Pick your favorite ideas in road bike development and we’ll bet they mostly match up with current trends: Lower weight, more aero and improved compliance.

Throw in a race winning pedigree and you have the upcoming 2014 Jamis Xenith road bike. It’s a completely redesigned bike with new shapes and features. Even a new construction process!

They borrowed the rear mounted front brake from their TT bike, tucked the rear brake under the chainstays and reshaped the main tubes to make it more aero. Helping that out are new mech/elec cable stops for internal routing of any type drivetrain. Slip past the break for more info, images and a teaser video…


Besides offering better aerodynamics, the Windshield II fork hides Tektro TTV linear pull front brakes for improved power, too. These should come stock on the SL, Team and Pro builds. On the back, depending on model, you’ll get either Shimano’s new BR9010 or Tektro T740R dual mount brakes.


It uses a BB386EVO bottom bracket that allows for 30% larger seat and down tube diameters at the junction than the prior Xenith. It also let them increase the chainstay size without crowding the rear tire. Chainstays are asymmetrical, with the driveside being 15% larger and 30% stiffer.


The balance between stiffness and compliance is built into the frames in several ways. The tubes are “tapered and triovalized” with size specific tubing – the 56/58/61 frame sizes use 10% larger top and down tubes than the 44-54 sizes. The seat stays are tuned better since they’re no longer required to handle braking forces.

Full details, pricing and the rest should come at the tradeshows. For now, here’s this:


  1. It’s a great looking bike and they ride very nice. Too bad that the company is very difficult to work with and is the reason that dealers drop them even if they like the bikes.

  2. My LBS has had great working relationship with Jamis and have carried the line for the last 3 years. You should be more specific on your unfounded claims.

  3. Jamis is a goofy company, yes, but I’ve never found them hard to work with. I really dig their steel offerings, and unlike most mid to upper echelon companies, they have many. This bike is purty, even if it ain’t steel. I wish I worked for a Jamis dealer just now.

  4. I’ve carried Jamis at my store for the past two years, and they kick butt. This bike looks awesome. I can’t wait to have this one in stock.

  5. what roadie actually rides a jamis? riding a jamis is like holding a sign “i know nothing about bikes and just bought what my local 3rd rate shop talked me into”

  6. @Big cow what does it matter that someone doesn’t much about bikes, cycling is all about the community not just the fortunate ones who can afford top dollar carbon and the “name brands”. Not trying to strike you down just asking you to rethink. for the record I have rented a Xenith Comp while traveling it is a pretty nice bike for not a whole lot of cash.

  7. “…the 56/58/61 frame sizes use 10% larger top and down tubes than the 44-56 sizes…”

    Does the 56 get both tube sizes all at once?! MAGIC!

  8. FastWayne. Let me count the ways.

    1.) When bikes are scattered around different warehouses and you are trying to make freight it is the dealers fault if they cannot get all of the bikes shipped from a single warehouse. Other companies will work with you by shipping from other warehouses and help with the freight.

    2.) If you do not hit the exact $$$$ amount to be a top tier dealer they will not work with you even though you average $$$$$ above top tier on a 5 year average.

    3.) Dealer support on marketing and advertising has never been well supported.

    Again the bikes are nice but you can’t have rules like the biggest companies in the industry without doing the things that the biggest companies do.

  9. Never expected I would race a Jamis road bike, but it’s going on two years now and I have no complaints. They are really right on par, if not better than the bigger mass market carbon brands. Customer service through our regional rep has been great. I had a problem with my first Xenith frame and Jamis replaced it for free. Been racing their cross bike too… it’s light and fast and withstands the abuse. I guess it’s true that Jamis was starting to fall behind Giant, Cannondale, and other competitors who update their lines annually, but this new model should close the gap. For gravelly days and for when I want to look stylish, I’ve got an expensive steel custom bike too, but I don’t ride it as much anymore because the Xenith is still pretty comfortable and much faster.

  10. P – Good catch, just fixed it. The 56 gets the bigger tubes according to Jamis.

    All – Only quasi-related, I rode the Jamis Dakar AMT 650B bike at DealerCamp and it was a real treat. It took Deer Valley’s technical descents with grace and really let me rip ’em. Lots of fun on a very capable, well handling bike. The short climbs and power sections were tackled without drama, too. No, not a road bike, but it certainly made me give Jamis a second thought.

  11. Big Cow, you do realize that most carbon frames ( ya know, the kind only a “real roadie” would ride) are manufactured in just a handful of factories in Asia. Chances are your Pinarello was made by the same factory that made my Jamis.

  12. Can some body let me know what “triovalized” means? Is it a made up word that means it has been ovalised in three different plans or the tube has three different ovalised parts along its lenght. Or simply the tube is round in three places and flat in the other two. Is this just marketing cr@p that nobody really understands?

  13. I carry Jamis at my shop! Very high quality, they treat us very well. I ride a few of their bikes and LOVE each and every one! All the haters out there…grow up and stop drinking the kool-aid of the Bikes-R-us brands…..

  14. I ride a Jamis SL and love it. Huge upgrade in comfort and stiffness over my previous made in the US Trek Madone 5.2 pro. I’m not a fan of this new model’s BB386 just because it will make buying a frameset only a difficult move. I’d say, ride one before you bash it. OH and did you see Acevado BOMB the decent at Tour of Utah. Jamis SL right there. This bike is on par with the others, its just that Jamis does not market as well which results in consumer value because we the comsumer aren’t paying to sponsor a world tour team.

  15. As a worker at a shop that carries Jamis, I will say that I love the company and their bikes. They are totally under-rated. Good on them for making their Road line so sharp for 2014

What do you think?