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Old 05-26-11, 07:48 PM
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Should I get the Jamis Coda?

I've done tons of research and I've concluded that the Jamis Coda would be best for my needs.

I have a budget of around $500 and I ride 3 miles everyday to and from school and I'll take 5-15 mile rides occasionally. I ride about 75% paved roads and sidewalks and 25% on a dirt trail.

However, the nearest Jamis dealer is 100 miles away...
They said they could not ship it but I'm pretty sure I could get it shipped off an online store. I'll probably go down their one day to test ride and buy one. What I'm worried about is if my bike fails, will another LBS give me support even if I didn't buy it from them or if they don't support the brand?

If not, is there another bike that you guys could recommend?
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Old 05-26-11, 08:07 PM
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I just purchased a 2009 coda sport from a lbs and so far I love it. Very smooth and responsive.
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Old 05-26-11, 09:15 PM
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Try Bicycle Bananas for closeout Jamis bikes.

19" and 21" 2010 Jamis Coda Sport for $550.
19.5" 2009 Jamis Coda Comp for $590.

I take my Jamis Coda Comp to 3 different bike stores (spread the wealth) and because no one in town sells Jamis they all love to work on my bike.
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Old 05-26-11, 09:48 PM
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It's a nice bike, I was possibly going to get one, but none of the shops near here carried it. I got a Trek 7.2fx instead, I like it quite a lot.
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Old 05-26-11, 11:16 PM
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Thanks, Esox, just what I was looking for.
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Old 05-27-11, 04:49 AM
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I have the coda elite with over 4700 miles on the bike . It has been a great bike so far.
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Originally Posted by oban_kobi View Post
It's a nice bike, I was possibly going to get one, but none of the shops near here carried it. I got a Trek 7.2fx instead, I like it quite a lot.
Exactly the same here. Never got a chance to ride one but I definitely wanted to cause it seems like a nice bike.
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Old 05-27-11, 09:41 AM
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I've got an 08 Coda, it has over 4000 miles on it, though it doesn't get ridden as much currently as my other 2 bikes, mostly because I don't have it set up for the types of riding I most typically do these days. It'll make a great commuter for you, and I've even done centuries on mine.
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Old 05-27-11, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by oban_kobi View Post
It's a nice bike, I was possibly going to get one, but none of the shops near here carried it. I got a Trek 7.2fx instead, I like it quite a lot.
Is this some sort of petition to Jamis? Where do I sign? I have said the exact same thing about these exact two models...
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Old 05-27-11, 10:27 AM
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Most shops will do repairs on any bike, but you wont have a service plan that comes with the purchase of a bike. Most shops have a "service menu" of costs printed somewhere online or in store.
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Old 05-27-11, 11:19 AM
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My Jamis Coda 2004 has been the best bike I ever bought ( aside from my 1980 Raleigh Tourist but thats more sentiment than satisfaction ). Its my every day commuter bike where it was once my fast bike - it's that versatile. That being said,unless you are up for being your own bike mechanic I would buy the bike that you can most readily have set up properly when you buy it and maintained properly for years down the road. If your LBS choices dictate something other than a Jamis you will probably not suffer unduly for another brand of bike
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Old 05-27-11, 11:25 AM
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I have the allegro 1,and I love it.Very similar to the coda,except an aluminum frame...
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Apparently I am not alone in both my lust for a Coda and my frustration at the lack of local availability. I'd say in the OP's case to attempt to find a LBS that is truly local and then research/seek input of the models that can be sourced locally. Just keep in mind that just because a shop sells a certain brand, the chance that model(s) that most interest you will actually be there on the floor and in your size is anyone's guess.
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I have a 2009 Coda Comp and I really enjoy it very much.
I'm not trying to dissuade you or anything, but a just couple of issues/observations after 2 years of ownership that may give you an idea of where you be spending addition future funds:
- The quick release seat post collar was a problem right from the start. It was prone to seat post drift so I broke it trying to make it as tight as possible. I had some difficulty replacing it with a standard hex bolt collar because the closing action of the qr collar threw the seat post tube out of round and I kept mis-measuring and got the wrong size collar twice. Finally had to call Jamis to get the correct measurement and then had to force the replacement collar on with a rubber mallet and a lot of persuasion. No problems with the new Interloc collar.
- The Xero Shawla 220 wheels that came with my model have horrible spoke tension I have to true them frequently. Also, the Xero skewers both broke after just a few months. I don't think Jamis uses these wheels any more.
- The suspension seat post had about 2cm of play from side to side. Replaced with a nice Thomson setback. This along with the Interloc collar make for a very stable seat.

