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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.
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 famous for our steel bikes and the Codas have a lot to do with that. No frame material makes more sense on beat-up city streets than steel. Why? Hit a baseball with a wooden bat and then hit one with an aluminum bat and you’ll know why. You want your frame material to soak up those streets, not beat you with them. And we use only the best: Reynolds cold-worked, double-butted chrome-moly steel.
The clever and patented ATS steering system allows you to easily adjust your stem height. Pull it up on Monday morning for see-in-traffic commutes and then lower it for fitness rides on the weekend.
Every Coda offers a full complement of eyelets and rack mounts to simplify installation of a rear carrier, fenders and ring lock.
The drivetrains on all our Codas feature long cage ATB rear derailleurs, full-size triple chainring cranksets (48/36/26 or 48/38/28) and big 11-32 cassette blocks. This gives you the dual advantage of having high road bike gearing for controlled pedaling at speed on descents and low mountain bike gearing for easier pedaling uphill. It’s a rider-friendly combination that’s made the Coda series one of our best selling bikes.
Going elbow-to-door-handle in traffic with cars requires a reliable brake system. Coda Sport and Coda Comp offer linear pull brakes, which are plenty powerful in any condition. 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 brakes of the sport and comp. This modulator absorbs excess lever pressure, assuring controlled braking performance
Low spoke count wheels, with radial lacing or 2-cross lacing, may look all sexy and smart, but wheels built in this manner require highly tensioned spokes in order to support the rim and rider. This over-tensioning results in a harsher riding wheel, which is the antithesis of the Coda raison d’etre. Every Coda wheel is built with sturdy 20+mm wide double-wall rims that allow us to specify wider tires with a larger contact patch for a smoother, more stable ride, and 32 stainless steel spokes laced in a 3-cross pattern that assures rugged durability.
Vittoria Randonneur 32c tires are just the right size for zipping through traffic. Narrow enough to roll reasonably fast, wide enough to provide a secure contact patch. With sufficient air volume to offer a comfortable ride and extra shielding in the casing for superior puncture resistance.
|Frame||Double-butted chromoly frame, extended head tube with reinforced collars, double tapered cromo stays, forged dropouts and fender/rack eyelets|
|Fork||Steel unicrown, bulge butted steerer, low-rider carrier mounts and forged dropouts with double fender eyelets|
|Headset||Threaded, 1 1/8”|
|Wheels||Double wall alloy rims, 32H, alloy hubs with QR and 14g stainless steel spokes|
|Tires||Kenda K-197 Eurotrek, 700 x 32c|
|Derailleurs||Shimano Tourney TY500 rear and TY510 front|
|Shiftlevers||Shimano RapidFire Plus SL-M310, 24-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano MF-TZ31 7-speed, 14-34T|
|Crankset||Shimano FC-TY301, 48/38/28T, 170mm (14-18”)|
|BB Set||VP sealed cartridge, 68 x 122.5mm|
|Pedals||Platform style, steel cage/resin body, toe clip attachable|
|Brakeset||Promax TX-121 alloy linear-pull brakes with front power modulator and Shimano brake levers|
|Handlebar||Steel Bar 25.4 x 10˚ sweep x 40mm rise x 600mm length|
|Stem||Jamis alloy hi-rise, quill type, 25.4 x 80mm extension x 35˚ x 150mm (14-15”), 180mm (18")|
|Grips||Anatomic double density kraton|
|Seat Post||Jamis alloy micro-adjust, 27.2 x 350mm alloy clamp|
|Saddle||Jamis Touring with SL cover|
|Sizes||14”, 16”, 18"|
|Color||Aspen Sky or Silver Mist|
|SIZE||TOP EFFECTIVE||HEAD ANGLE||SEAT ANGLE||CHAIN STAY||WHEEL BASE||FORK RAKE||BB DROP||HEAD TUBE||STANDOVER||STACK||REACH|
|14||20.47 / 520||70˚||75˚||17.13 / 435||40.47 / 1028||1.97 / 50||2.56 / 65||3.74 / 95||27.10 / 691||20.63 / 524||14.88 / 378|
|16||20.87 / 530||71˚||75˚||17.13 / 435||40.55 / 1030||1.97 / 50||2.56 / 65||4.13 / 105||25.08 / 637||21.14 / 537||15.16 / 385|
|18||21.26 / 540||71˚||74˚||17.13 / 435||40.59 / 1031||1.97 / 50||2.56 / 65||4.72 / 120||25.20 / 640||21.69 / 551||15.00 / 381|
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