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Old 11-08-08, 08:38 PM   #1
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2006 Jamis Coda versus 08 Trek 7.3 FX for noob

Hi There,

I haven't cycled for many years and things sure have changed. I'm looking to purchase a bike for exercise, riding some paved bike trails (for a couple of hours) and cycling with my kids. I have an opportunity to purchase either a 06 Jamis Coda or a Trek 7.3 FX (I've tried the Trek at my lbs and it seemed ok, although the 7.5 fx felt a little better (gearing). I was wondering if anyone had any feedback on the Jamison versus the Trek. I can get the Jamis for about $50 less. I don't know much about the components that come with each bike, although I think the Jamis is CroMo versus Aluminum for the Trek. Thanks for any feedback!

Here are the specs for the Jamis:
Bicycle Type Hybrid

Weight 26
Frame & Fork
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material Reynolds 520
Fork Brand & Model Jamis
Fork Material Chromoly, unicrown crown
Rear Shock Not applicable
Components
Component Group Hybrid Mix
Brakeset Tektro SD3 brakes, Tektro aluminum levers
Shift Levers SRAM SX4
Front Derailleur Shimano FD-C051, top-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
Rear Derailleur SRAM SX4
Crankset Truvativ Isoflow, 28/38/48 teeth
Pedals Resin body, steel cage
Bottom Bracket Sealed cartridge
BB Shell Width Unspecified
Rear Cogs 8-speed, 11 - 32 teeth
Chain KMC IG-31
Seatpost Suspension, 27.2mm diameter
Saddle Jamis Touring
Handlebar Aluminum flat bar
Handlebar Extensions Unspecified
Handlebar Stem Aluminum adjustable
Headset 1 1/8" threadless Aheadset
Wheels
Hubs Formula aluminum, Q/R
Rims Alex DC-19, 32-hole
Tires 700 x 28c Hutchinson Flash
Spoke Brand Stainless steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge
Spoke Nipples Unspecified

Best Regards,
Jeff

Last edited by jeffetbike; 11-08-08 at 08:46 PM. Reason: Enter the wrong name of the bike and added spec info
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Old 11-08-08, 09:50 PM   #2
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The Jamis might ride smoother since both the frame and the fork are steel, compared to the Trek's aluminum frame and aluminum fork. But it will weigh more.

And the 7.5 FX is pretty nice. I bought an '09 recently and I have really enjoyed it. The saddle was awful, though. I don't know what Bontrager was thinking when they designed that "Nebula" saddle, but after a few weeks I gave up the hope of it ever feeling comfortable and bought a WTB Rocket V Race (which is great!).
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