My experience with Jamis

Discussion in 'Road & Cyclocross' started by jacksonpt, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. jacksonpt

    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    Jul 22, 2002
    Vestal, NY
    As some of you know, I haven't had the best of luck with my 05 Jamis Quest. It's a great bike, I've just had some hardware issues that have left me stranded on the side of the road more than once. Here's my experience wiht Jamis:

    First, my problem (in case you've missed my previous threads about it):
    I've had my 05 Quest since the end of May. From day 1 I have had issues with the rear wheel pulling out of the dropouts under heavy torque loads. Each time it happens, the rear triangle gets tweaked just a bit, the tire flats, and the chain stays get scratched up from the skewer and/or cassette. I've had it happen 4 times in about 100 miles. I'm 5-8, 180lbs.

    I e-mailed Jamis about the problem:

    their response

    my response to them

    Their response to me:

    When I started the whole thing, I went into it with the opinion that new skewers were the absolute least they could do, but that a replacement frame would be my preference. Considering their reuptation for customer service, I didn't think it was out of the question.

    I don't have a problem with their decision... the problem I have is the apparent atitude of the guy I was dealing with. I thought it sounded like he was imply it was my fault I was having problem and that since he has run the same skewer, there couldn't possibly be any problems with it. I also thought it was odd that he was running a velomax wheelset... seems like most reps run pretty high end stuff because of their connections, so I would have thought he'd be on Mavics or similar high end wheels, but that's kind of beside the point.

    Anyways... after the final e-mail, they were very fast in shipping out a set of Ultegra skewers and a fingernail polish-syle bottle of touch-up paint. So now that everything is said and done, have they done enough to piss me off to the point where I'll never buy a Jamis again? No, not really... but I also have no real loyalty to them... certainly not like I do Yeti (I've had excellent luck with them).

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  2. JRB

    JRB Guest

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    I wouldn't sweat it. Seems like it's the shop you should be pissed at. I can kind of understand why they wouldn't just send a new frame, but if the shop had spoken up, they would be more likely. That said, many of our dealers use a big fudge factor, and it makes manufacturers leary. Sorry for the way it went down.
  3. Pau11y

    Pau11y Turbo Monkey

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    Oct 20, 2004
    In a web in the corner of your room
    Velomax makes everything from your $200.00 set of wheels to your $1K+ set. I run a set of Circuits, around $450.00 and don't have an opinion either way except they do roll and roll, much better than my DA hub'd Open Pros (3x, DB, alloy nips) w/ same rubber and PSI. Easton has bought Velomax out and mine has been basically converted to an Easton billboard (tall profile rims w/ "Easton" all over it). The levers on my Circuits seem to function very similar to the Salsas except w/ shorter arms than the Salsas. The DA QR has a closure problem w/ my Breezer dropouts where as the Salsas has much better clearance, as does the Velomax levers. Closure force seems pretty high, and I set mine at about the same on ever bike: thread the nut end till the lever start to engage at the point parallel to the rest of the skewer. The only lever that can't use this setup is my Mavic which seem to generate a LOT of closure force, even if I only thread to the point of 45 degrees to close before engagement on the lever.
  4. timmca

    timmca Chimp

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    Apr 2, 2007
    Hi Jacksonpt:

    I am wondering what happened and whether swirching to a closed cam QR solved the problem on your Quest. I am looking at terrific deal on a 2005 Quest, but it has the horizontal dropouts.

    Advice appreciated!

    #4 -   Apr 2, 2007
  5. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    Sep 13, 2004
    I believe Jamis handled this one correctly.

    Jamis is a large bike company who builds their entire line in Taiwan. They are not a small custom shop, nor do they claim to be. Specifically, their warranty department is designed not to help the single customer, but to handle the claims made against a large bike manufacturer, from a recall to your specific case.

    From my perspective as someone who has worked in the industry since the 80's, the words quick-release causes anguish, particularily combined with either lawsuit or warranty.

    Mentioning all of that, thru email, there is no way a warranty rep can see your bike and confirm whether it was your fault or a defect in the frame or the QR, unless you happened to live in Northvale, NJ. Unless there were multiple incidents which would spark a recall, he would have to imply it was not Jamis's fault.

    On that note, there might be a problem with the Velomax skewer which the Jamis rep might be very familiar with already. However, Jamis would do everything to drop this on Velomax's lap, which I can tell you is very disorganized right now.

    But I have not heard of a particular frame or dropout type which would not hold a rear wheel correctly. You might have your shop check the dropout alignment using the tools which check fork dropout alignment. However if the dropouts are already damaged, you won't get a warranty at this point.

    The reality with bike companies is that a major manufacturer with hundreds of employees and thousands of bikes is not going to give you the service that a boutique brand should supply. We had a Seven customer who noticed a slight wobble at high speeds. The shop owner checked the fork alignment and the dropouts were off by less than a mm. We expect Seven to exchange the fork without question. BTW, this bike cost about $8000 and the fork $600.
    #5 -   Apr 2, 2007