Bike Decision: 2011 Trek 7.2 FX vs Jamis Coda
I'm new to these forums but i've done some research and there have been a lot of discussions about these two bikes but I feel like it doesn't pertain to the 2011 versions. My main use for this bike would be to commute to work (only 2 miles each way) and to my girl's house (5-6 miles each way). But I also want to get involved in longer rides, there is a good 10-mile bike loop at my college, as well as weekly bike tours. Now on to the bikes!
The Trek has seems to have better components since it has Alivio and the Jamis has Acera. But the Jamis has smaller tires (28c vs 35c) which I feel would make it faster than the Trek. One big difference between the bikes is that the Jamis has a steel frame while the Trek has an alpha-black aluminum frame. I'm not really sure how this will effect performance. Another big factor for me is price. I can get the Trek 7.2 at my hometown LBS for $489 and the Jamis Coda costs $550 everywhere I look. I'm not really sure which direction to go.
P.S. - I have test rode the Coda and it felt great but I haven't test rode the 7.2 yet and I wont be able to until Thursday.
Any advice you guys could give me would be great!
Last edited by bluedevil752; 06-28-11 at 11:44 PM.