FRAME Full high modulus carbon fiber, Dyad fiber lay-up, tri-oval shaped top and down tubes with SST tubing diameters, assymetrical chainstays, twin seat stays, forged one-piece dropouts with replaceable derailleur hanger, double water bottle bosses
FORK Jamis Pro level, full high modulus carbon fiber, integrated crown, carbon dropouts
Strengths: Stiff but lively and responsive frame.
Takes corners at high speed with agility and ease.
Great component spec- superb value for the money
Superb braking- stops on a dime.
Colors- the red & white paint is exceptionally attractive.
Weaknesses: Not available with a compact crankset- I had my dealer modify mine to an Ultegra SL compact.
I absolutely love this bike! The Xenith Race was my choice after a five-month-long search. The Xenith Race is new for 2008- it's a step up from the Xenith Comp, and a step below the Xenith Pro.
I knew I wanted a full-carbon road bike with excellent components that was available through a local bike shop (had bad previous experience buying through a box store). Since I live in a rural county, that limited me to 3 bike shops and 7 brands within 35 miles. I chose the Xenith Race because of its superb handling and great component spec- you'll be hard-pressed to match an Ultegra/Dura Ace setup at this price.
The bike floats up hills, handles corners aggressively, and can stop on a dime. Think up it as an upgraded Xenith Comp with better wheels, better components, and a snazzy red & white paint job.