You don't needTo drop big coinTo play withThe big wheels. Jamis has your back.The Exile delivers a 29-er specific frame design at aTasty price. You can buildThis up into a worthy 29'er cross-country bike easily. Swept-styleTopTube delivers a low standover height, whileThe specially shaped downtube eliminates clearance problems withThe control knobs on some 29'er forks. A well-thought out design. To complete your bike build, you'll need:
a Cross Country Rider
from Charlotte, NC, USA
Date Reviewed: April 24, 2011
Strengths: Hydro Brakes, Tora Fork, 9 speed components
Weaknesses: None I can see yet.
Love the low standover height and geometry of this bike. Doesn't feel enormous under me like the other bikes I tried did. this is my first 29er and I'm sold on them now. Riding trails has gotten much easier when it comes to rolling rock gardens, logs, etc. Try this out. You'll be very happy.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale Trail Sl 2 29er, Gary Fisher Mamba 29er, Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er
Bike Setup: Stock
a Weekend Warrior
from Fort Myers Florida
Date Reviewed: February 4, 2011
Strengths: JAMIS Exile II - Components (for the price) and frame design. For my preference it fit my riding profile the best.
Weaknesses: Still adjusting to it but I haven't noticed a weakness.
I rode numerous bikes from Giant, Trek, GF, Specialized etc... In the $1100 price range I did not come across any earth shaking differences except the frame of the Jamis. I think that the frame of the Exile series is a great shape for 29ers. It moves the seating position and top tube down significantly and thus makes it more comfortable on cross county type trails.
Similar Products Used: Trek 26 inch, Giant 26 inch
Bike Setup: 2011 Exile II model.
a Weekend Warrior
from Searcy, AR, USA
Date Reviewed: February 3, 2011
Strengths: Frame design, better components than Exile I, for 200 dollars more you get upgraded BB, hydro brakes, shifters, front shock and seatpost, etc.
Weaknesses: Noticed after a couple of rides I found spokes loosened up on rear wheel, I rode hard and was sliding the rear wheel around corners, This was probably flexing the wheel sideways and loosened the spokes, front wheel was fine.
There are better bikes and worse bikes, but for the money this is one of the best bikes going. Components are great, frame is solid, looks of the bike are great, and it has a good feel to it, that was one of the selling points for me.
After riding several different brands and styles this one fit my riding style the best. One thing I suggest is getting a bike that is one step above your ability, that way months after you get the bike you'll feel better about your purchase, and you want have to start upgrading everything on it. Ride several, get some on loan, ride friends, but be sure before you spend the money, Nothing worse than buyers remorse.
I am newer to riding (haven't been for several years due to other commitments and other pursuits) I used to just rent when I was younger.However, seeing the benefits to owning my own bike, I am looking into getting my own. Being a beginner though, and a university student, my budget is rel ... Read More »
I'm looking at buying one of the 3 bikes in the title. All new and all are the same price (already sourced sellers for each)
Which should I buy?????
The Jamis seems to have the nicest components (rock shoxs etc...) but I'm a newbie :) so please enlighten me.
I have tried all three but my li ... Read More »
I recently have fallen in love with mountain biking. I had some friends going out telling me about it and I went and got a older Gary Fisher Joshua used for cheap. Well the rear shock broke and can not be rebuilt. So I have decided to just get a new bike. Well I do not have alot of money to spend an ... Read More »
I got the 2011 Exile 2 a while back and now looking for some inexpensive ways to make it a little lighter. Obviously a new wheelset would help a lot but that's not in the cards at the moment. Here is the link to the bike for reference
[URL="http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/hardtails/exile ... Read More »
This is my first post on this website and I find that MTBR seems like a great place to read up on bike reviews.
My question is regarding the aforementioned bikes. My budget is for only one bike that I can possibly ever own and it needs to last me a very long time as far as reliability, durabil ... Read More »