Jamis Dakar XAM 2.0 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.13/5 (23 Reviews)
MSRP : $2699.99

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Jamis overhauledThe XAM last year, and still found room for improvementTo make it even better!The chainstays have been beefed up and nowThe rear end isThru-axle compatible.The resulting increase in lateral stiffness keepsThe rear wheelTracking in line withThe front no matter how deep you are into suspensionTravel.The mp3 suspension makesThe XAM an incredibly plush, yet efficientTrail bike.The suspension is fully active, so go ahead and claw your way up-trail, free of pedal-bob, and fly downhill

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jordan a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2013

Strengths:    Everything, i love the security of the frame to go dh as fast or faster than anyone on the mountain. It also has the agile componence to freeride! really happy with it.

Weaknesses:    havent really had one yet besides zip ties rubbing specs of paint off you can hardly tell but thats not really the bikes fault.

Bottom Line:   
the best bike ive ever had so far no problems with it really eccept bent the d railer but that was on me. Good bike!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SMcCall a Downhiller from Provo, Utah, USA

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2011

Strengths:    Beefy frame, pretty much the best components you can get (2009 version). This thing downhills as well as it climbs.

Weaknesses:    Cable ties, they end up rubbing the paint. I took of the Joplin seat post and sold it because I hear they break easily. But other than that I can't find anything wrong with the bike at all

Bottom Line:   
I would recommend this bike to anyone. I can't believe Jenson was selling this for 2 grand, it has a 5,000 dollar build on it. If you can find the 2009 version BUY IT! It is so sick! It destroys the downhill, park, and uphill. Love it.

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Favorite Trail:   Deer Valley

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA.com

Similar Products Used:   Kona Operator, Specialized Enduro, Kona Coilair

Bike Setup:   All stock except now it has thompson seat post.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cilo a Weekend Warrior from Turkiye

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2011

Strengths:    Excellent Price/Quality Ratio (even without a discount), Climbs very well even better than my hardtail, goes down buttery smooth.

Weaknesses:    Paintjob gets scratch easily. Assembly (I dont know who did it, jamis or jenson, but mine has a lot of toolmarks). I also didn't like the tires for my riding conditions.

Bottom Line:   
Bought 2008 model with a huge discount, and very pleased with it. Its climbability is only matched with goats. Has a short cockpit and a high BB. Handles superbly. Paint is easily scratched, a big difference from my Trek.
For the amount of money that a had, i would be buying it again if i have a second chance.

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Favorite Trail:   Aydos

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1579.00

Purchased At:   Jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   None. I am a former hardtailer...

Bike Setup:   Changed rotors to 8"/7", instead of 7"/6". Rims from XM317 to EN 321, Ergon Ge1 grips, Panaracer CG AC 2.35 tires. Everything else is stock...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cannondale4567 a Weekend Warrior from Wales, MA

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2011

Strengths:    -PRICE! I got the 2009 model (still for sale at www.jensonusa.com) for $2,200! (bike was $5,000 in 2009!!!!)

-Suspension is amazing....comes stock with pretty much top of the line Fox suspension


Weaknesses:    -Price (if you paid full sticker price of $5,000)

-Weight (only if you're a weight weenie)

Bottom Line:   
Get this bike if you want a real All Mountain warrior! I've done every type of riding on it from full on DH runs (Mt. Snow VT) to fast singletrack with a lot of climbing.

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Favorite Trail:   Vietnam, Bachelor Street, Highland Mountain Bike Park, Mt. Snow, Diablo Freeride Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $22000.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Stock other than the following:

-PRO! Atherton Lock on grips

-Easton Elite seatpost (shaves almost 1 pound by getting rid of the Joplin)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mtn bkr a Weekend Warrior from Presque Isle

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2011

Strengths:    The Jamis Dakar XAM 2.0 handles amazingly. I can take burms smoothly, I can master the rocks and roots with ease. I find that the All- Mountain riders will prefer this bike.

