Jamis 1999 Durango SX Hardtail Bike

4.5/5 (10 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 - 10 (10 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:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John David a Weekend Warrior from Virginia Beach, VA

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2001

Strengths:    Quality, price

Weaknesses:    ugly orange forks, but who wants to steal an orange bike? The shifter is a push-pull type that seems unnecessarily complicated and will probably be the first thing to break.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first "real" mountain bike and I love it. In fact, the last bike I rode was my Hutch Trickstar back in high school. I've never ridden any really expensive bikes so my review is probably really limited. I ride motorcycles and this bike steers the way a crotch-rocket does, quick and tight. The build-quality is GREAT. It feels like it will last forever. If this is an entry-level bike, I can't imagine how nice an upgraded bike will be like. And since I bought it for only 274 bucks, it makes it an even sweeter ride. The brakes are great. The second time I rode it I applied what I thought was moderate 50/50 pressure to the brakes and promptly flew over the handle bars. When you tell it to, this bike STOPS. Other than a cracked ego on my part, the bike came through without a scratch. The only upgrade I plan is a fully adjustable fork. I, obviously, won't need disc brakes. Who should buy this bike? A newby to mountain biking who wants a great, tough bike at a great price and who isn't worried about owning poseur cache. Who shouldn't? A newby to biking who has to have the most famous name on the block. I had never heard of Jamis before I saw this bike in the above listed shop but I'm glad I found it.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $274.00

Purchased At:   US Bikes

Similar Products Used:   none, this is my first mountain bike

Bike Setup:   usually on both wheels

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 Rex a Weekend Warrior from G-ville, FL

Date Reviewed: December 14, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I'm really poor and already look like a dork. This bike is great. I can beat it up at Santos over the weekend and then ride it to school during the week. It stays tight and smooth. Of course, if you're used to $1200 bikes (I'm not) it's probably not going to suit your needs. On the other hand, it's MUCH better than the dep't store bikes!

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month


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:4
Submitted by Sam Anthony (Devon) a Weekend Warrior from Wollongong, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 22, 1999

Strengths:    
Good value, average forks, good levers and shifters


Weaknesses:    
Shit frame geometry, the shape is shit, differnt from most hardtails.


Bottom Line:   
Good for beginners, alright once you get used to the stuffed shape and feel.

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Favorite Trail:   
Coal Dumper

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Avanti Hurricane


Bike Setup:   
Alivio

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Yo MAMA a Downhiller from ATL

Date Reviewed: September 8, 1999

Strengths:    
UMMMMMM...........yaaaaaaaaa............It's real good..um.....thats it,
REAL GOOD


Weaknesses:    
no, not on this bike, a flaw or weekness!
not on a 300 $ bike like this!


Bottom Line:   
If you need a bike, and want to look like a dork.....get this bike. naw just a joke it's a real good bike, nice firm ride..........like a huffy.

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Favorite Trail:   
none ya biZ

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Huffydbr x 10ventana m/pgt xcr 1000


Bike Setup:   
judy 100

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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