JAMIS Nova Sport: Another Outstanding Entry Level ‘Cross Bike

Over the barriers, through the mud, to the podium we go. On a Supernova of course. The carbon fiber Team and Elite versions of this perennial CX winner are guaranteed to have you reigning in the wet and muddy stuff. Then there’s the aluminum Nova Pro, Race and Sport, possibly some of the most versatile bikes Jamis has ever built. They’re as ready for Monday morning’s asphalt commute as they were at the local gravel race last Saturday. And they’re just as ready to be loaded up with panniers for next month’s adventure tour.

Jamis Bikes have always been one of my favorite bike brands. Over the years I have had several different models. In fact I still have, and ride, my 2005 Jamis Ventura Elite road bike. I’ve never held on to a bike as long as I have held on to that bike. As the 2014 bikes start to show up on web sites, I have taken a look at the 2014 Jamis lineup, and as expected, they are awesome. I have always been a fan of the Jamis Nova line of cyclocross bikes. The Super Nova has sort of been a dream bike of mine. But in 2014, there is an exceptional value in their ‘cross line up…the Jamis Nova Sport. An entry level cyclocross bike that won’t break the bank. If you are looking for a “gravel road bike” or if you want to get your feet wet in cyclocross racing, this is a bike that you need to take a look at. With a retail price of only $825.00 (it’s not a typo), you really can’t go wrong with this bike.

Jamis Nova Sport

Jamis Nova Sport Entry Level Cyclocross Bike



6061 aluminum double-butted main frame, hydro-formed top tube for comfortable portage, 1 1/8-1.5″ tapered head tube, 34.9mm seat tube, disc brake mounts, replaceable derailleur hanger, single eyelet


Jamis Cross aluminum fork, tapered chromoly steerer, integrated cable cradles with post disc brake mounts and fender eyelets


FSA, integrated, 1 1/8-1 1/2″


Alex XC23 eyeleted disc specific rim, 32H, Formula alloy disc road hubs and 14g stainless steel spokes


Vittoria, Cross XN, 700 x 32c


Shimano Claris RD-2400 rear and Claris FD-2400 front with 34.9mm alloy clamp


Shimano Claris ST-2400 Dual Control STI, 16-Speed




SRAM PG-830 8-Speed 11-30T


FSA Tempo compact double, 50/34T, 170mm (48/51) 172.5mm (54/56) 175mm (58/61)

BB Set

FSA sealed cartridge, 68 x 110.5mm




Tektro Lyra mechanical cable actuated disc brake with 160mm wave rotors and Shimano ST-2300 STI brake levers


Jamis Ergo, 6061 aluminum, 6061 aluminum, 31.8 x 380 (48) 400mm (51-54), 420mm (56/61).


Jamis Road, 3D forged 6061 alloy, 7° x 90mm (48/51), 100mm (54/56), 120mm (58/61)


Jamis suede tape with Jamis logo and “J” end plug

Seat Post

Jamis Road, micro-adjust, 31.6 x 300mm, alloy clamp with cromo seat pin


Jamis Road with SL top, front and rear bumpers and satin steel rails


48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm




24.75 lbs

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