Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Replacing an old Jamis Aurora 2000 frame w/lighter steel frame

Notices
Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Replacing an old Jamis Aurora 2000 frame w/lighter steel frame

Old 05-08-16, 10:07 PM
  #1  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2

Bikes: CrossCheck 2015, Kona Ute 2011, Jamis Aurora 2000

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Replacing an old Jamis Aurora 2000 frame w/lighter steel frame

I'd like to replace my old Jamis Aurora frameset from 2000 w/a new compatible, and lighter steel frameset from $300-500, primarily because the Jamis Aurora frame is so heavy, as well as scratched up. Also, the right rear eyelet for the rear rack cracked off after years of carrying heavy loads. Over the years I've replaced almost all the old Aurora components and parts, aside from the frame and crank. My Aurora has 700 x 28c tires and also a new threadless stem.

I also have a Surly Cross Check, so I'd like to also ride a bike with different steel frame. Soma DoubleCross or Smoothie seem like good and compatible options.

Any suggestions and advice are appreciated!
ACrossCheck is offline  
Old 05-09-16, 03:03 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
CliffordK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Posts: 27,549
Mentioned: 217 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18459 Post(s)
Liked 4,564 Times in 3,390 Posts
My Jamis Coda from about that era has a reasonably light butted Reynolds 520 frame.

Assuming the Aurora has a similar frame, I'm not convinced that you'll get a significant weight savings with a frame swap, especially if going to utility rather than a racing style frame.

Of course, the broken eyelet can be a pain, but perhaps can be replaced with "P-Clamps".

You mentioned a threadless stem. Is that and addon? If you go to a true threadless configuration, then you'll probably also need a new headset.

Look at some of the Nashbar frames.
CliffordK is offline  
Old 05-09-16, 06:13 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Central CA
Posts: 1,414

Bikes: A little of everything

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd go with eBay for this. Huge variety of frames move through there. You might even be able to score a titanium frame for that budget. Just be prepared to do a lot of research.
Raiden is offline  
Old 05-09-16, 06:47 AM
  #4  
Mechanic/Tourist
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 7,522

Bikes: 2008 Novara Randonee - love it. Previous bikes:Motobecane Mirage, 1972 Moto Grand Jubilee (my fave), Jackson Rake 16, 1983 C'dale ST500.

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 486 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Getting a nicer looking frame with intact rack mounting is worth far more than any weight savings. Even if you saved 2 lbs (a LOT on a frame) that's only a 1% difference in weight for a combined rider and bike, and far, far less than that percentage in effect on speed. You can gain efficiency the easiest by making sure the bike is adjusted to fit correctly.
cny-bikeman is offline  
Old 05-09-16, 06:58 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
bikemig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Posts: 20,534

Bikes: A bunch of old bikes and a few new ones

Mentioned: 179 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5928 Post(s)
Liked 3,606 Times in 2,142 Posts
Originally Posted by CliffordK
My Jamis Coda from about that era has a reasonably light butted Reynolds 520 frame.

Assuming the Aurora has a similar frame, I'm not convinced that you'll get a significant weight savings with a frame swap, especially if going to utility rather than a racing style frame.

Of course, the broken eyelet can be a pain, but perhaps can be replaced with "P-Clamps".

You mentioned a threadless stem. Is that and addon? If you go to a true threadless configuration, then you'll probably also need a new headset.

Look at some of the Nashbar frames.
+ 1 to all this. If looking for a utility bike, the smoothie may not be a good choice. The doublecross is a fine bike but it is a lot like the OP's cross check.
bikemig is offline  
Old 05-09-16, 09:50 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 335
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bikemig
+ 1 to all this. If looking for a utility bike, the smoothie may not be a good choice. The doublecross is a fine bike but it is a lot like the OP's cross check.
I like my Soma ES - it can be a nice fast commuter and with racks a good grocery getter - can fit 32c - the older brown frames are on sale although their new blue ones look sweet. If I had to do it over - I'd splurge for an IRD 57 Carbon fork. Doublecross is an awesome choice as well if you want a bike that can take a pounding - but I'd agree that it's basically not that different from a Cross Check.
illusiumd is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
rms13
Road Cycling
26
04-26-14 11:43 AM
king_edward
Bicycle Mechanics
25
03-22-12 12:16 AM
nans
Classic & Vintage
58
11-21-11 07:36 PM
ampeg
Road Cycling
4
02-21-11 05:20 PM
DOS
Road Cycling
4
10-29-10 05:03 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.