We just received our first mid-range aluminum road bikes from Jamis for 2014: their Icon Pro and Ventura Sport:
The Ventura race is ideal for anyone looking for a light and responsive road bike on a budget. With a frame made of double-butted 6061 aluminum and a carbon fork with tapered carbon steerer tube, it’s designed from the ground up to ride like a higher end race bike. Jamis outfitted the Ventura Race with Shimano Tiagra 10-speed shifters and derailleurs, a durable wheelset with Mavic CXP22 rims, and a carbon seatpost – making the Ventura Race a high value model at just $1150.
We had the pleasure of stocking the Icon Pro when it debuted last season. It’s exciting, but not surprising, to see it back again. What separates the Icon Pro from other aluminum road bikes is Jamis’ Synthesis small-batch production. Their Icon frames are made with more technical design, and frame construction is limited to smaller numbers so each one gets more care and attention through the entire production process. Each Icon frame weighs the same as their Xenith carbon frames, and each one has aggressive, swift geometry like their advanced race bikes. Between the quality of the frameset, the components on it (carbon fork, Shimano 105 drivetrain and a Mavic Aksium wheelset), and a price of just $1750, the Icon Pro is an impressive ride for both new and seasoned cyclists alike.