Review: Jamis Xenith Endura 1 Road Bike from Jenson USA

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Review: Jamis Xenith Endura 1 Road Bike from Jenson USA

A brand name full carbon bike with 9 speed parts for <$800. After testing the Jamis Xenith Endura 1 from Jenson USA we can honestly say there isn’t a catch, or a ‘but’ in the statement. Read our full review to find out why.

Jamis Xenith Endura Review

Key Details of the Jamis Xenith Endura 1 as Reviewed

Model Year: 2011
Discounted MSRP:
Original MSRP: $1,800
• Carbon frame & fork
• Rear rack mounts
• Shifters – Shimano Tiagra 9-speed
• Front Derailleur – Sora
• Rear Derailleur – Shimano 105 9-speed
• Crankset – FSA Vero Compact with PowerDrive, 50/34T

Unboxing the Jamis Xenith Endura 1 from Jenson USA

If you haven’t watched my unboxing originally shot for Bike Shop Girl, give it a a go now.

Overall, I was really impressed with Jenson’s packing job on this bike. It was pre-tuned, and test ridden before they boxed it. You simply install the wheels, rear derailleur, handlebar, stem, and pump up your tires.  The only way to make this packing better is to be able to put your wheels on and go, but that would have cost a great deal more in shipping.

My general experience with Jenson, their quality of bike build, and boxing was top notch. Anytime I have personally ordered a part from their online store I have also received great customer service and clear email updates. (That isn’t to say your local bike shop isn’t wonderful, and they don’t have the perfect bike for you.)

Thoughts on the Bike Build

The main reason you are getting a significant deal on this bike is because it is a 2011 model that I assume was left over stock that Jenson bought from Jamis. The frame, and parts are durable, but not too heavy. The carbon frame-set (frame and fork) come from a reputable brand with an upright, but not overly “comfort oriented” fit, and ride to them.

The drivetrain is 9 speed 105/Tiagra/Sora in the middle of the line from Shimano in 2011. You may want to upgrade the whole bike in a couple of years, but replacing these parts as you ride the snot out of this bike will be very affordable and smart way to get into the sport.

Finally, a compact double crank is perfect for most riders these days.

What Is It Like to Ride

Let’s begin with a reminder that bikes are like jeans, you should try on a few to find the perfect fit. 

Over the course of several good rides I really enjoyed this little ride. The carbon frame was built for comfort, but it did keep a good snap under pedal when standing to give it a go. I found the fit to be easy, and loved that there was room to go up or down with the stem depending on what you wanted out the bike. Weekend racer? Slam the stem, and put faster tires or wheels. Weekday commuter? Leave the stem up, throw a rack on the back, and more flat resistant tires. Recreational cyclist? Add some water bottles and the bike is ready for you. The shorter top tube, and taller head tube fit my long legged frame well.

The 9 speed parts provided ample range in gearing, and I never missed that extra 1 or 2 gears from 10 or 11 speed drivetrains. It wasn’t as crisp as Ultegra or Dura Ace, but it is also $2-4k cheaper.

Overall Thoughts

Cycling has been made out to be this sexy sport. When I flip through magazines, or read the big deal online sites (that I love) they are often reviewing the top line Ferrari model of bikes. I don’t know when budget friendly road bikes became $2,000, but it makes me sad for the sport, and for the beginner consumer that may be put off because the price tag. I thoroughly enjoy testing, and reviewing <$1k bikes because this is how we will grow the sport of cycling. This Jamis Xenith Endura is a great example of that. An overstocked bike, with a great brand name and parts, at an amazing price, online. This is the perfect bike to get people stoked on road riding.

The bike has it’s cons – I personally don’t like FSA cranks or chainrings after many negative encounters with them as a mechanic. The Zaffiro tires are okay, but won’t last if you live anywhere with tough roads  – I wouldn’t commute or race on them for sure. The cons aren’t deal breakers, but I do recommend to budget for better tires in the future.

This bike is running out of stock at Jenson, but they have other killer deals currently from Jamis.

Disclaimer: This bike was temporarily provided for review by the fine folks at Jenson. We weren’t paid or bribed for this review.

Webinar: Strategies to Get More Families Bicycling

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Family Biking Webinar

Want to help get more families riding? Here is a webinar coming up hosted by Safe Routes to School!

In honor of Bike Month, this webinar brings three perspectives on how to help families bicycle together: Family Biking Workshops and classes for all stages of family biking; Parent/youth summer programming with bike share; and Open Streets events.

When: Wed, May 25, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT
Register Here

Colorado Bike Expo Is This Weekend

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Colorado Bike Expo 2016

In it’s second year, the Colorado Bike Expo kicks off the bike season this weekend at Sports Authority Field. This consumer focused show will be bringing together brands, biking professionals, and the average bike lover like you and me.


May 13 – 14, 2016
Friday 12PM – 7PM
Saturday 9AM – 5PM


Sports Authority Field @ Mile High
Lot J and Gate 1
1701 Bryant St
Denver, CO 80204

Other notes:

This is FREE! There will be bike demos, beer, and most likely a bike nerds dream land.

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Fast Fashion Thoughts on a Friday

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Chacos Emerald Isle

Late last week, I was forming piles of clothes on our bed in an effort to pack for a ten day vacation for 2 women, and a toddler. The piles grew, and with it grew my stress. What was I forgetting, and where in the heck did I leave my check list? As I refolded clothes to fit in our suitcase I was reminded about the Fast Fashion industry, and how consumerism grows with our age, and wealth.  Scrolling through Twitter this morning I swiped across an update from Shannon Galpin which reminded me about those thoughts on Fast Fashion from a week. What if my family was to live out of a bag for a few weeks while we traveled? What would we bring, and would we feel like we sacrificed objects in order to make the trip easier?

A week into our travels we haven’t sacrificed. There is a full size washer, and dryer in our beach home, and yet I keep reverting back to the same ClubRide pants, and NorthFace sweatshirt. My wife is in her out of work uniform, a 10 year old long-sleeve scoop neck from Athleta, and a pair of broken in jeans from White House Black Market. My point isn’t to brand name drop, but to express that our favorite things are not those that we recently bought at Target. Instead they are the things that have lasted with times, fit us well, and have stories to tell. They weren’t the cheapest, but have the lowest cost per use. What happens if our closet spoke the same story? If we crafted a fabric story that moved easily from vacation travels, to mountain hikes, and bike commuting?

Through all of my fast fashion thinking I am realizing that my favorite biking shoes are Chacos, my go to biking pants are stretchy jeans from ClubRide, and I prefer my IceBreaker merino t-shirt over any biking jersey. While I love the perfect fit Pro kit from Pearl Izumi, and the snap of my mountain bike shoes into clipless pedals they aren’t my preference these days. I would rather ride my bike with my daughter to get the perfect croissant from Spinelli’s Coffee than getting fully kitted up for a massive group ride.

My views on life are changing, and I see a closet purge coming…