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Jamis Dakar XCT Race Mountain Bike 2012 Analysis


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Here’s our latest featured item: Jamis Dakar XCT Race Mountain Bike 2012, one of our most requested Mountain Bikes. A great gift from Jamis Bicycles. Check out the $1300.01 savings! We give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Jamis Dakar XCT Race Mountain Bike 2012

Jamis bicycles has a long history of innovating revolutionary bikes. This dates all the way back to 1979 with the introduction of the Earth Cruiser. The Earth Cruiser helped to spark the beach cruiser revolution. This revolution hasn’t stopped with Jamis, merely shifted focus. Today Jamis develops and produces top of the line Road and Mountain bikes. Leveraging their 30+ years of experience, Jamis is able to craft Race driven performance with trickle down for the average rider as well. Jamis has a goal to build an ideal bike, an impossible goal. To Jamis, it’s the only one worth doing. The Jamis Dakar XCT Race is no exception to Jamis’ quest to build an ideal bike. Jamis takes advantage of proven technologies when crafting their frames. The Kinesium Alloy frame is no exception. Boasting 130mm travel with the mp4 linkage system, the XCT race is super stable and performance driven. The tapered headtube allows for a stiffer front end and thus a more responsive and stable ride. Asymmetrical chainstay, cartridge bearing pivots, and a Fox Shox RP2 XV shock with boost valve & 10mm hardware round up the features that make this frame great. A great suspension is what comprises a truly fantastic full suspension bike. The Jamis Dakar XCT Race is outfitted with Fox Racing Shox Fork and Rear shock. Fox has been an industry leader in suspension technology for many years. Fox has repeatedly set new standards for quality and how suspension works. The Fork is a Fox 32 FRL with a FIT damper. The fork features external rebound damping, lever actuated lock out, 32mm stanchions for increased stiffness, 15mm through axle, a tapered alloy steerer, and 140mm of travel. The Rear shock is a Fox Shox RP2 XV with boost valve. This rear shock boasts 130mm of travel and can take nearly anything you can throw at it. Drivetrain is just as important as anything else, so it makes sense that Jamis has selected Sram drivetrain. A Sram X.9 rear derailleur is matched up with a Sram X.7 front derailleur….
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Mountain Bikes News Articles

Bikes worth 6,000 stolen in burglary

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:30:41 -0800 MOUNTAIN bikes worth thousands of pounds were stolen from a garage in Worle yesterday (Thursday). http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/bikes_worth…

Fat tire mountain bikes dominate winter cycling scene in Southwest Michigan

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:16:30 -0800 Fat tire mountain bikes have become incredibly popular among southwestern Michigan cyclists, especially during the winter months. http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014…

Mountain bikes stolen in Eastbourne

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:33:48 -0800 Police are appealing for information after three mountain bikes were stolen in the Seaside area of Eastbourne in the space of four days. http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/mountain-bikes-s…

Mountain Trails unveils race schedule

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:38:41 -0800 Break out your cross-country skis, tune up your bikes and dust off your running shoes Mountain Trails Foundation has released its 2014 race http://www.parkrecord.com/rss/ci_25038076?source=r…

Bike-maker relishes niche role

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:50:19 -0800 He's the Rotorua "one-man band" whose radical designs have caught the eye of the mountain-biking world.
Rob Metz started making his own mountain bikes about 20 years ago, when he couldn't buy what he wanted. Now, his company Zerode… http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id…

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    Road Bike Or Mountain Bike? I’ll be riding along concrete trails a lot, but I also want to be able to ride in my backyard which is rather hilly. I get tired easily so I need something easy, but I don’t want it easy enough and “loose” enough to go every whichaway when I decided to ride through rocky and rough terrain.

    so which would work, road bike or mountain bike?

