The handling of the Jamis Ventura Race 2012 Women's Road Bike is impeccable - stable, easy to ride, with just a hint of edginess that makes slinging into corners a joy. The Ventura frame's aluminium alloy main triangle is extremely light, and on the Ventura Race you'll even get a carbon fibre monostay rear end that sheds a few grams and really smooths the ride out for those extra-long rides.
Jamis believe in doing women's bikes right (they are, after all, one of the few bike companies run by a woman). And while that starts with slightly shorter top tubes, steeper seat angles, slacker head angles and longer fork rakes, Jamis Femme bicycles go much deeper than that. They tweak tubing diameters and wall thicknesses to preserve ride quality for lighter-weight physiques, they use size-specific components like narrower handlebars, short-reach brake levers and wider saddles-and they test them with real women cyclists like you, weigh their input and adjust accordingly. The result is a sleeper hit - genuine women's bikes that are more than just a pretty paint job, but the genuine article.