Weaknesses:    The only weakness I can find is that it can be considered heavy to you XC and CC riders... it is an All-Mountain bike after all... but if you like to grab those downhills by the neck, and if you still like to trail ride, this is the bike for you!!!

Bottom Line:   
This bike can be used as a trail bike if you put lighter forks, shocks, shifters,etc. This bike will work well on downhill, but it is a great trail bike if you put the suspension down to 100 Millimeters in the front... overall this bike works excellently.

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Favorite Trail:   Eric's Around the Mountain Downhill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   4000

Similar Products Used:   Turner Six Pack

Bike Setup:   Fork: Fox Talas 36 R
Shock: Fox Float R

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by coconut a Cross Country Rider from Squamish, BC

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2010

Strengths:    Fun, quick nimble bike for the type of trails we have here in the Squamish, Whistler area. Nicely spec. for the money.

Weaknesses:    Fail to admit they had a design or manufacturing flaw with the welds on the rear chainstay. I know 4 guys who have snapped them at the weld (one being me) in the exact same spot. I took mine off and returned it to a Jamis dealer. Three months later I'm still waiting to hear back from them. I guess what I'm saying is that the customer service is the absolute worst and I would never buy another Jamis bike. If you can't stand behind what you build, why should anyone buy it!!

Bottom Line:   
But it if you want to buy a new bike in 6 months. It will break and you will wait and wait and wait for a response from Jamis. By then the riding season is over.
Why they didn't do a recall on this frame is beyond me. I don't think you will see too many Jamis bikes in this area. I guess if you want to stay on a paved surface this bike would be fine for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Credit Line, Entrails, etc..

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by justbuster69 a Cross Country Rider from Lemery,Batangas,Philippines

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2010

Strengths:    plush(very)thats all

Weaknesses:    low bottom bracket height keeps hitting rocks,sometimes cant climb mainly because bike keeps on bobbing,the joint holding the chainstay and the rear dropout failed twice in a span of 2 months

Bottom Line:   
its a bang for buck bike until it fails.tried a number of settings in the rear suspension but unfortunately the BB height is lower than i would like it to be.Although warranty was honored reliabilty was an issue.Try searching or googling frame failures of jamis and it fails almost at the same spot!!

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Favorite Trail:   Bobot's trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   ebay.ph

Similar Products Used:   specialized fsr
Ellsworth Moment

Bike Setup:   avid elixir cr thomson stem and seat post,racefaceface atlas am cranks,sram xo shifters,RD,Sram x9 FD,fox talas 36 rc2,mavic crossmax sx,selle italia yutaak

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil a Weekend Warrior from Spokane, WA USA

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2010

Strengths:    -Great setup for the pice
-Very Solid and well-built All-Mountain rig at only 34lbs.
-Climbs like a champ with Talas fork and dhx 5.0 Thanks to propedal and a solid platform
-VERY capable bike that can handle anything you throw at it

Weaknesses:    -The suspension is VERY adjustable, having all the adjustments can be a little overwhelming at times. its not really a weakness, but its does have a steep learning curve it get it set up perfectly.
-I personally am not a fan of the Juicy Fives that come on the bike, so those will be the first things I upgrade. and I would have preferred if they put an 8" rotor up front and a 7" in the back as opposed to 7" & 6" respectively.

Bottom Line:   
The Jamis XAM-II is an amazing bike for the price point, It comes well equipped with top-of-the-line components that are known to perform magnificently. The bike is the perfect choice for a single-bike person in that it can do anything and everything, and it does it quite well... I would recommend it to anyone who wants a well-spec'd all mountain bike at a decent price point.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in Moab

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Sports in Libe

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro, Rocky Mountain Slayer, Other Jamis Dakars

Bike Setup:   2008 Jamis Dakar XAM-II, Completely Stock. Fox 36 TALAS RC2, Fox DHX air 5.0, Sram X.0 Rear Der

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bluemirage188 a Weekend Warrior from southbury, ct

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2009

Strengths:    Awesome geometry, frame is stout and stiff with very little lateral flex. Much stiffer than a 4bar. Paint is a bit weak, but other than that the bike rocks.

