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    Looking for steel frame hybrid

    Hey folks, trying to find steel frame hybrid-type bike. Any recommendations? Would like not to exceed $500. Any thoughts on the Jamis Coda? I road many miles on on older Gary Fisher Hoo-koo-e-koo MTB and really prefer the feel of steel. Does fisher still make a steel frame bike? Any other makers out there still using steel, besides WalMart brand, etc?

    thanks for your suggestions

    ben

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    People seem to like the Jamis brand...

    Other options:

    Kona Smoke
    KHS Urban Xpress

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    I'm very happy with my Jamis Nova / 105 components / Mavic wheels/ shimano tiagra hubs.

    I replaced the truvativ bb and crankset, which were the only crappy components.

    It's a solid cyclocross bike which I have converted to a century bike with fenders and back rails.

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    Jamis makes nice bikes. You may be limited with your budget though, not sure. If you have the time you could buy an old reynolds, or tange tubed road bike for cheap at a garage sale and build up a light weight hybrid.

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    At the low end of that price range, Giant offers its hybrids in a steel frame version. Cypress and Sedona are the ones off the top of my head. They have identical components, except the Cypress is 27" wheels and the Sedona has fatter 26". They are both under $300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by discosaurus View Post
    At the low end of that price range, Giant offers its hybrids in a steel frame version. Cypress and Sedona are the ones off the top of my head. They have identical components, except the Cypress is 27" wheels and the Sedona has fatter 26". They are both under $300.
    Things may be different in the U.S. but in Canada the Cypress and Sedona are both aluminium frames, and the Cypress has a 700c wheel rather than a 27" wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneredstar View Post
    Things may be different in the U.S. but in Canada the Cypress and Sedona are both aluminium frames, and the Cypress has a 700c wheel rather than a 27" wheel.
    The standard for both bikes is aluminum, but they are also available in steel frame. Cypress ST and Sedona ST.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcost78 View Post
    Hey folks, trying to find steel frame hybrid-type bike. Any recommendations? Would like not to exceed $500. Any thoughts on the Jamis Coda? I road many miles on on older Gary Fisher Hoo-koo-e-koo MTB and really prefer the feel of steel. Does fisher still make a steel frame bike? Any other makers out there still using steel, besides WalMart brand, etc?

    thanks for your suggestions

    ben
    There are millions of bikes from the 1970's to 1990's that are steel framed rides
    A really good bike can be had for way less than $500 in the used market with care.

    After you find the bike you like you'll have many spare dollars to re-hab or
    update that bike into a premium ride if you shop used. All for less than $500.

    How do you find a used steel bike?? Easy, take a good magnet with you when
    you shop.
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    The Jamis Coda base model is a good deal at the MSRP of $450. Go for it, they are good bikes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by discosaurus View Post
    The standard for both bikes is aluminum, but they are also available in steel frame. Cypress ST and Sedona ST.
    Now that I'm looking to replace my broken aluminum Cypress frame, I checked out the Cypress ST. It DOES NOT have identical components to the aluminum ones. The aluminum frames come with Shimano Altus (2nd or 3rd in the lineup) and the steel come with Shimano Tourney (bottom end).

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