Looking for my first bike, and think I've gotten it narrowed down to one of the Codas from Jamis so that I can stay under my budget ($600ish for bike) and still have a steel frame.
Specifically, I'm looking at the Coda and Coda Sport. All other components aside, I'm curious about the practical differences between the more road-ish gears on the Sport vs the MTB-ish gears on the regular Coda. Specifically, would this significantly affect hill climibing, etc given my size (6'4 - 280).
48/38/28 triple with Shimano CS-HG40, 8-speed, 11-32.
50/39/30 triple with SRAM PowerGlide 950, 9-speed, 11-32.