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Old 12-01-04, 09:51 AM   #1
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Jamis Coda Comp of Coda Sport?

I need to replace my commuter that got smashed in the an accident with a car this week.
Since i hate buying the same thing twice, looking at a different rig.
These two bikes have basically the same frame with full fender/rack dropouts, but the comp has a carbon fork and better components. But will I notice the difference? Is it maybe worth it to upgrade the fork on the sport to carbon?
At my lbs, the Comp is about $800 and the Sport is about $550.
I don't mind spending the extra $250 if it's really worth it.
(And before anyone says anything about it getting stolen, it comes into the office with me.)


  • JAMIS CODA COMP

    FRAME Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly main tubes, reinforced head tube collars, double tapered cromo stays, forged dropouts with eyelets.
    FORK Carbon fiber unicrown with cromo steerer,
    forged dropouts.
    HEADSET Aheadset, alloy, 1 1/8”.
    WHEELSET Shimano WH-R500 wheelset, 700c, 20/24H with 24mm profile rims, radially laced front, 3x rear.
    TIRES Hutchinson Flash,700 x 28C, blackwall.
    DERAILLEURS Shimano Deore XT rear, Shimano R443-A
    bottom pull front.
    SHIFTERS Shimano SL-R440 for flat-bar, 27-speed.
    CHAIN KMC CN-HG73.
    FREEWHEEL SRAM PowerGlide PG-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 with single sided clipless body.
    BRAKESET Avid Single Digit 5 direct pull brakes
    with FR- 5 levers.
    HANDLEBAR Ritchey Comp 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 Selle Royale Look-In, #2007 with gel, Xsenium top and cromo rails.
    SIZES 16”, 17.5”, 19.5”, 21.5”, 23”
    COLORS Polished
    WEIGHT 24.75 lbs

  • JAMIS CODA SPORT

    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, 36H, with Shimano Road 2200 hubs, double butted 14-15g stainless steel spokes.
    TIRES Hutchinson Flash, 700 x 28C.
    DERAILLEURS Shimano Deore rear, Shimano R443-A bottom pull front.
    SHIFTERS Shimano ST-R223 for flat-bar, 24-speed.
    CHAIN KMC CN-HG73.
    FREEWHEEL SRAM PowerGlide PG-830, 8-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 SU12 direct pull brakes with power modulator and Shimano V-brake levers.
    HANDLEBAR Ritchey Comp 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 Selle Royale Freccia with Renna top and steel rails.
    SIZES 16”, 17.5”, 19.5”, 21.5”, 23”
    COLORS Super Blue
    WEIGHT 25.00 lbs
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Old 12-01-04, 09:59 AM   #2
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intesting question. I almost went with the Jamis coda elite, but ended up going with a Giant OCR touring as it was available sooner and had a better price point. But the Jamis was a nice ride.

For commuting, I would recommend getting your new bike with reflective sidewalls as you never know when you'll be riding in the dark.
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Old 12-01-04, 11:14 AM   #3
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FYI: check out www.bicycleblowout.com/jamis.htm They have some 03 models that you might be interested in. I just ordered a 02 coda which very similar to a comp. It seemed to me that the carbon fork advantage is more for stiffer aluminum frame bikes. With a steel frame the ride is 'softer' so the feel of the ride even with a aluminum fork should be fine. So the question becomes .25 lbs for $250... For a commuting bike not worth it in my opinion.
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Old 12-01-04, 12:05 PM   #4
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Pretty darn similar except for a few things I'd determine if it's worth it:

better wheelset (though only 20/24 spokes vs 36)
better rear der (though deore probably works fine)
9 speed vs 8
better shifter set. I personally don't like the Shimano flat bar shifters (R-*), not near as nice as mtb shifters
suspension seatpost (worse, in my opinion)

I rode both of those bikes, as well as the Specialized Sirrus, Ralieghs, Felts and Giant Cypress SX. Even though the Giant is alu with steel fork, I decided to go with it instead of the others. I felt it was a nicer riding bike overall, plus like I said before I really don't like the flat bar road shifters. I don't understand why they put them on these bikes instead of mtb shifters, except maybe that the front rings are huge compared to mtb and that r443 front der is used on all of these types of bikes. Must have to use different shifters for the front or something. Anyway, I much prefer the grip shifters that came with my SX. I think the bike's 2 lbs lighter too, and I thought that maybe alu would last longer as a commuter due to less corrosion. Probably wrong there, as none of my steel bikes have ever rusted. I take care of them.

I did change a few things out though. I thought the seat was uncomfortable. I put a carbon handlebar ($20@Performance!) on it because my hands were getting numb sometimes. I don't know if that was the solution or if I got comfortable with the bike and stopped holding on so tightly to the grips. I also stopped filling the front tire to capacity (80 instead of 87) and that helped immensely. I still fill the rear to 87.

I really did want the Jamis, as I have a 2003 Jamis Quest (631 steel) road bike that I love, and I like the way Jamis does business. I just thought the Giant was a better deal for $600 and I didn't want to step up to $800 for a commuter.

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Old 12-01-04, 12:22 PM   #5
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I was just looking at the jamis website last night, I saw the aurora on there and it looked pretty cool too. I saw a coda at performance and I liked it except the flat bar. The aurora has drops, and I saw on on ebay for about $400 but it was the wrong size.
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Old 12-03-04, 01:40 PM   #6
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I love my Coda Comp.
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