I either exhausted the comparables or didn't form the question very well. Thanks for having a look. Now to figure out how to test ride one... it seems they're a special order and no longer available from my LBS. Maybe test riding one of the other Codas will help me get a feel for the fit.
I got my wife a Coda and its a really nice bike. One thing I noticed after the fact is that the chainstays and seatstays are narrow. So if you think you may want fatter tires at some point you may want to look at one of the others. The other bike we looked at was the Dew. I thought that was a really nice, good value, bike as well.
Hi gregjones - I liked my brief time ripping around downtown Oly and up into Port of Olympia, on the Specialized, too. I felt a little stretched out on it, and it did seem to transmit a lot of surface roughness my way. Are there specific things you like about it that I could take into consideration?
...Just look for the component pick you like in a size that is right, and the brand is secondary .
fletsbob - I've noticed that you consistently offer excellent advice in these matters, which I translate (in a positive, shiny fashion) as, "Oh, jeebus, just shut up get a bike already." For my pre-purchase, pre-conceived ideas of what I want out of my next bike, and taking into account the component and characteristics pick, the Jamis appears to do it for me. I'd just like to pick up my new bike at the LBS with a minimum of customization and fussing about. Again, you make a good point, and I sense that the spirit will move me soon. When I swipe that card, I'll imagine that I'm making you proud!
...the chainstays and seatstays are narrow. So if you think you may want fatter tires at some point you may want to look at one of the others. The other bike we looked at was the Dew. I thought that was a really nice, good value, bike as well.
koolerb - good info. I appreciate you sharing this with me. I'm probably good with not going to fatter tires on the commuter. gracias!