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Though we do make bikes with frame geometry and component sizing specifically targeted for women, not every woman is best suited or fitted on such a bike. We want to be clear about that from the outset. As always, the best advice for buying a bike is to go to your LBS, where you can be properly fitted on a bike. One of our “unisex” sizes just might be the perfect fit for you (though a swap for a saddle with a wider sit-bones platform will likely be recommended). But if you discover that you are, in fact, best fitted on one of our Femme geometry bikes, of which there are many, here’s what you’ll find:
• Top tubes will be shorter; stems shorter too, with seat tube angles possibly steepened, all to reduce the distance from saddle-to-bar for a more comfortable reach.
• Head tube angles may be relaxed and fork rake increased to eliminate or minimize the potential for wheel-toe overlap,
• Bottom bracket height may be dropped so standover clearance is increased and center of gravity is lowered.
• Handlebars will often be narrower with a shorter reach to the flats and drops.
• Brakes/Shift levers will often have a shorter reach as well and cranks arms may be shorter for any given frame size in comparison to the unisex version.
• Saddles will generally be shorter and wider, often with a pressure relief zone.
• We may even alter the weight and stiffness of our frame materials to better suit a lighter-weight rider (see SST info below)
And we make all our Femme bikes in a broad sizing range – from 44cm to 54cm, or 14” to 18”, so you can be assured of finding a Jamis Femme that fits perfectly.
The benefits of a properly fitted bike have been recognized for years. It is essential for injury prevention and maximized efficiency. And it is the primary determinant in assuring the greatest comfort and enjoyment while riding.
Our first road bikes introduced in 1988, the Quest and Axis (for Jamis history buffs, this later became the Eclipse), were designed in consultation with Bill Farrell, inventor of the first bike-sizing tool, the Fit Kit. Back then, bike companies generally plotted a single geometry on all frame sizes: the blow ‘em up or shrink ‘em down solution – lazy, cheap and thankfully long ago obsolete. We learned from Bill early on how to tune our frame geometries and specify component sizing to account for the multiple variables needed for a proper fit for every frame size. We’ve been honing our fits for every bike, every year, ever since.
But fit is a two-dimensional calculation. Stack and reach. How tall, how long, for me? It’s in the third dimension – the SST dimension-- that Jamis continues to make a difference for you.
Slight changes in tube diameter have a significant impact upon performance. As diameter increases, strength and stiffness increase along the length of the tube as well. Whether in aluminum, steel or carbon fiber, we vary the cross-section and sometimes even wall thicknesses to fine-tune the performance and comfort characteristics of each frame size.
SST -- Size Specific Tubing-- optimizes ride quality and assures the lightest possible weight for each frame size. By varying the diameters of the tubing in the main frames of each of our frame sizes (and sometimes even in the seatstays) by 10 – 20%, we can produce a bike that not only fits like a glove and handles precisely, but accelerates and climbs explosively and offers justright compliance for every rider, every frame size.
All our frames and forks are tested continually to meet or exceed (in some cases, well exceed) EN standards 14764, 14765, 14766 and 14781 as well as the new ISO 4210 standards. We conduct these tests at our frame manufacturing facilities, but we also use EN accredited testing laboratories such as Intertek and SGS to verify the results of our own tests. If these tests aren’t telling us everything we want to know about our bikes, we increase the loads and cycles, or we determine another way to test. Where current hydraulic testing machines, jigs and hardware aren’t up to the task of emulating some of the forces and impacts our bikes might be subject to, we’ve designed our own.
We relentlessly cycle test for fatigue from pedaling and torsional forces on every single frame size, with deflection tests for stiffness at every point of the frame. Brutal impact tests with massive weights dropped on fixed frames or forks are performed. Then reversed, with weights attached to the frame, the frame hoisted to a given height depending upon product type, then released.
This destructive testing is enormously instructive and important. And it is in continual process. But it’s our ongoing non-destructive testing of frames and forks fresh off the factory floor that’s just as vital.
For our carbon fiber frames, EVERY frame is weighed to make sure it’s neither resin rich nor resin deficient. We also measure the stiffness of each frame in 6 critical areas as a check on lay-up production. Each deflection test must fall within 5% of the standards our machine and field-testing have established. This weighing and stiffness deflection testing guarantees every single frame we produce meets all Jamis manufacturing protocol and will
deliver the ride qualities we defined and demand.
When it comes to fitness training and peak performance, nothing is more detrimental to flying fast than carrying more weight than you need to. Which is why every Allegro is built with lightweight triple butted 6061 aluminum tubing. In fact, our aluminum Allegro frames shed 14 ounces over their steel Coda counterparts. We design comfort into the naturally stiffer ride by specifying large volume 32c tires, using similar geometry as our Codas and then adding a few millimeters to the wheelbase length for just a tad more compliance.
