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    Jamis Nova Questions.

    Hey Everyone...I recently picked up a 2004 Jamis Nova knowing it would be a work in progress adventure. The frame is in overall descent condition but it's missing the fork, wheels, headset, chain, seat and seat post. My question is what can I figure on spending just to get it operational? I've only got $40 in it so far and I'm only going to be a one or two time a week leisure rider, that said...Is it possible to do this for $200 or less?

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    Quote Originally Posted by racfan12 View Post
    Is it possible to do this for $200 or less?
    Nope, not if you intend on buying new stuff. Wheels (that you'd enjoy riding) will cost you over $200.

    Used... maybe.
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    Thanks for the replies cxwrench and tig. I should have said in my post the $200 budget was for used not new components. I don't want to go all out right now, I did a lot of riding back in the 90's but very little since 2005. I'll be 65 in Sept.

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    eBay is your friend.

    That being said, you know this will be a labor of love. At the end of the day, you will not save $$ over a comparable budget road bike. It will definitely be over $200 to get this bike rolling.
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    I doubt it... just randomly pulling pricing from Nashbar using a range with lower end components and guessing you could easy spend $500 / $600.

    1) Headset (going to depend if internal or external cups): $45 to $80
    2) Seat post: $30
    3) Saddle: $40
    4) Chain (10spd): $30
    5) Forks: $92
    6) Wheels: $350
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    Thanks ROAD&DIRT, I think I'm just going to focus on a Fork and Headset for now. I can use my wives wheelset, seat and seat post off her Giant road bike, that will at least get me to the point I can ride it to see if it's going to work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racfan12 View Post
    Thanks for the replies cxwrench and tig. I should have said in my post the $200 budget was for used not new components. I don't want to go all out right now, I did a lot of riding back in the 90's but very little since 2005. I'll be 65 in Sept.
    Your best bet would be to buy a used bike for $250-$300, take the parts off it you need, and then sell the rest to get your total cost down to $200. Of course the used bike might be a better bet than what you end up with on the Jamis path, but that is your call.

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    I've kicked that idea around. My main issue with that idea is knowing if the fork from a donor bike is going to fit the Jamis.

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    Geometry for 2004 Nova is here:
    https://www.jamisbikes.com/catalog_a...IS_CATALOG.pdf

    Fork rake for every size frame that year for Nova was 50 mm, I think 45 is a more common size now but I'm not an expert. This may or may not change your ride to a noticeable degree. Looks like good old 1 1/8" non-tapered steerer tube, non-integrated headset... also looks like setup was canti brakes.

    Original fork is listed as "Kinesis carbon fork, alloy brake bosses, eyeletted dropouts"

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    I'm curious jetdog9...I measured the openings of the headtube and I came up with 1 1/8" on top and 1 1/4" on the bottom, I'm I doing something wrong measuring the tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by racfan12 View Post
    I'm curious jetdog9...I measured the openings of the headtube and I came up with 1 1/8" on top and 1 1/4" on the bottom, I'm I doing something wrong measuring the tube?
    You might be...measure 3 times at least. You know what they say. Your big problem w/ the fork is finding one that with the same axle-to-crown length as the one you currently have. CX forks are always longer and that will mess us your head tube angle thus screwing up your trail. You need a fork w/ the same offset AND length.
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    I know this bike was advertised by Jamis as a CX bike when new. I will only be riding on pavement so would the fork for cx be different than pavement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by racfan12 View Post
    I know this bike was advertised by Jamis as a CX bike when new. I will only be riding on pavement so would the fork for cx be different than pavement?
    Did you read my last post?
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    I did. The problem is I don't have the fork, frame and groupset only. I have re-measured the head tube and I'm still getting 1 1/8" top and not quiet 1 1/4" bottom. I'm using a set of calipers to get the measurments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racfan12 View Post
    I did. The problem is I don't have the fork, frame and groupset only. I have re-measured the head tube and I'm still getting 1 1/8" top and not quiet 1 1/4" bottom. I'm using a set of calipers to get the measurments.
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    Will do. Thanks

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