Well I bit the bullet today and dropped the dough for a new 2012 Jamis Coda Sport. It rides very very nice, smooth and easy. I wanted the Crimson but the dealer could only get the black and I'm glad it worked out that way. The black with the silver lettering is very cool looking. I sold my Scott road bike when I discovered that the road scene was not for me. I have been reading here for a month or so trying to decide what to buy. I noticed SlimRider recommending the Coda Sport to others and it sounded exactly what I was looking for in my price range, once I rode it I was hooked. Now to start riding to get in shape and to do some upgrades along the way. Thanks for a great forum.