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Old 08-22-10, 12:25 PM
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Jamis Xenith and Sram Red Review

Well its been a couple of weeks now. Ive ridden the bike on most of my regular training rides, and a fast group ride. Ive been riding the Tarmac for 3 years now, so this bike has taken some getting used to. First off, it is extremely light for a bike that is size 61. With the Zipp racing wheels it comes in at 14.48 lbs, with training wheels its 15.28lbs. The other thing that is drastically different between the 2 bikes is riding position, the Xenith having a 30mm shorter head tube, also a 10mm longer stem. Interestingly enough, it feels natural.

First observation is the stiffness difference. Really it is just no comparison at all, the Jamis is way stiffer all the way around. This also leads to great road feel. Im not into doing century rides any more, but I would not hesitate to ride the Jamis. Next biggest observation is steering, the HT andle is steeper on the Jamis. What ive gathered is a twitchy feel at slower speeds. Get the speed up and this thing comes alive, diving in and shooting out of corners is where this bike really excels. It scared me at first, but decending Kings Mt road yesterday the fear was quickly replaced with confidence and a huge grin.

Due to the bike being lighter and stiffer it accelerates mush better. No wasted energy with the super stiff frame and cranks. Riding with the Zipp wheels is amazing, great ride, spin up real fast, but they suck in wind. The Mavic Elite training wheels are also nice, but they are 300 grams heavier.

The Sram Red has been great. Took a few rides to get used to the double tap system. I mentioned in my previous thread that it works as its supposed to. Not gonna say it is better or worse then Shimano. To me they both work great. With Sram being lighter and less expensive I will most likely use Sram(actuallly I am). The cranks are not Sram, I have the FSA's as this bike has a BB30. They are lighter and stiffer then most that I have used, Specialized Carbon, Ultegra and Dura Ace.

All in all Im very pleased with the Jamis Xenith SL. Ill post up some more pics as soon as I can get off my couch(rode hard yesterday).
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Old 08-22-10, 12:27 PM
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Stop it! I need to be gainfully employed again before I start having bike lust.





Sounds like a nice ride. I know you'll ride it like you stole it!

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Old 08-26-10, 10:41 AM
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Here are some pics with the training wheels, Mavics. Ive been bed ridden this week with a pinched nerve in my neck so I am incapable of changing the wheels at this point. Hopefully Ill be able to ride soon.
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I'm jealous. Such a nice bike.

How did you come about the frame at a discount? I need a frameset for my "next" bike, and I don't mind waiting until the '10s are at the discount stage.
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Old 08-26-10, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
I'm jealous. Such a nice bike.

How did you come about the frame at a discount? I need a frameset for my "next" bike, and I don't mind waiting until the '10s are at the discount stage.
Really just had to find a shop willing to deal. THis one was. Most were not. There is another one of these available I think.
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I'm interested in the Xenith Pro.. I can afford that one.. as in I can irresponsibly afford it. Let me ask:

- How do you like those handlebars? The 3T Rotundas?

- How do you like the Look Pedals, how do they compare to Shimanos if you know and don't mind letting me know?

I know, I know these aren't frame specific, but I looked at your porn.. and now I got these questions!

My favorite thing about the SLs is the color.. nice and simple - understated. Enjoy. Hope your heal up soon enough to get out there.
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Originally Posted by benca1 View Post
I'm interested in the Xenith Pro.. I can afford that one.. as in I can irresponsibly afford it. Let me ask:

- How do you like those handlebars? The 3T Rotundas?

- How do you like the Look Pedals, how do they compare to Shimanos if you know and don't mind letting me know?

I know, I know these aren't frame specific, but I looked at your porn.. and now I got these questions!

My favorite thing about the SLs is the color.. nice and simple - understated. Enjoy. Hope your heal up soon enough to get out there.
The only thing with the handlebars are my huge hands. Other then that I like em just fine. I may eventually end up with a set of ergonovas instead. The Look pedals are my favorite, always use em on my road bikes. I have shimano's on my track bike where Im not concerned about weight. Other the weight I find em pretty much the same as the Shimano pedals.
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