Jamis is not a well known bicycle brand, but Jamis have a large range of bikes from road bikes to cyclo-cross. The Jamis Allegro X Sport is hybrid bike with front fork suspension. It will appeal to those looking for a good value hybrid which is suitable for the off the road as well as on it. It is similar to the ordinary Allegro range which doesn’t have the front suspension.
For under £400, Jamis have put the bike together with components at the cheaper end of the spectrum. But, the lack of a very well known brand and using the popular Shimano MTB gearset helps this to be quite competitive. There are not many other similar hybrid bikes coming in cheaper than this.
The front suspension can be turned on or off quite easily. It definitely helps make the bike more interesting for those wanting to switch between getting to work on the roads and going off road for something a little different. For city riding it’s fine. Fairly nimble and gives you a lot of confidence whatever the road surface is like.
At 30lbs (13.7 Kg) it’s not the lightest bikes, but with some quick gear changes, you can be away from lights pretty quick. The position on the bike is fairly upright, but you have a clear sense of being in control as you weave out of traffic. The bike is quite stable, with the thick chunky tyres giving good grip whatever the weather. But, at road bike diameter of 700c, they aren’t too slow. However, as I’m mainly used to riding road bikes, I felt a little held back on long flat sections. But, the compromise is the much better performance off road.
Who Will This Bike Suit?
The Jamis Allegro X Sport will suit a rider looking for a cheap all rounder bike. You can really take this bike anywhere. No where does it stand out, but at £400 it’s hard to find many other alternatives with this kind of spec.
Do you need front suspension for a canal path?
If you’re bike route involves a bit of canal path, don’t feel front suspension is essential. I ride an aluminium road bike and just put up with the bumps. However, if you want to ride old railways lines and potholes with more enjoyment, this bike starts to be an attractive option.
For those uninterested in more aggressive riding off-road, you’d be better off with a simpler model like the ordinary Jamis Allegro.
Tektro IO cable disc brakes help make the bike punch above it’s weight. It’s excellent stopping power for most circumstances. Disc Brakes excel in bad weather and on muddy terrain. This is a big improvement on the Tetro Brake levers often on this kind of hybrid bike. Though, if you can make the upgrade to the Comp model, the Hydraulic disc brakes are even better. If you don’t intend to be riding in muddy / wet conditions, the disc brakes are less important, and you would be better off saving your money and weight.
Specs of Jamis Allegro X Sport
- Frame: 6061 aluminium triple butted main tubes.
- Fork: SR/Suntour SF11-NVX-D MILO, aluminium lowers, hydraulic damping, mechanical lock out
- Gears: Front Mech: Shimano M191 bottom pull front, Rear Mech: Shimano Altus RD-M310 SGS, Shifters: Shimano Acera Rapidfire Plus SL-M310, 24-Speed, Chainset: Shimano FC-M311,
- Chainrings: 48/38/28
- Cassette: Shimano 8-Speed 11-32T
- Brakes: Tektro IO cable disc.
- Jamis Allegro X Sport at Evans Cycles
Jamis Allegro X Comp
- Same 6061 Aluminium frame
- Hydraulic rather than cable disc brakes.
- Shimano Acera gearset throughout.
- An extra £100 (£445)
Jamis Allegro X Elite
- With Shimano Shimano Deore groupset. 9 speed rather than 8 speed cassette.
- Selle San Marco Elba saddle
- 2 lbs lighter than Comp and Sport
- Will be approx £670.