Jamis Parker I Freeride Full Suspension

4.57/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $1250.00


Product Description

Parker is whatBMX bikes wantTo grow upTo be—flickably light, incredibly stiff, withjust enough suspensionTo let you whipThrough a dual-slalom course likea greased snake, powerThrough corners like Jamis ProTommyT, and landcleanly when launched atThe bike park. But it’s Parker’strail riding versatilityThat’s its real strength. Designed not just forgate racers or slopestyle flyers, but for riders looking for somethingin between an XC and freeride bikeThat’s builtTight for ab


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by orangedotz a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2012

Strengths:    Looks SWEET!!! Very Plush. Extremely stout frame construction.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy.

Bottom Line:   
2009 Parker 1: Very nice bike. She flies down hill with the best of them. The bike can easily be used as an all mountain bike as well. The Candy Apple Red paint job cant be beat. She is a little on the heavy side. She hugs the corners like a champion. Launching is a little tricky as the rear geometry seems made for landing large drop ins.

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Favorite Trail:   Bootleg Canyon ~ Girlscout

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chelboed a Weekend Warrior from Lee's Summit, MO

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2011

Strengths:    -2:1 suspension leverage ratio feels like much more than 100mm
-Descends very well
-Nimble
-Tough
-Versatile


Weaknesses:    -Heavy
-Short seat tube, seatpost, and crank arms make for tough climbing.
-FSA / Gravity Step Up crankset is a full lb heavier than something like an Atlas FR.
-Formula / Alex wheelset (though really tough) is 1-2lbs heavier than my Pro2/EX5.1d wheelset

This bike could theoretically be built as a 30-31lb slopestyle rig with a little patience and cash. 36.25 as it sits.


Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike b/c I moved away from my city with nearby trails. I had nothing to do but urban. This bike is great on stairs and walls.

Within the last month or two, I have found some new trails around a local lake. Smooth and flowy with some baby-head sections...some shoreline trails with 1-3 foot boulder drops. This bike is fun on all of it. It pedals well for a 36lb 4oz ride, but will wear me out on the climbs. (granny gear works well...use it) It's fun on slow techy trails, slow techy climbs, flowy singletrack, stairs, 2-6'ledges, etc... Very versatile. My only regret is that i didn't spend another $500 and get the Parker 2. 2.5lbs lighter with a little more adjustability.

The 2:1 leverage ratio eats up drops really well...feels like much more than 100mm of rear travel. Great compliment to the 160mm Domain 302 U-Turn fork. I swapped out the Domain spring for a firm b/c of my weight, but only need around 160psi in the rear shock thanks to the 2:1 ratio. This leverage will prolong the air seals and becomes very progressive at the end of its stroke for big drops.

The wheelset really impresses me. It's heavy, yet pretty tough for an inexpensive wheelset. I'm generally not one to do drops-to-flat b/c I'm 200lbs+ and know what it does to equipment, but I've done 4' to flat with it and not had to touch a spoke wrench. Over the past 6months or so, I've only had to touch up the wheelset one time as a 100mi retension.

My plan is to eventually swap out the wheels for something a tad lighter to reduce rotational weight. Replace the crankset with 175mm arms and an external type BB. This will save me 1lb alone, not to mention the more pedalable longer arms. The seatpost/saddle combo is about 5oz heavier than it needs to be...given the nature of the bike, it's not really an issue. If you are planning on making this a good "do it all" bike...the saddle is an easy place to save some weight...and the seatpost will yield me full pedal extension with a 400mm post. I'm considering moving to an Easton EA70 bar. I've never broken a Monkeybar at my 200lb rider weight. The HiRise is perfect for me, and saving 1/4lb in a bar is pretty significant.

These changes will put me in the 31lbs range. I had thought about selling it and trying to find an AM/Trail rig, but this bike with the "Curnutt leverage ratio" is just way too fun. 100mm of 2:1 travel is absolutely perfect for me.

