A family-owned business started by Cypriot immigrant Georges Joannou in 1938, Jamis has been at the forefront of bicycle innovation for over 30 years. The New Jersey-based brand makes unique, high quality bikes across all categories and designed to fit all lifestyles.
Appropriately enough for a family-owned business, Jamis organizes their many different types of bikes into series, or groupings of similarly equipped bikes.
The Renegade Series has been leading the way in the growing adventure bike category; a bike designed to be so versatile it can be used as your road, commuting, bike-packing or gravel rig. With tire clearance from 25 to 47c and over 20 mounting points for racks, fenders or frame packs, the Renegade Series is unequalled in its performance and versatility.
For mountain bikers, Jamis’ 3VO (Three Variable Optimized) series of bikes, with a patented suspension platform designed by Chris Currie of Speedgoat Design has been turning heads. The unique suspension design is unlike anything else on the market currently. Unlike most dual link designs, the 3VO system maintains consistent alignment with the chainline. This allows the rider’s pedalling to propel her forward, while the bike still remains able to absorb obstacles in its path.
Bill, a product manager for Jamis, told us that the 3VO bikes “can compete with anything else out there.” They offer an ideal combination of the virtues of both full-suspension and hardtail designs, with none of the power loss.
Bill also cited the Sequel urban/adventure bike as an attention-getter. It offers a comfortable and responsive ride thanks to its steel frame, made from Reynolds double-butted chromoly tubing. Jamis’ SSD custom geometry delivers an ideal combination of comfort and performance . Other features include 650b wheels with 12mm thru-axles and wide 47c tires. Hydraulic disc brakes, a 1 x 10 drivetrain and fender, bottle and rack mounts complete the package of this pedal-powered urban assault vehicle.
In a bicycle world seemingly made of carbon fiber, Jamis has been bucking the trend with its long-time use of high-quality steel frames throughout its product lines. Bill said that it’s not a rearward-looking retro-grouch effort to cling to cycling’s past days, but rather an acknowledgement of the enduring virtues of steel bicycle production.
Come check out the full line of Jamis bikes made for every rider at their Philly Bike Expo booth, or at your local Jamis dealer soon!