Jamis Dakar XLT All Mountain Full Suspension

4.33/5 (18 Reviews)
Weight : 33.25 lbs


Product Description

  • Frame: 7005 aluminum
  • Fork: Manitou Relic Comp
  • Headset: WTB Race, internal cup type, 1 1/8"
  • Tires: Maxxis Ignitor
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore Rapidfire-SL, 27-speed
  • Chain: KMC Z-9000
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano ES30, sealed cartridge
  • Handlebar: Easton EA30 31.8 MonkeyBar
  • Grips: WTB Weirwolf, dual DNA compound
  • Saddle: WTB Laser V Comp with SL top and steel rails


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Austin Faxas

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2013

Strengths:    This bike is like a tank. I recieved from my dad when he got his new kona. Which is also a very good bike. I got it around sixth grade and I'm in 11th now. The bike is very easy to retrofit with new parts. Over the years this bike has not aged a bit. My dad said he got a great deal on the bike.

Weaknesses:    The bike is a little heavy but with new parts its not bad. For the price and climbing ability it doesn't matter.

Bottom Line:   
For money there is not better bike. I will probably keep this thing for another ten years.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JJ Ski a Cross Country Rider from rochester, ny

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2010

Strengths:    Strong . reliable. pedals and climbs fairly well. Strength of an AM bike, but handles tight woods , rocks, roots well ( da east coast). Very good value.

Weaknesses:    heavy as stock. the XLT frame did not have a platform shock. Came with a float R, would be better with RP 23. I think the Swinger shocks of the 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 were not great in the 2005 period

Bottom Line:   
My wife bought for me the whole bike as a present in 05 (paid too much) but these frames can be had for much less. I've ridden it for 5 years without a single problem. Went tubless, added stan's 355 rims, sent suspension to Push for valve/rebuild, and lightened up the drivetrain (all over the 5 yr period). Right now it weighs in at 28.5 lbs, moves out, and is tough.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Mendon Cyclesmith

Bike Setup:   05XLT .stans rims and tubeless with lighter crankset and drivetrain took almost 3+ lbs off the bike. Now it weighs 28.5 lbs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CROSS COUNTRY BIKER a Cross Country Rider from Browntown,Ontario,canada

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2010

Strengths:    very strong bike nice and stiff for jumps and the components are real nice but mostly custom and its about 30 lbs and is a good smoth ride all though if your looking for a jumper or downhill the parker is the way to go or the bam are both good bikes

Bottom Line:   
this is a reall good bike to buy to bad they dont make it anymore but the xc and xct's are really close and the rear end of the xlt can be replaced by the parker's rear end if ever needed too.

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Favorite Trail:   kelso

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Bike zone

Similar Products Used:   2008 jamis parker 1

Bike Setup:   Rock shox recon 335 solo air, fox shock float r. wtb moto raptor. rear derailer shamano deore. brakes tekpro moto raptor.front derailer suntour ...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Florian a Paddler

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2009

Bottom Line:   
It is a great bike, the best I ever had, just a small problem with it is the front suspension the manitou relic. It almost exploded and also is not stable, also this might be a result of my usage with the bike but still I suggest you buying a fox float 36 or 34, and also buy front bb7 185' and back 160'and with this the bike is perfect. I personally love the frame as it is impossible to break, and a fair price for it as well.
Anybody who loves to ride a solid, strong bike for AM or even DH is recommended to buy this bike. And because of this i will rate it 4 because of the minor problems with forks and brakes.

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Price Paid:    $3400.00

Purchased At:   Jamisbikes Switzerla

Similar Products Used:   Bergamont evolve 7.5, merida mattas tfs 900-v


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dvmobley a Weekend Warrior from Chattanooga, TN

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2009

Strengths:    Bought this frame (2003 XLT 2.0) new in early 2004 and did a self build. Still have yet to do anything major to it. I put lizard skins on both shocks and chain stay; highly recommend this as the shocks are still in near perfect condition. The chain stay protector has saved me from chain suck many times and keeps it looking pretty. The frame weighs like 4 lbs with the shock, yet when built it feels superbly balanced top to bottom. Of course great care was taken picking out the right parts...

Weaknesses:    ...I got one...the paint wears off where the cables rub, but still hasn't rusted.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike...if you were lucky enough to get this model you likely still have it. If you want a well designed bike that climbs, descends and jumps easily...this is one of the best. My favorite is not realizing you have rear suspension until locking it out and hitting a bump.

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Favorite Trail:   Small Intestine, Raccoon MTN

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Ellsworth Truth, 2005 XLT, 1999 Dakar XC, Fazzari XC, various other AM/XC rides over the last 10 years

Bike Setup:   XLT 2.0 frame (w/ Horst link rear), Manitou fork, Avid mech. disc, WTB titanium saddle, Mavic Crossride w/ Panaracer Fire XC, Crank Brothers Smarty to Truvativ to SRAM chain and cassette, Shimano rapid shift (low-normal), lizard skins, Cateye and Yeti grips...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bruteman a Weekend Warrior from Seoul, South Korea

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2009

Strengths:    Solid frame, great climber, no perceptible pedal bob.

