With our first Jamis 2011 delivery touching down in the warehouse last week, it seems containers packed with bikes have more success in this snowy weather than our post! On the first drop was perhaps the most anticipated of all the bikes in this years’ range – the Bosanova.

Certainly not the prettiest of bikes to have ever graced our shop floors, at first glance the Bosanova appears to be somewhat of a ‘Frankenbike’ – part road bike, part mtb, part tourer. However, look a little closer and you’ll realise Jamis have picked the best parts from each to create a 100% functional, highly capable bike. The fabled ‘one bike’ to do-it-all? The Bosanova comes pretty darn close! Whether it’s daily commuting duties or a John O’Groat to Lands End epic, the Bosanova looks set to take anything and everything in its’ stride.

This 58cm sample is due to head off to Cycling Plus magazine for full review in the New Year but seeing as we’d had a fresh sprinkling of snow outside we couldn’t resist taking the Bosanova for a spin to see how well it coped in the white stuff.

‘Start off with a solid base and you won’t go far wrong’. The same can be said of the Bosanova – Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoloy main tubes, tapered cro-mo stays and an elevated headtube ensure that legendary ‘lively, yet forgiving’ ride that only steel frames can.

Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly main tubes

The frame is finished with lots of nice little touches like the custom road disc dropouts which tucks the rear disc caliper nicely shrouded away inside the stays. This is a mechanics godsend, meaning the supplied brushed alloy full-length mudguard stays no longer need spacing out to clear the caliper (same goes for a rear pannier rack, should you choose to fit one).

FSA Vero 50/39/30T triple chainset combined with SRAM Powerglide 950 11-26T 9sp cassette ensures as wide a range of gears as you'd ever likely to need.

Style and function? You got it! The supplied brushed alloy full length mudguards look great and perform faultlessly in keeping the worst of the elements at bay.

The Bosanova certainly isn’t shouty or loud when it comes to the graphics. Subtle, stylish and minimal would be one way to describe the black pearl frame/pearl white panel graphic combined with italic typeface.

Classy, clean graphics.

The cockpit comes complete with NVO Components’ ATS easy heigh adjust stem. Meaning you retain all the associated benefits of the 1 1/8” aheadset but get range of height adjustability usually only associated with the older style quill stem.

NVO Components’ ATS easy heigh adjust stem - pick a bar height, any bar height.

So there you have it, not the prettiest of bikes but certainly one that ticks all boxes in the functionality stakes. Priced at £749.99srp it’ll certainly be making the Surly Long Haul Trucker sit up and take notice. In stock and shipping now!

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