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Sport Chek - Jamis Commuter 3 - Reputable?

Old 05-07-13, 07:42 PM
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Sport Chek - Jamis Commuter 3 - Reputable?

I'm not sure if this is the best forum to post this question, but I didn't notice any other ones that seemed any more appropriate. I've done lots of reading and deliberating on a commuter bike and came across what seems to be an ok deal for the components I want. The issue, however, is that the bike is being sold by a retailer that I have no history with or knowledge about. Has anyone dealt with the Canadian sports store "Sport Chek"? Are they reputable? The MSRP for the bike on Jamis' website is $700 and the store has it on clearance for $500. It has the components I want (IGH, roller brake, chain guard, fenders, etc). The bike itself gets good reviews and I'm going to try a test ride soon hopefully, I'm assuming the store does test rides but if they don't that's a deal breaker unless they have a no questions asked return policy.

After test riding with an IGH on some comparable bikes I wouldn't go back to a derailleur (personal preference), but those bikes tend to be 200-500 more. But on the other hand I don't want to buy from a store that doesn't know how to put a bike together properly. I did some searching on the forum, but it seemed like mostly people asking about some off brand bikes sold through Sport Chek.
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Old 05-07-13, 08:22 PM
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Jamis makes great bikes, so I don't think you can go wrong there. Sports Chek is a big sporting goods store, not a bike store but they have been selling bikes for years, so I really wouldn't worry. I prefer bike shops but if the price is too good to pass up then Sports Chek would suit my needs just fine.
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Sport Chek has a lousy service and return policy. It's really much like Dick's Sporting Goods here in the U.S.

They're not that reputable after the intial sale of the bike. However, if the sale on the bike gives you substantial savings, then it might be worth your while to purchase from Sport Chek, but find a good LBS for mechanical service. I would take someone knowledgeable about bikes along with me when purchasing a bike from Sport Chek.

Blakcloud is right about Jamis!

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Is it the 2012 model? I took a look in the Jamis website - looks nice.

I'm in Ontario and frequent SportChek for a variety of sporting needs, but to be honest, not for bikes. Not that SportChek staff are not knowledgeable, but a local bike shop (LBS) is likely to give you much more knowledgeable and comprehensive service. It is a step above Canadian Tire though...

That being said, it looks like SportChek carries the bike you want at a great price. Personally, I'd go for it. When you're considering brand names like Jamis, Giant, etc. you're buying what the brand represents... which is more reputable than, say, Supercycle a la Canadian Tire.

However, do be prepared to visit a good LBS for maintenance and knowledge, and if you find a good one, patronize them shamelessly.

On that note, you might want to visit a few LBS first and see what they have. For the same amount of money, you'll likely get a better used bike that has been capably repaired and serviced.
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I'm on the other side of the world and can't comment on Sport Chek, but what I can tell you is that after purchasing the Commuter 1 Xms, lightly used from a guy that bought it February, I'm very satisfied with the build quality and components; but IMO you MUST take it to a LBS because every single bike I've bought from multi-purpose sports stores was (partially) assembled hastily and pretty much everything needed adjustment.

Other than that, if the price is right and the bike fits your needs (and your size... check this one out!), I believe you can't go wrong with a Jamis. BTW, on the commuter series, at least here in Greece, the frame has a life-time warranty for the first owner of the bike.
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I don't know anything about the Sports Chek stores, but I do ride a 2013 Jamis Commuter 3, and I can confirm that it's a great bike for commuting. That is a very good price. You could almost buy the bike there, then take it to a good LBS to get the wheels perfected and any assembly issues ironed out, have them put a new saddle or light on it, and still come out with a great bike and good price.
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Thanks for the insight everyone, I'm going to go to the store today and look into it. I initially heard about the deal from an employee at a different Sport Chek when I was killing time while my wife was in the Dollar Store next door and I asked the guy if they carry the Commuter line of Jamis bikes. They had a number of other Jamis bikes in this store on sale, so I thought I'd ask about it. He looked it up on his computer and found that the other location in town had them in stock, but they had different hours and were already closed.
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