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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.
The mp2 suspension system is active with a near vertical wheel axle travel path, plus excellent lateral & torsional stiffness for rear wheel tracking precision.
The XC’s chainstays are asymmetrical, with an elevated straight stay on the non-drive side and a dropped curved stay on the drive side. The drive side must be dropped & curved to clear the front derailleur and chain, but running the non-drive side straight from the dropout to BB pivot reduces weight while significantly stiffening the rear triangle laterally. There’s more tire clearance, too.
The Dakar XC features a Monarch R shock that offers adjustable rebound damping and a single valve air spring . It’s light and easily adjusted to suit rider and riding style.
Riding fast with control requires steering precision, which starts with the front of the bike. Stiffening this area results in less wheel deflection, more wheel control. A tapered 1 1 /8” to 1 1 /2” head tube serves up a significant increase in rough terrain tracking and stability without much of a weight penalty compared to standard 1 1 /8” systems.
Top-notch braking shouldn’t break the bank. Shimano’s M365 hydraulic brakes offer the power, the smooth modulation and all-day, all-conditions reliability.
The XC offers robust components chosen to ensure durable and consistent performance on every ride. This includes 100mm travel forks with 30mm stanchions, disc brakes, disc-specific rims, platform pedals and 31.8mm over-sized bars and stems.
Benefits of a tubeless set-up are reduced rotating weight and the ability to use lower inflation pressures for greater traction without the risk of pinch flats. WTB TCS rims feature a tubeless UST “On-Ramp” profile providing a consistent fit between the rim and the tire for easy installation and inflation.
UPGRADES / CHANGES FROM 2016
• Rock Shox 30 Silver fork
• Shimano Deore 2x10 drivetrain
• WTB ST i23 TCS tubeless rims
• Vittoria Mezcal 2.25" tires
• Ritchey Trail cockpit
|Frame||6061 aluminum tubes with tapered head tube, gusseted down tube and asymmetrical chainstays, fully-active/mp2 suspension with 90mm rear travel, Rock Shox Monarch R air shock with rebound damping, replaceable derailleur hanger|
|Fork||Rock Shox 30 Silver TK 27.5", Coil spring, external rebound, TurnKey lockout, 30mm stanchions, magnesium lowers, 100mm travel|
|Headset||FSA Orbit 1.5 Zero-Stack internal cup, 8mm cone spacer|
|Wheels||WTB ST i23 TCS 27.5" tubeless rims, 32H, Formula alloy centerlock disc hubs, stainless spokes|
|Tires||Vittoria Mezcal, 27.5 x 2.25”|
|Derailleurs||Shimano Deore Shadow rear and Deore front|
|Shift levers||Shimano Deore, 2x10-speed|
|Chain||KMC X10, 10-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano HG50, 10-speed, 11-36T|
|Crankset||Shimano Deore, 38/24T, 170mm (15”), 175mm (17-21”)|
|BB Set||Shimano External|
|Pedals||ATB alloy platform|
|Brakeset||Shimano M365 hydraulic disc, RT30 centerlock 160mm rotors|
|Handlebar||Ritchey Trail, 31.8 x 20mm rise x 690mm|
|Stem||Ritchey Trail, 60mm (14"), 70mm (16”), 80mm (18")|
|Seat Post||Ritchey Trail Comp, 31.6 x 400mm|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Sport w/Luxe Zone Cut-Out|
|Sizes||14”, 16”, 18”|
|SIZE||TOP EFFECTIVE||HEAD ANGLE||SEAT ANGLE||CHAIN STAY||WHEEL BASE||BB DROP||HEAD TUBE||STANDOVER|
|14||21.2 / 540||70˚||74˚||17.5 / 445||41.9 / 1064||0.94 / 24||3.9 / 100||29.0 / 738|
|16||22.1 / 560||70˚||74˚||17.5 / 445||42.7 / 1085||0.94 / 24||4.1 / 105||29.9 / 761|
|18||22.9 / 580||70˚||74˚||17.5 / 445||43.5 / 1105||0.94 / 24||4.3 / 110||31.1 / 791|
FIT & SIZING
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