FRAME: Kinesium alloy main triangle and 7005 rear, cartridge bearing pivots, multiple linkage design with 90mm rear travel, Fox FLOAT R shock, replaceable derailleur hanger, international disc brake mount.
Strengths: (Mostly) Good components.
Good over all design.
Can mount bottle cage on frame.
Weaknesses: Some may find the suspension inadequate but good enough for me; XC after all.
Just got the Jamis Dakar XC Comp 2011 (for $1120 as last year's model) and I couldn't be happier. It's my first 'real' fs mtb, but I couldn't find another bike from any local stores that provided as good of a bike for the price, and there are a lot of bike stores in Vancouver (and surrounding cities). I guess you could find the same or similar bike cheaper on-line but I want to get it locally for the support (return/exchange, free service for 1 year, full warranty etc.).
Anyway, the Dakar XC Comp is very good for the money. Even my cousin, who rides a Santa Cruz Nomad, is impressed. Aside from riding it off/on-road around the neighborhood, I haven't really put it through its paces, but so far so good. I'd be riding it to/from work and on the various trails in around the city; it'll be fun.
a Cross Country Rider
from Fairfax, VA, USA
Date Reviewed: March 10, 2011
Strengths: this bike is very light with many upgrades makes this monster agile and climbs like a goat.
Weaknesses: None I've come across
this is my first full suspension mtb. the moment I rode this machine I fell in love with the smooth shifting, aggressive look, and the unbelievable smooth rides. I have no fear taking this monster on trails that will make you hurl with ease. and not to mention cross country riding is unbelievable comfortable riding for hours at a time.
Similar Products Used: GT Marathon and Specialized Enduro
Bike Setup: 2001 Jamis Dakar Comp, Thomson stem/seat post, Chris King Headset, XTR 9 spd Cassette, XT hydraulic brake set, Shimano LX STI dual shifters, XTR rear derailleur, XT front derailleur, XT cranks, Rock Shox Psylo fork, and Manitou type-S SRL rear shock.
a Weekend Warrior
from Kennesaw, GA
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2010
Strengths: High-end components at an affordable price.
Weaknesses: No bells and whistles of the $5000 bikes...who needs that stuff anyways? I'm sure its heavier than the expensive bikes but I dont race so it doesnt matter to me.
The perfect bike for someone not concerned with having the most expensive bike on the trail! I'm 6'/270lbs and I jump 4' drops without bottoming out the suspension!!!
Bike Setup: Stock with upgraded wheels XT/Mavic xc717, enduro bearings for bottom bracket and Lock out for the R7's.
a Weekend Warrior
from Chesapeake, VA
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2008
Strengths: This is my first full suspension, air travel, hyd disc brakes. I love the active ride on the suspension. The bike climbs very well when you stay in the saddle. Bars are a little wide for me, but that's an easy fix. Brakes worked 4.0 through wet and muddy conditions.
Weaknesses: Didn't have any as of now. Everything worked great.
I love the way this bike rides. I'm going to keep playing with shock air pressure to adjust ride. Not sure if I can get any lighter and keep it from bottoming out. This seems to be a great bike and component set-up for the money. I know I couldn't have touched what I got on this bike with any other manufacturer for this price.
Bike Setup: 210lbs in Fox Float, and 130lbs in R-Seven. Didn't bottom on two foot drops.
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2007
Strengths: Nicely specced components for this price range. Reasonably light (31 lbs) yet seems strong enough for slightly aggressive trail use.
