Jamis 1999 Dakar Team Full Suspension Bike

4.91/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $3500.00

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Jamis Dakar Team

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jim a Weekend Warrior from n.evansn.y.14112

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2002

Strengths:    price weight reputation

Weaknesses:    sqweeky pivots

Bottom Line:   
my 15" bike is a XC rockit this bike climbs better then any hardtail I have ever owned. It handles western N.Y. single track like it was made just for the north east woods. I just got back from mt. snow and it did ok on some really tough down hill stuff though it really is more cross country spacific.there was some really rocky and twisty xc trails there and the team really did better then well. I love this bike 5 flames..

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   eric cycle works Hburg-n.y.

Similar Products Used:   gt hard tail cannondal hardtail gt I drive

Bike Setup:   full xt 8 spd specialized stout wheels , woodman carbon post controltech stem hellbent 1" riseer bar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark from Tucson, Arizona

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2001

Strengths:    Inexpensive, light when built with proper components

Weaknesses:    Bit top-heavy compared to some FS bikes with lower BB height

Bottom Line:   
I built one of these for a friend who bought the frameset from Jenson on clearance. We tossed the Cane Creek airshock & installed a big Fox Vanilla RC coilover he picked up on clearance. Very plush ride, the Judy 100 works well with this bike. No squeaks, rattles or groans.

When built with lightweight components, the older Jamis (1997) Dakar can be a very light bike. Most end up with about a 24-26lb. bike with a coil-over, but it can run as little as 23.5 with air shock & XTR. The newer style Dakar frame has been beefed up and seems considerably heavier. The only complaint I have heard from my friend is that the bike is a little top-heavier than his Specialized due to a higher BB height. (He rides East Coast trails, usually pretty fast!). But it does help him clearing logs & trail obstructions.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   1998 AMP B-5
1997 Specialized AimPro

Bike Setup:   1997 Jamis Frame, Fox Vanilla RC coil/oil shock, Judy 100, Mavic/XT wheelset, V-brakes, Avid Ultimate levers, Sachs 8-speed shifters/XT 11-30 cassette, LX crankset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean a Weekend Warrior from Decatur Al

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2000

Strengths:    great value,came loaded with the good stuff (all XTR)217 wheel's, syncros bar-stem and seatpost-barend's,time atac carbon pedal's

Weaknesses:    SDG saddle suck's,Jamis quit making them (I still don't understand their thinking on this)

Bottom Line:   
Bike list for $3,500 I bought for $2,000 out the door.First ride in parking lot I blew the seal on the AD8 shock,Cane Creek said some AD8's had seal problem's, then they came through with a replacement AD10 (sweet)since then just ride and point.I love this bike,it weighted 25lbs new,now about 24 1/2-but that's with the 97 Manitou SX TI fork which I'm about to replace(can easily drop close to a lb.by going to a air fork)--Jamis dosn't make this any more but they told me the red Dakar is the same,which you can buy for $499-add you part kit and you'll have a bike that's as good or better as many really expensive bike's on the market.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   DBR-GT

Bike Setup:   trashed 217's on heavy rock section's after3 1/2 yrs.replaced with 517'5 -Easton CT2 bar -Titec carbon 100's barend's-Flite TI gel saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill Yoon a Cross Country Rider from San Gabriel, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2000

Strengths:    Beautiful lightweight frame for cross country. Easton Elite tubing and Cane Creek AD-8. Nimble, agile, and quick.

Weaknesses:    Jamis stopped making this frame in 1997, but they're still available if you look. Can't remove stickers.

Bottom Line:   
If you can still find one, buy one. Make sure its the early Easton Elite frame with a Cane Creek rear shock. Perfect for a cross country ride. My 17" Dakar weighs in around 24 pounds and is a blast to ride anywhere, up, down, sideways, this bike does a great job. Not a free rider or a downhiller, but a reasonably priced, lightweight dual suspension frame with no vices.

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Favorite Trail:   Old Sullivan Canyon B4 the Floods

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles mail order

Similar Products Used:   1990 GT Zaskar-heavy duty and heavy. U brake.
1994 Bridgestone MB3-Beautiful lugged steel frame. Great ride.

