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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.
We’re super proud of the Citizen’s sleek frame design. With an arcing top tube for the “Men’s” frames and S-bend top and down tubes for a super-low step-through “Women’s” version. In fact, we hesitate to designate either with gender specific labels because the version with the easy-access, low step-over top tube is suitable for anyone with limited hip flexibility who might be challenged to swing a leg over the rear wheel when mounting & dismounting.
When it comes to recreational riding, nothing gets more uncomfortable faster than having to pedal more weight than necessary. Which is why Citizen 2 & 3 are built with lightweight 6061 aluminum tubing. In fact, our aluminum Citizen frames are at least a half-pound lighter than our famous steel Coda street bikes. We design comfort into the naturally stiffer ride of the aluminum tubes by specifying larger volume 38c tires and adding a few millimeters to the chainstay and wheelbase length.
A usual complaint from new or returning riders trying to get into the cycling groove is feeling uncomfortably perched forward with too much weight on their wrists and having to crank their necks backwards just to be able to see in traffic. We specifically designed our Citizens to remedy this. The large diameter 700c wheels push handlebar height up and shorter top tubes pull handlebars closer to the saddle, all to mitigate forward lean. Our 4-inch rise handlebars sweep back at a natural hand-grasp angle with a long-quilled or angle-adjustable stem that allows for a wide range of adjustment to tune handle bar height and reach perfectly for each ride.
Our super plush saddle features memory foam padding (Citizen 2 & 3) or extra high quality polyurethane padding (Citizen 1) for optimum support with maximum comfort. The slip-resistant suede-type top prevents sliding and the burnished side panels reduce leg friction while pedaling. Elastomer springs help soak up high resonance road vibrations. Offered in gender specific sizes.
So why go with a Citizen instead of an Explorer or a Hudson since they all seem to offer many of the same comfort and quality attributes? It’s simple: if your riding will be primarily on the road or on smoothly graded trails, the larger diameter road-bike sized 700c Citizen wheels roll faster with less rolling resistance and roll over potholes and railroad tracks more smoothly than the 26” wheels of the Explorer and Hudson.
The drivetrains on all our Citizens feature long cage rear derailleurs, full-size 48/38/28T triple-chainring cranksets and big 11-32T or 14-34T gearing in the back. This gives you the dual advantage of having fairly tall gears for controlled pedaling at speed on descents as well as really low gearing for easier pedaling uphill. It’s a rider-friendly combination that’s made the Citizens a perennial favorite of recreational cyclists.
|Frame||Hi-tensile steel frame, sloping design for men's, step through design for ladies, center-mount kickstand plate and fender/rack eyelets|
|Fork||Hi-tensile steel unicrown, radius blades with dropout eyelets|
|Headset||Water-resistant sealed mechanism, threaded, 1 1/8”|
|Wheels||Alloy rims, 36H, alloy hubs with QR and 14g stainless steel spokes|
|Tires||CST Marathon/Tour C-1446 with silver safety stripe, 700 x 38c|
|Derailleurs||Shimano Tourney RD-TY500 rear|
|Shiftlevers||Shimano Revoshift, SL-RS35, 7-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano MF-TZ31 7-speed, 14-34T|
|Crankset||Forged alloy crank, single 44T, 170mm with chainguard|
|BB Set||FSA sealed cartridge, 68 x 122.5mm|
|Pedals||Comfort platform style|
|Brakeset||Promax TX-121 linear-pull with Tektro CL530 ergonomic design alloy levers with kraton insert|
|Handlebar||Comfort hi-rise, steel, 25.4 x 80mm rise x 15˚ sweep x 640mm|
|Stem||Jamis alloy hi-rise, 35˚ rise x 90mm with 150mm quill (14–18”), 110mm with 180mm quill (19–23”)|
|Grips||Anatomic triple density kraton grip|
|Seat Post||Jamis alloy micro-adjust, 25.4 x 350mm with alloy QR clamp. 300mm for Men's 15, 17, Step-Thru 14|
|Saddle||Jamis Comfort with synthetic suede cover, burnished sides and bumper springs with satin steel rails, gender specific|
|Color||Winter Blue or Lavender Pearl|
|SIZE||TOP EFFECTIVE||HEAD ANGLE||SEAT ANGLE||CHAIN STAY||WHEEL BASE||FORK RAKE||BB DROP||HEAD TUBE||STANDOVER|
|14||21.49 / 546||70˚||74˚||17.52 / 445||41.69 / 1059||1.97 / 50||2.56 / 65||5.90 / 150||19.05 / 482|
|18||21.85 / 555||70˚||73.5˚||17.52 / 445||41.89 / 1064||1.97 / 50||2.56 / 65||6.49 / 165||18.54 / 471|
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