Started in 1937 as a component distributor, Jamis has since become one of the nation’s premier brands thanks to its commitment to quality and diverse product line. The company as we know it began churning out bikes in 1979 with their Earth Cruiser model, which they still offer.
A rehash of the typical 1950’s cruiser, the Earth Cruiser was, and still is, the perfect combination of fashion and function and it helped turn cycling from a pastime for kids into a healthy, fun activity that people of all ages could enjoy.
Following their initial success with fun cruiser models, Jamis threw their hat into the burgeoning mountain bike movement with the release of the Dakota, Lightfoot and Roughneck in 1983. Practically prehistoric compared to their current models, these bikes were heralded as some of the first quality production all-terrain rigs of the day.
They followed the release of their revolutionary mountain bikes with two new road bikes, the Eclipse and Quest in 1988. They featured size-proportional components and frame geometry, changing forever the way we think about how road bikes are supposed to fit and handle.
Not content to rest on their laurels, Jamis released the race-ready Dragon hardtail in 1993 at an unheard of weight of only 24 pounds, and then helped pioneer full-suspension bikes with the Dakar in 1995, a bike that has since gone on to win a multitude of “Best Of” awards from the industry’s leading publications.
Jamis continues their rich tradition of quality and progression to this day with a full line of bikes for every type of rider. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a seasoned commuter, a road racer, or a big hucker you’re sure to find a bike that is just your style.