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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 07:46 PM. Reason: Enter the wrong name of the bike and added spec info

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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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