Jamis Quest review

Traditional chromoly steel road bike

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3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £1,300.00 RRP | USD $1,800.00

Our review

Packed with retro touches but an up-to-the-minute ride
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Jamis have a large range of steel bikes, with the Quest sitting second to top in the lineup. It has 631 steel tubing and is unashamedly traditional, with features such as the brazed-on, gently curved seat collar acting as a nod to the lugged steel frames of old. 

  • Highs: Sleek, classic lines, well equipped and forgiving on the road
  • Lows: Weight penalty over similar-priced aluminium and carbon bikes
  • Buy if: You want a sleek-looking bike that can turn its hand to most things

The long head tube is reinforced at the ends and takes a conventional headset, with a full carbon fork lurking inside. The fork has mudguard eyes, and there are rack mounts on the seatstays too, but if you want mudguards and a rack they’ll need to share eyelets at the rear dropouts. You even get a chain peg on the seatstay to hang your chain on when removing the rear wheel. 

Shimano’s 105 group is the usual choice at this kind of price, and the Quest spec mostly consists of it, with the exception of the Shimano R565 compact chainset. The brakes are Shimano ‘non series’ R451 units with long reach to clear mudguards or bigger tyres than the 25mm Vittorias fitted.

Jamis have chosen not to extend the traditional feel of its bike through to the wheels. The Ritchey Zeta hoops, with 20 spokes up front and 24 at the back, are all laced two-cross. The spokes are all plain gauge, though, which means the wheels aren’t quite as light as they could be. The rather clunky quick-releases don’t look particularly at home on the otherwise-sleek Quest either.

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You’ll certainly be hard-pressed to detect the difference between the Jamis’ 631 tubing and similar bikes’ 725 pipes through the bar and saddle – the Quest is adequately stiff under power, in a gently springy way, and suitably composed on rough roads. Larger or more aggressive riders will notice a bit of twist under hard efforts, but nothing that you wouldn’t expect from a skinny steel bike.

For big days out at a reasonable pace, this would fit the bill very nicely.


This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications


Name Quest (13)
Brand Jamis

Available Colours White/Silver
Handlebar Ritchey Comp Logic Curve
Weight (kg) 9.4
Stem Ritchey Road, 3D forged 6061 alloy, 6° x 90mm (48/51), 100mm (54/56) 120mm (58/61)
Shifters Shimano 105 ST-5700 Dual Control STI, 20-speed
Seatpost Ritchey Road, 27.2 x 300mm with cromo seatpin
Saddle Selle San Marco SPID Arrowhead with Syntex cover and carbon steel rails
Rear Tyre Vittoria
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 RD-5700
Headset Type Ritchey LB AheadSet, 1 1/8in
Front Tyre Vittoria
Available Sizes 48 51 54 56 58 61
Front Derailleur Shimano 105 FD-5700
Frame Material Reynolds 631 seamless air-hardened chromoly main tubes, SST tubing diameters, sloping top tube design, double-tapered heat-treated stays, reinforced head tube collars, lost wax dropouts with single eyelet
Fork Jamis full carbon composite with forged alloy dropouts with single eyelet
Cranks Shimano FC-R565 compact double, 50/34T, 170mm (48/51), 172.5mm (54/56), 175mm (58/61)
Chain Shimano 10-speed
Cassette Shimano 10-speed 11-28T
Brakes Shimano BR450 Super SLR long reach dual pivot calipers with adjustable pads and Shimano 105 ST-5700 STI brake levers
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB4600 external
Weight (lb) 20.7