Strengths: Good looking, customizable road bike with enough kahones to satisfy all but the most speed crazed riders.
Weaknesses: The front derailleur is absolute garbage. I'm contemplating taking it off the bike because it restricts several gears no matter how the junk is tuned.
I broke about 6 spokes within the first few months of owning the bike. I thought it was just because I'm a decent sized guy (185) and riding it daily in Michigan winter. It was not. Jamis replaced the wheels with the ones on the Ventura Elite (forget their name). Pretty sweet deal. The bike floats.
I love this bike. Jamis did many things right on it. For starters, they don't cut the steer tube. As a result, the bike can be made a perfect fit for every rider. The top tube is on an incline, making fitting deviant from the traditional method. This shouldn't matter much. Just go to a shop that carries them and have some rides! The components are pretty solid, lots of easton and shimano with a Jamis made composite/carbon front fork. I'm fond of the fork. If I were to upgrade components on the bike it would probably be the last thing I'd bother with.
Strengths: inexpensive for carbon stays and fork
Weaknesses: the stock tires kept popping my tubes.
EA30 bars, stem and seat post.
I like this bike. My mountain bike was stolen and i needed to get another bike, so i went to my LBS and they had this screeming deal, so i bought it. i love how light it is and responsive.
there was a manfufactures defect with the stock wheels, the beads popped out and gave me flats.
for a first road bike, i really enjoy riding this one. its perfect for me at this time, though i would like to upgrade the easton EA30 bars, stem and seat post.
I though I'd join the Jamis forum, since I'm now a Jamis owner. I recently bought a 2009 Jamis Ventura Comp. I've been riding mtb, mainly xc, since 1993. This is my first road bike, so take that into consideration with my thoughts on the bike so far. I've done one 28 mile group ride, a ... Read More »
I have ridden both bikes and like both. Maybe someone can at least make a suggestion why one over the other. I would be riding to work, not worried about rack at this pt..
I have a messgenger bag and can handle riding with that. Also I am not a racer, would need a bike to ride maybe total 30 mil ... Read More »
08' Raleigh Grand Sport $599.99 or 08' Jamis Ventura Comp $649.99
I am new to road cycling and wanting to purchase my first road bike. These 2 road bikes seem to be good beginner bikes and I am just wanting to get opinions or experiences with either of these bikes. Thanks.Read More »