Hi Guys (and girls),
This is my first post but I have been reading through past posts on this site for about a month now researching for a new bike. From the advice on this forum, and especially the Clydesdale section, I have narrowed my choices down to two bikes, Both Jamis.
Aurora (w/ stock 36 spoke wheels) or a Coda Sport & add Velocity 36 spoke Deep V's.
The owners is really giving some good prices on the Jamis bikes, so I'm pretty set on Jamis. I haven't road either and will have no opportunity to, but I did have a fitting done and have tried to ride other similarly styled bikes. I know, chancy, but nobody has these bikes in stock within 150 miles.
The Aurora comes with Alex ACE19 double wall eyeletted rims, 36h, Shimano Tiagra hubs, 14g spokes. 700X32 tires.
The Coda Sport I'll have the shop owner put on Velocity Deep V's, Shimano hub, 36h, 14g spokes. (and keep the 32h wheels for later use, if needed), 700X28 tires.
Both bikes are 2010 models.
The Aurora is $699 + tax.
The Coda Sport is $469 + tax and $200 for a set of Deep V's (installed).
Some info on me. I started riding a beach cruiser and dieting 9 months ago and have dropped 96 lbs so far. I currently weigh 250 lbs. My worry is the wheels, as I want something that will hold up under my weight.
So what do you think is the better option? I assume from what I've read on here the Deep V's are tougher wheels? I'll be riding about 5-6 hours a week, most trips about 10-15 miles, some as long as 25 (when I work up to it) all on pavement. For exercise and FUN :-)
Aurora: Derailleurs: Deore XT rear, Tiagra front, Tiagra STI levels.
Coda Sport: Derailleurs: Deore front & rear, Deore RapidFire Plus SL 27 speed shifters.
So what say you guys? Any advice and input will be greatly appreciated.