Bicycle Times #6 Preview: Jamis Xenith Endura 1

I’ve had the Endura for a good bit of time now, evidenced as I looked through my folder of images for this blog. The first shots show evidence of the the huge snow storm we had at the end of winter, and the latest are all sunshine and green.

Anyway, the words have been written and the magzine is off to the printers. Thought i’d talk about a few things I didn’t have room to discuss in the review.

First the saddle, a Selle San Marco Ponza Power.

I didn’t even think about this saddle until my third ride…it was that comfortable for me. In fact the only time I thought about it was when I was carrying a good bit of weight on my back. Great choice for a bike like this—light but still supportive, and not a floppy gel saddle.

Second, perhaps a BB30 explination is in order.

BB30 is a new bottom bracket standard that is being adapted by more and more manufacturers. It eliminates the threaded shell and replaces it with oversize bearings pressed into the frame, eliminating the need for the now-common exteral cups. it also creates a larger diameter shell for more surface area for joining frame tubes. These changes should lead to the the ever-sought pairing of a frame that is both lighter and stiffer.

What did I think of the rest of the bike? Check it out in upcoming issue #6 of Bicycle Times. Look on the newsstand starting June 8th. Bicycle Times is avaliable in national chains such as Barnes & Noble and Borders, local book sellers, grociery stores and bike shops.

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