Weaknesses:    Paint, but really who cares. Oh yeah and maybe the stock 50/50s.

Bottom Line:   
Bike is super agile, climbs exceptionally well for a 6in bike. Can do anything.

The real bottom line is that it has made me a better rider. Riding a 4bar was ok but this is worlds better, my riding shows. Have yet to jump anything big, but it rips any corner it enters, and would suit anyone who rode it.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Bicycle Works middle

Similar Products Used:   Giant AC2, STP2, Older treks and GTs

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Xam2 frame, RS vivid 5.1 coil, RS lyrik coil, hayes stroker trail, gravity motoX crankset, slx shifter/XT rear der, wtb lazerdisc wheelset, nevegals, crank bros 50/50s, odi peatys, sdg belair, woodman bar/seat post clamp, thomson seatpost

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by colddiver98 a Weekend Warrior from NW, USA

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2009

Strengths:    Great components for the price with the exception of the wheels. Excellent cockpit layout and frame design.

Weaknesses:    Mavic 317 Wheels and Deore hubs. Not in keeping with the solid all mountain nature of this bike. Brakes will be te next upgrade to Juicy 7. Feel and adjustment is only OK on the Hayes El Camino. Jamis has weak customer service and warranty support.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent value and a stout bike. I had an issue with the fork and Jamis would not stand behind it or lend a hand. Bicycle Bananas on the other hand did an excellent job of following up and working with Fox on a solution. I will definitely NOT by from Jamis again, but would gladly deal with the retail and component providers. If you want an excellent value, but do not need the support of Jamis this is a great value and the component package alone is worth the price.

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Favorite Trail:   The trail I'm riding

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1850.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Bananas

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Pitch, Specialized Enduro

Bike Setup:   Easton AM Havoc Wheelset, SRAM 990 cassette, Tima ATAC Carbon XS pedals or Crank Bros 5050XX platforms depending on ride, Alligator Serration Rotors.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Erich a Weekend Warrior from Levittown, PA. USA

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2009

Strengths:    Component Spec. XTR/XT functions flawlessly. Frame.
El Camino brakes are excellent. Easton better stuff, havoc and vice.

Weaknesses:    Cable routing and rear derailure hanger.

Bottom Line:   
Overkill for my riding, but could fill any style or level of riding. Top end Shimano seals the deal.

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Favorite Trail:   Green belt single track

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel EX-8, Schwinn KOM S9

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Ergon grips w/ ends and crank brothers 5050XX red platform pedals

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ctrider13 a Weekend Warrior from Newtown

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2009

Strengths:    Don't waste your time buying the bike. You will be sad after not being able to use your bike for most of the summer!

Weaknesses:    Unfortunately, don't be fooled by other possitive reviews. The pic for MTBR.com shows a 2007. I bought a 2008 and broke my frame 4 TIMES. I weigh only 165lbs and all I can say is that Jamis cares very little about their riders and has some pretty low class customer support. Each time, they assured me it wouldn't happen again as they had developed a new design. After the 4th time speaking to a warranty rep, I found out they were all lies. The chainstay had never been redesigned. Very dissapointed. I sold the bike and purchased a Santa Cruz Nomad. (Very solid, NO BREKING CHAINSTAYS!!!!!) Fyi, Jamis knows about this issue on the XAM and Parker's. Verry dissapointed after having riden the XLT 2.0 for many years.

Bottom Line:   
This would be a great design if it worked. Jamis has very poor customer support and apparently doesn't care if you ever get injured when you chainstay blows apart when your flying down a hill. I purchased this model because I had such good luck with my 2005 xlt. Oh well! Do buy this bike. (or frame) Bottom line!