Weaknesses:    Severe chain slap (get a chain stay protector right away), chain alignment is tricky, and it could use a bigger diameter seatpost for us men of girth. I have torqued a couple already. Bigt guys, don't waste your money on anything else--get a Thompson seatpost!

Bottom Line:   
Climbs like a goat, I have had to replace the pivot bearings but that may be from lots of technical downhills and my less than svelte 235lbs.

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Favorite Trail:   Hidden Trail, Bundang

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Jensen

Similar Products Used:   Scott Reflex 30 hardtail

Bike Setup:   Fox Float RLC, XT drivetrain, Mavic 321 rims, DT spokes laced to Hadley All MTN hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bigpedaler a Cross Country Rider from Ft Wayne, IN, USA

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2009

Strengths:    Sturdy frame, parts pick (mine!)near-bulletproof, a sweet ride!





Weaknesses:    OEM spec -- Swinger 3 sucks!

Bottom Line:   
26 months, some new parts -- XTR brake cables **sweeeet!**, Manitou Metel coil rear, new spring kit in the Nixon, Super Fortress derailleur cables, ceramic pads in the brakes, Tektro carbon levers -- and this bike rides like it's new all over again! Maybe just a TOUCH firm in the initial bumpsorption, but it acts pretty much like a stable platform! I get NO bob, yet the suspension works. I don't know WHAT I'm gonna do when this frame finally DOES give it up, it's THAT good!

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Favorite Trail:   the next one

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Weyless SP, generics

Bike Setup:   X.9, BB7 7f/6r, RaceFace, Nixon/Metel R, 819's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ecubyrd a Weekend Warrior from Seoul, S Korea

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2009

Strengths:    Good travel and control.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I enjoy riding again. I have the confidence that I used to have 10 years. I love it so far. The value rating is reflective of prices in Korea. It is a closeout model basically.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   Too many to name over the years

Bike Setup:   Dakar XLT frame. Full XTR drivetrain except XT crank. Mavic Crossride SLR wheelset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ryanconroy a Racer from Boston

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2008

Strengths:    Great Geometry, great climber, lightweight 5 inch bike

Weaknesses:    Stays are prone to break, maybe the horribleness of the manitou minute

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that i abuse this thing, taken it on 6ft + drops and it continues to ride, the geometry is great im really able to swing the bike around to where it needs to be, as well as being able to climb like a goat. That being said, the bike is not engineered to ridden the way that i do ride it, i assume it is for more of a laid back XC emphasis. So far to date i have replaced both the seat stay and the chain stay, the chain stay snapping in half. On the lighter side, both Jenson USA and Jamis have been more than accommodating when dealing with warranties, pretty much no questions asked, just send them a picture of what happened, and they'll send you the new part, pretty awesome if you ask me. For this i give the bike 5 chili's simply because it may ride like other bikes on the market, other bike companies IE ironhorse, mongoose, even trek occasionally, will give customers very difficult times when dealing with warranties. So just make you buy this bike new, or at least with a receipt, to get that customer service which is the deal maker.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Iron horse warrior, specialized stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   stock 2005 dakar 2.0 xlt with xtr rear derailleur, xt cassette, and kenda nevegals <--horrible tire

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark B. a Weekend Warrior from NE IND.

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2008

Strengths:    solid frame, durable, dependable

Weaknesses:    Swinger-3 shock

Bottom Line:   
After 18 months of hauling my heavy butt around on any/everything (trails, commutes, you name it), this bike is still solid! The X-type BB lasted a little over a year, and the Manitou shock was a POS w/ no vendor support, but the bike feels as good now as the day I threw a leg over it the first time!

2005 XLT 1.0, best bike I've EVER had!!

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Favorite Trail:   The Next one!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA online, fr

Similar Products Used:   Weyless SP, generics

Bike Setup:   X.9/Avid BB7 8f/7r, Race Face crank/BB/grips/bar/stem, Mavic wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by white mountain rider a Weekend Warrior from n. woodstock, nh

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2008

Strengths:    perfect geometry, great rear shock, solid!

Weaknesses:    wheels have a little to much flex. bb bearing needs cleaning and lube on a regular basis(I ride all year long through rain and snow). front shock(fox vanilla r)is slowly wearing out, will need a rebuild this winter.

Bottom Line:   
This bike really does do it all! I can ride xc or drop the seat, change pedals and ride stunts and jumps with my 21 year old son and his buddies.

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Favorite Trail:   evelyn

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1149.00

Purchased At:   ski and bike warehou

Similar Products Used:   This is my fourth mtn bike and by far the most fun. I also ride bmx.

Bike Setup:   stock, but i have changed to bigger tires but i don't really think that they did that much except to give you more confidence on dh's.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mjrose381 a Cross Country Rider from Liberty Lake, WA

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2008

Strengths:    Great value. Includes a solid component package. Stout and sturdy on the downhill, and an agile climber despite the weight. Awesome black color scheme - stealth!

