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Old 11-01-09, 07:54 AM
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Please provide input on these 3 bikes

I have been asking advice on getting a bike to commute on. (giving up my roadbike)

With all the great inputs from the Forum I am down to:
Fuji Absolute 1.0 http://www.fujibikes.com/LifeStyle/P...bsolute10.aspx
Jamis Coda Elite http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...codaelite.html
Brodie Tesla

I have not had a chance to ride any of them and am looking for a shop in the Wash DC area that hanldes them...Brodie is out of BC and dont even have a clue where to start looking.

Has anyone had any experience with them?

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Old 11-01-09, 08:11 AM
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Jamis Coda I've ridden, a friends. The best FlatBar I ever rode, wasn't the Elite either, was a lesser one. The Co. makes everything well. I make no bones about it.

Just saw the Brodie site yesterday for the first time, pricey, worth a look if you can find it. Fuji seems OK. Your area has Jamis & Fuji so it's a toss-up depending on what appeals. Not everyone has that advantage so availabilty often applies.
I like the looks of all your choices. You know, specs. on paper.
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You will get more responses if your provide links to the websites so we all dont have to individually search for them.

I think they are all ugly but thats me. The specs look very nice considering the price range and they would all make good commuters. I agree that Jamis makes excellent bikes but I have not ridden a Coda.
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How do I do that?

OK, will provide links....now how do I do that?.....not a computer person
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Jamis Coda Elite: http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...codaelite.html

Brodie Tesla: http://www.brodiebikes.com/2010/bikes/tesla.php
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Thanks.

Sorry, got caught up in a telemeeting.....crap job, 7 days a week.

The more I look at this, the more the Fuji looks like the best buy. It seems to have better equipment for the price. Is there something that I am missing?
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I picked up a 2009 leftover coda elite for 850.00 about a month ago. The Lbs did not have one in my size in stock so they had to order it.
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Even though I'm the one that sent you the Brodie link yesterday, I myself ride a Jamis Coda Sport. It was only $550 a few years ago, but I have over $600 in upgrades to it. It rides wonderfully, and I love it to death. You cannot go wrong with a Coda.
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I understand Jamis makes a great bike. Does the fact that it uses Deor grade vs 105 make any difference? Also do you think the wheels will take a clydsdale (270lbs)? I have heard that Fuji makes a great bike, but doesnt use very good wheels....dont know about the Brodie
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Originally Posted by cyber_hawke View Post
I have been asking advice on getting a bike to commute on. (giving up my roadbike)
Um, any particular reason why you are giving up the road bike?
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I'd get the Fuji, the Tesla seems overpriced.
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Originally Posted by cyber_hawke View Post
I understand Jamis makes a great bike. Does the fact that it uses Deor grade vs 105 make any difference? Also do you think the wheels will take a clydsdale (270lbs)? I have heard that Fuji makes a great bike, but doesnt use very good wheels....dont know about the Brodie
The ders. are comparable I reckon. You're not that heavy. Check (have them) the wheels in short order, then again after a spell, they won't mind. Mostly the process is brief, by feel.
When and/or if you hit 368, I'll expound further.
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I've been drooling over the Coda Elite recently but think that purchase is about a year away since my old bike still has quite a bit of life in it. Wheelnuts in Alexandria, City Bikes in DC, and Proteus (sp?) somewhere in Maryland all carry Jamis although I know little about either of these places but just came across them when searching Jamis' webpage. With fenders, I think that would make an awesome ride.

I like the idea of a carbon fork and steel frame to soak up the craptastically bad road and bike trail surfaces inside the beltway.
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Originally Posted by cyber_hawke View Post
The more I look at this, the more the Fuji looks like the best buy. It seems to have better equipment for the price. Is there something that I am missing?
Two things I can think of although I admit they are both somewhat subjective. First, frame material alu vs carbon and steel, later seems like it would smooth things out better. Second, both have discs but I've heard the Avids on the Jamis are better. I have a bike with the Deore M495, they're ok and I have no used the Avids but recall that they have better reviews.
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Old 11-01-09, 09:23 PM
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i would take the coda because the avids are way better and easier to work on down the road, that and steel ftw!!!
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Avids are the best discs by far... Still, ride each bike and don't get too caught up in the spec. The best fitting, most natural-handling bike for your anatomy and riding style should be the winner - Not the one that's a few bucks cheaper, or better spec'd, etc.
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Avids are the best discs by far... Still, ride each bike and don't get too caught up in the spec. The best fitting, most natural-handling bike for your anatomy and riding style should be the winner - Not the one that's a few bucks cheaper, or better spec'd, etc.
+1 That's great advice - pick the bike that feels best.

One spec that you should be aware of is that the Jamis equipped with MTB gearing while the other 2 have road bike gearing; that means (and you roadies can correct me if I'm wrong) the shifts from gear to gear should be closer on the Fuji and the Brodie than they would be on the Jamis. Also your top end speed should be greater with the road-geared bikes.

I think all three are good choices, and again you should test ride each one to see which feels best. My greatest concern with your choices is the 32 spoke rims with relatively skinny tires. I'm a little heavier than you and I would be hesitant to commute on any bike that had fewer than 36 spokes and tires narrower than 32mm. An upgrade to tougher wheels and fatter tires would not only cost money, but would still have to fit the bike and leave room for fenders - something to consider.

Of course, this is just my opinion, and you know what they say about those.
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I love my Brodie!!!
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Current Ride

I am currently riding a Specialized Robaiux (sp?). Have had no real problems with it, my two dislikes are the fact that I have to double tap to down gear and am always shifting, which brings me to the fact that I like to sit up and be able to look around at traffic....being bent over on the gears drops my head down. I did consider just spending the money to put on a straight bar, shifters and brake...then decided to just go to a bike that was designed to be ridden with a straight bar. I haven't had much trouble with wheels on the road bike, but don't pound it on a daily basis.......not sure how it would hold up.

Any idea where I can buy a Brodie?

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Any idea where I can buy a Brodie?
I believe the closest Brodie dealer to you is ~300 miles away in Vernon, NJ. There is a list of dealers on the Brodie website.
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I believe the closest Brodie dealer to you is ~300 miles away in Vernon, NJ. There is a list of dealers on the Brodie website.
Wow. I'm sure glad I live in the beautiful west. Look at those Brodie dealers. Over 90% are in the west. I'm sure it's the same for other manufacturers, too.
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The Jamis has a wider gear range;I live at Cathedral so this would be important to me,YMMV. I owned an Elite(and a Comp);it was a really nice bike,but the steel + carbon thing wasn't all that magical. I was running 120psi 28mm tires,so this prolly roughened the ride a bit. The 9sp MTB bits will prolly also deal with bad weather better than the Fuji's 10sp road group. The BB7's are easier to adjust than the Shimanos,but they work equally well. I've got M495's on my daily commuter;you just need to adjust them with a 3mm allen instead of turning knobs,and honestly the inboard knob on Avid brakes can sometimes be a pain to use. Citybikes sells Jamis,Performance and HTO sell Fuji. Citybikes gives generally better service than Perf,but they can be hit-or-miss at times,I've always had good luck with HTO.

Best advice,ride both and decide which you like best. Don't think I've ever seen a Brodie around here,so if you go with that,you'll prolly have to buy online and won't be able to test ride first.
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I get the feeling that you went away from Jamis. It appears the Jamis is easier to find and you are right about the quality of service between City Bikes and Performance.....Not sure who HTO is though. I am going out to dayton next week and then to texas the week after, will look to see if there is a Brodie dealer around...heard great things about the company.
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I like drop bars for commuting, but I do raise up the bars so my hands are not down by my ankles
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