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      Mountain bike. The mountain bikes are comfortable and easy to ride. When you get tired, they have plenty of low gears so that you can pedal fast, not hard. You also have the option of getting suspension with the mountain bikes. I wouldn’t get a FS bike (Full Suspension) if I were you, but definitely front. The hard tails (Front suspension only) are fun to ride, lighter than the FS bikes, and still offer some cushioning.
      The tires you use will have a lot of impact on your riding too. Don’t get anything too aggressive, or knobby or your pavement riding will be tough.
      Lastly, get the best bike you can afford. It will be worth it. Get a cheap bike and riding wont be fun. Then your money will have been wasted anyway.

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    Trek Calypso As Mountain Bike? I just bought a Trek Calypso out of the newspaper from a very nice couple. They were telling me that it was a mountain bike and they have put new tires on it which look like they’ll do the job. My only concern is that everything I’ve seen on the internet labels the calypso as a “cruiser”. Is it possible to use it on trails and non/paved areas? This is important as I live in the mountains. Thank you!

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      Mountain biking is a sport where people go very fast on bicycles up, and down mountains on rugged trails crossing streams, logs, rock drops, and other high speed obstacles. These Bicycles used for this sport do not dub well as urban, commuter bikes, or road bikes. They are made specifically for Mountain Biking. If you are interested in beginning to mountain bike, the Calypso is not the bicycle for you. Hence the name Calypso, it may be a good bike for a resident of the city of New Orleans, rather than say, Boulder CO. If you are interested in cruising town (not road biking), taking trails and shortcuts when you want to; and possibly going trail riding on saturdays with friends, then you have purchased an ideal bike.

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    What Are Good Mountain Bikes? I’m looking for a mountain bike with speed and a good Uphill climb system.

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      Mountain bikes aren’t exactly known for their speed. Speed comes with a road bike that has thinner & taller 700C road tires & a higher gear ratio. Hill climbing is another story.

      The smaller the gears on the front & the larger on the rear converts to more torque & better hill climbing power. Examples — compare the two bikes listed below. The first bike (Dawes Haymaker 1000) has a 22/32/42T chainring on the front & a 11-30T rear cassette or cog. The lowest gear would be 22 teeth on the front & 30 on the rear.

      Second bike (Motobecane 300 HT) has a 28/38/48T front chainring and a rear cog of 12-28T. Now the lowest gear possible is 28 teeth on the front & 28 on the rear. The first bike would have better hill climbing power.

      Look for a quality bike from a real bicycle shop – or Bikes Direct.com. The best ones will have both double walled rims & a cassette/freehub – not a freewheel.

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    BUYING A MOUNTAIN BIKE? Yo, wanna start some off-road mountain biking so want to buy a bike, now don’t know whether to splash out on a decent one or just start off with something cheapy from halfords… Is it worth buying a cheaper one for now to see how I get on with it? Never ridden really since i was younger

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      First off, you’ll love mountain biking and are joining a very good community! ?

      For a nice, entry level functional mountain bike that don’t have limitations against the standard trail with a few rocks, there are 2 things I’d say are absolutely quinetessential: a cassette type hub (at least a 24 speed is the easy way to determine this), and double wall rims, for your safety and the durability of the bike. Also, the more you spend up front, the better bike you’ll get… it is MUCH cheaper getting your components on the bike than upgrading.
      As a rule of thumb, 500 dollars will get you into this range. Go to some bike stores and hop on some bikes!

      My gut says to look into a 2011 Specialized hardrock given your circumstances. Bare bones and tough as nails… even the 2011 base model, priced at $420 fits the bill. (I actually do not have this type of bike, but for a nice entry level to be proud of, this is what I’d get). If you’re hoping to expand your hobby, please read on.

      Nice aluminum brands that could serve you well in that range would include Specialized (Hardrock, Rockhopper), Trek (4300, 4500, 6 series), Gary Fisher (now a Trek line), Cannondale (F7, F5, Trail SL 3), and Giant (Rincon, Yukon, Revel 0, 1). 29ers (29 vs 26 inch wheels) have their strenghts and weaknesses. They are smoother rolling and will roll over larger bumps with ease. You can go distances with less effort, but they will cost more. However, back to basics, smaller wheels equal more accelleration up slopes and more techical handling. Some 29ers in your range are the Giant Talon, Specialized Hardrock sport disc 29, Cannondale Trail 4 29er, and several Gary fisher Models (note, Gary Fisher’s geometry is awesome for some, a nightmare for others as is has a longer, more aggressive cockpit length which isn’t always the best for leisurely riding. Disc brakes are nice for stopping on a dime in wet circumstances.