Weaknesses:    A little on the heavy side due to the low end and/or standard components. With some swapping and upgrading of the main components I was able to drop 3 pounds off the bike without spending much.

Bottom Line:   
After several trips to Liberty Lake Cycle Sports I was able to make a decision. I chose the Dakar XLT - No, it wasn't the most expensive (end of season sale) and did not have the latest and greatest components. However, its a solid package on a relatively low cost bike. The XLT rides like a bike that would cost three times as much. I have owned and demo'ed more expensive bikes, and the XLT easily compares to those.

If you are looking for a lightweight racer, this isn't the bike. If you are looking for a solid performing, all-mountain adventure machine - this is it! I prefer to upgrade parts as they wear out -

My only critique to date is the Hayes So1e disc system...Way heavy (made of iron!?) and now neeeds to be bled. I'm looking at the Avid BB7 to avoid the hydraulic maintenance.

Also, the crew at Jamis (I met them at the Sea Otter Classic) are a great group that stand behind their product and enjoy the feedback regardless of which of their bikes you ride.

4 chili rating only becasue of the initial excess weight and the disc brake problem after a few months of use.

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Favorite Trail:   Terrible Edith

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Liberty Lake Cycle S

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Jekyll, Specialized S-Works Hardtail, FSR

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar XLT, Fox TALAS, CrossRide Disc, Race Face Deus..

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by structure1628 a Weekend Warrior from franklin, nc, USA

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2008

Strengths:    The Jamis XLT is my first Full Suspension MB. Very Sturdy well built and ready to take on anything you throw at it.

Weaknesses:    Bike is somewhat heavy coming in around 30lbs. A lot of chain smack so a guard is a must!

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price! Will be looking for something more light weight next time with just as many features and muscle.

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   2006 Jamis XLT with Fox Float Rear and Front shocks. Hayes nine hydraulic brake system and Shimano XT Derailurs.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ELM a Cross Country Rider from Guilford, VT, USA

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2008

Strengths:    Cheap price. Tough as nails frame.

Weaknesses:    Cheap bearings.
Rear bridge smacks and crushes my front derailleur cable ferrel.


Bottom Line:   
My Jamis is a decent bike for the money. I built it up with quality components and ride it All Mountain, XC and sometimes on DH trails. The one problem I've had with both my Jamis bikes is the junky bearings and bushings. They fail sooo quickly. I had to fork out for Enduro ceramic bearings. The other problem with the 19 inch XLT is the rear bridge smacks and crushes my front derailleur cable ferrel. I have to keep my shock over pressurized to compensate and it still collides on moderate launches. I'm done with Jamis for a while. I just purchased an Ibis Mojo Carbon!

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Favorite Trail:   technical single track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   jenson usa

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar sport

Bike Setup:   Very nice. Trust me ;)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nuno machuqueiro a Weekend Warrior from setubal Portugal

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2007

Strengths:    perfect geometry for me!!! medium at up hill great great down hill very stable, look ´s like more than its 5". suspensions work very well, confort , very stable descending. very good conponent´s for the price.

Weaknesses:    hayes sole - very very poor
at 15 kg. its a bit heavy


Bottom Line:   
if you love to make 20 to 40 km of trail riding wtih lots of donwhill here is the bike for you. cheap realieble and whit such a frame that seems to last forever.
"viva jamis xlt"

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Favorite Trail:   arrabida e antenas of course

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   raposo

Bike Setup:   blackjack white weels;juicy 7; specialized adrenalin rear tire; kenda nevegal 2.35 front. pro sealed bearings headset.

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Just acquired a 2007 Jamis Dakar XLT, Any Suggestions?

I just acquired a 2007 Jamis Dakar XLT, Is there anything that I need to be aware of and are there any things that I need to prepare for? Also do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks, Wally :)Read More »

Jamis Dakar XLT 1.0 Bike Rebuild... What do you think?

This is the Jamis Dakar that I picked up and it's been completely rebuilt from ground up. Frame was soda blasted and powder coated, all new custom graphics, new bearings, cables, wheels, stem, bars, seat, post, crank, bottom bracket, grips, tires, chain, cassette. It's been a fun project. Now ... Read More »

seat stay brace hits frame on Dakar XLT 2005

hey guys... I have one of those Dakar XLTs that got the seat stay brace placed incorrectly so that when the shock has almost fully compressed (well near 70%) the brace hits the back of the frame. I could take the brace off but would rather not sacrifice stability... Any one know how to limit the t ... Read More »

Dakar XLT shock size

I can't find a consensus anywhere the 2005 Dakar XLT shock size. I've heard 7.5x2.0, 7.875x2.0, 7.875x2.25.........:madman: With my current shock, the Manitou Swinger 3-way, I get 7.875" x 1.37" (200mm x 35mm) I measured the stroke by letting all the air out. This doesn't seem right.Read More »

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