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    2018 Jamis Roughneck for $1100 - is this as good of a deal as I think it is?

    Iíve been looking to pick up an entry level fat bike and ran across this deal at a local shop. MSRP is $1699 so itís a pretty big discount. The only bad thing Iíve read about these bikes is that the Kenda Juggernaut Sport tires are pretty poor. They have a 2017 for the same price but the 2018 seems significantly better with the 1x gearset. Iím mostly planning to use the bike during our MN winters but will probably ride it year round occasionally. Thinking Iím gonna pick this up tonight. Anything else I should consider?

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    Nice lookin' bike for the money.
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    I would say it is an okay deal, but not crazy good.

    When you consider $ you will spend on tax and a tire change you might consider:

    http://http://www.bikesdirect.com/pr...ut-rgd-new.htm

    Yes, it's 2x, but better components.

    The Jamis does look nice. I would change tires and probably go with a Sunrace cassette for better spacing.

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    Nice bike, good price

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    Sweet looking bike-nice price for sure.
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    Jamis (or other name brand), over consumer direct, any day of the week.

    I've sold several, nice spec for the money, period, even better at that price.

    Buy a Bud for the front, that's a perfectly good rear tire, and then you'll have a spare rear!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Jamis (or other name brand), over consumer direct, any day of the week.

    I've sold several, nice spec for the money, period, even better at that price.

    Buy a Bud for the front, that's a perfectly good rear tire, and then you'll have a spare rear!
    PERFECT answer. I was trying to figure out the most cost effective solution to the tires.
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    Thanks!

    I don't understand companies that put racy semi slick tires front and rear. It's not that hard to spec different tires, now is it?

    But this methodology works every time, at least for me.

    Scary front tire, but just fine as a rear as long as max traction all the time, isn't all you desire....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Yep. I run a Bud on the front of my bike with a Lou for snow and a Knard for everything else. My bike tears up tight twisties.
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    Good looking rig for the money

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    I went in and took the Roughneck for a spin. It felt decent, but then I decided to do a test ride of a used 2017 Fatboy they had for sale and it felt significantly better. It was quite a bit lighter and just took less effort to ride. The Fatboy seemed to be priced a little high at $1,200, but it's tempting.

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    $1200 is a bit high for used. I found a used one for a friend at $1,000 and it includes a Quark power meter. Erik's is closing new ones out for $1,299.

    That said, a used bike that fits and feels better is better than a new bike that is not quite "it". A new bike is only new until the first ride.

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    Thanks for confirming! I'd definitely look at a new one for $1,299, though I was just in Erik's last week and they were full price. I see the 2017 Fatboy SE on closeout for $1,299 but not the Base:

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    https://www.eriksbikeshop.com/Specia...3E4563/Product

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    https://www.eriksbikeshop.com/Specia...3E9031/Product

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    If it's the Base for $1,200, then get it. The price is fair. Try to negotiate a bit.

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    RSD Mayor Aluminum with Carbon Fork - Now on sale for $1,160. If I didnt just buy a Trek Farley 5, would of bought this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OttaCee View Post
    RSD Mayor Aluminum with Carbon Fork - Now on sale for $1,160. If I didnt just buy a Trek Farley 5, would of bought this.
    Do the fat tires fit in it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueCheesehead View Post
    If it's the Base for $1,200, then get it. The price is fair. Try to negotiate a bit.
    Yeah I'm pretty sure it's the Base. Tried to negotiate but they were firm on the price. Going to think about it a bit this weekend, thanks!

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