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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-27-13, 12:25 PM   #1
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Looking for opinions on Jamis Xenith Endura bikes (femme or not)

I currently have a 2009 frame Specialized Dolce triple (with some parts from 2004 Dolce Elite triple moved to this frame, replaced under warranty). 2 bike fitters have told me that this 54cm frame is too big for me (super short torso).

I need a bike with effective top tube length of no more than 52.5cm. In the WSD Trek Madone 3.1, I would have to get a 50cm frame, not a 52cm.

I test rode a Jamis Satellite bike - same frame geometry and liked it. I have not found an LBS somewhat near me that has a Jamis Xenith Endura in stock in 51 Femme model.

Does anyone in the forum have any Jamis Xenith bike? It is supposed to feel road-absorbing and comfy, not stiff.
Do you like this bike, and does it feel comfy?

One of the local Jamis dealers can order this for me, so I would be happy to hear opinions on this bike. I have found a bunch of positive reviews online. This bike has eyelets for mounting a rack.

I am 5'6.5" with 31.5" inseam. I do have a very short torso - I can wear a petite short-sleeved shirt. I think I'm an Athena, and I am also 50+. I will be using new bike for weekend rides (20-40 miles), commuting, and hotel bike tours.

Thanks for your input!
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Old 05-27-13, 08:23 PM   #2
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I test rode one a couple of years ago and didn't get it because I couldn't find one that fit me. That said, there are some nice things about the bike such that I would have bought it if I could have found one that fit. It can take wider tires than the Madone (which is what I have). This is nice for comfort, especially if you bike on rattier pavement. Also, there were mounts for a rack, often not easy to find on a road bike.

Given you have a short torso you might want to try out the Femme version.
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My wife has a Jamis Xenith and she absolutely loves it. She is absolutely comfortable on it, and says it feels better through the seat out on the road than her Cannondale Bad Boy. I have to add that she is not an experienced rider, but she is learning at an exceptionally quick rate. She's 5'3, with a 28" inseam and is on a 48cm Xenith.
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I definitely need to buy a Femme or WSD model bike. I figure more of the men's models are sold, and a positive or negative review of the men's bike would also apply to the Femme model. I am wanting a cushy ride, rather than a stiff frame.
Thanks for the feedback!
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