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Which bike should I buy? Sorry for the cliche post!

Old 11-19-14, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by dmooredesign View Post
Unfortunately my max is about $750 so it's either the Charge Plug with the straight-gauge steel, or the Jamis Quest with the 4130 CrMo. Which would you pick?
Im not a big Jamis person to be honest with you, and especially not a big Giant guy at all. But I would probably say Charge. Has better components, and is the same steel as the Jamis.
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Originally Posted by RogueRadio View Post
Im not a big Jamis person to be honest with you, and especially not a big Giant guy at all. But I would probably say Charge. Has better components, and is the same steel as the Jamis.
Well the Charge I'm looking at is straight gauge steel (Charge Plug Road Bike - 2015 Performance Exclusive), and the Jamis is 4130 Chromoly.
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Originally Posted by dmooredesign View Post
Well the Charge I'm looking at is straight gauge steel (Charge Plug Road Bike - 2015 Performance Exclusive), and the Jamis is 4130 Chromoly.
Sorry I was looking at the wrong bike. Now it is a bit of a toss up honestly. One hand, the Jamis will be lighter Chromoly weighs less than Steel. But the disc brakes will allow you to go dirtroads and gravel grind and ride parks more. It is up to you: If you plan on riding road and road only: Jamis, for versatility: Charge
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Old 11-19-14, 09:56 AM
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Thanks for the input! I'm gonna ride the Charge today and see if it's too rigid/heavy for my liking, then I'll be able to decide.
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Old 11-19-14, 10:09 AM
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Regarding the 4130 CrMo Double Butted vs the straight gauge steel, not sure if it matters but I'm a light dude, around 140lb. Which one would better suit a lighter rider?
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I would seriously assess your needs and wants. Ride some other bikes in your price range at the shops. Performance has a lot of deals on entry level fuji bikes. Are you really planning on riding off road? Using racks and paniers? If so maybe look at some lighter cyclocross bikes which might be more fun to ride. There is no reason you need disk brakes especially at 140 lbs. Also consider discs are harder to maintain and adjust on your own and most entry level discs don't really. Stop as well as caliper or cantis. I assume your keeping the hybrid so why not use that as your bar hopping lock up bike and get a true road bike if that's what you want.
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Originally Posted by dmooredesign View Post
Regarding the 4130 CrMo Double Butted vs the straight gauge steel, not sure if it matters but I'm a light dude, around 140lb. Which one would better suit a lighter rider?
I would take the 4130 double butted as opposed to the straight gauge.
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
I would seriously assess your needs and wants. Ride some other bikes in your price range at the shops. Performance has a lot of deals on entry level fuji bikes. Are you really planning on riding off road? Using racks and paniers? If so maybe look at some lighter cyclocross bikes which might be more fun to ride. There is no reason you need disk brakes especially at 140 lbs. Also consider discs are harder to maintain and adjust on your own and most entry level discs don't really. Stop as well as caliper or cantis. I assume your keeping the hybrid so why not use that as your bar hopping lock up bike and get a true road bike if that's what you want.
My hybrid was a little small for me (just sold it), so I need a bigger frame, and I want drop bars, so I figure a good all around entry level road bike is what I need. Prefer steel for the smoother ride. Leaning toward the Jamis. I will possibly throw a rear rack on it. I don't have a need for race style bikes like the entry level Fuji's and even the Giant Defy that I originally had on my list.
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Can't go wrong with the Jamis, it's a sweet all-rounder
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Thank you to everyone for your input! I was able to order a 2013 model Jamis Quest/Satellite through my LBS and that saved me about $70. That includes lifetime maintenance on the bike and a professional fitting. It will be in next week, I can't wait to bring it home!
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Originally Posted by dmooredesign View Post
Thank you to everyone for your input! I was able to order a 2013 model Jamis Quest/Satellite through my LBS and that saved me about $70. That includes lifetime maintenance on the bike and a professional fitting. It will be in next week, I can't wait to bring it home!
Very nice! It's always good to support your local bike shop. They are so much better than ordering online for parts or accessories. Plus, you get the service if you don't have all the necessary tools handy. I with the one closest to me was still in business.
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I have a 2011 Jamis Quest with the 105 groupset and I love it. I would go for the Jamis.
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