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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 02-13-07, 05:51 PM   #1
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Jamis Sputnik

I'm currently looking at a deal on a used 2006 Jamis Sputnik, sounds likes it's stock - hoping to go check it out some time this week. I did some searching through the forums, seems like people are happy with it, except for maybe the components which I would probably switch out and try to sell off anyway. Anyone NOT happy with one of these? I'm a little leery of the carbon fiber fork, having had no experience with them. I'm 6'4", 210 lbs -- definitely have encountered some nasty flex and other problems, I'm always wary of other light weight parts. This bike would get daily use.
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Old 02-13-07, 06:45 PM   #2
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i've got an 07 and love it... although i'm 5'5", 130lbs.
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Old 02-13-07, 07:07 PM   #3
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I'm currently looking at a deal on a used 2006 Jamis Sputnik, sounds likes it's stock - hoping to go check it out some time this week. I did some searching through the forums, seems like people are happy with it, except for maybe the components which I would probably switch out and try to sell off anyway. Anyone NOT happy with one of these? I'm a little leery of the carbon fiber fork, having had no experience with them. I'm 6'4", 210 lbs -- definitely have encountered some nasty flex and other problems, I'm always wary of other light weight parts. This bike would get daily use.
I really would not recommend it for a rider your size.
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Old 02-14-07, 12:21 AM   #4
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Jamis Sputnik is a great bike. I'm new to fixed gears, got the 2007 model, and I love it. Link to my fixed gear gallery (#4450) photos and specs. http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2007/jan/JayK.htm

I had some size issues w/ cranks and stem and changed them out, and then replaced some of the parts I was not impressed with. Also surrounded by hills so had to change the gearing. While all my road bikes have carbon fibre forks which I love (gets rid of lots of road vibration), the Easton fork is not my favorite, but I still much rather have it than a steel fork. While I'm 145lbs many of my clubmates are over 200 and have no problems with carbon fibre forks on their machines.
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Old 02-14-07, 01:56 AM   #5
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While the Sputnik is lightweight steel, it still seems durable to me. I ride an 06, and I am 5' 10", 170 lbs. I occasionally mash up hills, and I do not baby my ride. I've even been in a couple minor crashes, but it has held up fine for the six months or so that I've ridden it.
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Old 02-14-07, 07:15 AM   #6
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I really would not recommend it for a rider your size.

what??? why??? there is no specd wieght limit on that bike/fork.

i am SURE there are people well over 210 out there riding that bike daily.

i say ride on! you think they build 62cm frames thinking only really skinny guys will ever ride them???
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I'd only worry about it if Jamis has a weight limit on it, and even then I'd feel comfortable exceeding it by about 20%. As long as you aren't dropping of loading docks, you should be fine.
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my gf has one and loves it, it replaces her pista.
she's 5'8 about 140 and no problem
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Don't worry about the weight issue, at least for the frame... I'm 6'4", 225lbs, and used to have a Reynolds 631 frame with Carbon fork (a Bianchi road bike) and never once had a problem. I can't speak for the components on the Jamis, but they don't look bad, and like you said, if you have issues with them or they wear quicker you'll just change them out. As a heavier rider, I do go through components a lot faster than lighter guys, but that's just how it is. Bikes are consumables and parts don't last forever.
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Old 02-14-07, 12:56 PM   #10
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You are 210lbs, not 500. You can ride any bike you want and it will be fine. No trouble with the carbon fork, either. They have been using the technology for some time now and have it fairly well figured out.
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Old 02-14-07, 02:38 PM   #11
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I have a sputnik and its been a good bike so far; had it 4 months or so. Im 6'1" and about 190-200lbs.

The components seem fine. Im not so anxious for more expensive parts to get rid of working components. Ill replace them as they get worn out. Except for mybe the handle bars, ive been thinking something a little fatter with no grooves would be the way to go, just havent stumbled upon the right replacement. And I swapped the seat out for another one I had during the rainy season.
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I am 6'4" and am 215~ and I ride like a mad man

you might notice flex in the bars and stem and maybe maybe the cranks but you should be fine

I have had a bit of sucess with deda pista bars thomson stem fsa track cranks and sugino cranks phil, and formula hubs

when I first started riding fixed I killed two bbs two rear hubs and it felt like I was going to break my stem and bars or bend em while climbing

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Old 02-14-07, 03:46 PM   #13
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I ride one, but I got it for the frame - the remaining stock components are:

frame
front wheel
headset/stem/fork
seatpost

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