      I’d highly recommend one of these brands over a store brand such as Pacific, Mongoose, Diamondback, (exception, they do make some nice models), which you will compromise on the frame. The frame is the core of the bike, which is the part you’ll be keeping as you upgrade. So getting a model of bike in each brand that has that nice frame tier jump will make you a bit more futureproof. Trek’s don’t give you a nice frame until the 7 series, which is much over budget, Cannondales arguably make the best frame, Trail SL, for that price range. Specialized Rockhoppers get a frame upgrade over the Hardrocks, however, it is less durable. Giant Talon 29er is the Aluxx SL vs the regular aluminum.

      Ok, I could go on and on.. I’ll stop here, but here’s the thing… for the money, its a balance of components, weight, and strength. Find a bike that fits, with a reasonably nice and adjustable fork (your most expensive upgrade when it comes to it, hydraulic lockout is nice, so you can turn it off and save your power when on the road while in motion). They each have dramatic differences. But take your time and visit some bike shops.

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    • Alex
    • February 13, 2014
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    New To Mountain Bikes? Am getting into mountain biking and don’t know much and i want to know the basics like what are good brand and the ones to stay away from also what type of tires to run i have a gaint rincon

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      First off, you’ll love mountain biking and are joining a very good community! ? To start, if you have a Giant Rincon, you have a decent entry level bike. I might suggest you work with that until your skills improve.

      For a nice, entry level functional mountain bike that don’t have limitations against the standard trail with a few rocks, there are 2 things I’d say are absolutely quinetessential: a cassette type hub (at least a 24 speed is the easy way to determine this), and double wall rims, for your safety and the durability of the bike. Also, the more you spend up front, the better bike you’ll get… it is MUCH cheaper getting your components on the bike than upgrading.
      As a rule of thumb, 500 dollars will get you into this range. Go to some bike stores and hop on some bikes!

      Nice aluminum brands that could serve you well in that range would include Specialized (Hardrock, Rockhopper), Trek (4300, 4500, 6 series), Gary Fisher (now a Trek line), Cannondale (F7, F5, Trail SL 3), and Giant (Rincon, Yukon, Revel 0, 1). 29ers (29 vs 26 inch wheels) have their strenghts and weaknesses. They are smoother rolling and will roll over larger bumps with ease. You can go distances with less effort, but they will cost more. However, back to basics, smaller wheels equal more accelleration up slopes and more techical handling. Some 29ers in your range are the Giant Talon, Specialized Hardrock sport disc 29, Cannondale Trail 4 29er, and several Gary fisher Models (note, Gary Fisher’s geometry is awesome for some, a nightmare for others as is has a longer, more aggressive cockpit length which isn’t always the best for leisurely riding. Disc brakes are nice for stopping on a dime in wet circumstances.

      I’d highly recommend one of these brands over a store brand such as Pacific, Mongoose, Diamondback, (exception, they do make some nice models), which you will compromise on the frame. The frame is the core of the bike, which is the part you’ll be keeping as you upgrade. So getting a model of bike in each brand that has that nice frame tier jump will make you a bit more futureproof. Trek’s don’t give you a nice frame until the 7 series, which is much over budget, Cannondales arguably make the best frame, Trail SL, for that price range. Specialized Rockhoppers get a frame upgrade over the Hardrocks, however, it is less durable. Giant Talon 29er is the Aluxx SL vs the regular aluminum.

