Jamis Aurora Elite - 2018

Jamis Aurora Elite
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When you hear the call of the open road, nothing satisfies like the feeling you get from moving across the land under your own power. The Jamis Aurora Elite is built for the journey, with a classic Reynolds steel frame and a host of confidence-inspiring touring-specific components. Jamis' Size Specific Tubing puts strength where you need it while maintaining compliance over rough roads, and allows for serious load-handling capability — up to 80 lbs! A Shimano 105 3x9 drivetrain with barend shifters keeps things simple and reliable and provides a massive gear range, and TRP HYRD disc brakes give you all-conditions stopping power. Of course, the Aurora is loaded with eyelets and rack and fender mounts galore to provide a stable hauling platform and even includes a rear rack and full-coverage fenders to get you started. Finally, all-purpose 700 x 32c Clement XPlor tires and sturdy double-wall Mavic rims provide the smooth and fast ride you'll enjoy as you pedal on toward the horizon.

Specs

Frame Reynolds 631 seamless air-hardened chromoly main tubes with SST tubing diameters, double-tapered heat-treated cromo stays with clearance for 35mm tires and fenders, extended head tube with reinforced collars, custom laser cut road disc dropouts, fender/rack eyelets and 3 spoke carrier
Fork Lugged semi-sloping chromoly 17mm lower blades with low-rider braze-ons, disc brake tab, forged dropouts and fender mount eyelets with clearance for 35mm tires and fenders
Headset Ritchey Logic V2 threadless, 1 1/8"
Rims Mavic XM 119 double wall rims
Hubs Shimano R505 Center Lock disc hubs, 36H
Spokes DT Champion 14g stainless steel spokes
Tires Clement X Plor USH, 700 x 35c, 60tpi, protection belt with reflective sidewalls and Kevlar folding bead
Crankset Shimano FC-5703
Chainrings 50/39/30T
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-RS500 external
Chain Shimano 10-speed
Front Derailleur Shimano 105 FD-5703 with 28.6mm alloy clamp
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 RD-5701GS
Cassette/Rear Cogs Shimano 10-speed, 11-32T
Shifters Dura Ace bar-end, 30-speed
Handlebars Jamis Ergo, 6061 aluminum, 31.8 x 380mm (47), 400mm (50/53), 420mm (55), 440mm (57/59/62)
Tape/Grips Jamis natural cork bar tape
Stem Jamis adjustable threadless system (ATS), 3D cold forged aluminum, 7-deg x 90mm (47/50), 100mm (53/55), 120mm (57/59/62), ATS shim length 100mm
Brake Levers Tektro RL340 road brake levers
Brakes TRP HYRD cable actuated hydraulic disc brakes with Shimano 160mm rotors
Saddle Jamis Touring Sport with pressure relief cut-out and hollow chromoly rails
Seat Post Jamis alloy micro-adjust, 27.2 x 300mm with cromo seat pin
Accessories & Extras Full coverage 45mm fenders with adjustable stays and designed mud flaps, Jamis carrier (capacity 25kg/55lbs.) with Jamis logo strap and rear reflector

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Pros

  • Comfortable  (3)
  • Handles Well  (2)
  • Responsive  (2)
  • Durable 
  • Great Derailieurs 

Cons

  • Brakes Could Be Better 
  • Design oversights 

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (2)
  • Light Trail 
  • Road 
  • Casual Riding 
  • Commuting 
  • Exercising 
  • Serious Training 
  • Climbing 
  • Long day rides 
  • Serious Touring 
  • Touring 
  • Touring 

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5

Not just a pretty face

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from London, UK

About Me Intermediate

Pros

  • Sturdy
  • Good Geometry
  • Great Derailieurs
  • Packs Well
  • Quick
  • Nimble
  • Durable
  • Stylish
  • Great Riding Position
  • Comfortable
  • Disc Brakes

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Touring
    • Light Trail
    • Commuting
    • Road

    Comments:

    I have had my 2015 Aurora Elite for about 20 months now. It rides beautifully and is a really classy machine. The disc brakes are good reliable stoppers, the riding position is comfortable and the bike is quick despite being heavier than the carbon fibre road racers and is great for a sprint without the panniers . The Reynolds 631 frame is superb - and provides a comfortable, shock-dampening ride with just enough spring without being "whippy" It is a great bike loaded or unloaded. I put Ortliebs panniers on the front and back. Sometimes my toe clips glance the front fender, but it's a minor issue, and something that happens less often when you ae used to the bike. The bike gets a lot of admiring glances and comments due to its understated classy "Dakota Grey" paintwork with matching fenders. Shimano 105 derailiers on a bike at this price makes it great value and a puts it a class above many competitors in the price range. I changed the Jamis Saddle for a Brookes and put a stainless steel Tubus low-rider rack on the front (the brushed steel Tubus compliments the 2015 Elite's Dakota Grey beautifully. 3 spare pokes in the spoke holders on the rear stay is a nice touch (I haven't broke a spoke yet). Matching the paint for Dakota Grey wasn't easy. As the saying goes "Chips happen!" I got a couple of minor chips I wanted to sort out. Jamis's Website wasn't very helpful in providing a colour match. Then I discovered that it is an AUDI colour. AUDI LY1P "Dakota Grey metallic and finish with a clear gloss lacquer. Very pleased with my bike. It lives indoors, and if I could I would take it to bed with me.

    5

    Luxury SUV on two wheels...

    By 

    from Oceanside

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive
    • Good Geometry

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Exercising
    • Casual Riding
    • Serious Touring
    • Climbing

    Comments:

    ...is how I would describe this bike. I have ridden it now for over 5000 miles and I would buy this bike again in a heart beat. It rides buttery smooth, climbs great, tours like a champ. It handles remarkably well when loaded. The brakes I wasn't very impressed with but they do the job. The seat is very comfortable. The components are top notch.

    4

    Good compromise, but design flaws

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    from Urbana, IL

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Responsive
    • Fast
    • Comfortable
    • Handles Well

    Cons

    • Design oversights

    Best Uses

    • Serious Training
    • Commuting
    • Long day rides
    • Touring

    Comments:

    Overall I am fairly impressed with the Aurora Elite. I use it for long and short day rides, and some loaded weekend touring trips. It is one of the very few mid-range touring bikes available, and an impressive bang for the buck. That said, as spec'd it had several problems. It's important to know the AE is not designed for full-on touring. It is a repurposed cyclocross frame. This creates a few problems. Most importantly, there is not enough space to attach a rack to the rear eyelets. They are brazed-on too close to the seat stays. In addition, the star-nut provided does not grasp the carbon steer tube. I had to replace it with a carbon specific nut. The carbon fork provides a smooth ride, but I'm unsure how it would hold up under the stress of loaded touring. Overall, the Aurora Elite is a decent compromise between performance and stability, and comes at good value. The oversights mentioned above prevent it from being a truly exceptional bike.

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