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Need advise on new bike purchase(6 posts)

Need advise on new bike purchaseTrevor
Aug 14, 2001 7:05 AM
I am considering buying new bikes for my girlfriend and I from the LBS. The best deal/value seems to be on a Jamis Eclipse. They have one in my girfriends size that is a demo with all 105 instead of ultegra that they will sell me for $1,250 w/warranty and a new one w/ultegra and ksyriums they will sell me for $2,100. So I am looking at around $3,350 for the both. Is this a good deal I am getting? Are there other bikes (pref steel,ti) that I should be looking at in this price range? Please give feedback with respect to the price I have been quoted as well as the bike in general. Thanks
Fit is the most important......Len J
Aug 14, 2001 7:19 AM
but assuming that you can get a good fit, this is a good time to shop, especially for a leftover 2001 model. I would check out the Lemonds, but be careful of fit.

For more info on fit, do a search on fit of this site. I am not sure what you know but there is much more to this than just standover.

My .02
re: Need advise on new bike purchaseBart S.
Aug 14, 2001 8:17 AM
I have an Eclipse for two years. I got it used, with 105 components. You will not be disappointed - this is an excellent bike.

Can't comment on the price(I bought mine used), but it sounds like you are being quoted near list, so I would negotiate.
re: Need advise on new bike purchasejtolleson
Aug 14, 2001 8:21 AM
Those prices are a bit too high (IMHO).
advice on new bike purchaseBreezydz
Aug 14, 2001 9:46 AM
The prices sound a little high and Ksyrium wheels are an expenseive luxury on a bike that's not raced or at least ridden real hard imho. Whether or not you get a good deal is measured better by how much you enjoy riding the bike than how much you pay for it - miles plus fun per dollar you might say. So pay close attention to fit, saddle comfort and getting a bike that will perform well for the kind of riding you plan to do.
Other good bikes at this price pointJS5280
Aug 14, 2001 10:49 AM
I do like the Jamis Eclipse a lot for it's value, particularly w/ the Ksyriums. Other competitive bikes at similar in cost and quality are the LeMond Zurich and Airborne Zepplin (Ti, check out www.airborne.net). I choose the Zep among these 3 because of the Ti ride, ability to choose ALL the components, and light weight. The Jamis was a close second. I think $2100 sounds a little high for a 2001 closeout. I think that's what they listed at the begining of the year.

For the Jamis w/ 105, I think the LeMond Buenos Aires and Bianchi Talladega would be comparable in price and component quality. They're all good bikes (all steel except the Ti Zep) with great value for your money.