Jamis Ventura Race Road Bike

4/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $1350.00

Product Description

The Jamis Ventura Race uses the race-proven geometry from their high-end "Xenith" line combined with a lightweight double-butted aluminum frame to keep you up front on the local Saturday ride.

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RW Thompson

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2012

Strengths:    Weight, 105 group set, Ritchey equipment.

Weaknesses:    Would be nice to have a 350mm seat post.

Bottom Line:   
I am 6'2" long on the torso, and bought the 58cm. The size is perfect, I can comfortable ride in the drops. steering is very quick. Very comfortable quick bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Goodman

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2012

Strengths:    Price, components (shimano 105 group) and quality.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I have the 2012 model with the new sloping radius top tube. It has carbon in all the places you need it and the components are great for the price. Most bikes in this price range have cheaper components. The weight is good for an aluminum bike. I wanted a Jamis bike as they use major name quality parts and not their on brand less expensive items as some of the other bike manufactures. The only recommendation I have is upgrade your wheels to something lighter. I have Rolf Prima Elan on my bike and it is much faster. Stock A-class wheels are heavy.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by KV a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2009

Strengths:    response, speed, price, clean shifting with little adjustments after 3 month and ~1000 miles.

Weaknesses:    very upright geometry

Bottom Line:   
i actually have the 2009 bike. 105 drivetrain is a great entry level set up and smooth dependable shifting under heavy pressure (i weight 205). the bike is much much faster than i ever expected. fantastic bike for the weekend warrior or someone just getting into the sport. lot of bike for the price, even at retail.

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Favorite Ride:   Copper Triangle

Price Paid:    $925.00

Similar Products Used:   felt F75, specialized roubaix, specialized allez

Bike Setup:   stock 2009 components. shortened headtube and removed inch spacer to give more aggresive cockpit

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jaf36 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2009

Strengths:    Responsive

Weaknesses:    See first sentence in summary

Bottom Line:   
The bike is garbage. I have owned it since July of 2008. I have the 2008 model.Purchased the bike new went to pick it up the dealer had trouble shifting it spent 1/2 hour riding it in the parking lot, no go. Waited a week and a half picked the bike up. Back to the to the shop on Labor Day weekend. The 105 shifter for the front deraillier kept hanging up resulting in the inability to shift to the upper chain ring. Took until March to get the new shifter in and it did the same thing. Now the dealer is waiting for Jamis to approve the installation of Shimano front crank seems that the front crank is not Shimano and does not mate with the 105 used. I'm am disgusted and not looking forward to riding a bike that is not well thought out and future troubles. Things might be better but I called Shimano and got a totally different story than the dealers. A real runaround.

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Purchased At:   elevate cycles

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn, Fuji

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cljim22 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2009

Strengths:    The ride is great, I fly up hills and the road bumps were not too noticeable (we are in the first few days of the spring thaw here in Toronto and there are a lot of bumps on the roads). The price is the real strength. I did not have the 1800+ dollars I would need to spend for a Trek 2.3 with a 105 drive train.

Weaknesses:    The breaks don't inspire confidence and I imagine there are lighter wheels on the market - both of these can be improved in the years ahead.

Bottom Line:   
I've just had the bike for a few days, but it was great on my first ride. I have the 2008 model, that appears to be similar to the 2009. The specs are pretty good for a thousand dollar bike (1200-1300 US for the 2009), with 105 shifters and drive train. Breaks seem to be the weak spot. The bike is fast and smooth. A good option for others who don't have thousands of dollars to spend on a road bike and want a solid bike they can improve over time.

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Favorite Ride:   King City

Price Paid:    $1050.00

Purchased At:   Toronto Bike Show

Similar Products Used:   GT ZR 4.0 (no carbon on this bike).

Bike Setup:   stock

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Jamis Ventura Race or Quest?

Hi everyone, I'm new to cycling and am training to do the 110 mile segment of Pelotonia this coming August. After looking/riding many bikes at my local LBS, including Giant, Trek, Specialized, Felt, and Fuji, I think I want a Jamis. I test rode two models. A 2011 Ventura Race and a 201 ... Read More »

Ventura Race pros and cons?

New road rider here, been on MTB's for 3 years. Looking to hit the road as it will give me a greater frequency to ride while also building up my legs for the dirt. Going to buy a bike this weekend, and the Ventura Race is one of my options. 105 drivetrain will be swapped out for SRAM Rival. Fi ... Read More »

2009 Jamis Ventura Race or 2009 Cannondale CAAD 9/5?

I have ridden both bikes...and I just cannot make up my mind. The Cdale is very stiff and jarring- compared to the Jamis, with the carbon seatstays. I love the clean welds of the Cannondale, though. Can either bike be built up light enough to race? Your thoughts are appreciated! TIA...Read More »

Alpe D'Huez vs Scott speedster S20 vs jamis ventura race/elite

after the first year at my college in maine, I realized that I should do some stuff to enjoy maine environment. so... i decided to get a road bike over the summer. although i'm technically a beginner, i'm a college athlete (6ft 195lbs) and my body is "smart" that i'm good at learning new sports. ... Read More »

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