Bike Setup:   Old 8 speed XTR derailleurs and shifter pods, XTR V brakes, Avid levers, King headset, King hubs with Mavic 517s, Answer Hyperlite, Kore stem and post, XT crank with 110/58 Avitar spyder, XTR rear cogset, Action Tec BB, old 737 SPD pedals, WTB Velociraptor tires, Rock Shox Judy SL with Englund air cartridges.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gergely a Cross Country Rider from hungary

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2000

Strengths:    weight
ride comfort and safety
"fun factor"

Weaknesses:    frame scratches quite easily, stickers wear off quickly

Bottom Line:   
bought this frame (97 model) at a very nice price.
the frame itself is 2.4 kg (5.3lbs) with cane creek ad8 rear shock, very light !
the only problem with the frame was that the bolt near the bottom bracket loosened, but I tensioned it strongly so it's not a problem anymore.
the frame works very smooth, such a relaxing ride after a hardtail.
riding is also much safe because this bike absorbs the bumps so well.
energy loss with pedaling is not serious.
if you can ever call something perfect, this frame is close to that when talking about CC bikes.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   deore/xt,mavic,rst mozo

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2000

Strengths:    Weight, fully active suspension, OEM componentry, price

Weaknesses:    OEM cantilever brakes, bottom bracket

Bottom Line:   
The '97 Jamis Dakar Team is the quintessential cross country ride. From smooth banked turn downhills to rocky climbs, you can go all day. The frame geometry is dead on. Novices should work up to an appropriate comfort level, because this baby goes exactly where you point it.

It sounds like our late '96 bikes are basically the same as the '97 model other reviewers raved about. Most reviewers bought frames and had them built up, but we bought two full bikes. Only the front derailleurs were Shimano. Everything else was high quality domestic after-market, like the Machine Tech hubs and titanium spokes. I finally had to do a minor wheel truing on mine after three years. A lot of people assume we had the bikes built from scratch. We've still never seen any other ones like these. My bike weighs right at 25 pounds and my wife's slightly less. The bikes listed for $3200, but they cost us $2100 as an end-of-model-year price.

Hey, Jamis! Notice none of these reviews cover anything newer than '97? Like another reviewer said, you turned this wonderful frame into a "freeride pig" from '98 on. I like getting up the mountain under my own power (on the bike, not pushing it) and I think a lot of other people feel the same way.

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Favorite Trail:   Flume Trail, Lake Tahoe

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Except for new Avid brakes and levers, XT bottom bracket and Speedplay pedals, all the following was stock: Rockshox Judy SL, Raceface bar, Titec stem, Gripshift 800, Machine Tech pawl-less hubs, titanium spokes, assorted titanium bolts, Caramba Double Barrel cranks, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billy Lindler a Cross Country Rider from Stowe, VT USA

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2000

Strengths:    Price
Tried/True Design
Great X-Country Trail Bike

Weaknesses:    Pivot "play" and squeaks
Not for big travel crowd

Bottom Line:   
Can't beat this bike for the money -- I bought the frame in 1997, before it was available via mail order sub$500, paid $750 and still love it. I have replaced the pivots once, ready for overhaul again now.

I love this bike, it is light, climbs great, has perfect cross country travel. If you like technical 2-3 hour rides this is the bike for you. Buy one through mail order and save $800 - 1000 over comparable swing-link style frames.

I even raced this bike to 4 top 10 downhill finishes in UT and CO -- but is totally set up for cross country riding.

PS bought the frame and lots of components from Wild Rose in Salt Lake City. This is a great shop, say hi to Mo, Tim, and Tom if you go. I moved to Vermont last year, the bike seems to dislike the extra mud/muck of Vermont (too many pivots). I still plan to keep riding it - just upgrade the shock, drive train, and wheels this year.

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Favorite Trail:   Zog's Highway and The Wall

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Rasta theme, Kooka Cranks and Levers, Ritchey Pedals, Titec Ti Bar, Syncros Stem, Red Avid TriAlign brakes, XT Hubs, Tioga tires, XT Fder, Sachs Rder, King HS, weakness Mag21 fork (replacing this year)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Donnie L. a Weekend Warrior from Garlland Tx. USA

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight, Easton Elite tubing, Sporty geometry, excellent reputation, Pollished Aluminum looks awesome!

