Jamis Coda – Best Commuter bike around $1000

There are 3 models in the range – each with a different level of componentry. All share the same durable Reynolds 520 steel frame which offers a comfortable riding position well suited to trips between 5 and 15km. The frame accommodates 700×32 Vittoria Randonneur tyres for comfort, speed and puncture resistance. It has all the required mounting points for mudguards and a rear rack.

All three models have a solid wheelset to handle the weight of a rear load. The three bikes are equipped with Shimano drivetrain components delivering reliable shifting, durability and inexpensive chains & cassettes when they do wear out down the track.

The Coda ‘Sport’ and ‘Comp’ models both have V-brakes which are powerful, easy to adjust and the best value option for bikes around $1000. The more expensive ‘Elite’ model gets hydraulic disc brakes which are more powerful (especially in the wet), require little adjustment and don’t wear out your rims. The two higher specification models also get upgraded to a carbon fork which saves weight, while still offering good road damping.

To make your commute hassle free, we recommend fitting mudguards, a rear rack (with panniers or a basket) and a good set of lights. Budget an additional $150 – $400 for these bits depending on what you need, and how fancy you want them to be. If you don’t want to worry about batteries, ask us about options for upgrading you to a dynamo front wheel and lightset. Security skewers are an inexpensive addition that will lessen the chance of your nice wheels disappearing when the bike is locked at the train station!

What we like

  • Quality steel frame (available in a large range of sizes)
  • Comfortable riding position
  • Good value, appropriate components
  • And they look great!

What we would change

  • More clearance for even bigger tyres in the carbon fork

What extras do they need

  • Rack
  • Mudguards
  • Lights