Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: Kona Jake, Kona Jake the Snake, Kona Major Jake, Kona Kula, Ridley Excalibur, LeMond Buenos Aires, Pinarello Gran Turismo, Pinarello Montello, Trek 614, Austro-Daimler Team, Motobecane Grand Record, Schwinn Voyageur, Nishiki Olympic, Steyr Clubman
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I think the Nova Race looks like an excellent bike. I like the geometry. I don't have any direct experience with that bike.
It's a bit odd that a 2012 bike had 9-speed Tiagra components. My 2008 Kona Jake came with 9-speed Tiagra, and I got a lot of use out of those components. They generally shifted well. I moved them around to a lot of different bikes, so I can't tell you how many miles I put on them but I never did manage to wear them out. I included the shifters with a bike I sold last week and I'm still using both derailleurs.
The Jamis comes with a file tread tire, so you might also want to budget for a pair of all-arounds or mud tires. My only other criticism would be that it has top tube cable routing but a bottom pull derailleur, so there must be a pulley there. I haven't used a bike with a front derailleur pulley, but I imagine it as a possible problem once it gets muddy. I think Shimano makes a top pull CX front derailleur.
I just bought a 2013 Kona Jake, and I'd recommend that to you if I hadn't read in your other thread that your primary use will be racing. The Jake has 10-speed Tiagra bits, which I'm really liking -- even having had 6600-series Ultegra on the bike it's replacing. It also has a very nice frame. The triple crank, though, is probably a deal breaker for you.
I used to be a BB7 snob, having been blown away with the upgrade experience from BB5's and hearing bad things about most other mechanical discs. However, I'm actually surprised at how well the Tektro Lyras on my new Jake work -- not necessarily better than BB7's but definitely in the ballpark. This has me questioning whether my previous disappointment with BB5's had more to do with the levers (which I upgraded at the same time) than with the BB5's themselves. That is to say, if I were you I'd give the BB5's a try for 50 miles or so before upgrading unless the dealer will give you a nice price on the BB7's at the point of sale.
Last edited by Andy_K; 08-22-12 at 04:47 PM.