Weaknesses:    No rear disc mount ( 97 model frame!), Little or no availability of major replacement components (Jamis has no polished 17" frames for warranty claims), AD8 could blow up, cable guide for rear der. cable is angled the wrong way for the recomended (topswing) der.

Bottom Line:   
So far, I am blown away by the capabilities of this bike. At 27 lbs (with EnduroRaptor tires, 535 pedals and Bottle cage), and 2K, I got terrific bang for the buck! It could easily drop about a pound with lighter tires and pedals etc. But, I need to lose some too. It climbs better than my old M80, is very quick in the turns and landing from reasonable drops is cush. Very little bobbing on rear with correct shock pressure, but not very plush on small stuff. If you want a great all-around ride get a 97 Dakar Team and build it up. You'll end up with a better overall bike than the 00 Dakars! It may be too late to get polished, but the red is plentiful. I love mine! Thanks to Jim at Southwest Sport in Cleburne Tx.(he built mine). The polished and black theme with a little red thrown in looks awesome!!

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Favorite Trail:   Rowlett Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   2000 Jamis Dakar Comp, Klein Mantra, Specialized FSR

Bike Setup:   00 XT 00 SXR WTB Momentum WS & HS WTB tires,grips Salsa bars, stem, QR and seatpost Trico Powersaddle. 535 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Charlotte, NC

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2000

Strengths:    Quick reponsive handling, Easton tubing, Cane Creek!, proven design, light weight, Easy to sevice pivots, Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!

Weaknesses:    Broke the rear triangle after 2 1/2 years of pounding the hell out of it.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best frame out there for the money! You can get them mail order for 5 bills now. It retailed for $1100! I broke one but it WAS during a downhill race on an over two year old cross country bike. and they replaced it. The guy at Jamis sayed 'It looks like you've had a bunch of good rides on this' I did. My second frame has been christened 'Rutherford The Brave' I expect to keep it for at least a couple of more years. My 15" weighed in at a hair UNDER FIVE POUNDS. Make sure you get the TEAM not the pro. If it's got a Cane Creek shock, that's the one. Any coil over shock was spec'ed out on crap. The Jamis Daker Team ('97) was the best frame they have produced ever! Prior to 97 they had little to no travel, after '97 they turned into freeride pigs.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi super ibex, Bianchi hardtail

Bike Setup:   Sid, AD-10, Cronos, XT, Control Tech

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shane a Cross Country Rider from SLC, UT

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2000

Strengths:    Looks, Lightweight, Beautiful welds, Price (Frame $450)

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Jamis quit making this frame in 98, actually they changed it for the worse and turned it into a Free-ride bike. The team frame is light 5.4lbs for a 19" with AD-8. Tubing is Easton Elite. On the new Dakars They switched to 6005 tubing , triangulated the down tube and added 1.5 lbs- Big mistake. The Team frames can be found if you look hard enough and build up very nicely into a great full suspension XC racer. I found it to ride very much like the Ventana Marble Peak for a third of the price. Laterally the bike is stiff, it absolutly loves to climb and eats up single track like its on rails. Decending is better done seated, if you stand and get your weight too far forward it tends to understeer, but as long as your weight is back where it should be downhills are great too. All around a great bike at a bargain basement price. Five flamers for this baby.

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Favorite Trail:   All of 'em'

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar Pro (Very heavy), Tomac, Ventana Marble Peak (very similar ride for 3X the price), FSR

Bike Setup:   XTR, Superfly, AD-8, Action Tec Ti BB, Kore Stem, Raceface cranks and rings, Thompson post, 517's - 24 lbs exactly

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by joe a Weekend Warrior from Evergreen, Co

Date Reviewed: November 9, 1999

xtr is flawless
no problems

not to tough

Bottom Line:   
a sweeet bike that can do almost anything (no extreme downhilling/freeriding)i only weigh 130 or so and i beat the hell out of it and have had no problems what so ever

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Favorite Trail:   
i don't know

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
c-dale hardtail
GT pos hardtail

Bike Setup:   
xtr, x-vert, mavic 217 SUP, AD-8, Syncros

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1999 dakar team question

i saw a dakar team in the lbs today, it was a trade-in. the owner thinks it is a '99 model. it has the red manitou and full xtr treatment, and the frame is polished. what is this bike worth? it looks brand new!!!! the shock didn't seem to hold air and i noticed a peice of rubber (maybe an o-ri ... Read More »

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