Went to the LBS on Sat and looked at the Jamis Sputnik for the 3rd time in as many months. It's on clearance price now so I'm thinking that it might be time to consummate my lust for that machine. I took it for a spin and really loved how it felt. It was my first fixie ride and I just went around the block, but I have to admit that I'm hooked - the experience was what I hoped it would be and I'm definitely keen on taking the plunge on a nice bike that I'm excited about.
I've done my research and it seems that this is a pretty highly-regarded bike for the price, and that the clearance price is a pretty good deal. Issues I've seen mentioned are that the rims are kinda soft & low-spec (despite having good hubs), and that they often need truing and tensioning as they're shipped. Also something about chains too short as shipped, but I don't quite get what that means or how it can happen.
So, anyhow, I've drooled over the bike, like the styling a lot, like the relatively light weight (under 20 lbs, feels lighter than that - I guess I'm so used to my heavy hybrid) a whole hell of a lot, and really enjoyed the ride.
Given all this plus an out-the-door price of under $950 CDN, is there any reason not to buy this bike? Looking around, I haven't really found anyone saying stuff about the Sputnik that they really disliked, so I'm inclined to go for it (tax refund is due tomorrow so I wanna get a cool bike and a nice haircut. ).