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    Senior Member kergin's Avatar
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    Jamis Sputnik vs Kona Paddy Wagon

    I will get one of these two when my tax return comes, but my question is which is the better bike? So far, I've taken the Paddy Wagon for a 10min test ride, and it feels like a generic steel bike. The Jamis seems to have a nicer frameset and much better wheels. Both bikes have mediocre cranks, but they are decent for street use. The local prices are:

    Jamis: $900
    Paddy Wagon: $699

    In the surly opinion of this forum, which is the better bike, and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kergin View Post
    In the surly opinion of this forum, which is the better bike, and why?
    funny you should mention the word surly..........

    *cough* steamroller *cough*

    but for real, i test road the kona, jamis, and surly all on the same day, and while i settled on the surly, i liked the kona second best as far as comfort and looks. i didn't inspect the parts too carefully though.

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    If your lbs wants $900 for a Sputnik, you need to find another lbs. The Sputnik MSRP is $725. I can get one right now from my lbs for under $700. It's a great bike for under $700. It's a 631 frame and a full carbon fork. It also has formula hubs.

    If you are considering these bikes, I would Surely add the Surly Steamroller to your list!

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    Sputnik.
    Shop around for it. I bought my '07 last year for under $750 with a lever and front brake installed.

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    I <3 my 08 sputnik and it retails at 725, I got mine for like 675. 900 is waaaay to much.
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    I paid an LBS $650 in Jan-07 for a 2006 Sputnik with no negotiation.

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    Ok, I'm almost 99% sure its gonna be the Sputnik. Uh... maybe you guys should come and shop for bikes in Canada, because getting charged $200 - $400 over the US MSRP is the norm up here, even with the dollar at parity or .9999999 of USD. I could order online, but after shipping and GST, it wouldn't be any cheaper than buying local.

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    Two nice bikes. The Paddy Wagon is better suited to all weather riding (fender eyelets/tire clearance). Just depends on your intended use really.

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    I am really happy with my paddy wagon, takes a good beating as a commuter, the tyres are awful and the saddle leaves a lot to be desired. Other than that everything is good. I have ridden the Sputnik as well, nice bike, but as a straight commuter you can't go past the Kona.
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    Another biased vote here for the Paddywagon. Mines been good to me so far.

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    sputnik.

    but don't ask ken.

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