2011 Race Bike – Jamis Xenith Elite

January 13, 2011

Its been a few years since I treated myself to a new race bike and luckily a few thing have conspired to make this the right time to pull the trigger.  My oldest son is now the same height as the old man and so he will be inheriting my 2008 Addict R3.  That means that I get a new toy.

After four years of riding and racing Scotts ( both the CR1 SL and the Addict ) I thought  I’d change it up a bit and try one of the new offerings from Jamis.  I decided to go with the Xenith Elite which is a high modulus carbon frame with Jamis’ Dyad Elite fiber lay-up and full SRAM Red components.

The bike comes stock with the American Classic Aero 420 wheelset, but I decided to build it up with Easton’s EA90 SL’s.  I have used the EA 90’s for training and EC 90’s for racing over the last few years and have been highly impressed.

The next step was to get the bike and the wheels unpacked and built up.  As the bike emerged from the packing material and started to take shape, I had my first look and the new sled.


The next steps were to swap out the wheels, replace the stock saddle with a fizik Airone and to get the fit dialed it.  Though the geometry differs slightly from the Addict, I was able to closely replicate the fit numbers from the old bike.  All that’s left is to get the bars unwrapped and get the shifters in the right place.  I probably wont get to ride it outside until the weekend, but when I do I’ll post a review.