Jamis makes a wide variety of bicycles, available all over the world, for all levels of riders. The company is especially known for its mountain bikes.
- address: 151 Ludlow AvenueNorthvale, NJ 07647
- telephone: (201) 768-9050
- fax: (201)768-9520
- website: http://www.jamisbikes.com
- e-mail: [email protected]
Jamis Bicycles is a big player in two mountain bike havens. They’re an official sponsor of Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland, Ohio. This first-in-the-world park is open in winter. Riders can demo or rent Jamis Kromo bikes to fly through the chutes and logs and other obstacles, all indoors. The second mountain bike haven, Diablo Freeride Park, is less than an hour from the company’s Vernon, NJ headquarters. Diablo is home to the US Open of Mountain Biking, and Jamis’s newly redesigned Dakar BAM II is the official bike of the Park and the international race. Riders can rent a Jamis Dakar or Parker to ride jump lines, wall rides, and downhill trails. At Diablo, bikers take the ski gondola up the mountain and wear full face helmets coming down.
Although Jamis offers a full price range of bikes, they sell some high-level road bikes, too. Frankie Andreu, who raced the Tour de France nine times, raves about the Xenith SL. “SL, of course, stands for super light,” he explains. The frame weighs 850 grams and uses SST or size specific tubing technology, where the tube diameter is fine-tuned to the size of the frame. Andreu calls Jamis, “Not one of the biggest bike manufacturers out there.” The company agrees. They say they never set out to be big but just wanted to build bikes they loved. Still, thirty years later, their bikes are sold in 52 countries and have won 5 Bike of the Year Awards, 4 NORBA Titles, 3 Bicycling Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards, and 3 UCI World Cup Titles.
The company’s Femme frames have shorter top tubes, longer forks, and angles just for women. The Xenith T-series triathlon bikes are aerodynamic leaders with the front brake inside the fork, the rear brake under the chainstays, and tubing that’s wing shaped. Kids bikes are built lighter, many with aluminum frames, since Jamis believes a 50-lb. kid shouldn’t have to struggle with a 35-lb. bike. Their Taxi, a Sport Comfort model, is designed for the heavy use of bike rental companies and resort businesses. Now there’s a situation where a bike will take a beating, so the Taxi is built to endure. The company sells many comfort and commuting models. After all, their first bike in 1979 was the Earth Cruiser, designed to cruise east coast beaches. But as Frankie Andreu says, the 850-gram Xenith SL “is a rocket ship compared to that.”
Hours of work
Monday – Friday
9 am to 5 pm
- Standard Frames: Yes
- Custom Frames: No
- Retrofitting old bikes: No
- Year Established: 1979
- Products Made In: Asia – primarily China and Taiwan
- Availability: Independent bicycle dealers worldwide
- Types of Bicycles: mountain, road, street, comfort, kids
- Construction Methods: Tigg welding
- Frame Materials: carbon, aluminum, steel