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Jamis Sattelite - opinions?

Old 02-07-07, 10:08 AM
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Jamis Sattelite - opinions?

I recently did the Competitive Cyclist fit calculator and a 57cm frame appears to be the sweet spot for me. I'm in the market for a reasonably-priced first road bike, and the Jamis comes in 57 and it's geometry appears perfect for me on paper. It's also steel and people seem to love it. The 2007 model has mostly Sora components besides a Tiagra rear dérailleur, as far as I know, but people scream about what a deal it is. Jamis also seems to lump it in with the Aurora as a touring-capable frame, but the geometry doesn't really look the same to me. I'm interested in being able to do some shorter (week or so) tours in the future, so having a bicycle capable of that would be great as well.

I've searched for info on the Sattelite but no one has said much about it. Any opinions?
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Have you ridden the bike? How did it feel? The Aurora is very similar but has a wider gear range in case you are hauling a lot of stuff through some big hills. Both bikes seem to be solid competitors to what the other guys offer.

Test ride it along with as many other bikes as you can, then get the one that's the most comfortable. You'd hate to be two days out on a week long tour and you're so sore from the bike you can't ride.
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My major concern is how to ride a used bike located somewhere else without riding a new version of the same bike at a LBS. I don't want to drive 45 minutes to the nearest Jamis dealer and waste their time. I'm all for having a relationship with a LBS (which I do where I live, and have spent hundreds on parts and tools there) but if they don't carry the bikes what can I do?

Also, my primary use won't be for touring - mostly weekend riding and light training - nothing too crazy just yet. I'd just like it to be capable.
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Old 02-07-07, 01:30 PM
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I have a Satellite. Purchased less that a year ago as a leftover 2005. I have over 1k miles on mine. It is a very nice bike. The reason I got it was because I wanted a steel frame bike. Since it was a leftover, I got a good deal on it. The only thing that I changed was the pedals to clip-less. I would buy Jamis again. So far everything functions smoothly. I know some bash Sora, but they work fine by me, and do their job. If it fits you I would not hesitate to recommend it.
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Originally Posted by Telix
My major concern is how to ride a used bike located somewhere else without riding a new version of the same bike at a LBS. I don't want to drive 45 minutes to the nearest Jamis dealer and waste their time. I'm all for having a relationship with a LBS (which I do where I live, and have spent hundreds on parts and tools there) but if they don't carry the bikes what can I do?

Also, my primary use won't be for touring - mostly weekend riding and light training - nothing too crazy just yet. I'd just like it to be capable.
You won't be wasting their time--you might find once in the shop they have some stuff, maybe even a marked down satellite, you are interested in. At the very least, you can try to use what you have now to talk turkey wih them and see if there is a win-win deal for you. If not, then you still gave them a fair shake.
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Old 02-07-07, 03:21 PM
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Go for it, it was my first road bike. The reynolds frame is great and the bike is one of the best for the amount of $$$, trust me you will not be disappointed.

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I can get a 2006 new for $640, but with 9% Chicago tax and a 2.5 hour drive. Ugh. I can get a new 2007 for $700 shipped, too. Sounds like the better deal to me. I can't test out the fit, though, but my measurements say it's geometry is dead on. Do I dare order a bike without ever riding it? That scares me.
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