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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.
Lightweight and strong 6061 series aluminum tubing, featuring over-sized & tapered tubing for increased frame stiffness.
The aluminum frame of the Trail X and Helix is beefed up to include a larger 34.9mm seat tube, which allows us to spec an over-sized 31.6mm seat post. The larger diameter post flexes less, providing a firmer pedaling platform.
Running the cables up under the top tube keeps cables and housing out of the muck for more precise and reliable shifting performance.
A Zero Stack internal headset places both the cups and bearings inside the head tube instead of outside. This reduces the total stack height (including the head tube), which is beneficial on larger wheeled bikes. The larger diameter head tube also provides a larger weld interface at the critical head/top/down tube junction.
Most of our Trail X sizes offer two water bottle mounts located inside the main frame. This provides excellent hydration capacity in an easily accessible position.
Because it’s much easier and much less expensive to replace a derailleur hanger than it is to repair or replace a frame, every Trail X and Helix frame offers a replaceable derailleur hanger designed to yield in a crash before the frame does.
Fully integrated shifting systems offer the most precise and reliable performance. That’s why our Trail X and Helix models all offer Shimano shifters, Shimano front and rear derailleurs and Shimano cassettes or freewheels.
Disc hubs twist during braking. This twisting increases “pull” load on the nipples in the spoke bed. The Alex TD26 spoke bed on the rims specified on Expert, Comp and Sport is cleverly reinforced to resist disc brake torque and prevent spokes & nipples from shearing.
UPGRADES FROM HELIX SPORT
• RST Blaze TNL fork
• Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
UPGRADES / CHANGES FROM 2016
• CST Patrol 2.25" tires
• Tektro M285 brakeset
• Shimano TY-501 crankset
|Frame||6061 aluminum main tubes, over-sized seat tube, zero-stack head tube, over-sized stays, replaceable derailleur hanger|
|Fork||RST Blaze TNL 27.5", coil spring with Turn-n-Lock hydraulic lock out, external preload adjustor, 30mm stanchions, aluminum lowers, 100mm travel|
|Headset||Zero-stack internal cup threadless, 15mm cone spacer|
|Wheels||Alex TD26 27.5" rims, 32H, alloy 6-bolt disc hubs, stainless spokes|
|Tires||CST Patrol, 27.5 x 2.25”|
|Derailleurs||Shimano Acera rear and M190 front|
|Shift levers||Shimano M310, 3x8-speed|
|Chain||KMC Z7, 8-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano HG20, 8-speed, 11-32T|
|Crankset||Shimano TY501, 42/34/24T, 170mm (14"/16") 175mm (18")|
|BB Set||Sealed cartridge|
|Pedals||ATB platform, hi-impact resin|
|Brakeset||Tektro M286 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotors|
|Handlebar||Jamis XC riser, 31.8 x 20mm rise x 660mm|
|Stem||Jamis XC alloy threadless, 31.8 x 10º rise x 70mm (14”), 70mm (16"), 90mm (18")|
|Seat Post||Jamis alloy micro-adjust, 31.6 x 350mm (14") 400mm (16"/18")|
|Saddle||Jamis ATB Sport Women's, SL cover, protective front and rear guards|
|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˚||72.5˚||17.1 / 435||40.5 / 1029||1.8 / 46||4.1 / 105||26.3 / 668|
|16||22.1 / 560||70˚||72.5˚||17.1 / 435||41.3 / 1050||1.8 / 46||4.3 / 110||27.7 / 704|
|18||22.9 / 580||70˚||72.5˚||17.1 / 435||42.1 / 1070||1.8 / 46||4.7 / 120||28.9 / 731|
FIT & SIZING
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