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Old 12-14-07, 10:48 PM   #1
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Which would you choose among KHS Urban Xtreme, Jamis Coda Comp, and Jamis Coda Sport?

While not that many are familiar with the KHS Urban Xtreme (MSRP $739), those who are seem highly impressed. Those who are familiar with the Jamis Coda Comp (MSRP $800) and Jamis Coda Sport (MSRP $600) seem torn on whether the upgrade is worth the price between those two. On paper and based on recommendations, I am leaning toward the KHS Urban Xtreme - as a hybrid bicycle that will be used mostly on pavement but hopefully on some light trails and paths without having to change the setup - especially since it can be obtained in my city at a local bike shop with the best mechanic around (while I have to go to another city for the closest Jamis dealer).

I realize that test rides will make a huge difference in deciding. But based on experience and the components offered, which would posters choose? Thanks.

Link: KHS Urban Xtreme

Link: Jamis Coda Comp

Link: Jamis Coda Sport
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Old 12-14-07, 11:14 PM   #2
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I would ride the "locally-available, well-supported" KHS. If I really liked it, I'd look no further. If I still wasn't sure, I'd widen the search.

OTOH, that Coda Comp provides "a zen like connection with the road" and "near telepathic ride feel".
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Old 12-15-07, 11:17 AM   #3
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You have posted THIRTY-ONE different threads in "Bike Forums" on this topic...the most reseached bike purchase in history.

Go to a bike shop. Ride the bikes. Make up your mind.
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Old 12-15-07, 11:56 AM   #4
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With all due respect.

While test-riding the bikes is obviously crucial, my dearth of technical expertise in this area makes surfacing as much input as possible necessary so that I can learn about what to look for as well as what to feel. My local bike shop is run by one guy, who is extremely busy and does not have all day to spend educating me. I am also looking at a long-term investment here, not the typical bicycle purchase that merely allows one to understand which bicycle they will really need next and soon. By asking all these questions I have already been able to eliminate bicycles to test-ride.
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Old 12-15-07, 12:03 PM   #5
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PHS,

Eliminating bikes to test ride based on someone else's opinion may not be the most scientific way to go about this. Unless the opinion/review is so clearly negative, with no one contesting the opinion...and even then, you never know. While people can tell you with some accuracy (I think) about the quality level of various moving parts, or the pros/cons/utility of a type of frame, the way a bike "rides" is entirely the bailiwick of your very own butt.

In addition, while Alan's 31 thread figure counted your replies as well...you have gone through and managed to post identical threads in nearly every single forum on this message board. That is, if nothing else, a slight breach of message board etiquette. I think that Alan just found it to be plain irritating.

I'm not trying to chase you away from the Bike Forums, PHS...just amplifying a bit.

Good luck with your test rides and your purchase!
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Old 12-15-07, 12:24 PM   #6
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Thanks.

Some good points.

I will point out, however, that the input I have received showed me quite clearly the downsides to a comfort bicycle in the long run, which I have now eliminated and have no need to test-ride. Again, my position on the learning curve is about as low as it gets, so there is more brush to clear than with most who frequent these threads.

As to posting on so many different fora, that is because this site lacks one dedicated to hybrid bicycles (as others before me have pointed out), which necessitates posting across those which cover this area that is my sole focus. The posts themselves have not been identical, and have evolved with the great information I have received back.

From my perspective, the information and education I have needed has been obtained. With limited funds and time I would rather over- than under-research the questions. I am sure that between the KHS Urban Xtreme and the two Jamis Coda models I will find a bicycle that works for awhile for me at a great value.

Finally, I question the etiquette of a poster who is criticizing someone for making a good faith attempt, even if assiduously, to gather as much information as possible as a novice. If there is a harm to others in the way I have gone about this, I don't see it.
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...as a hybrid bicycle that will be used mostly on pavement but hopefully on some light trails and paths without having to change the setup...
Most off-road riding that is done (by those other than serious mountain bikers) is mild off-road riding, for which just about any bike is fine. The need for some made-for-offroad bike is highly overestimated for most people's usages.
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Take the plunge.
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Most off-road riding that is done (by those other than serious mountain bikers) is mild off-road riding, for which just about any bike is fine. The need for some made-for-offroad bike is highly overestimated for most people's usages.
What the heck is mild off-road riding?
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Rail trails, MUP's, dirt roads, trails in parks, bike paths, and others that fall short of rough, technical, rocky, or other relatively difficult riding surfaces.

Most mountain bikes that are sold are apparently rarely or never used for these.
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