Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - jamis quest for a clydesdale?
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09-26-06, 05:37 PM
Greetings fellow clydesdales, I was wondering if any of the clyde crowd currently owns a Jamis Quest or has owned one. I like the idea of the reynolds steel frame with it's nice ride. I'm 6'1 and weigh 252. My inseam is 31.5 inches. This is going to be my first road bike and I want something that will be reliable, and stable under my weight, yet be fairly comfortable (or as much as a road bike can be). I'll have to drive 3+ hours to test ride one as they do not have any LBS's that sell Jamis bikes here in Alabama. I'd like some input on wheelsets as well. I realize that I should go the 32 to 36 spoke count. I want something that's proven to stay true for a long time. I aim to spend no more than $350 for the wheels as I am on a budget and well ....... you know the deal, I gotta keep momma happy or else it's bad news for me! I hope to get her involved with biking, I think she'd enjoy it, but right know she doesn't seem all that interested. Please feel free to respond with other bike recommendations as well. I am looking to spend a total of $2000 for the bike, wheels, helmet, pedals, and shoes. Thank you so much for your help.
09-26-06, 08:27 PM
14 ga spokes, 32-36 spokes and if you really want to be sure, put on a tandem wheelset! Double walled rims, Mavics are bombproof as far as I've seen and the Jamis frame is quite strong! There is the additional advantage that a Reynolds Alloy frame doesn't fatigue like Alum. and gives a softer, more forgiving ride!
09-26-06, 09:19 PM
The Jamis line has been one of the best values in the industry ever since they started up. It's no longer a "sleeper marque" and their prices are getting closer and closer to the norm as their reputation grows. I like their bikes quite a bit, but they're not in my first tier of prospects for you because your metrics indicate that your long torso wants to stretch out on a frame wherein the cockpit is disproportionally long for the amount of standover. Certain brands have a reputation for long cockpits...Lemond and Cannondale are often mentioned in this regard. Jamis frames have the typical square geometry.
If you like the feel of classic steel and don't mind cantilever brakes, you might consider building up a Soma Double Cross as a road bike. Tange Prestige tubing makes for nice frames. Affordable, too (thinking of doing it myself, in fact, for the same reason...I need a long top tube).
I think the case for building your own bike from components you've spec'ed yourself is stronger for Clyde than for any other rider. The cheapest bike you can buy is one that needs no upgrading.
09-27-06, 08:57 AM
Thank you for your reply. I'm new and learning more and more each day. Thank God for this forum and especially the clydesdale thread. I greatly appreciate your input. E7M
09-27-06, 09:15 AM
Another bike to consider is the Surly Cross-Check complete (http://www.surlybikes.com/bikes.html). edinabike.com is selling them for under $750 shipped.
I have a Jamis Quest '05 model, and it's been a fantastic bike. I started around 210 lbs when I bought the bike, and have now dropped to around 190 lbs. I have wondered if the stock Vista wheels (20/24 spoke counts) are strong enough for me weight range. But the stock wheels are still running perfectly true since day one with no adjustments.
The Jamis Quest is a very nice ride. I, too, drove about 3 hours to ride the Jamis and brought it home with me.
09-28-06, 01:39 PM
Thank you all for your valued input. I greatly appreciate it!!!!!! Ride safe, Ride strong!
09-29-06, 11:46 AM
I'm 6' 5", 210, and have been riding the cheaper Satellite successfully for a few weeks. Swapped out about 4 saddles, but that's not the bike's fault. The frame is obviously strong, and the feel is nice. The comment about certain brands having friendlier geometries may bear looking into, though. IOW, I don't think you'd go wrong, but that doesn't mean you couldn't get a better fit.
10-02-06, 11:49 AM
I have an 05 Quest and just love it. I'm 6'2" 260lbs and have had no trouble with the stock wheels. The ride is fantastic.
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