The XCT 3 is designedTo be a light, nimbleTrail/AM bikeThat can adaptTo a variety ofTerrains and riding styles. A full carbon frame mated with aShimano driveTrain makeThe XCT 3 a race readyTrail shredder. Full high modulus carbon main frame, stays and bell crank, Dyad XC Ultra lay-up, 130mmTravel mp4 linkage design, SST size-specificTube diameters,Tapered headTube, asymmetrical chainstays, stainless steel chainstay protector, cartridge bearing pivots, Rock Shox Monarch RT with 10mm hardware, r
Strengths: The carbon frame is a piece of art, slx components seem to do good. Rear shock platform works better than presumed. Front shock has great adjustability features. Brakes are strong so far. Thru axels are stout. Overall ride is amazing.
Weaknesses: replaced grips and tires before first ride so I can't honestly comment on those but I don't think they were strong points. Will probably replace the seat eventually. Rims not %100 straight and the rotors aren't %100 straight
Jamis xct 3 2011. Paid $1999 from Jenson 1-15-2013. Retailed @$4600. At first i was worried about its climbing ability do to the slack head angel and possible rear shock bob but that was quickly dismissed after the fist climb. This bike likes to go and isn't afraid of anything. I did things on this bike I didn't even consider on my other bikes. Coming off a 2.8" travel xc bike i had no idea how a bike could give you so much confidence. It climbs great, turns great and is a blast when pointed down, it's a fast bike. I'm 6'2" and went with the 17" frame and I felt at home on this bike pretty quick, but i like a smaller frame for the real technical stuff. I always thought my self as a xc style rider but I'm having to rethink this now. This is the bike I could do an all day xc on or do the usual "go out and see what i can do" ride. Although I've only got 1 true trail ride with it so far, I feel Jamis nailed it with this bike and for the price paid I couldn't be happier.
Similar Products Used: 2001 fisher sugar3
19"&17" hard tail
a Cross Country Rider
from Deland Florida, 32720
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2011
Strengths: agile, smooth. stock geax tires grip great, avid elixer breaks are quiet, fox talis and rp23, well unbelievable, no back pounding or clunking noises like my old bike. sram shifting is intitive and fast, mavic cross ride disk wheel set with bladed straight pull spokes .... unbelievable ride, been to the trail every day so far, can't get enough.
Weaknesses: no complaints, it could your an awsome paint job like Mark Cavendish’s Scott "bomber" race bike.
Love It, beating my old times with half the effort. Looks really sharp.
Weaknesses: Front end is lazy on climbs (especially when I'm tired). Repeated pinch flats in the rear were resolved with a new tire. Crank Bros. Pedals are no good. The bearings in one of them were grinding after only 3 rides.
Does most everything. Fun to ride. It won't put you on any podiums, but it is fun to ride none-the-less. I use it mostly for trail riding, though I have also used it for lift-access downhill. It pedals well, but does not like steep climbs. The head-tube angle is strangely lax resluting in th aforementioned lazy font-end. It bombs downhill though, so if you can handle the lazy front-end it's worth it. I climb mostly forest service roads and double-track to bomb down the fast and fun single-track, and this bike does the job. Would give it four chilis overall if it climbed better.
a Cross Country Rider
from Danville, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: November 20, 2010
Strengths: Strong. VERY LIGHT for a fully and I ride a size large. Turns great and really sticks to the road
Weaknesses: No lockout on the fox shocks. =/ I hear a lot about the people saying propedal doesnt need it but still... stock handle bar is a bit tight close together for me
LOVE THE BIKE. I ride it everywhere. The only weakness is it keeps me off my road bike! I love climbing with it. It feels nice and tight. Its a relaxed feel so I have to throw my seat up pretty high, but im 6'3 so thats a given. Nothing you can do about my long legs. The XT shifts flawlessly. Literally. I have had a few stupid shifts where I am climbing and mid climb I have to down shift and it doesnt even give me a metal grinding sound. Hayes stroker trail brakes work amazing! They remember where the length of the last pull and stick to that. It gets a bit tricky to learn and the bedding process takes a while but once it is all done, it is amazing. Great product. I through on the acid pedals, and with no AEM products, the bike weights in at 28 lbs on my scale which is very light for an aluminum fully suspension size large. I LOVE THE FORKS btw
Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Piranah Genesis. Specialized FSR XC trail.
Bike Setup: Stock!
a Cross Country Rider
from minneapolis, mn usa
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2010
Strengths: everything, all details were considered, it felt natural immediately to ride.
Weaknesses: i hope the mavic crossrides hold up to what the bike encourages you to ride like...
i have the benefit of working at a jamis dealer, so i got this bike as a scratch-and-dent deal, but would have paid more gladly. i jumped on this after spending about 3 years since my devinci was stolen, and felt that i needed to decide for myself if taking big drops and riding urban assault was over for me, instead of a thief deciding it for me. the decision was: hell no. this bike has made me regret not owning a car since a good amount of trails in the twin cities area require alt transport unless you have ample time to make the trip. on the plus side, i feel as if i'm back in colorado when i hit the good trails, back in the days of yore...
bottom line, i am 100% happy, i feel like a kid again, and i'm hitting 39 soon on the life odometer.
and the joplin seatpost is a life goal finally achieved...
i hope it's the last bike i ever have to get, and i look forward to my hair maybe someday matching the white of the frame and we ride into the sunset. happy
Similar Products Used: k2 era proflex, devinci magma
Bike Setup: stock, although i am replacing the big ring with the stylo guard.
a Weekend Warrior
from Cavite, Philippines
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2010
-Stiff front end
-Huge rear tire mud clearance
-Cable stays for seatpost control cable
-Attention to detail in the right places; welded rockers
-large frames are heavy (13 & 15 frames are manageable)