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So I got the 2002 Jamis Eclipse...(6 posts)

So I got the 2002 Jamis Eclipse...stan_b
Oct 11, 2002 5:03 AM
This is my first steel bike after riding aluminum. Notice this quote from one of the reviews of this bike:

"The bike is a true rocket - the Ksyrium SSC SL's spin up fast and the little bit of flex in the frame gives a smooth launch. People often think that Alu frames that jerk when you pedal mean more power to the road, but this is not true - steel loads up and releases (like a spring). It may weigh a pound more, but for most of us that is meaningless."

I certainly noticed this flex on my first ride and noticed that the "jerk" is not present that I felt with my aluminum bike. I kind of miss that burst of acceleration which I especially notice isn't there on hills. Overall I like the Jamis but how many agree with the reviewer that steel doesn't really lose something to aluminum in the area of acceleration?
re: So I got the 2002 Jamis Eclipse...joekm
Oct 11, 2002 5:42 AM
I would suggest that you get a few hundred miles on it and see if you still feel the same way. I came very close to buying that bike myself. My only hesitation was that it seemed a little too maxed out for my skill level. I wound up getting an IronHorse Victory instead. This bike has larger top as seat tubes so it may be a little stiffer. However, I can't really say since my previous bike was steel as well. In any event, it was a dramatic improvement over my old bike.

Give yourself time to adapt to the new material. I, for one, would be very interested in hearing your opinion after 500 miles.
Nice bike enjoy...roadiebrodie
Oct 11, 2002 5:53 AM
Steel does have a little more flex for sure but I can tell you that there are a ton of riders winning on that same frame... cat1,2,3's in major races. I also have information that says the new Jamis frame will be out soon (don't know how soon), it will have a Carbon rear triangle. I was not told if it was aluminum or steel, my guess would be aluminum. This will be their new top end bike.

You should love the bike it is very nice.
re: So I got the 2002 Jamis Eclipse...Barton
Oct 11, 2002 1:41 PM
I have an Eclipse for four years now. As far as I can tell, the only limitation to the bike is the rider.
what the hellstan_b
Oct 12, 2002 4:22 AM
is that supposed to mean? Can't you understand that my question concerned the difference between aluminum and steel frames?
ZippyJackie Chan
Oct 12, 2002 5:20 AM
I bought used C'dale CAAD 3 and had it for about few months but then I read more and more how "steel is real" and Alu's ride is harsh. I went to a bike shop and some of the guys told me the same. I tested some of the steel bikes and decided to go for it. "Steel is real" and I will be more comfortable right? I got Lemond Zurich. Excelent bike. Smooth, fast. But...something was missing. I didn't know what until I borrowed C'dale from a friend of mine. I wanted to see it one more time. There it was. Real quick acceleration and real fast climbing. Zippyness. That was what was missing. So now I am looking to get another Alu.
It's just a matter of personal prefference I beleive. I don't care about comfort (see A&Sapone's Specialized or Seaco's C'dale not the comfort personified but they go mountain after mountain, year after year). But lots of people do care about comfort. Went with C'dale few times 80-100 miles and felt great.