Jamis Commuter 4 – winter blue – 2011

For 2011, the Jamis Commuter series has been updated. We previously reviewed the Jamis Commuter in 2008, when the Commuter 4 was equipped with a derailer set-up. Now the top-of-the-line Commuter 4 sports an 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub, a rear rack, and a headlight powered by a front hub dynamo, for only $750. 

Unfortunately, the flat fenders and thin chainguard are still there, more for style than for function, and the riding position is rather leaned-forward, in the Hybrid bike form. But for someone who lives in a dry climate and likes that riding posture, this is a good-looking bike that will get you home safely at night, and it’s a good deal for a bike with an 8-speed internal gear hub and a hub dynamo.

Jamis Commuter 4 – step-thru, white

The women’s version, common on hybrids, is not my style, but may be perfect for someone who wants the lower standover, but does not like the swoopy, loop frame look.

Jamis provides plenty of information about components and geometry:


Frame 6061 triple gauge aluminum main tubes and stays, sloping design, rear carrier and fender mounts, forged dropouts with double eyelets
Fork Jamis City/Cross radiused aluminum blades, forged dropouts with single eyelet
Headset VP Slimstak threadless, 1 1/8”
Wheels Alex ID-19 double-wall rims, 36H, with Shimano Nexus Inter-8 rear,
Shimano DH2N35 Dynamo front hub, 14g stainless steel spokes.
Tires Vittoria Adventure Touring, 700 x 32c, with Rubber Shield puncture protection, reflective safety stripe
Shiftlevers Shimano Revo-Shift SL-8S20 for Nexus hub, 8-speed
Chain KMC Z410
Cassette Shimano Nexus 20T
Crankset Forged alloy crank, single 42T chainring, 170mm (14-18”), 175mm (19-23”), with full length chainguard
BB Set Sealed cartridge, 68 x 122.5mm
Pedals City style, full alloy, with TPE non-slip insert
Brakeset Tektro linear pull brakes with Tektro Tenera Levers
Handlebar Jamis ARC, 6061 aluminum, 580mm x 27º sweep
Stem NVO Components adjustable threadless system (ATS) aluminum stem, TM-4, 90mm (14/15/16/17/18”), 105mm (19/21”), 115mm (23”)
Grips Jamis anatomical, dual density, with stitched synthetic leather cover
Seat Post Jamis alloy micro-adjust, 27.2 x 350mm, alloy clamp with QR seatpin
Saddle Jamis Metro Sport, with memory foam, gender specific
Accesories Dynamo-powered headlight, chainguard,
Sizes M: 15”, 17”, 19”, 21”, 23” F: 14”, 18”
Color M: Winter Blue F: Pearl White
Weight 30.75 lbs



The commuter 3 drops the dynamo, lights and rack; the rear hub is a Shimano Nexus 7.


Jamis Commuter 3 – sky blue – 2011

Frame Geometry

15 340 547 71˚ 74˚ 445 1041 45 285 100 700
17 388 562 72˚ 73.5˚ 445 1057 45 285 120 735
19 436 571 72˚ 73.5˚ 445 1053 45 285 140 771
21 487 585 72˚ 73.5˚ 445 1068 45 285 180 815
23 528 595 72˚ 73.5˚ 445 1079 45 285 200 844

*Theoretical flat top tube length

Unfortunately, the 14″ and 18″ women’s frames do not have the geometry listed, but it should be similar to the 15″ and 19″ diamond frames. The rather steep seat tube angle and the low, straight handlebars lead to a half-leaned-forward position.

A derailer version is still available on the Commuter 1

Jamis Commuter 1 – Red – 2011
Sheldon Brown on the 2007 Jamis Commuter 3

If anyone has seen a review of the new Commuter 4, or had a test-ride this year, please leave a comment.

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  1. Anonymous


    Thank you for this blog and your comprehensive and interesting accounts on the various bikes available.

  2. dolan


    Sad to see them downscale the 4 (Alfine to regular Nexus), but if it's going to get more people out there commuting on a practical bike I guess I'm for it.

  3. Apertome


    These look really nice. I prefer the slightly more aggressive posture, so I think I'd like one of these.

  4. Anonymous


    I bought a Commuter 4 in April. I'm very pleased with it! It handles hills well, but you won't win any road races with it. However, it's great for riding a few miles in regular street clothes.

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