« on: March 16, 2004, 03:04:31 am »
The Trek 520 is not what I would call over priced. Checked it out while I was in the market for a bike to tour with. I bought the 2003 Jamis Aurora ($650)to fit my budget and I wasn't sure how loaded I wanted to get. So when you compare the two, Trek's 105 front and Deor LX rear to the Jamis sora front and Deor rear and Trek's heavier duty frame. Value wise there is not a significant difference. You get your moneys worth out of both. The bigger question is how do you intend to use it. Really loaded self contained touring the Trek would likely hold up better in the long run. In 2004 Jamis upgraded the components on the Aurora and now the price tag is around $840. The Trek lists for $1099 but my shop quots $999 so this year the difference is even less.
So go out and ride both. Consider handling, feel, comfort, and how you intend to use it. Pick the one that answers the questions in your favor.
1,500 miles on My Jamis and I love it. Nothing fully loaded, about half loaded you might say, but I trust it to handle a full load in the near future.