“A solid steed at the sub-$1,000 price point, with the overall package proving greater than the sum of the parts”
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Jamis’ Ventura Comp is good looking, and likely a workhorse for those shops that carry the brand. The Kinesis 7005 series alloy frame sports predictable angles, which set the tone, while a carbon steerered fork, and name brand Ritchey supporting components offer a story to tell that others in this price range can not.
Putting the Ventura Comp’s wheels to tarmac further enforce that first, shop floor, impression. While nothing really jumps out at a rider as thoroughly impressive, nothing ruins the pedaler’s experience either, and that — at this price point — means at least half the battle is won.
Ride and handling: comfortable, lively ride
Many manufacturers with Pro Tour pedigree are able to bring some of that feel to their price-point bikes, even those that come in at sub-$1,000 price point. Jamis does not have a World Tour level team, and it seems to show through here. It’s not that the Ventura Comp rides poorly; rather, it just doesn’t have the zing that Specialized or Felt seem to infuse to their models in our “Best Road Bikes Under $1,000” test.
And for the entry level rider, that pro zing, will likely never be missed. The Ventura Comp frame has a stable even flex through the frame that seems to offer a safe secure ride up or down, it does not, however, beg to be thrown hard into mountainous downhill corners, or dance spritely up goat path steep climbs. But again, that’s quite ok for the category.
The fit of the Ventura Comp is comfortable too, upright but not overly so.
Frame: respected manufacturing by Kinesis with a full carbon fork
Kinesis builds the Ventura Comp’s 7005 series alloy frame for Jamis and both the material and manufacturing craftsmanship is good for the category; it’s decidedly middle of the road.
We did find one small flaw, however, in that the way they’ve welded the cable boss for the rear derailleur on the dramatically shaped drive side chainstay puts it in the way of a riders heel, should they pedal with a close stance, and with their heels in.
Jamis have also found a way to include fork with carbon steerer at the sub-$1000 price point, which likely saves some weight and is definitely a rarity at this price point. We will question it though, since, generally, carbon steerer tubes require torque wrenches to maintain their integrity, and we do not suspect many will own, or even know that they need to own, a torque wrench to adjust their stem.
So while the carbon steerer is an admirable attempt to set the Ventura Comp apart it may be lost on the rider who buys this bike.
Equipment: it’s the parts that better the Ventura Comp’s sum
Jamis cobble together a drivetrain using parts Shimano’s Sora and Tiagra groups, a crank from FSA and cassette from SRAM. The end result is a transmission that works as well as any in the category, and seems to pack a bit more value; they’ve picked the best possible at the price from each manufacturer.
Braking is taken care of by Tektro’s R312 brake, which mates well with the Sora shifters for good braking performance.
The supporting components — Ritchey’s Logic stem, bar, and post and Selle San Marco — bring well-recognized brands into the mix. All of the parts proved comfortable; due to smartly spec’d sizes, and added a certain cache to the frame that is lost when a manufacturer simply slaps a house name on generics.
For the most important component, the wheelset, Jamis use a Mavic CXP-22 rim, which was actually a viable shop-built custom rim option more than a decade ago, to Formula hubs. The wheels sport 28 front and 32 rear spokes; the front is radially laced and the rear is cross three.
The custom wheelset is shod with a reasonably supple riding Vitoria Zaffiro 23mm tire; our only suggestion would be to bump to the 25mm version.
A WINNING BIKE FOR EVERYONE
Our Ventura Series bikes have won Bicycling’s coveted Editor’s Choice award numerous times. Which is why we offer the Race, Comp and Sport in both male and female specific packages.
VERSATILE PERFORMANCE GEOMETRY
For a greater range of handlebar and rider positions, we’ve fitted the Ventura series frames with taller head tubes. Coupled with a slightly longer wheelbase and relaxed head tube angle, this results in confident, steering/handling and a more comfortable position for longer rides whether competitive or recreational.
TAPERED HEAD TUBE AND STEERER
By enlarging the bottom bearing of the head tube from 1 1/8” to 1.5”, not only are head tube stiffness and steering precision increased, but we have sufficient room in the crown to produce a truly hollow fork from the dropout, up through the crown and steer tube, which yields exceptional compaction quality for increased strength and reduced weight.
SST FOR THE RIGHT RIDE
For our Venturas, we construct our 44, 48, 51 & 54cm frames with 10% smaller outer diameter top and down tubes than we use on our 56, 58 & 61cm frames. The result is a more consistent ride quality across all frame sizes.
FULL CARBON MONOCOQUE FORKS
Manufactured by the same team that produces our Xenith Endura frames, the carbon forks on our Ventura Race and Comp models are formed as true monocoque forks, in one continuous unit (steerer/crown/blades) for optimal strength and performance. Our competitors often use heavier 3-piece bonded carbon/alloy forks in this price range.
Frame Double-butted 6061 aluminum, compact sloping top tube frame design, SST tubing diameters, 1 1/8-1.5″ tapered head tube, butted seat tube for 27.2 seat post, replaceable derailleur hanger and fender/rack mount eyelets
Fork Jamis ECO carbon composite fork, 1.5” hollow formed crown, monocoque one-piece forming technology, alloy dropouts with hidden fender mount eyelets
Headset FSA Integrated, threadless, 1 1/8”
Wheels Alex AT 470 rim with TCS (Tubeless Compatible System), 28/32H, Formula alloy hubs with QR and 14g stainless steel spokes
Tires Vittoria Zaffiro, 700 x 25c
Derailleurs Shimano Sora RD-3500 rear and Sora FD-3500 front with 31.8mm alloy clamp
Shiftlevers Shimano Sora ST-3500 Dual Control STI, 18-Speed
Chain KMC Z99
Cassette SRAM PG-950 9-Speed 11-32T
Crankset FSA Vero compact double, 50/34T, 170mm (48/51), 172.5mm (54/56), 175mm (58/61)
BB Set FSA sealed cartridge, 68 x 110.5mm
Pedals Touring platform style, full alloy with toe clips
Brakeset Tektro R312 alloy dual pivot calipers with adjustable pads and Shimano Sora ST-3500 STI brake levers
Handlebar Ritchey Logic, 6061 aluminum, 31.8 x 400mm (48/51) 420mm (54/56), 440mm (58/61)
Stem Ritchey 4-Axis, 3D forged 6061 alloy, 6º x 90mm (48/51), 100mm (54/56), 120mm (58/61)
Tape Jamis suede tape with Jamis logo and “J” end plug
Seat Post Ritchey Road, 27.2 x 350mm with alloy clamp
Saddle Selle Royal S1 with fine grain cover, steel rails with integrated clip system
Sizes 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
Color Pure White
Weight 21.00 lbs