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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 alloy frame tubes on the Eden Race and Comp are made by SuperPlastic Air Forming. SPF is carried out at high air temperatures, where the tube structure is in its most ‘plastic’ and formable state. This allows more complicated shapes to be produced that cannot be made using traditional forming techniques. For example, whereas shape designs can be applied to 25% of the tube using hydroforming, SPF allows up to 90% manipulation. The result: more optimized shapes and less weight.
The aggressive frame angles of the Eden combined with a generous top tube length, delivers an ideal XC geometry. Pedaling and climbing are remarkably efficient. Handling is quick and nimble.
The saddles on our women’s mountain bikes offer female specific widths and lengths. WTB’s Volt with Luxe Zone utilizes a shape which helps increase power output by properly aligning the sit bones while climbing. A flex tuned shell and relief cut-out increase comfort.
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. Moving to a full 1.5” head tube and steerer would achieve this, but would add unnecessary weight and bulk. Not to mention 1.5” steer clamp stem choices are limited. But a tapered 1 1/8” to 1.5” head tube and steerer serves up a significant increase in rough terrain tracking and stability without much of a weight penalty compared to standard 1 1/8” systems since the steer tube wall thickness can be reduced.
Securing the rear wheel to the frame by threading it into the rear dropouts is not only safer, it’s stiffer. Increasing the rear axle diameter from 10mm to 12mm makes it only stiffer still. The rear wheel tracks directly in line with the frame, for more precise handling, so you can go faster with more confidence. The 142mm hub dropouts provide a self-centering feature for the rear wheel for faster, easier installation.
15mm thru-axle QR’s offer all the benefits of the 20mm thru-axle design (stiffness!) + the benefits of the standard 9mm QR system (quick wheel removal!) without any of the down sides. The weight of the 15mm system is similar to the classic 9mm system (thanks to the lightweight alloy QR axle & reduction in fork leg weight) , but it is nearly as stiff as a 20mm freeride thru-axle. The increase in stiffness improves steering & handling significantly. It also puts less stress on the fork’s internals, improving fork durability and performance.
WTB TCS rims feature a tubeless UST with “On-Ramp” profile providing a consistent fit between the rim and the tire for easy installation and inflation.
Our Lock-On grips offer security to ensure no twisting, sliding or migrating even in the roughest, steepest and wettest terrains.
UPGRADES FROM EDEN COMP
• 12 x 142mm rear dropouts
• Rock Shox Recon Silver Solo Air with 15mm axle
• 2x10-speed drivetrain
• Shimano M506 brakeset
• WTB ST i19 TCS tubeless rims
TOP FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Rock Shox's Recon Silver TK Solo Air fork offers 100mm of travel, 15mm axle, 32mm stanchions, aluminum crown, an alloy tapered steerer, lockout and external rebound controls - all usable and functional "on-the-fly" adjustments that can be felt by the rider.
WTB ST i19 TCS rims feature a tubeless UST with "On-Ramp" profile providing a consistent fit between the rim and tire for easy installation and inflation.
Shimano Deore brakes feature Servo Wave levers that provide quick pad travel so that less lever movement is needed to bring the pads in contact with the rotor. More of the lever stroke is used to improve controllability and increase braking power.
Shimano's 36/22T crankset and 11-36T cassette supplies a 2x10 set-up with a wide range of gear ratios to take on any terrain.
The WTB Volt Luxe Zone saddle utilizes a "whale tail" pad shape which helps increase power output by properly angling the sit bones while climbing. A flex tuned shell and a Luxe Zone cut out increase comfort.
|Frame||Triple-butted 6061 air-formed (SPF) aluminum, 1.5 - 1 1/8" tapered head tube, post mount disc brakes, 12x142mm rear droputs, replaceable derailleur hanger|
|Fork||Rock Shox Recon Silver TK, Solo Air spring, external rebound, TurnKey lockout adjust, 32mm stanchions, 15mm axle, tapered aluminum steerer, 100mm travel|
|Headset||FSA Orbit 1.5 Zero-Stack internal cup, 8mm cone spacer|
|Wheels||WTB ST i19 TCS 27.5" tubeless rims, Formula sealed bearing 15mm front & 12x142mm rear centerlock disc hubs, stainless spokes|
|Tires||Vittoria Peyote, 27.5 x 2.1”, folding|
|Derailleurs||Shimano SLX shadow rear and Deore front|
|Shift levers||Shimano SLX, 2x10-speed|
|Chain||Shimano HG54, 10-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano HG50, 10-speed, 11-36T|
|Crankset||Shimano M627, 36/22T, 170mm (14"/16”), 175mm (18”)|
|BB Set||Shimano External|
|Brakeset||Shimano M506 hydraulic disc, 160mm RT54 centerlock rotors|
|Handlebar||Ritchey, 31.8 x 20mm rise x 620mm|
|Stem||Ritchey 4-Axis, 6º x 70mm (14"), 80mm (16"), 90mm (18")|
|Seat Post||Ritchey 2-Bolt, 31.6 x 350mm (14") 400mm (16"/18")|
|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||STACK||REACH|
|14||21.2 / 540||70˚||72.5˚||17.1 / 435||40.5 / 1028||1.8 / 46||3.9 / 100||28.7 / 728||23.0 / 585||14.0 / 355|
|16||22.1 / 560||70˚||72.5˚||17.1 / 435||41.3 / 1048||1.8 / 46||3.9 / 100||29.8 / 751||23.0 / 585||14.8 / 375|
|18||22.9 / 580||70˚||72.5˚||17.1 / 435||42.1 / 1068||1.8 / 46||4.3 / 110||30.7 / 779||23.4 / 595||15.4 / 392|
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