Jamis Bosanova Review

Jamis Bosanova Touring Bike Review

£749.99 from http://www.evanscycles.com/


Touring bikes are a dying species in the UK and it’s great to see Evans Cycles introduce the Jamis bikes to their range. I bought this bike after looking at quite a few, and overall I’m very happy with my purchase.

The Bosanova is a modern take on the classic touring bike, combining the classic steel framed design with more cyclocross inspired elements such as the carbon forks and disc brakes. While it’s not an expedition bike, I think it would be more than capable for a short or light tour.

Frame and Fork:

The Bosanova’s steel frame looks and feels great. While heavier than an alloy or carbon frame, steel is the perfect material for touring and works well on this bike. Although I was dubious of the carbon fork at first, it does help to smooth out road buzz, and the “lowrider” rack mounts, eyelets and sturdiness of this fork make it more than suitable for touring. The frame has all the rack mounts you would need both front and rear, as well as mudguards.

Groupset:

The Sora Front derailleur and Tiagra rear work well together with the STI levers. Many touring bikes still have bar end shifters and the Bosanova’s STI levers were a major selling point for me. They work flawlessly for both the brakes and gears and are easily adjusted on the go using the barrel adjusters on the levers themselves.

Brakes:

Many people are uncertain about disc brakes on a tourer, but the Avid BB5’s are the perfect choice for a bike of this type. The pads do take a while to “bed in”, but after a couple of decent rides the stopping power they produce is excellent. Adjustment is easy, but you might have to Google search for that as my bike did not come with instructions for the brakes. Disc brakes give the advantages of increased stopping power, working well in the wet and decreasing rim wear – all of which are important for touring

Other Equipment:

The adjustable stem works well and helps to create the perfect position, even if it does look a little odd. The supplied saddle is comfortable on long rides and looks great. The choice of white bar tape adds to the aesthetics of the bike but I wouldn’t choose it for a tourer as it gets dirty very quickly. Although it doesn’t come with racks, these can easily be bought – I got the Topeak Super Tourist DX Disc which fitted easily and works well with both panniers and Topeak rack bags. The only major problem I have with this bike is the mudguards/fenders – they seem an afterthought and are pretty awful – they rattled constantly and there was quite a lot of toe overlap with the front wheel. As a result I removed them.

Overall:

A capable tourer – can take both front and rear racks, and the equipment is perfect for what this is bike is designed to do. Some may say it isn’t a “proper” tourer, but in my opinion this modern take works extremely well, and all for a great price. Service from Evans was excellent, I received my bike 5 working days after I placed the order, and all Jamis bikes come with the excellent “30 Day Test Ride” option.

 

About Matt

I'll admit to being a bit of a kit freak, but cycling is a great sport for that! I've ridden a bike since I can remember, and now mainly cycle on road and on tour. I completed JOGLE in 2010 and plan to tour Europe next year. This blog is my place for product reviews, guides and my opinions on cycling in the UK