Jamis Dakota AL XC Hardtail

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $1049.95


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Archibald Theodore a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2006

Strengths:    Able to withstand nearly any punishment I've handed it.

Weaknesses:    The bottom bracket packed it in recently but that was more due to my poor maintenance and the "toxic waste" mud where I race it week in week out.
Other than that, none really other than the forks originally seemed soft, but a harder spring has fixed that.


Bottom Line:   
The bike has handled nearly everything I've thrown at it. Had plenty of stacks on it, yet it's not had any issues.
From competative dirt crits, 6 or 12hr enduros, adventurous trails with mates to commuting and touring around bikepaths.
Have been in all weather conditions too, rain, mud & slush to dry dusty blown courses and everything in between.
Also been off some nasty drops, jumps and obstacles that I probably shouldn't have.

I originally said that I was looking for something that could take some off-road punishment, and the guys at Spoke(n) couldn't have been more right when this one popped up as an option.

It has been an excellent bike for me to learn to ride off road with as it's survived the learning experience better than I have!!
As something that is "a little above entry level" it's been well worth the extra dosh - especially as I have watched mates have problems with other brands and bikes while the Dakota AL has just kept going.

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Favorite Trail:   tie: castlemaine, werribee & you yangs

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Spoke(n) in Melbourne

Similar Products Used:   none really. I own a hybrid and a roadie. this was for 'off road' use.

Bike Setup:   05 Stock except Shimano XT hydraulic brakes, Crank Bros eggbeaters and new FSA bottom bracket.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2005

Strengths:    Super strong frame, fairly good spec for the money, ace paint job.
Agile and quick through the traffic. Buy it if you are a casual rider who wants something different or if you ride the odd XC trail


Weaknesses:    A little creaky at times but can't blame that on Jamis. Don't really like the skareb forks, too soft even for a skinny guy like me.

Bottom Line:   
I have really enjoyed this Pushie. Its a really impressive looking bike and handles really well through the streets. Seems to corner really well at speeds and craves being pushed. I had a huge stack, smashed out a tooth and all the bike has on it is one scratch, No cracks, nothing - excellent build quality and heaps of strength in the bike
The shop downspeced the bike (Melbourne bicycle centres - shame on you) but had great advice from Adventure Brands who import the bikes.
Am well happy having this bike - something a little different and great fun to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   I take on the cars!!!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   Australia

Similar Products Used:   2003 Norko Kokanee

Bike Setup:   Hayes Ones diskies with Avid 5 levers, XT rear and deore front, bontrager high risers, serfas slicks, Mavic rims

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