I finally got the Jamis I paid for about 2 weeks ago. Took it out today for a short 7 mile ride just to see what I had to fix. The pictures are of the as-tested configuration. During the process of deciding on a bike, this particular model made it to the semi-finals but not my final 2. Those were the Surly LHT and the Rocky Mountain Sherpa. I called the local Rocky Mountain dealer (clear across the state) and asked about proper sizing in order to place an order over the web. The resulting conversation was decidedly NOT helpful as they wanted me to get a 55cm due to advertised stand-over height. The problem was that the top tube length would have had my head in front of the bars. Scratch the Sherpa. I went to the bike shop in my home town (my LBS is great but they deal Trek and I had ruled out the 520 for a few reasons). When I spoke about ordering a LHT and asked if I could pay about $800 cash and the rest on credit, he told me to think about the Aurora as the 2010s were clearance priced. They didn't have one in stock but grabbed another bike with almost the same geometry and sized me to a 59cm. I picked it up last Friday and finally got a clear day for my first ride.
Overall impression - I am incredibly happy with the bike!
Ride - smooth
Gear shift - smooth
Brakes - smooth and strong
Gears - nice range. I have super low (duh - it's a touring bike) and high gears were sufficient to hang with a group ride for about a mile at 22mph until I had to turn for home.
1) The LBS installed the fenders and the cassette side screw protruded too far. I hung up in the highest gear. Not a design problem but the shop should have caught it by running all the gears on the stand. A good washer as a spacer when I got home solved that problem
2) The quill and stem rear view mirror (pictured) was a BIG mistake. It was the first thing I took off. The mirror on my glasses is infinitely better. Can't blame the LBS here. I installed this one myself.
3) The pedals. While the metal is adequate, the straps are a ROYAL pain in the backside. I ripped them off as soon as I could and will likely replace the pedals with MTB clip-in versions.
4) The seat. My Brooks isn't quite broken in and I kept sliding forward. I can raise the nose slightly to fix that problem (it's a bit of a pain with the seat post design but it's a one-time thing so that is forgivable). The rest will come with time, Proofide, and use.
All in all, I say 8.5 to 9 out of 10. The big question is, will it ride better than the S-10-S I have in rebuild?