Proper fit on your bike is critical for maximum performance and comfort. That’s why we offer the patented ATS adjustable threadless steering system on the Allegro Elite and Comp models. Whether you want to fine tune your ride and establish the perfect fit, or change it regularly to suit different terrain, with this stem, adjusting your handlebar height is as easy as adjusting your seat post height. You can even adjust it quickly while out on a ride.
Every Allegro offers a full complement of eyelets and rack mounts to simplify installation of carriers and fenders. We even include bosses on the underside of the seatstays for installation of a ring lock. Ring locks are tremendously popular in Europe and will soon most assuredly be popular in the USA. A simple turn of the key immobilizes the rear wheel and prevents someone from riding off with your bike.
Going elbow-to-door-handle in traffic with cars requires a reliable brakes. The Allegro Elite delivers with Tektro’s HD-M285 hydraulic disc brakes and the Comp with cable actuated Novela, which offer more power, better modulation & feel in rain or shine. Allegro Sport and Allegro offer linear pull brakes, which are plenty powerful rain or shine. To make sure you’re in complete control even when grabbing a lot of lever for a surprise stop, we include power modulators on the front brake. This modulator absorbs excess lever pressure, assuring controlled braking performance
FSA’s compact crankset concept is revolutionary: a 34T inner chainring offers a 15% lower gear ratio than traditional 39T double ring’ed road cranks, but the 50T outer loses only 6% off the top end compared to a 53T traditional outer. You get the hill climbing capability of a triple, yet less weight than a standard double.
UPGRADES FROM ALLEGRO SPORT FEMME
• Disc brake frame and fork
• Aluminum fork
• Shimano Acera RD-M360 rear and Shimano FD-M310 front derailleur
• Alex TD-26 disc specific rims
• Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors
|Frame||Triple-butted 6061 aluminum with hydro-formed top and down tube, taper gauge “S” bend stays with disc brake post mounts, replaceable derailleur hanger and fender/rack eyelets|
|Fork||Aluminum fork with disc brake mounts, aluminum steerer, low-rider carrier mounts, forged dropouts and fender eyelets|
|Headset||FSA Integrated IS threadless with nylon upper compression ring, 1 1/8”|
|Wheels||Alex TD26 double wall disc specific alloy rims, 32H, Formula 6-bolt alloy hubs with QR and 14g stainless steel spokes|
|Tires||Vittoria Randonneur with Double Shield puncture protection and reflective sidewalls, 700 x 32c|
|Derailleurs||Shimano Acera RD-M360 rear and Shimano FD-M310 front derailleur|
|Shiftlevers||Shimano Rapidfire SL-M310, 24-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano HG41 8-speed, 11-32T|
|Crankset||Shimano FC-TY501, 48/38/28, 170mm (14-18”)|
|BB Set||FSA sealed cartridge, 68 x 110.5mm|
|Pedals||Comfort platform style with TPE non-slip insert|
|Brakeset||Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors and Tektro brake levers|
|Handlebar||Jamis flat bar, 6061 T-6 aluminum, 31.8 x 10˚ sweep x 580mm|
|Stem||Jamis adjustable threadless system (ATS), forged aluminum, 10˚ x 90mm (14-18”). ATS shim length 100mm|
|Grips||Anatomic double density kraton|
|Seat Post||Jamis alloy micro-adjust, 27.2 x 350mm alloy clamp with QR seatpin|
|Saddle||Jamis Touring Femme with SL cover|
|Sizes||14”, 16”, 18"|
|SIZE||TOP EFFECTIVE||HEAD ANGLE||SEAT ANGLE||CHAIN STAY||WHEEL BASE||FORK RAKE||BB DROP||HEAD TUBE||STANDOVER||STACK||REACH|
|14||21.02 / 534||71˚||73˚||16.93 / 430||39.80 / 1011||1.89 / 48||2.26 / 57.50||4.33 / 110||27.75 / 705||20.98 / 533||14.57 / 370|
|16||21.34 / 542||71˚||73˚||16.93 / 430||40.12 / 1019||1.89 / 48||2.26 / 57.50||4.92 / 125||28.74 / 730||21.53 / 547||14.72 / 374|
|18||21.61 / 549||71˚||73˚||17.13 / 435||40.63 / 1032||1.89 / 48||2.26 / 57.50||5.31 / 135||29.72 / 755||21.93 / 557||14.88 / 378|
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