First look: Jamis Xenith SL

Sub-6kg road machine

A US$6500 bike from Jamis? Yup, you read correctly and at least on paper, we might even argue that it’s a relative bargain at that. 


Jamis has been making steady strides upstream over the last years and the new Xenith SL is its latest salvo fired into the heated high-end road bike market.

Claimed weight is sub-900g on our 54cm tester courtesy of a healthy smattering of ultra-high modulus carbon fibre but Jamis has apparently been mindful of ride quality and stiffness. Frame details include so-called ‘tri-oval’ down tube and top tubes to optimise lateral rigidity and comfort, asymmetrical chain stays and full-length seat stays that Jamis says are more comfortable than monostay designs. Reinforcing ribs on the inner surfaces of both the seat- and chain stays augment lateral rigidity even further and a Jamis-designed and built one-piece carbon fork rounds out the chassis.

Our tester comes equipped with a top-shelf component package consisting of a SRAM Red gruppo, Zipp 404 tubulars, an FSA K-Force Light crankset, Easton cockpit and San Marco Aspide saddle. Total weight without pedals is a superb 5.98kg (13.16lb) straight out of the box.


Price: US$6500