The final race at Eagle Island. During this video you will see someone try to pull a Leif out of their front brake and their hand slides into their front wheel. Funny now that we know he is okay.
Just wanted to show everyone a sweet new addition to www.racecycles.com. The Lezyne Road Drive pump. This thing is sweet.
I just want to post this fun video. Here is a little taste of our local cyclocross. Cross is growing and is a ton of fun. so if you haven’t tried go find a race and do it.
It was time to dust off the Niner Jet 9 and get it out rolling. I decided to head up and do a local trail named Hard Guy. A good 10mile climb from Boise up to the top of the mountain. I got the Jet 9rolling up the hill and I just tried to find a rhythm. It took about half way up and then I felt pretty good and was able to climb the other half a little easier. As I came up over a very steep section I stopped for a moment to take in the view. I love this trail in the spring because it is green and you can see forever. After a few minutes if rest I jumped back in the bike and headed to the top.
Now came the fun part. They call it fast guy in the way down because it is a wide open trail with tens of visibility and not much to slow you down. Heading down I just tried to let the Jet 9 take care of the work. My Marzocchi 44 29er Ti was just perfect for this ripper. The water bars make awesome places to jump or loose control. I was working in not slowing at all and trying to float over those to keep my speed up. The few times I was able to really do it it was awesome how much faster you would get going using those as an opportunity to generate speed.
Unfortunately it only takes a few minutes to get down but well worth the climb. Check out a few pics from the ride.
Jamis is a known brand but not main stream. Yes we do see them out there but not in the masses. I have come from riding all kinds of bikes. To name a few: Bianchi Reparto Course, Orbea, Specialized Tarmac Sworks, Cervelo S3, Felt F1 SL, Felt AR4, and Ridley Excalibur. I wanted to work on something new and ride something that’s fun, and enjoyable to ride. I was reluctant to try the Jamis. I mean it isn’t like when you buy a bike and not like it you can return it. When it came in I was stocked. We took the time to weigh the frame before building it. It wasn’t as light as they say it is but I have yet to see a bike frame weight actually be accurate. The 58cm frame weighed in at 1050 grams. Still light enough for me.
The frame doesn’t have any super crazy sexy curves and lines but it delivers a very attractive bike once it is all built up. Pictures really don’t do it justice. By the size or the tubing one would think the frame to be very stiff and not as plush as some frames that have the small seat stays and crazy frame tubing. Well when it comes to just the ride quality it excels is so many areas. Built in the same factory as Pinarello and built with M30 carbon it rides smooth and very compliant. The tapered head tube gives you a very controlling feel and stiff front end.
During a race a couple of years ago on one of the bikes named above I was heading down a good size hill. I have ridden this hill many times through the years and was extremely comfortable doing so at high speeds. While I was going my top tube began to shack. Now I was only going 43 miles an hour when this began and within a few seconds go so bad I though I was going to head into the concrete barrier on the side. It was one of the scariest times I have had on a bike. Well I slowed down by sitting up and not touching the brakes. This allowed for it all to calm down. Since then I have not felt comfortable taking my bike much above 40. Now those who ride know 40 is not that fast. Last Saturday I took the Jamis and during a down hill decent decided to open it up a little and see how it preformed. Well when I hit 50 the bike was still completely solid and I felt in complete control.
The bb30 is a nice addition to this bike. Giving it extreme bottom bracket stiffness and perfect acceleration. If you are lacking in speed it isn’t from the bike. I know we all try it say it is.
The asymmetrical chain stays I think are a huge factor to the ride quality if this frame. Giving the frame a great balance so no matter what you are doing on it the bike is willing to follow. So if you are looking for a bike that allows you to enjoy your weekly crit series, local or traveling road races, your fun century rides, the week long bike tour, or a bike just to ride the Jamis Xenith Team is a good basis to start with. You can build it sub 15 lbs if you like or keep it less expensive and build it to 16 lbs.
We have built our 1st Di2 bike. We took a 2011 Jamis Team DI2 specific frame and built it up with 2012 Shimano Ultegra Di2 also known as Ui2. Feeding the wires was not the easiest thing to do but we did figure out a few tricks to make it go faster on the next build. We will be doing a video posting soon of a complete Di2 build. Our 1st impressions is amazing. I have never realized how much effort we put into shifting until you do it this way. Super fast and easy. We want to let you all know we will be working on stocking the Di2 Ultegra. We won’t be stocking any Dura Ace Di2 due to the major changes coming in the spring. Good exciting things coming this year and Race Cycles wants to be a part of it. We are working to stock more items and a better variety of them. Check back daily for the hot deals and lets get out and ride. Thank you for your support.