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Favorite Trail:   Vietnam

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Local shop

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sports Wagon (Recover) a Weekend Warrior from Maryland

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2009

Strengths:    The Fox DHX 5.0, the geometry and comfort I feel while riding the bike. The seat is amazing. Also I got a really good deal from Jenson (almost 50% off), so the value was unbeatable.

Weaknesses:    I found the handle bars that came with the bike too narrow. The Hayes El Caminos that came on mine. Heard a lot of bad things about the El Caminos, but I thought Id try them before I make a judgement, however they were already inoperable prior to finishing assembly of the bike out of the box.

Bottom Line:   
Well this is a great bike, and the new ones look even better for '09. Im really impressed with the paint job it doesnt scratch easy. I've ridden the bike a lot since getting it. The bikes ridden perfect since after about the first three rides. The rear shock has a lot of adjustments that need to be tuned in, but its amazing once you do so (If you just use common sense and look at the fox website it is not difficult). I also had to ride the narrow bars for the first three rides as I awaited my wider ones. This is a perfect bike for the people who want to do it all. It looks heavier than it is, weight is not an issue. The bike climbs great and descends even better.

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Favorite Trail:   Avalon/Patapsco

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

Bike Setup:   Fox DHX5.0, Fox Talas 32, Deity high rise bar, 5050x pedas, juicy 5's...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by easthill a Cross Country Rider from buffalo,NY

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2008

Strengths:    component spec,value

Weaknesses:    hubs,cable routing

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike-heres some tuning tips-
on the rear shock I have my weight in the main chamber and about 150 psi in the boost chamber.I like running alittle more boost pressure as it helps with the bottoming while still soaking up small bumps.I dial in rebound to keep the rear tire planted and really like this set up.
This is an amazing machine and as with any bike getting your shock settings corect can make a night and day difference.theres lots of tuning to play with so take your time and dont be afraid to run the dials from one side to the other to get a good feel for the changes-ENJOY!

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Favorite Trail:   spragebrook

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Erics Cycle Works

Bike Setup:   07 xam 2.0 w/king hubs and formula brakes
kore grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2008


Weaknesses:    ZIP

Bottom Line:   
After one year of riding 6 hours a week, the bike is perfect. I have had zero issues. The bike actually requires minimal maintenance, cleaning drive train every ride, serviced suspension and replaced chain at 6 months intervals, thats it. A lot of thought went into the design of this bike and it shows. Ride it, Love it and it will serve you well. Lots of great bikes out there and this one should definately be on your short list.

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Favorite Trail:   any dirt path

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

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2007 Jamis Dakar XAM 2.0 fork

Has anyone tried a longer fork on the older Jamis XAM 2.0 with any success? I was looking at trying to increase high speed stability without sacrificing too much of the nimbleness the older geometry exhibits on tight technical trails. The current fork is a Fox Talas 32 RLC 140 and was debating about ... Read More »

Which Derailleur hanger for 2..0 Dakar XAM

I need a new one, but all I can find is Jamis' part number. I think it might be a #38 hanger but in not totally sure [url]http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/RD401Z09-Wheels+Manufacturing+Hanger+For+Jamis.aspx[/url] see link for the one i think it is any help is greatly appreciated, ... Read More »

Jamis Dakar XAM 1.0 & 2.0

Where are the best deals for the '08 Jamis Dakar XAM 1.0 & 2.0?Read More »

Jamis Dakar Xam 1.0 and 2.0/yeti

Has anyone on here used on of these? Both versions seem pretty well built, to me(beginner) they seemed well spec'd. I have looked online at quite a few different bikes and am pretty much set on a Yeti, but these look like they come with a little better components and fork/rear shock than the enduro ... Read More »

Dakar xam 2.0, anyone?

Just took a look at jamis's new 2007 rides an im really liken the Xam 2.0, do to nice frame design and some quality components. The only thing that worry's me is the weight of this bike and the fact i can't find a review on it.any help is greatly appreciated.Read More »

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