      Ok, I could go on and on.. I’ll stop here, but here’s the thing… for the money, its a balance of components, weight, and strength. Find a bike that fits, with a reasonably nice and adjustable fork (your most expensive upgrade when it comes to it, hydraulic lockout is nice, so you can turn it off and save your power when on the road while in motion). They each have dramatic differences. But take your time and visit some bike shops.

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    BMX Or Mountain Bike? What kind of bike is best to get for just going on roads and grass and going fast, Mountain bike or BMX?

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      Mountain bikes have multiple gears. BMX is a one speed.
      For going fast, multiple gears is the way to go. Therefore, look at mountain bikes. Suspension also allows you to go faster over nasty terrain. BMX bikes are meant to be ridden out of the saddle. Try riding off road for 10 to 20 miles out of the saddle with no suspension. With a mountain bike, this becomes an enjoyable day of riding.
      Good Luck

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    What Are Good Mountain Bikes? 1. What are mountain bike brands?
    2. How do you pick out a mountain bike?
    3. What is their price range?
    I’m going to be using this bike to urban mush with my husky.

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      1. What are mountain bike brands? “Good” mountain bikes are found at your authorized, independent, knowledgeable, friendly, local BICYCLE shop. Not K-Mart, Target or the dreaded Wally World. Tons of good brands…Giant, Raleigh, Trek, Fuji, Cannondale, etc., etc. Look at the quality of the components on each individual bike. Price usually tells all. The more it costs – the better the bike.

      2. How do you pick out a mountain bike? You go to the bike shop & TEST RIDE them.

      3. What is their price range? Your basic “entry level” mountain bikes will start in the $450 – $500 price range. They can go into the thousands of dollars. Get one based on “where & how” you will be riding. If you won’t be going on any severe off-road trails, you don’t NEED a mountain bike. Read “Bicycles: How to Choose” on this link…
      http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/bicycle.html

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    All-mountain Versus A Cross-country Mountain Bike? Can someone clarify the difference between these two types of mountain bikes? I was told that a cross-country bike with a full suspension is the same as all-mountain.

    I’m assuming all-mountain means it can handle hard trails and a bit of downhill. Can a cross-country with full suspension do the same?

    I need a bike that can handle long rides on flat trails as well as moderately advanced tough mountain trails.

    Thanks!

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      All mountain and cross country bikes are VERY different things…

      XC bikes are essentially the road bikes of the mountain world. Lightweight builds and maximum pedaling efficiency are the big factors. Climbing is also much more prevelant in XC riding so the angles are geared to match that need. XC bikes will generaly be VERY upright, 71-72 degree head angles for quick handling and agility, 74 degree or so seat angles for good power transfer and, at the very most, 100mm or just shy of 4 inches of travel. Jumps and drops will snap XC frames. Often times the shocks will also have lockouts to further assist in power transfer on climbs and smooth flats.

      All Mountain bikes are bikes which pedal well enough to handle XC rides but which have the angles and the strength to ride just about anything you’ll come across. They’re efficient pedalers but have more travel, usually 160mm or so, and are built to be great all around bikes. You can pedal it all day or take it to a bike park and hit most everything there but the really gnarly DH stuff. All Mountain bikes are perfect for people who dont want to have a ‘stable’ of bikes for their riding needs.

      As an example, take Trek’s lineup…
      The Fuel is the XC platform; it has a 70 degree head angle, 73.5 seat angle, and 100mm travel front & rear. Those angles make it easy to pedal uphill and on flat but make it downright sketchy going back down or at high speed on rough terrain.
      The Remedy is their All Mountain platform; it has a 68 degree head angle but still a relatively steep 73 degree seat tube angle, and 160mm travel front and rear. This means it’ll still pedal very well with the steep seat angle, though you’ll suffer a bit more climbing with the extra weight and travel… and can descend with just about anything but a DH bike with it’s slacker 68 degree head angle and longer travel.

      Modern All Mountain bikes are amazing in my opinion… If I had to own just one bike, it’d probably be the 2010 Giant ReignX0 or the new Santa Cruz Nomad carbon… an All Mountain bike like either of those and you can ride anything but DH and never worry.

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