Jamis 1999 Durango SX Hardtail Bike

4.5/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $499.95


Product Description

1999 Jamis Durango SX, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, RST 381R, 2.75" travel fork


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen Green a Weekend Warrior from Bend, OR

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2002

Strengths:    Not sure about strengths stock, but the bike I ride is excellent. Great very agile. Shift quickly and smoothly. Disc brakes are awsome and the fork couldn't be better.

Weaknesses:    Stock parts aren't great if your going to do any technical riding

Bottom Line:   
I had a chance to demo the bike stock and for the money it was really decent. the rst fork is garbage and can be scraped. a couple of inexpensive part can make it a lot better. New derailuers $75 for front and rear brand new on ebay and new shifter pods and this bike will rock your world. I found mine with $500 worth of upgrades at a pawn shop without a scratch on it for $175 and only paid $150. Guess the guy didn't know what he had.

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Favorite Trail:   McKenzie River Trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   A Pawn shop

Bike Setup:   Judy SL fork, XT front and rear derailuers, XT front and rear brakes, XT crankset and bottom bracket, XT shifter pods and break levers, Sun Rims ryno lyte, Headset stem,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter a Weekend Warrior from St. Albans VT USA

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2001

Strengths:    Very comfortable. Looks good and shifts very surely and smooth.

Weaknesses:    The quality of the shocks is poor for the money spent.

Bottom Line:   
This is a wonderful bike for riding to a trail that is not overly tough. It seems like a good alround bike at a reasonable cost. I have a dual for harder rides, but everyone should have at least two bikes, and this is a great one to have for 'general' purpose.
If you are just starting out, and are looking for a solid ride, this will do the job.
My son rides a $1000.00 schwinn, and I prefer this!
One hint...Shed the pedals..go clipless

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Favorite Trail:   Local Hardack hill trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   White's Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Raliegh, Schwinn and Diamondback

Bike Setup:   As purchased

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Carpenter a Weekend Warrior from Boise, Idaho, USA

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2000

Strengths:    Good looking. Solid frame. Pretty light. Excellent handleing. Good strong rims.

Weaknesses:    Not so good of a fork. Weak crank.

Bottom Line:   
Stock, the Jamis Durango SX handles great, and is a good buy for the price. I recomend getting a new fork that has a little more travel if you want to get into some serious riding. Overal pretty nice bike. The bike is a great choice for beginners or pro riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Blacktail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   Robinsons

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Aquila, Big Sir, K2 Evo 3.0, Specialized FSR, Rock Hopper.

Bike Setup:   I switched the rapid fire shifters to some Sachs Attack, changed bar to Hell Bent enduro, Titec Big Al stem, Bomber Z.3 flighlight fork on front. Came stock with some Avilo rapid-fire shifters, RST 381R front suspension, O.K. Riser bar, and a descent, but heavy stem.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jeff a Cross Country Rider from syracuse, NY USA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2000

Strengths:    light weight

Weaknesses:    cheap componentry, poor brakes, terrible fork

Bottom Line:   
this in intended to be an enrty level bike but, other bikes at this price come better equipped. The RST fork was a joke. The bike handles poorly and limits your riding capability. It shifts slowly and it descends even worse. Out of the box, I think it sucks. If you added a better fork, brakes, better componentry, and a plusher seat, you'd have a descent bike, but by the time you spend all that extra money you could have bought a Fisher Kaitai or another quality bike. At the $500 price range, I'd go with a GT rebound or a Rockhopper. I don't recommend this bike to anyone, not even a rec rider on a budget, luckily you've got other options.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   gt rebound, specialized rockhopper


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Drum Taylor a Weekend Warrior from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: October 29, 1999

Strengths:    
Inexpensive, strong and agile. Great all purpose tires. No problems.


Weaknesses:    
Mid-range componetry. Color choices were sort of weak.


Bottom Line:   
This bike is a great deal for one who wants to sample the front suspension experience. Despite a semi-bad rep, the RST shocks hold up well under the pounding they endure under my 275lbs weight. I have not used it under combat conditions but this bike would likely be fine in any kind of terrain. This bike will help you get your feet wet without soaking you (hey thats pretty good!) Next year I may upgrade the components, or splurge and buy a '99 Jamis Dragon.

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Favorite Trail:   
Pa. Canal Towpath network from Allentown to Easton.

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Diamondback, Trek, Cannondale.


Bike Setup:   
stx-rc/alivio drivetrain, tektro brakes, flipflop stem, kalloy rise bar, Shimano shifters, RST 381 R front shock.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Heller a Cross-Country Rider from Lancaster,PA

Date Reviewed: May 26, 1999

Strengths:    
Light,agile, and perfect for trial, good setup like the threadless stem


Weaknesses:    
Long handlebars and low component line for 500


Bottom Line:   
Light and agile,the Durango puts out the great kind muneverablity you want,but a little bit to laid back for tuff stuff.Absolutly perfect for trials(did i mention that?)and good street rider.Havent seen it going any downhills yet but that will come as my friend gets used to his bike(he's a freestyler turned technical mountain biker).Handlebars are a little bit to wide for stock and the bike should be upgraded for best off road performance,but it is also good stock.Having a small frame is cool cause it make it lighter.It is worth about a 4.5 but Im gonna give it a 5 just for giggles.

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Favorite Trail:   
Death Sentence Trail,Chiqiues Rock Park

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
GT Pantera,Raleigh M80,Giant Warp DS1 and Rincon SE 98 model.


Bike Setup:   
Has RST 380's and STX rear derailure

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