Our inspiring review is coming soon, for now here is what Jamis has to say:
Comfortable, enjoyable mobility: that’s Citizen. This is the ultimate low-carbon-footprint, sightseeing machine. It’s a low-impact and fun workout for new cyclists and a zero-emissions way to get around town. We can’t think of a better way to be a good Citizen.
Easy to look at. Easy to get on
We’re super proud of the Citizen’s sleek frame design. With an arcing top tube for the “men’s” frames and s-bend top and down tubes for a super-low step-thru ‘women’s” version. In fact, we hesitate to designate either with gender specific labels because the version with the easy-access, low step-over top tube is suitable for anyone with limited hip flexibility who might be challenged to swing a leg over the rear wheel when mounting & dismounting.
And easy to ride
When it comes to recreational riding, nothing gets more uncomfortable faster than having to pedal more weight than necessary. That is why Citizen 1, 2 & 3 are built with lightweight 6061 aluminum tubing. In fact, our aluminum Citizen frames are at least a half-pound lighter than our famous steel coda street bikes. We design comfort into the naturally stiffer ride of the aluminum tubes by specifying larger volume 38c tires and adding a few millimeters to the chainstay and wheelbase length.
A usual complaint from new or returning riders trying to get into the cycling groove is feeling uncomfortably perched forward with too much weight on their wrists and having to crank their necks backwards just to be able to see in traffic. We specifically designed our Citizens to remedy this. The large diameter 700c wheels push handlebar height up and shorter top tubes pull handlebars closer to the saddle, all to mitigate forward lean. Our 4-inch rise handlebars sweep back at a natural hand-grasp angle with a long-quilled or angle-adjustable stem that allows for a wide range of adjustment to tune handle bar height and reach perfectly for each ride.
Where it counts
Our super plush saddle features memory foam padding (Citizen 2 & 3) or extra high-quality polyurethane padding (Citizen 1 & Citizen) for optimum support with maximum comfort. The slip-resistant suede-type top prevents sliding and the burnished side panels reduce leg friction while pedaling. Elastomer springs help soak up high resonance road vibrations. Offered in gender-specific sizes.
So why go with a Citizen instead of an Explorer or a Hudson since they all seem to offer many of the same comfort and quality attributes? It’s simple: if your riding will be primarily on the road or on smoothly graded trails, the larger diameter road-bike sized 700c Citizen wheels roll faster with less rolling resistance and roll over potholes and railroad tracks more smoothly than the 27.5″ wheels of the Explorer and Hudson.
Geared to go
The drivetrains on our Citizen 1, 2, & 3 all feature long cage rear derailleurs, full- size 48/38/28t triple chainring cranksets, and big 11-32t or 14-34t gearing in the back. This gives you the dual advantage of having fairly tall gears for controlled pedaling at speed on descents as well as really low gearing for easier pedaling uphill. It’s a rider-friendly combination that’s made the Citizens a perennial favorite of recreational cyclists.
|Drivetrain||3 × 8|
|Frame||6061 aluminum triple gauge main tubes with hydro-formed top tube (sloping design), internal cable routing, center-mount kickstand plate, replaceable derailleur hanger and fender/rack eyelets|
|Fork||SR/Suntour CR8 suspension fork, coil spring with external preload adjustment, 60mm travel|
|Headset||Water-resistant sealed mechanism, threaded, 1 1/8”|
|Rims/Wheels||Alex ID-19 double wall alloy rims with GSW sidewall|
|Hubs||32H, alloy hubs with QR|
|Spokes||14g ED black spokes|
|Tires||CST Platinum Performance with silver safety stripe, 700 x 38c|
|Crankset||SR Suntour XCC-T208|
|Chainrings||48/38/28T with chainguard|
|Bottom Bracket||Sealed cartridge, 68 x 122.5mm|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano FD-TY710 front, 31.8mm clamp, top swing/dual pull|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Tourney TX-800 rear|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||Shimano HG-2008, 8-speed, 12-32T|
|Shifters||Shimano EZ-Fire Plus, ST-EF500, 24-speed|
|Handlebar||Comfort hi-rise, alloy 25.4 x 80mm rise x 15° sweep x 640mm|
|Tape/Grip||Anatomic triple-density kraton|
|Stem||Jamis alloy angle-adjustable, 90mm with 150mm quill (14–17”), 110mm with 180mm quill (18–23”)|
|Brake Levers||Shimano levers|
|Brakes||Promax TX-121 linear-pull with front power modulator|
|Pedals||Comfort platform style with TPE non-slip insert|
|Saddle||Jamis Comfort with Memory Foam, synthetic suede cover, burnished sides and bumper springs with satin steel rails|
|Seat Post||Suspension alloy micro-adjust, 27.2 x 350mm with alloy clamp and QR seatpin. 300mm for Men’s 15, 17, Step-Thru 14|
|Accessories & Extras||Kickstand|