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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.
A usual complaint from new 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 design our Explorers to remedy this. With extra long head tubes to push handlebar height up, shorter top tubes to pull handlebars closer to the saddle, 4-inch rise handlebars that sweep back at a natural hand-grasp angle and long-quilled or angle-adjustable stems that allow for a wide range of adjustment to tune handle bar height and reach perfectly for each rider.
Every Explorer offers telesoping coil-spring suspension in the fork as well as in the seat pillar. The advantage is not just a more comfortable ride, but a ride that is much easier to control and is therefore safer.
Our super plush saddle features memory foam padding (Explorer 2) or extra high quality polyurethane padding (Explorer 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 also help to soak up road vibrations. Offered in gender specific sizes.
Our Explorer tires have been designed to roll smoothly on pavement, but offer a large 1.95” footprint so that rides on park paths can be managed securely. The additional benefit of that big footprint is larger air volume in the tire and tube, which results in lower air pressure for a more comfortable ride than tires with smaller volumes and higher air pressures.
But don’t let all this comfort talk fool you into thinking the Explorer has limited uses. While conceived to make cycling as comfortably fun as possible, the Explorer is capable of doing much more than keeping a new rider from hurting. Thanks to the full-range gearing of the drivetrain, the 2” foot-print of the tires and the shock absorption of the suspension fork.
Many folks find throttle-style shifters much simpler to use than those that operate by thumb. There’s something intuitive about simply twsiting the inboard side of your handlebar grips to change the speed at which your pedaling. Which why our Explorers feature Grip Shift from SRAM or Revoshift from Shimano twist shifters.
TOP FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Explorer 1's hi-tensile steel frame, while heavier than more expensive aluminum, rides smoother & more comfortably than aluminum thanks to the natural shock damping qualities of steel.
Explorer 1 features a 21-speed SRAM 3.0 twist-shifting drivetrain with tripled-ringed SR XCC 48/38/28 crankset, Shimano Altus front derailleur & 14-34 Mega-Range freewheel for easy hill climbing and controlled pedaling descents.
The Explorer's suspension fork delivers over 2” of bump-eating, coil sprung suspension with alloy crown, stout 28mm stanchions and mini-boots to protect sliders. The seatpost offers 1” of coil-sprung telescoping travel too, to smooth out the road and trail.
Tektro's CL530 brake levers offer slip-resistant, shock-absorbing inserts on the finger contact points for more secure, comfortable braking.
Our long quilled, angle-adjustable stem and 3” rise handlebars offer a supremely comfortable, upright ride position that's easy on neck & wrists.
|Frame||All-new sport comfort design, hi-tensile steel with low-standover/upright ride position, internal cable routing, center-mount kickstand bracket|
|Fork||Coil-spring suspension, alloy crown,chrome-plated stanchions, mini boots, 60mm travel|
|Headset||ATB sealed, threaded, 1 1/8”|
|Wheels||Alex C-1000 alloy rims, 36H, with Formula alloy hubs, QR front and rear, 14g stainless steel spokes|
|Tires||Jamis Sport Comfort, 26 x 1.95”, blackwall|
|Derailleurs||SRAM X rear, Shimano M191 31.8mm top swing/dual pull front|
|Shiftlevers||SRAM 3.0 Comp ESP twist-shift, 21-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano freewheel 7-speed, 14-34|
|Crankset||SR XCC alloy crank with 48/38/28 chainrings, 170mm crank length, with chainguard|
|BB Set||VP sealed bolt type, 3RB axle, 68 x 129mm (35-52-42)|
|Pedals||Comfort platform with TPE non-slip insert|
|Brakeset||ProMax alloy direct pull brakes with Tektro Tenera levers|
|Handlebar||Hi-rise comfort, 15D sweep x 80mm rise x 640mm wide|
|Stem||Jamis alloy, angle-adjustable, 90mm ext x 150mm quill (13.5–17.5”) or 110mm ext x 180mm quill (18–21”)|
|Seat Post||Suspension, alloy micro-adjust, 350mm x 25.4mm, with alloy QR clamp|
|Saddle||Jamis Comfort with extra thick padding, synthetic suede top, burnished side panels and bumper springs|
|Sizes||M: S (13”), M (15)”, L (18”), XL (21”) S/T: S (14”), M (17”)|
|Color||M: Cayenne or Gloss Black S/T: Spearmint or Pure White|
|SIZE||TOP EFFECTIVE||HEAD ANGLE||SEAT ANGLE||CHAIN STAY||WHEEL BASE||FORK RAKE||BB HEIGHT||HEAD TUBE||STANDOVER|
|S||20.67 / 525||68.39˚||70.39˚||16.93 / 430||39.96 / 1015||1.77 / 45||12.09 / 307||6.30 / 160||17.87 / 454|
|M||22.05 / 560||68.39˚||70.41˚||16.93 / 430||41.42 / 1052||1.77 / 45||12.09 / 307||6.89 / 175||18.74 / 476|
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