Parker is what BMX bikes wantTo grow upTo be—flickably light, incredibly stiff, with just enough suspensionTo let you whipThrough a dual-slalom course like a greased snake, powerThrough corners like Jamis ProTommyT, and land cleanly when launched atThe bike park. But it’s Parker’sTrail riding versatilityThat’s its real strength. Designed not just for gate racers or slopestyle flyers, but for riders looking for something in between an XC and freeride bikeThat’s builtTight
from scranton,pa. u.us
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2010
Strengths: blah blah
Weaknesses: blah blah
basically if you can ride you can do it on most anything. alot of people tried to talk me out of this bike, the whole breaking thing, blah blah. they call it the "porker" while it is a little heavy, its supposed to be. the bike rides great, feels light, great in the air as well. ive been racing aba cruiser on it and despite giving up 10lbs to a cruiser youd never know it. handles hits much better than i thought it would too. plus 350 f/shock @ jenson, if you cant do it on this bike dust off that road bike and borrow your girls pilates outfit.
Bike Setup: Shimano Deore front deraillur, Bontrager King Earl crankset, Maxxis Larsen 2.35 tires, Shimano XT rear deraillur,
from Surrey, BC
Date Reviewed: October 28, 2009
Strengths: great bike overall. Once tuned, the Parker II was able to take me places I couldn't go with my hardtail. After parting out my Kona, I was missing the rear suspension. A day of riding the hardtail would leave me in pain. Not anymore.
Weaknesses: A bit of slack in the rear chainstay.
weak stock driveline parts, go with diabolus and SRAM.
Awesome bike for the money.
the warranty is great, I just hope I don't ever have to use it.
Similar Products Used: Kona Stinky Transition Bottletocket
Norco VPS Norco Shore
Norco sasquatch Specialized rockhopper
Bike Setup: Marz 55rc2 fork, diabolus cranks and BB, stroker brakes, cromag saddle and wide bar.
from pittsburgh pa USA
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2009
Strengths: the bike is light and manouverable. i never rode the complete but i did keep the brakes, headset, bars and seatpost. now with bomber 66 and lighter wheels i use it as a full time freeride bike. it is steady in the air, and handles rock gardens and technical dh trails surprisingly well for a 5 inch travel bike.the domain is fully ajustable frim 115-160 mm of travel which should suit both dj and freeride. the guys at jamis are really chill and their warrenty system is amazing. and you cant bet it for the price.
Weaknesses: wheels are heavy but ridable. if your an abusive rider i would keep an eye on the shock.
i love this bike. i love the company. both for the good bikes and good prices and for their great customer service. i would reccomend it to anybody who wnts to do anything from all mountain to dh/fr and if you drop the fork to 115 it should be great for dj,4x, ds. i reccomend it both as a shop employee and as a daily rider
Similar Products Used: several bighits, stinky's, specialized enduro, blk mrkt mob.
Bike Setup: 2008 jamis parker2 frame wit marzocchi bomber 66 rc2h, azonic outlaw front wheel, sun rims s-type laced onto an xt hub xtr r/ derr. sram attack shifter, shimano 105 road cassette.tioga pedals, carbon hs spacers, green interbike top cap, continental mountain king tires 2.4, raceface lock-on grips and truvativ hussfelt cranks. no front derr. just n e13 chainguide. stock bars ,e13 bashguard, seat and post, brakes and shock.
a Weekend Warrior
from Canada (North Shore)
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2009
Strengths: Light,Nimble,Strong, No flex, solid in the air, Has taken big hits and large gaps.
Weaknesses: Paint chips very easy but if you actually ride hard who cares, Sr suntour derailer is junk took mine off and put on a chain guide, Cranks arent the toughest but put on Diabolous.
Straight bottom line is this bike has got bad press for snapping the dropout but im 220 pounds and do big drops and jumps, It has never let me down very light tight and right, Jamis has top notch customer service so if you had an issue they will deal with it. If you want a cheap do everything bike this is the best bang for the buck hands down. Ive ridden it on some of the toughest trails on the shore and its been burly,some guys are amazed and think its a hardtail and I just laugh..
Similar Products Used: Norco 4by, Transition bottlerocket, Transition double....
Bike Setup: Rock Shox Domain Extra stiff spring,Diabolous Cranks, E13 Chainguide, Axiom Pedals, Sun Rim S type..
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 27, 2009
Strengths: 2:1 suspention ratio.
Feels more then a 4" frame more like a 6"er.
very strong frame. Gives you lots of confidence to go nuts with it.
Float R shock works great once adjusted properly.
Can get up 160mm forks.
I had about 6 bikes so far, and I never felt more at home, amazingly comfortable.
Very responsive handling.
Considering its a Park/DJ/4X/SS bike, its climbs very well.
Weaknesses: the frame came loose in the back end (near the rear wheel) a few times, need to pay attention to it.
Also had a problem with the sleeve in the middle of the rocker, remade those parts by my self, works great now.
A great choice to those with low budget.
you can build it light or heavy depending on ur style, i think 140mm is the best for this frame, rode it on a 160mm and felt its a bit out of balance.
Would recommend it to about anyone who's fed up climbing with long travel bikes, like me.
Used to ride with my 8"er everywhere, now with the Parker I go faster and has less fatigue. Can have longer rides and more fun.
a Weekend Warrior
from south florida
Date Reviewed: December 18, 2007
Strengths: everything ridiculous for the money, indestructable, and really fun to ride
Weaknesses: none, makes me do things that i wouldnt even think about doing with my old bike
just last week i wiped out nasty i bailed doing a 20 foot jump ; i still dont feel that good but my bike still looks brand new! the only thing wrong with it is a slightly bent handlebar, wich i hope cud b stratend out
Strengths: bang for your buck. VERY similar geometry to much more boutique-y brands like the transition bottlerocket or the sinister gruitr. for the price of either of their frames you can just about have this entire bike.
Weaknesses: sr suntour front derailleur? come on jamis, toss a deore on there... don't be too cheap.
an amazing bike for the price. i'm not a dirt jumper or freerider or what have you, but this is a really good all-around trail bike. if you don't need crazy amounts of travel, you'll have fun on this bike. you have to hand it to jamis, they're really upping the ante this year.
Bike Setup: swapped the pedals for some crank bros egg beaters and put a kenda nevegal/blue groove combo instead of the stock WTB weirwolfs... they're just better suited for the trails in my area.
a Weekend Warrior
from Idaho Falls, ID, USA
Date Reviewed: November 28, 2007
Strengths: Awesome all around bike that works for any riding possible, Fork can be dropped down for some serious dirt jumping, or maximized to race downhill, weighs only 36 pounds and feels like it too. All of the parts are top quality for the money put down, I am 200+ and the air shock is still perfect
Weaknesses: Paint isn't the best thing out there, but still good. Frt derailer is a SR sun tour! But I took mine off. Some chain slap when dropping stairs
The sweetest bike for the money, and Jamis is awesome to deal with over the phone, It is a rider owned company, The first thing the guy said on the phone when I said that I had an 08' Parker II was, "Dude, how do you like it? I want to get one here soon!" He was way enthusiastic about what he helped build. I give my full recomendation to anyone who wants a medium travel enduro bike!