Jamis Bicycles. Probably a name you’re aware of or have heard before, haven’t heard much of recently and wouldn’t know where to start if you wanted to buy one of their bikes! All this looks set to change come January 2011, with Evans Cycles proudly announcing exclusive UK retail of Jamis Bicycles ongoing from the arrival of the exciting new 2011 range in December.

Jamis Bicycles’ history, much like Evans Cycles, is both rich and expansive, despite remaining somewhat elusive due to inconsistent distribution over the past two decades within UK shores. The brand experienced early success in 1970/80’s with their Beach Cruiser models and were among the first bicycle companies to introduce true off-the-peg MTB’s in the form of the Dakota, Dakar and Durango models as early back as 1983. Variety and depth has always been ubiquitous with the Jamis brand, with the bikes earning high accolades across all categories, including, no less than seven of the coveted ‘Editor’s Choice’ awards from the USA’s Bicycling Magazine.

This design momentum and underlying philosophy to lead rather than follow has remained throughout the last 30+ years, resulting in the diverse and polished range we see today. Here’s a look at some of the stand-out models…

Bosa Nova – £749.99srp

There’s good reason as to why we’re seeing more and more bikes like this – light, disc-equipped tourers – they make great all-rounders due to their practicality and versatility. The Bosa Nova sits below the flagship Aurora Elite tourer and at £750 falls inside the magic cycle scheme bracket. We reckon these will be very popular!

A spritely Reynolds 520 Cromoly frame, match with full length mudguards, reliable Avid cable-pull anchors and a rangy, go-anywhere spread of gears make the Bosa Nova a surefire winner!

Xenith Pro – £2249.99srp

Representing the higher end of the Jamis road race category, the Xenith Pro on paper should ride every bit as good it looks.

The frame features all the modern mod-cons (1 1/8 – 1 1/2” tapered headtube, BB30 OS BB shell, asymmetrical chainstays – 10% larger on the driveside) in a lightweight-but-durable Dyad Ultra high modulus carbon fibre construction. A full SRAM new Force gruppo provides shifting and braking duties whilst Mavic’s Ksyrium Equipe wheelset keeps the whole package rolling fast and true.

Durango 3 – £729.99srp

Boasting a full SRAM X7 30sp drivetrain with Rock Shox Tora TK fork the Durango 3 will reward you on the trail without stinging you in the pocket.

The 6061 aluminium framed is triple-butted to drop weight in the frame where the added strength from thicker walled tubes isn’t needed. The sloping toptube offer ample standover clearance whilst the s-bend downtube and seatstays are designed for additional fork crown and heel clearance. Stopping duties are taken care of by Hayes reliable Stroker Ryde Comp hydraulic brakes and the combination of Alex DP17 double-wall/eyeleted rims on Shimano M474 hubs will ensure hassle-free miles on the wheel front. 

Sputnik – £399.99srp

Yes, that’s right – £400srp. You might think someone somewhere along the line has got their numbers muddled but rest assured the price is correct and looks set to propel the Sputnik to top of the OTP SS/Fixed hotlist.

Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly frame, FSA Gimondi Track Chainset, Alex DA-13 rims on Formula hubs and Vittoria Zaffiro 25c tyres.

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