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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-22-07, 01:38 PM   #1
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Jamis Quest first impressions

I finally got to take my new bike out for a spin yesterday.

It's an early edition (meaning it came with the 2005 Shimano 105 components, including a triple crank, instead of a compact double) 2006 Jamis Eclipse. Here are my thoughts on it and how it compares to my 1992 Trek 1200:

STI vs down tube shifters:
I bought my last bike when STI was fairly new. I didn't want to spend the extra $ for it so I went with down tube shifters. All I can say is I wish I had switched earlier. It's so much easier to shift when you don't have to move your hands from the bars. Another plus is that the STI levers include an shifting adjustment knob. This meant I was able to tweak the shifting while I was riding rather than having to stop and hope I went the right way. I'm considering upgrading the Trek to STI, or just buying a second bike, for riding at the beach and the Eastern part of NC where the roads are way flatter.

Steel vs aluminum:
From the reading I've done, it's not clear that the choice of material is really what determines the ride. Many say it's really dependent on the tubing and the geometry. However, I will say that even after only taking it on a short ride, the new steel frame is way more comfortable than the older aluminum frame.

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The Quest came with a Fizik Pave seat. Even though I could tell that the adjustment wasn't quite right, and I've only taken it on one fairly short ride so far, this seat seems comfortable.

Ride:
This bike feels comfortable. I bought it to begin training for longer rides. Next year I'm hoping to do some centuries, including some on the mountains. Time will tell whether this bike will work well, but so far, I like it.

Triple crankset:
I haven't ridden the bike enough to fully evaluate this, but so far it's working pretty well. When I first went out yesterday, shifting from the smallest to the middle ring wasn't working quite right. It was reluctant to shift up to the middle ring. I was also getting some chain rub when in the biggest ring. A slight adjustment of the left shifting knob cleared up both problems.

Even on my short ride I was able to make my way through the entire range of gears. The smaller granny gear (30x23) was a pleasant change from the (42x28) that's on the Trek. The lower gearing meant I was able to keep a reasonable cadence up the steeper hills instead of having to stand or mash the pedals at an unreasonably low rpm. I'll probably buy a rear cassette with an even larger cog, perhaps an 11x28, for mountain rides. If I was 20 years younger, or 70 pounds lighter, I might not need the triple. But since I'm not, I'll do what I can to save my knees, and make riding more pleasant, rather than give in to pride and suffer with gearing that's too high.
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Old 09-22-07, 01:56 PM   #2
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I copied thios over to the Feedback forum, for exposure to the manufacturers. Hopefully it'll help reinforce the idea that there are larger cyclists out here! I also linked the Clyde/Athena Forum there. That way, they can see that we are a pretty active community!
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Old 09-22-07, 05:42 PM   #3
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That looks like a nice ride. I really liked the colors on that year. Jamis does not have a huge presence, but I have only seen a couple of negatives on them, way more positives.
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I like my Jamis also, but I have the lower dollar version. Nice looking bike, and I hope you can enjoy it.
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The quest is a nice bike. Good choice!
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The quest is a nice bike. Good choice!
Thanks. I spent lots of time researching and looking for deals before buying this.
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I like my Jamis also, but I have the lower dollar version. Nice looking bike, and I hope you can enjoy it.
I got a pretty good deal by buying an older model online. Since I was already riding, I knew what numbers would fit well. The local shops had very little in my size and I do most of my own wrenching, so buying online worked ok for me. The only unknown was how the bike would ride, so I had to rely on what other people said about it. The nearest Jamis dealer is something like 90 miles away.
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That looks like a nice ride. I really liked the colors on that year. Jamis does not have a huge presence, but I have only seen a couple of negatives on them, way more positives.
The color turned out pretty well. There was also a 2005 model available, but I saw some comments about problems with the rear wheel sliding forward in the older frame styles, so I opted for the newer frame.
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So PC, if you don't mind me askin' what do you weigh? I was just curious about the strength of the wheels....

Nice bike BTW. I have been looking at Jamis also since there is a dealer in town.
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So PC, if you don't mind me askin' what do you weigh? I was just curious about the strength of the wheels....

Nice bike BTW. I have been looking at Jamis also since there is a dealer in town.
I weigh too much right now, 255. It's probably too early to report on the strength of the wheels. I'm withholding judgment for a thousand miles or so.
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Jamis makes a very nice frame....I had recently brought an 06 Ventura elite with the rear carbon stays.....I did not notice that much difference in ride between that and my CAAD9 ........ but it was not bad either. Needless to say the frame was a bit big for me and I wound up giving the bike to a fried that is a tad taller and it fits him like a glove. I retrospec, I should have spent a bit more $$$ and gotten a Quest.
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I finally got to take my new bike out for a spin yesterday.

It's an early edition (meaning it came with the 2005 Shimano 105 components, including a triple crank, instead of a compact double) 2006 Jamis Eclipse. Here are my thoughts on it and how it compares to my 1992 Trek 1200:



When i got my first bike (a Specialized Roubaix) it came with a 105 Triple group. I really enjoyed it. The triple definitely made it easier to go up the steep hills until i got strong enough to not need to go to the granny ring. When the frame cracked and i got a replacement (Specialized Tarmac Pro) my LBS transferred the groupset over to the new frame. It wouldn't shift properly after being transferred. Kinda like a body rejecting a donor organ. I ended up going with a whole new groupset (SRAM rival with a compact crank) and it works flawlessly.
The Jamis is a beautiful ride. and i'm sure youre going to get lots of pleasurable miles out of it. it sounds like youre going about riding and saving your knees the right way. i'm sure that extra 70 lbs. will come off easily with lots of miles.

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