The silly weight weenie stuff doesn't make this bike a bad value at all. It still performs very well bone stock.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   2010 Parker 1 : Jens

Similar Products Used:   Canondale single pivot's
GT dually's
Jamis XLT
Stumpy FSR


Bike Setup:   2010 Parker 1 stock + Syncros Bulk HiRise bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will Saylor a Weekend Warrior from Kirksville, MO

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2011

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    Brake pads suck

Bottom Line:   
I'm not sure what year this review page is for but I bought the 2010 Parker 1 from Jenson USA and it was worth every penny. I do a lot of all-mountain riding but I still want a bike that bombs the downhill course and freeride parks as well. This bike is it. Yes it's a little rough on the uphills, but that's a small price to pay for a bike that does this many things well. And if you drop the rock shox domain fork down to 115mm, it rides much more like an all mountain/cross country bike, which helps on those hills. Also, the 2.35 Kenda Nevegals do everything well. Buy this bike if you are a little closer to freeride than you are to all mountain.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by svtspeed a Weekend Warrior from Annapolis, MD

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2011

Strengths:    Can scream downhill, can take pretty much anything you throw at it. I did an xterra race last week and people couldn't hang on the decents.

Weaknesses:    HEAVY! But it will definitely build up your legs. Cables are all over the place as well. and the way that the rear suspension is set up makes it difficult to get on certain bike racks, check before you buy a bike rack to make sure the Parker will fit on it.

Bottom Line:   
Fun Bike, jumps like a dream, goes downhill like a dream, works you like a mule on the climbs, but is well worth it on the decents.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bome a Downhiller from tallahassee,fl

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2011

Strengths:    Confident booster! Plush suspension, burley, and just overall fun to ride

Weaknesses:    hayes ryde seem to lack in the power department. I plan to switch them out, and upgrade the domain to the 318 is needed.

Bottom Line:   
For the price you cant really beat it. It's is great for anyone trying to be diverse. I've hit DJ's, urban rides, and xc trails and it was fun on all the different riding disciplines.

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Favorite Trail:   Cadalliac

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1285.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   transition bottlerocket

Bike Setup:   Stock, for now

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mrniceguy42 a Downhiller from co

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2010

Strengths:    2:1 ratio, good geometry

Weaknesses:    heavy

Bottom Line:   
I bought this frame one year ago (first gen frame 2008) and i thought id give my 2 cents. First off, if you have been contemplating buying the frame on jenson because its so darn cheap, just do it so you can be ridin already! I bought this frame for mostly XC use but i have ridden it just about everywhere. This bike climbs well oddly enough, however, it is meant to go down. Even though the frame only has 4", the 2:1 leverage ratio and the slack geometry with a low bb makes descending feel like a longer travel rig. Its a bit heavy but itll only make you stronger. The linkage bearings are kinda weak but swap em out and youll be good to go. I havent touched the rockshox bar in the back, still running strong after 40 days or so of generally rough riding.

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Favorite Trail:   keystone

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   reign, stumpjumper, fuel

Bike Setup:   pike 426, transition 32s, raceface + sram stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joey462 a Weekend Warrior from Colorado

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2010

Strengths:    lots it is really all around good for me

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
this bike is really good i just ordered it because i wanted a better bike than my diamondback hardtail but i wanted to do everything on it and man its really good i went on a xc ride with tons of climbs this morning then went dirt jumping after work it worked amazingly on everything

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   jenson usa


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by insanitylevel9 a Weekend Warrior from ma

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2010

Strengths:    suspension design, name brand stem bars and seat post, the fork is very plush and the u turn spring is very useful.

Weaknesses:    stock tires and grips are trash and the rear shock is just ok.

Bottom Line:   
great bike i use it for just about every thing, from long xc rides to light free ride(in other words all mountain). i have 2 other mountain bikes and i really only ride this one just flat out fun bike to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   veitnam

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   jenson usa

Similar Products Used:   demo'ed a few other slop style/all mountain bikes

Bike Setup:   all stock except for the tires which i changed to maxxis high rollers, the seat post i changed out for a joplin r, i also added a bash guard and lastly i got new grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by XxWIZDOMxX a Racer from Pipersville, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2010

Strengths:    great suspension design, awesome color, beefy chainstay and head tube, very maneuverable

Weaknesses:    slightly on the heavier side, shock could be upgraded but otherwise is fine

Bottom Line:   
great bike, worth the money!

