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Old 07-24-09, 12:42 AM   #1
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jamis aurora

I am currently shopping for a Jamis Aurora, i found many 2008 used bicycles for 800 and up. but at a local bike shop in Montclair NJ i found a brand new Jamis Aurora for 920 plus tax. and im wondering if the extra money is worth it? can somebody get back to me asap im looking to buy the bicycle very soon.
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Old 07-24-09, 02:58 AM   #2
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Yes, thats a great bike and a great deal. Buy new.

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Old 07-24-09, 04:37 AM   #3
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I would buy new. The savings on the used one is not that much, and going new you have warranty and someplace to turn if anything turns out to not be up to snuff on the bike. I bought a new Fuji Touring bike and ended up getting a bum set of wheels that were warranty replaced. Had it been used that would have been expensive.
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Old 07-24-09, 06:03 AM   #4
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+1 It's not worth a 10% discount to lose fitting and warranty service on a bike. Go for the new bike. Let us know how you like it.

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It's a great bike. Love my 2008 edition. After 10K plus miles it's been great. If you have any specific question feel free to PM me.

Buy new for the lifetime frame warranty and one year bits.
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Personally I would buy new unless used was a lot cheaper (like 40% less or something).

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Old 07-24-09, 08:45 AM   #7
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Unless the 2008 is of a MUCH higher quality than the Jamis go with the Aurora. It is one of the better stock touring bikes.
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Old 07-24-09, 12:05 PM   #8
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http://tarckbike.com/node/12238
07 Aurora 52cm for $350
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I bought a used '08 Aurora for $600 off CL a couple of months ago. It never hit pavement with the prior owner. When I was shopping I did not see many above $750. Those at the top end of the range had upgrades. I think bicyclebananas.com had new '08's for around $700. I know the Elites are more, but you may want to shop around a bit more. That being said, the price at your LBS for a new machine is not that bad and includes service and warranty support.

I really enjoy mine as a commuter and townie. I've yet to take it touring though. I did change the chainrings (50/34/30) and saddle (San Marco Regal) and its a sweet (but not svelte) machine.
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I like my Aurora and ride it daily but if I were doing it over I'd get a Novara Safari.
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I like my Aurora and ride it daily but if I were doing it over I'd get a Novara Safari.
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OP.... When I purchased my 2008 last spring it was $870 MSRP if I remember correctly. I ended up paying $800 plus tax. The price did go up some for 2009. If I had paid $900 for it I would still say it was a good purchase for me. Gets used 12 months of the year. Used and abused and holding up great. I live in less than ideal riding weather 8 months of the year.
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I agree with all of the above. Go new. As they've mentioned you'll get fitted at the shop, the warranty and the relationship with your LBS can be handy.

I got an 08 Aurora last fall and have done a few shorter test tours on it and am quite pleased. Just about all of the worries I had about my purchase in the beginning have proven unfounded. The chain stays ae a bit short by some standards, but the bike handles just fine. I've had it overloaded (80lbs in the panniers) on some steep downhills and not a sign of any wobble, shimmy, etc.
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My bike shop ordered me an '08 Aurora Elite for $925 out the door. There was a little paint chipping on the seatpost clamp so he offered to refund me $150 and notified Jamis in case of further paint issues. I asked him to keep the original bike box for me to keep just in case, and I found the receipt of his order. He paid $650. Good luck.
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I'd buy the new one as well. I picked up a new '08 Aurora this winter for $700 (CAD) on clearance. Best purchase I've ever made. For $120, the professional fitting, warranty coverage, and free year of service that shops normally include should pay off.

I'm actually surprised at how little difference in price you're seeing. My friend that sold me the bike said they weren't going to stock the '09 because Jamis had raised the price so much that they could sell a Marioni Turismo for the same price point.
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I tested the Aurora against 3-4 other bikes a few years ago. It was my favorite until I tested a volpe which I immediately went with. Though I have no regrets, I wonder how the aurora would feel now. Would it climb or accelerate the same or better? It seems that the volpe is less a touring bike than the aurora so its racier qualities were more fun in the test ride. Thus, that frame should feel inferior to aurora on a more loaded test ride.
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I never use the drop bars and I'd much prefer the handlebar style of the Safari. The Safari also comes with lower gears and racks and is more suited to the rail trails that I prefer (I live a couple miles from the C&O canal).
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