UPDATE - I have since sold this bike after getting the wheel replaced with another 32 spoke rear. It was too small and I replaced it with another Coda Sport but this time I got the 21.5" which has surprisingly similar clearance (maybe it's just me). The longer top tube made a big difference for me, no more extra long setback seatpost for me =).
I got a 2007 model from a local shop (missinglink.org) and they built me a rear wheel that can take a serious beating ...
Hub: Shimano Tiagra
Spokes: double butted 14/15 (3 cross pattern)
Rim: Rhyno Lite by Sun Rims
Tire: Soma New Express 700x35 rather than original 700x28 (had to get bigger tire to fit the Rhyno lite rim since it's substantially wider - these tires are amazing!)
Took it out for critical mass in SF (where we were attacked by zombies who had been kicked out of a mac store, weird) and it held up perfectly over many bumps and holes (ended up riding on poorly lit street with plenty of big bumps and it was great! Even took a few stairs without issue).
Ended up being $765 total:
$655 for bike (after tax)
$110 for rear wheel, tire, tube, non-QR seatpost skewer, and labor.
Plus I get 1 year warranty on everything at a very local shop who have a room set up with two sets of tools for anyone who comes in (stands and everything, even free lube, chain grease, and whatnot).
Compared with the $499 for the Coda Sport from bicycleblowout.com I'm out and extra $155 on the bike and $110 on the wheel ... but I needed the bigger wheel regardless so I don't count that against the difference in cost. Really a $155 difference for a 2007 with 1 year local free service (vs. 2005 with no service, unassembaled.)
thanks for everyone's help!
PS - weight down to 285lbs (from 333 only 6 months ago)!
Summary: will a Jamis Coda Sport support my 6'0", 310 pound body for years of paved riding?
(1)The wheels are 32h, I've heard that 36h or even 40h would be more likely to stay true given my weight (i.e., touring type wheels). Is 32h sufficient considering my weight? If it just means being a little more consistent in checking and adjusting the wheels that's not a big deal, but if it means component failure then please let me know.
(2)The tires are Hutchinson Flash, 700 x 28C - are these big enough for me?
(3)I've been assuming that the chromoly frame is not going to have a problem dealing with my weight, seems correct based on my searching of posts on here, but does anyone think that the frame itself is not going to be up to the task?
I much prefer a relatively upright riding position (my current setup has the handlebars level with the seat, maybe 1cm above the seat) though this may change as I lose a bit more weight (the adjustable angle stem on the Coda Sport is quite appealing for this reason).
I'm 310 pounds now, (lost 15 over last month from dieting and riding) and I'm looking for a new ride, something a little more like a touring/hybrid kinda thing (i.e., the Jamis Coda). My 1996 Klein Pulse Comp, 17.5" (too small, though I have short legs, long upper body) has been converted into something of a hybrid for a few years, but it's is just not holding together too well and I don't do any mountain/dirt/off-road biking any more. Glad for all the Clydesdale info, great resource here, thanks!
I'll probably just change two things:
(a) I have a brooks B67 that will definitely be replacing the stock seat.
(b) I'd like to put a trekking / touring handlebar on it ... like this one from nashbar. Will the components from the stock Jamis Coda fit the trekking bar?
And I might change a third component:
(c) - the stock seatpost is a suspension type ... since the brooks saddle is a sprung model, this would be a bit much in the suspension department (plus my experience with suspension posts is that they are not designed for heavier people ... some adjust up to deal with weights over 250#, but not most it seems).
FRAME - Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly main tubes, reinforced head tube collars, double tapered cromo stays, forged dropouts with eyelets.
FORK - Chromoly unicrown, bulge butted steerer, low rider braze-ons, double eyelets.
HEADSET - Aheadset, steel, 1 1/8”.
WHEELSET - Alex ACE18 alloy double-wall eyeletted rims, 700c, 32H, with Shimano Road 2200 hubs, 14g stainless steel spokes.
TIRES - Hutchinson Flash, 700 x 28C .
DERAILLEURS - Shimano Deore rear, Shimano R443-A bottom pull front.
SHIFTERS - Shimano ST-R440 for flat-bar, 27-speed.
CHAIN - KMC Z9000.
FREEWHEEL - SRAM PowerGlide 950, 9-speed, 11-32.
CRANKSET - TruVativ Touro, 52/42/30, 170mm (16-17.5”), 175mm (19.5-23”).
BOTTOM BRACKET - TruVativ PowerSpline, 68 x 113mm
PEDALS - Wellgo full alloy platform type.
BRAKESET - Tektro SD3 direct pull brakes with power modulator and Tektro alloy V-brake levers.
HANDLEBAR - Ritchey flat bar, 6061 T-6, 5° bend x 580mm width.
STEM - Ritchey Pro Adjustable, 100mm (16 - 17.5”), 120mm° (19.5 - 23”).
GRIPS - WTB Street Smart with reflective end plugs.
SEATPOST - Suspension, 45mm travel, 350mm x 27.2, alloy clamp with QR seatpin.
SADDLE - Jamis Touring with SL top and satin steel rails.
SIZES - 16”, 17.5”, 19.5”, 21.5”, 23”
COLORS - Radium Blue/Gloss Black
WEIGHT - 25.50 lbs