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Favorite Trail:   Highrocks/Diablo Freeride Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   none so far

Bike Setup:   jamis parker frame, WTB wheelset, titec hellbent comp bars, truvativ hussefelt stem, cstchicopee comp tires, avid bb7 brakes w/ hayes rotors, odi lock on grips, shimano cranks.. shifters.. and derailleurs, san marco seat, kalloy uno seatpost, diamondback bmx platfor pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by blooregard a Downhiller from HILLSBOROUGH NC

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2009

Strengths:    very solid all around bike has the potential to be built for almost anything

Weaknesses:    the shock kinda sucks

Bottom Line:   
great bike

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Favorite Trail:   magic carpet

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   GT avalanche


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DC211 a Weekend Warrior from Las Vegas, NV

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2009

Strengths:    The bike is solid for the price. Use it for downhill, xc, or freeride. Handles well.

Weaknesses:    Front fork is soft and it would be nice to have at least 160mm up front.looking to upgrade. The new parker comes with an fsa drvetrain setup with a bash guard, nice upgrade compared to the basic shimano setup on this bike.

Bottom Line:   
Can't find a better bike for the price. A few upgrades and the bike can be a solid all mountain bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Any DH at Bootleg Canyon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   first all mountain bike

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ASR524 a Downhiller from houghton,mi

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2009

Strengths:    Strong, only knocked the rear rim out of true. I havent noticed pedal bob at all. the forks are adjustable!!
80-130mm travel up front and 100mm in the rear.


Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
This bike is versatile. I literally use it for everything. DJ,DH,XC, free ride it dont matter this bike can take it, I might not be the best climber (or thats me) but it down hills fast soaks up large bumps that a hard tail wont and can be ridden as a XC bike without to much effort.
Perfect bike for someone who wants a do everything bike for the least amount of cash.

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Favorite Trail:   MTU/Copper harbor

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Bike Setup:   Stock but looking into bash guard

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by b-kul a Weekend Warrior from ma

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2009

Strengths:    strong, good suspension design, good components

Weaknesses:    kind of heavy, front derailleur is junk

Bottom Line:   
great bike. im setting it up as more of a trail bike. it eats technical single track up. also i do not notice any bobbing of the rear suspension. and i am running the shock quite bouncy. not the fastest bike on the trails but if you are looking for that why are you even considering a 36 lb bike? it can be made lighter but that is tough with a + 8 lb frame.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock except for maxxis ignitor 2.35 tires and shimano lx derailleur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by longviewsyndicate a Weekend Warrior from washington

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2009

Strengths:    tough, looks cool, blast to ride

Weaknesses:    i greased the bearings myself after a few rides, there was not much in there.

Bottom Line:   
felt good on this bike almost right away. had to get the bar/stem combo figured out, but that was not the bike that was me. the rear suspension is pretty stiff until you need it to work, then it gets pretty plush. pedals pretty good. i am about 6' and have the 18' and it feels pretty good.

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Favorite Trail:   schleyer

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   jenson usa

Similar Products Used:   heckler, vp free, coiler, stinky

Bike Setup:   parker frame, 55r fork, single track wheels, king hubs, truvativ cranks and bars, shimano brakes

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ok so i am considering upgrading from a jamis parker to a sanction

i am heavily considering the sanction on this one but the thing is the 1.0 frameset offered from GT has a weird chain guide mount it only has two holes regular chain guides require 3, and if anyone has any info or oppinions on this awesome looking bike please let me know if anyone knows the frame pr ... Read More »

Could I fit a Rockshox Domain on a Jamis Parker 1.0?

I am building a bike and i want a Domain on the front of a Parker. would it fit or should i find something else? Thanks!Read More »

Looking for a dj/ds bike. STP or Parker I

I've been looking for something I can have fun to commute with and ride smooth singletrack. I had settled on a Giant STP or possibly a p.2. cromo, until I saw JensonUSA selling a NEW Jamis Parker I for 800 bucks. Locally some guy is selling a USED STP SS with a Pike for 750. Just wondering w ... Read More »

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