9
Hey Pow--if you don't get a knowledgeable answer here, try asking your question in the Bicycling Forums.

Good luck!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #3 of 9
Just a quick response before you get flooded with tons of expert advice from other cyclists. I have been riding a Jamis Coda 2000 for a year now. It is there hybrid model. I primarily use it for commuting (15 miles) and shorter training rides (20 - 40 miles) now. I have a lot of fun on it and I really like the frame. It is very stable for descending. The frame and low end components are heavy. I kind of like the weight for shorter training rides. I plan to make some upgrades so that I can use it for cyclo-cross racing. I bought a used road bike after my rides started to regularly exceed 60 miles.
post #4 of 9
Jamis bikes are made overseas and imported by a business located in Northern NJ. They are a pretty good value, but since the American office only is a sales conduit, you MIGHT have a hard time with post-sale customer service.

Jamis bikes have a good reputation and I think that if you buy one from a local bike shop that you trust and that is an authorized Jamis dealer, you can circumvent the potential customer service issues.

I would consider Jamis bikes if I were in the market for a bike niche where they make a model.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
didn't know they were made overseas. I always figured production was at the same location as the NJ office. I have some time to research I have some shoulder surgery coming up which will take me off the bike for a while but after I plan on pulling the trigger and start spinning the road again. I checked out the Airborne frames as well. They seemed a bit beefyer that the Jamis and I like the TI. There could be a cost justification in there as well.

thanks all
post #6 of 9
Pow--I've heard mixed reviews of the Airborne frames--many excellent, some lukewarm. It's nice that they allow you to specify each and every component on the bike, and that they send it to you direct. Of course, you've got to find a way to get the right fit.

If you haven't already, you might want to check out the thread Road Bike Purchase--there were some good recommendations there. As I said in that thread, I'd look closely at the Douglas-brand bikes sold by Colorado Cyclery, if I were in the market for a good value on a road bike. Like Airborne, they offer a full-titanium frame, as well as aluminum and aluminum/carbon frames. The prices are right, and the bikes get rave reviews.

It's a good time of year to buy bicycles....

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #7 of 9
Jamis sells price-point bikes that are mass-produced in Taiwanise factories.

I once had a Jamis dirt bike (Diablo, from the early 90s) and it was nice, but it couldn't compare to the hand-built, custom rides owned by some of my friends.

What do you want, Pow Junkie? What are you looking for in a bike? The Jamis will get you places, if that's your criterion. I think that the Cannondale CAAD series (CAAD 3 and up) is quite good, however, and recommend that over the Jamis.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
I would say that I will be looking at doing probably 4+ day's of road riding a week, with longer rides of up to 30 mi on the weekends. The average road mileage durring the week would probably be 10-15. I don't plan on racing so I looking for a really stable bike. I will in traffic (Washington DC), and will spend a good deal of time on the brakes and dodging cars untill I can get out of the city. I have never purchased a road bike but I have always looked for a bike that felt solid at speed and loved hills, I'm a hill freak.
post #9 of 9
The Jamis should be fine so long as it is fitted and outfitted properly for your purposes. Since you favor hills, Pow Junkie, you may want to consider getting a triple chainring for better hill gearing. Don't be afraid to go back again and again to the store to exchange your seat (saddle), trust me, you want that sucker to be just right.

Good luck!
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