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    anyone ride the Jamis Satellite Comp?

    http://www.myjamis.com/SSP%20Applica...cat_grp=road_8

    Thinking about getting this as my first road bike. Havent rode one since the LBS doesnt carry steel in stock but I really like looks of them.
    I dont know anything about components so I'm hoping someone can give me a heads up on the quality of the ones it comes with and any personal opinions of ride quality would help as well.
    I've done several searches and can find only older reviews of the sport model....

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    I think this is a smart road bike. It is made of good quality steel with a carbon fork and with eyelets on both the fork and the rear dropouts (this is a plus). I have a road racing bike with a steel frame and carbon fork and like the combo a lot.

    The Jamis has a triple chainring with a nice wide ranging cassette on the rear. The gearing is appropriate for different kinds of terrain. And it has long reach brakes which is, I think, a big plus. Tire size matters when it comes to comfort on the bike and how well your wheels hold up. The bike comes stock with 700 by 25c but you should be able to fit a 700 by 32c on as well if you choose.

    If you're not racing competitively, this bike is better than the typical race bike that most shops will try to sell you at the $1k price point. The parts are fine; the design is good. I'd tell a friend who had $1k to drop on a bike to consider this bike.

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    I would not buy a steel road bike with a compact geometry frame. It looks ugly, really ugly.
    If you are going to buy a steel Jamis, get either the Eclipse or the Aurora. I have a 2009 Aurora and it rides well and has a steel fork. It is a bit heavy, but hey, it is a good workout.

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    I have one that I bought 2 1/2 years ago to use as a commuter / trainer bike. The good? It's a very comfortable bike to ride. Soft ride and very forgiving. I've put a lot of time & mileage on it. Considering the fact that it's entry level, and size ( mine's a 60cm) the weight is not bad at all. The bad? The wheels are weak ( I switched mine out for some 105 / Mavic 22's) and the factory crank is a square taper. It could be fine for you, however I tweaked my pretty bad. Overall. good cheap bike as long as you are looking for a casual ride or commuter. Want to be sporty or race? Look elsewhere.

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    I have a 2010 Jamis Satellite which I am very happy with. I did replace the seat (for comfort) and upgraded the seat post and stem to Thomson components. The steel bike will offer comfort at a great price. Any manufacture issues or questions will be best handled through your LBS because it may take up to a week for Jamis to respond to emails. The paint seems to scratch easy on my bike, but that may not be the case with the new models. Not a race bike by any means, but I don't think you will be disappointed with a Satellite.
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    Jamis is almost nonexistent here in the 41, but they make some attractive bikes. Though I agree, not this one, but I drool over the old red Aurora.
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    Lets see... reynolds 520, cf fork, *new* sora... under 1K, and 23 lbs.

    Its a good/nice starter bike, I would'nt go cheaper. ( Ex: the sport version of the same bike is : 25 lbs , no cf fork, and its 4130 cro mo... and *old* thumb shifter sora ! )

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    Bend the knees, watch the trees ... 5 $ please .

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    It is a fine bike and will serve you well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinus View Post
    Lets see... reynolds 520, cf fork, *new* sora... under 1K, and 23 lbs.

    Its a good/nice starter bike, I would'nt go cheaper. ( Ex: the sport version of the same bike is : 25 lbs , no cf fork, and its 4130 cro mo... and *old* thumb shifter sora ! )
    Actually, I bought my wife the Sport. I wanted to buy her the Comp, explaining to her the advantages of the better components, shifters, etc, but she said she liked the feel of the Sport and liked the 8 speed, thumb shifter. Not my preference, but she is happy with it.

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    I was at my LBS yesterday and they had one steel bike. It was a 2011 Jamis Quest triple 54 Cerulean. It is new but looks like it has been riden some. Probably as a demo. They tend to let people just take bikes out and ride whatever they want. Which is good, but over two years you don't know how much it's been riden. I can't remember how much it was but I think it was still msrp.
    I would like to know what you think of it compared to the 2013 satellite? Also, what kind of price do you think would be reasonable for such a bike?
    Thanks for any help!

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    Just purchased a 2012 new old stock quest off ebay. I was going to purchase the one from my LBS but they never got back with on a price. I think this one will do nicely.

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