Looking at Jamis as first road bike
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  1. #1
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    Looking at Jamis as first road bike

    I'm looking at getting my first road bike.... a 2006 Jamis Ventura Comp (women's specific). It's advertised as purchased in 2008 for just under $800; they want $550. I'm going to point out that it's the 2006 model and offer less but would be grateful for anyone's thoughts on it and the price.

    According to the online 2006 Jamis catalog, here are the Specs:
    Frame Kinesis 7005 double butted aluminum
    main tubes with carbon fiber seatstays.
    Fork Carbon fiber straight blade, aluminum steerer.
    Wheels Formula XR5 wheelset.
    Tires Hutchinson Flash, 23C.
    Drivetrain Shimano Tiagra derailleurs,
    Tiagra STI levers,TruVativ Touro Compact
    crankset with PowerSpline BB.
    Cockpit Easton Road alloy bar, Easton Road forged
    alloy stem, Easton Road seat post,
    Jamis Road saddle.
    Brakeset Tektro 510A dual pivot calipers
    with Tiagra levers.

    The owner said she bought it for school and barely road it (100 or so miles) and that it's been under cover in the garage since then.

    Thoughts on what it's worth and problems to look out for since it will be 5 years old?

  2. #2
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    That Jamis Ventura frame is really nice. I had a 2008 Ventura Race for several years until I upgraded to a Jamis Xenith and my girlfriend rides a 2010 Ventura Comp.

    Based on how little the bike was ridden, and with those components, somewhere between$400-500 seems fair to me. However, you will want to take it straight to a shop to have a basic service completed on it before doing any serious riding since it has sat so long. Also, keep an eye on the headset, I had to have mine rebuilt.

    Good luck!


  3. #3
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    Jul 2007
    I agree with ncskiman's comments. I have a Jamis Ventura Elite men's 61cm. The Jamis frame and components are more than enough to get you started in road biking. Make sure the bike is generally the right size for you. The saddle, stem, and possibly the handlebars may have to be changed during a thorough bike fit, a procedure I highly recommend. If you enjoy the bike, you can upgrade the derailleurs, casette, and crank at a later date.


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