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Old 03-28-12, 12:27 PM   #1
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Cool Need opinion of Jamis Citizen 2

Hi, I purchased my current bike a 1995 Trek Mountain Track 830 new back in1995. I rode it off and on until about 3 years ago when I started riding regularly to help stay in shape. I am 57. Though the Trek is a mountain bike I always ride it on the streets with thinner street tires. I'm in the market for a new bike and I'm looking at hybrids because of back issues I need something that allows me to sit more upright. At a local bike shop I found the mentioned bike that seems to fit my needs and budget. Since I never heard of Jamis I decided to check into it first. The Jamis website looks good and has an extensive line-up. But outside of their website I cannot find much information or reviews of their bikes. What is the opinion of Jamis bikes and particular their hybrids. I ride several days a month between 6 to 12 miles. Thanks

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Old 03-28-12, 02:29 PM   #2
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Jamis bikes are very well-regarded, particularly the Coda hybrid line. I don't know too much about the Citizen, but you can take some comfort that they are a respected company.
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Jamis is a good brand, I owned a Coda Sport. They don't have the kind of distribution the big boys do which is why you don't see much posted about certain models.

The Citizen 2 is a fine bike if you want a very upright position. If you want to find some reviews of this style of bike search for the Trek 7100/7200. I would highly recommend getting the Citizen 3. It comes with trigger shifters which are much nicer than twist grips IMO. It also comes with a mechanical lockout for the suspension fork which improves your efficiency on pavement. Suspension forks have a "pogo" effect that steals some power away from each pedal stroke. You can unlock the suspension if/when you need the shock dampening.

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The Jamis Coda won the hybrid of the year award as editor's choice of Bicycling magazine. Jamis is a very highly respected bicycle company. The Citizen is a low-end, entry-level, comfort hybrid. It will render good service to you!

Of course, the Jamis Coda Sport would be much better, at only $560...

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Jamis bikes are very well-regarded, particularly the Coda hybrid line. I don't know too much about the Citizen, but you can take some comfort that they are a respected company.
Thanks that is what I wanted to hear.
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I would highly recommend getting the Citizen 3. It comes with trigger shifters which are much nicer than twist grips IMO. It also comes with a mechanical lockout for the suspension fork which improves your efficiency on pavement. Suspension forks have a "pogo" effect that steals some power away from each pedal stroke. You can unlock the suspension if/when you need the shock dampening.
Thanks, I already saw the Citizen 3 on their website. I don't know if the dealer has that model in stock. It's a small shop and I don't remember seeing it when I was there. I'm OK with the twist grip shifter since that is what I have now. The mechanical lockout sounds like it could be a good feature though. But I think I'll be OK with the Citizen 2.
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The Jamis Coda won the hybrid of the year award as editor's choice of Bicycling magazine. Jamis is a very highly respected bicycle company. The Citizen is a low-end, entry-level, comfort hybrid. It will render good service to you!

Of course, the Jamis Coda Sport would be much better, at only $560...

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Thanks Slim. I think I'm going to pick up the Citizen 2 tomorrow.
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Thanks, I already saw the Citizen 3 on their website. I don't know if the dealer has that model in stock. It's a small shop and I don't remember seeing it when I was there.
Most shops don't stock every version of a model. FYI, they could order it and probably have it in a few days. If you're trying to stay on a budget this Bikes Direct bike would be a good option (small amount of assembly required.) I can't imagine going back to twist grips after having trigger shifters but I do live in a hilly area.

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Most shops don't stock every version of a model. FYI, they could order it and probably have it in a few days. If you're trying to stay on a budget this Bikes Direct bike would be a good option (small amount of assembly required.) I can't imagine going back to twist grips after having trigger shifters but I do live in a hilly area.

http://bikesdirect.com/products/moto...litefs_xii.htm
Thanks again. I purchased the Citizen 2 yesterday. They didn't have the Citizen 3 in stock. I think I'll be OK with the Citizen 2 but I appreciate your suggestions. I never used the trigger shifter so I guess you can say I don't know what I'm missing. I used the twist shifter for 17 years on my Trek so I'm use to it. I've been too busy the last couple of days to get a good ride on the Jamis and it's supposed to rain tomorrow. Hopefully Sunday will be a decent day so I can put it to the test.
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Most shops don't stock every version of a model. FYI, they could order it and probably have it in a few days. If you're trying to stay on a budget this Bikes . bike would be a good option (small amount of assembly required.) I can't imagine going back to twist grips after having trigger shifters but I do live in a hilly area.

http://bikesdirect.com/products/moto...litefs_xii.htm
Dunbar I took the bike back to the dealer this morning for adjustment on the gears. While there I asked them if it was possible for me to return the Citizen 2 and order a Citizen 3. They said no problem and that they had one in stock at their other shop at a town about 20 miles away. I now have the Citizen 3 and it is a nice upgrade.

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Congrats, trigger shifters are a huge upgrade IMO. Be sure to experiment with the suspension lockout on pavement and see if it improves your speed.
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I love my Citizen 3.
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Dunbar I took the bike back to the dealer this morning for adjustment on the gears. While there I asked them if it was possible for me to return the Citizen 2 and order a Citizen 3. They said no problem and that they had one in stock at their other shop at a town about 20 miles away. I now have the Citizen 3 and it is a nice upgrade.
Excellent, now all we need is "pictures" and it's done, LOL, no pictures, it didn't happen, ENJOY!
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Excellent, now all we need is "pictures" and it's done, LOL, no pictures, it didn't happen, ENJOY!
Didn't see your replay until last night. Anyway here are a couple of pics. It really is a nice bike both looks and ride.


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Congrats, trigger shifters are a huge upgrade IMO. Be sure to experiment with the suspension lockout on pavement and see if it improves your speed.
Thanks I'll check it out.
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Didn't see your replay until last night. Anyway here are a couple of pics. It really is a nice bike both looks and ride.


SWEET!! We had matching Fuji Monterey 3.0 comfort bikes back in 2005/2006 and REALLY enjoyed them, a lot like your bike, except they had the 26 in. fatter tires. There are times I wish we'd have kept them for just kick'in around the homestead! ENJOY!
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SWEET!! We had matching Fuji Monterey 3.0 comfort bikes back in 2005/2006 and REALLY enjoyed them, a lot like your bike, except they had the 26 in. fatter tires. There are times I wish we'd have kept them for just kick'in around the homestead! ENJOY!
I didn't realize my bike was considered a comfort bike since I asked the dealer for a hybrid. I guess the Citizen 3 is sort of a cross between a comfort bike and hybrid since it has the 700c tires like hybrids. Whatever it is, it is much more comfortable for me then my old MTB since I'm no longer getting back pain from being hunched over.
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I think comfort bikes are very similar to hybrids. They put on a wider seat with more padding and more upright bars. It doesn't matter what the bike is called as long as it is comfortable and you enjoy riding it. I love seeing people riding bikes of ANY kind.
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