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uphill-blues VorsprungSuspension's article
Nov 28, 2016 at 20:37
Nov 28, 2016
Luftkappe Upgrade Kit for Pike and Lyrik - Press Release
"Reduced hand fatigue." Sorry, not gonna stop.
Added 2 photos to Jamis-Quest
Nov 19, 2016 at 21:08
Nov 19, 2016
Added 2 photos to Jamis-Quest
Nov 19, 2016 at 19:23
Nov 19, 2016
Selling
Nov 19, 2016 at 19:23
Nov 19, 2016

Jamis Quest

$700 USD
For sale is my beautiful and super-nimble Jamis Quest. Size is 51cm or Small. It's designed to be a touring/endurance bike (emphasizes comfort for long mileage rides), but one semi-pro rider who fitted me on the bike told me that it's a race bike designed to be comfortable. This particular model from Jamis is from 2008, but I bought it from a bike shop's "new old stock" inventory back early 2011 so it's only been out of the box for about 5 years. It also has very low miles and I would estimate it at less than 1k (because I use my mountain bike more). AND it has a lot of BRAND NEW or nearly brand new parts! Overall condition: 9/10. Here are the bike's details: FRAME AND FORK ⦁ Reynolds 631 seamless air-hardened chromoly main tubes. This is one of Reynold's higher quality steels that was developed for competition purposes. ⦁ SST design (size specific tubing), which means that for every frame size, the tubes' diameter and wall thickness are custom. This is as close as you can get to a truly custom design. ⦁ Sloping top-tube for better clearance, and reinforced collars on head tube. ⦁ FULL CARBON FIBER composite fork with alloy dropouts. DRIVETRAIN ⦁ Shimano 105 brake levers/shifters, brake calipers, front derailleur, and cassette (10 speed 12-27T). The cassette was replaced around 2012 and I went with a slightly bigger gear to assist in climbing (the original was 25T). FYI, I like to climb really steep hills like Daryl Ave. in Granada Hills and Hillside Dr in Walnut. ⦁ Shimano Ultegra rear derailleur. ⦁ FSA Gossamer Compact crankset with Mega Exo bottom bracket (35/50T, 170mm arms). COCKPIT ⦁ FSA Gossamer handlebar with flat tops (400mm wide, compact drops) with Shimano PRO white bar tape. ⦁ FSA XC 190 seatpost. The seatpost the bike had originally had an offset, which put me too far back for my taste. I replaced it with this seatpost with 0 offset to correct that. ⦁ FSA OS 150 stem (100mm). I felt the stem it had originally was too long (120mm) and put me too far over the front wheel. ⦁ Selle Royal Saba saddle (BRAND NEW). ⦁ The FSA cockpit is newer than the frame and was installed around 2014. I chose those parts to enhance the bike's comfort and agility because I started doing twisty downhills (Chevy Chase Dr in Glendale) and I felt the bike's old cockpit made it too long and sluggish on turns. The saddle is completely brand new as mentioned. WHEELSET ⦁ Shimano RS-11 wheelset--COMPLETELY BRAND NEW! ⦁ Michelin Lithion 2 rear tire (25c), Continetal Ultra Sport front tire (28c). This mismatch is by design--the bigger front tire helps with shock absorption, and the smaller rear tire is to save rotational weight. The idea for this combo came about when I started riding a pretty rough road in the Valley and I found myself having to slow down. This tire combo kept me speeding through happily and blowing past my friends who had to slow down to keep their bike from bouncing all over :) MISCELLANEOUS NOTES ⦁ I still have the old saddle, offset seatpost, and longer stem. They're all Ritchey Comp. The saddle is firmer but has a cool suspended design for some cushion, and the seatpost and stem will give you a longer cockpit (around 45mm in extra room). They are all in excellent condition. If you are interested in those items, we can discuss the price later. ⦁ I have 2 friends who are 5'4" and 5'9", and they both feel comfortable on the bike. A taller rider will definitely benefit from a longer stem and offset seatpost. ⦁ Bike has never crashed and has very minimal scuffs which can probably even be removed with some polishing compound. I have some clear frame protector tape on some areas of the frame. I use a torque wrench when working on the bike. ⦁ Two bottle cages. ⦁ Pedals are NOT included. I do have a set of Crank Brothers Quattro road pedals. These are no longer in production, so there's a bit of rarity in them. I may keep them, but if you want them we can also discuss this later. I have some flat pedals I can attach if you want to test ride the bike. ⦁ The brake levers have reach spacers (rubber inserts) which brings the levers closer to the bar. If you have smaller hands, this will help you from overstretching them. They are removable if you don't need them. ⦁ Headset is by Aheadset, 1 1/8" if that matters to you. There is also plenty of steerer tube length to adjust the handlebar height to get your desired position. Please remind me to give you some spacers. ⦁ The bike weighs around 20 lbs with pedals the last time I weighed it. It obviously won't sprint uphill like a carbon frame would, but my gearing mod made it much more manageable. The weight is an advantage downhill and on rough roads where it helps in stability. I actually miss the feel of the Jamis whenever I ride on the rough versus my current ride (BMC GF02).

uphill-blues COMMENCALbicycles's article
Nov 14, 2016 at 16:45
Nov 14, 2016
Commencal's Updated Supreme DH V4.2 - Press Release
I see it's got SRAM brakes. That means you'll go fast for sure (because those brakes will fail).
uphill-blues yoga15app's article
Sep 30, 2016 at 0:38
Sep 30, 2016
Easy 15-Minute Yoga Routine To Loosen Up Tight Joints - Monthly Yoga with Abi
It's hard to follow if you're doing what she's doing and you can't face the video. Also, I'm a bit distracted.
uphill-blues COMMENCALbicycles's article
Sep 21, 2016 at 2:50
Sep 21, 2016
Rob Warner Shows Us Why Mountain Bikes are Amazing - Video
According to their site, it's about a pound (.5 kg) difference in weight. The longer travel fork on the AM is the main culprit for the weight difference. I have the Meta AM V4 right now, but if I had this option, I would've gotten the TR V4.2 for the versatility and the slightly lighter weight.
uphill-blues COMMENCALbicycles's article
Sep 21, 2016 at 2:40
Sep 21, 2016
Rob Warner Shows Us Why Mountain Bikes are Amazing - Video
I have the Meta AM V4, which puts my bike square in the middle of the new 4.2 versions of the AM and TR. I think the bike rips, and the price point makes it a great value. If there's any downside to it, it's that EVERYONE AND THEIR FUCKING MOTHERS IN MY AREA IS GETTING THE SAME FUCKING BIKE!!! Get a Santa Cruz assholes!
uphill-blues PeterWojnar's article
Sep 9, 2016 at 14:40
Sep 9, 2016
Xtreme Country: XC is the New Enduro - Video
Man, is that Yeti's new Enduro bike with shockless technology?
uphill-blues mikelevy's article
Sep 1, 2016 at 13:00
Sep 1, 2016
MRP's New Ribbon Fork and Ramp Control Cartridge - Eurobike 2016
MRP: mud repository pockets. Can't wait to read the reviews on this.
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