Overall it's a great bike. I love the comfort of the combination steel frame and CF fork. I also had the dealer install a pair of Ergon GR2 grips to reduce hand fatique. And I eventually upgraded the "comfort seat" that came with it with a more comfortable WTB Laser V that's more appropriate for the type fitness riding that primarily use the bike for.
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Old 05-28-11, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by the cyclops View Post
Great picture! I wish you would post this in the thread I started titled "In the Dark".
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Old 05-28-11, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
Great picture! I wish you would post this in the thread I started titled "In the Dark".
Thanks!!! I posted several pics of this bike,one in "commuting at night"...Check the rear end out

and the lights from the front...
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Old 05-28-11, 02:13 PM
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And sorry,no more pics from me in this thread o.O Again I love my Jamis,and I say OP,go for it!!!! Enjoy the coda and post pics when you get her!!
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Oh!! I've made my wish. Now I can only hope it comes true. Please post all these pictures in "In the Dark". They are doing no good in this thread. They will not help Simulation decide to buy a Sirrus.
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Oh!! I've made my wish. Now I can only hope it comes true. Please post all these pictures in "In the Dark". They are doing no good in this thread. They will not help Simulation decide to buy a Sirrus.
OK...let me see if I can find the thread...
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Sorry I forgot to provide link. Thanks!
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Done qmsdc15
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Originally Posted by Kylerk View Post
I'm not trying to dissuade you or anything, but a just couple of issues/observations after 2 years of ownership that may give you an idea of where you be spending addition future funds:
- The quick release seat post collar was a problem right from the start. It was prone to seat post drift so I broke it trying to make it as tight as possible. I had some difficulty replacing it with a standard hex bolt collar because the closing action of the qr collar threw the seat post tube out of round and I kept mis-measuring and got the wrong size collar twice. Finally had to call Jamis to get the correct measurement and then had to force the replacement collar on with a rubber mallet and a lot of persuasion. No problems with the new Interloc collar.
- The Xero Shawla 220 wheels that came with my model have horrible spoke tension I have to true them frequently. Also, the Xero skewers both broke after just a few months. I don't think Jamis uses these wheels any more.
- The suspension seat post had about 2cm of play from side to side. Replaced with a nice Thomson setback. This along with the Interloc collar make for a very stable seat.
...And I eventually upgraded the "comfort seat" that came with it with a more comfortable WTB Laser V that's more appropriate for the type fitness riding that primarily use the bike for.
I've got about 2000 miles on my 2009 Jamis Coda Comp and have not experienced these problems yet. Thanks for the heads up and I'll be watching these.
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Old 05-29-11, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Kylerk View Post
I have a 2009 Coda Comp and I really enjoy it very much.
I'm not trying to dissuade you or anything, but a just couple of issues/observations after 2 years of ownership that may give you an idea of where you be spending addition future funds:
- The quick release seat post collar was a problem right from the start. It was prone to seat post drift so I broke it trying to make it as tight as possible. I had some difficulty replacing it with a standard hex bolt collar because the closing action of the qr collar threw the seat post tube out of round and I kept mis-measuring and got the wrong size collar twice. Finally had to call Jamis to get the correct measurement and then had to force the replacement collar on with a rubber mallet and a lot of persuasion. No problems with the new Interloc collar.
- The Xero Shawla 220 wheels that came with my model have horrible spoke tension I have to true them frequently. Also, the Xero skewers both broke after just a few months. I don't think Jamis uses these wheels any more.
- The suspension seat post had about 2cm of play from side to side. Replaced with a nice Thomson setback. This along with the Interloc collar make for a very stable seat.

Overall it's a great bike. I love the comfort of the combination steel frame and CF fork. I also had the dealer install a pair of Ergon GR2 grips to reduce hand fatique. And I eventually upgraded the "comfort seat" that came with it with a more comfortable WTB Laser V that's more appropriate for the type fitness riding that primarily use the bike for.
Yeah, I've heard that quick release seat post would be a problem..
Never heard about a problem with the wheels though.
After I get it I may have my LBS inspect and tune my wheels.
Thanks for the info; the more you know about a purchase, the better.
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Originally Posted by EsoxLucius View Post
Try Bicycle Bananas for closeout Jamis bikes.

19" and 21" 2010 Jamis Coda Sport for $550.
19.5" 2009 Jamis Coda Comp for $590.

I take my Jamis Coda Comp to 3 different bike stores (spread the wealth) and because no one in town sells Jamis they all love to work on my bike.
Those both sound like good deals. Any ideas on what size frame would fit me? I'm 5'11" with an inseam of about 33" without shoes.
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Old 05-30-11, 12:55 PM
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Those both sound like good deals. Any ideas on what size frame would fit me? I'm 5'11" with an inseam of about 33" without shoes.
I'm pretty sure you would be a 21 inch frame size. You could look up some sizing charts on Google to make sure though.
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