Some pics of the new Aurora
Here are some pictures of the new Jamis Aurora. Because the shop was having trouble getting a couple of parts, the wheels are standard, not the XT hubs and Mavic rims and the rear derailleur is an LX until the XT low normal derailleur comes in. I upgraded the shifters to Ultegra (9sp) and added a Shimano Flight Deck computer. Unfortunately I won't have any racks or panniers on it until the spring.
The bike came with some extra brake calipers that I'm not sure I'll keep. They're shown in the second pic. I'm told that they're "popular" among tourers, but Im not sure I see the need for them.
The bike handles very well. When you considder that my last bike was/is a 45lb recumbent, this bike feels wonderfully light and maneuverable.