Weaknesses: seatpost, tires, cassette
This bike is amazing for what I paid ($1039 on clearance from jensonusa). I never thought I could get this level of components for that price on a full suspension (or even a hardtail). The stock bike weighed in at 31 pounds which isn't racing weight, but is pretty light for a stock full suspension rig. The Frame is reasonably light but seems strong. the R7 fork, and float R shock are well above other suspension you see in other bikes in this price range ,as are the X-9 shifters/deraileurs, and the Juicy 5 brakes. The cranks and wheels aren't the greatest, but they aren't crap either, they're reasonably light and strong and I'm not in any hurry to upgrade them. The only weak points are actually rather minor, the seatpost and cassette are way too heavy, and I'm not liking the tires, but I generally expect to switch out the tires on a new bike anyway. The 27" bars are way too ride for the tight singletrack I ride, so I cut them down right away. I'm 5'10" and got the 19" frame. It leaves rather minimal standover, but otherwise fits me. At my height, I think I'm right between frame sizes and probably could have gone with either the 17 or the 19, but I'm happy with the 19" for XC riding. I've only had the bike for 2 weeks so far, but have ridden it a lot during that time and have been very impressed. This is my first full suspension, but I've been riding hardtails for 15 years.
Bike Setup: Stock setup: Manitou R7, Fox Float R, Sram X-9, Avid Juicy 5,
a Weekend Warrior
from Charlottesville, VA
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2007
Strengths: Fairly light, good welds, strong (so far)
Weaknesses: Paint job looks nice, but has worn down from cable rub faster than some other bikes I've owned.
This review is for the Frame only, but I've built it up fairly close to spec. The biggest upgrade is the Rockshox Reba Race fork, which I think works awesome with this Frame. Everything fit on the frame perfectly. I'm 6'-0" at 170 lbs, and the 19" frame is a perfect fit. I really like this bike. The stock rear shock (Fox Float R) is everything I need, and nothing I don't. 3" travel, and I've yet to go past about 2" of travel. Granted the biggest jump I've probably done is 3 feet, but I don't need to do anything more than that, which means the XC Comp travel is exactly what I need. I think the XLT would have been too much unnecessary travel. Rear shock is currently at 150 psi. I highly recommend Jamis bikes - I beat the heck out of the bike this weekend at Sherando Lake, and other than a flat, the bike held up fantastically.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2007
Strengths: Rides nice when it is working
Weaknesses: Here is my list I have broke the chainstay TWO TIMES had to have the bottom bracket Warranted twice and finaly gave up and bought a decent one at my cost. I also had problems with the jucy five brakes, they need contant adjusting. I had to buy new rims and hubs (tacoed the old ones and the hubs are junk) had to put a new headset in (at my own cost) the original was junk.
Extremely disappointed with this bike.Don't buy the 2005 Jamis dakar xc comp bike it is junk. The local bike shop has done there best to help me out with the cost but Jamis does not warrenty there labor
Similar Products Used: Not many, this is my first full suspension.
I was using a Rock Hopper for a year prior to this.
Bike Setup: 100% stock except for upgrade to Shimano PD545, plant bike fenders and some WTB tires more suited for muddy Pacific NW winters. Because this was 2006 closeout. It has a unique mix of 2006 and 2007 parts. I notice my handle bar was from the next expert model up so I faired well. Seat Post Easton 30, Avid Juicy 5 Brakes, Easton 30 Stem, Easton 50 Low Rise Bar, SRAM X9 Rear, SRAM X Gen Front, SRAM X9 Shifters, Mavic XM117 Rims, Shimano 525 Hubs, Hyd Brakes, Truvative Fire X Crank, Manitou R7 Comp Fork, Fox Float R Shock.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 26, 2006
Strengths: this is the best bike i have ever used. great handling pretty light overall very good
Weaknesses: juicy 5 pads arent the greatest but get the job done
i woul but this bike a million times over.Plus i got a great deal a $1200 but i would buy it again if it cost double that much.You should buy this bike if u dont have like 3000 dollars to spend on a bike but want a great bike.I have taken it out on some pretty tough trails and it has stood up to everything
This bike is fast. And gets tweeky on loose decent, and climbs well with the older horst type rear triangle keeps up with hard tails(99 model pivots on the lower chain stay)this bike finds a grove and goes with it on single track and hard pack terrian it's easy to work or thread through techical places and climbs (with the right tire presure)I've raced this bike once and it did well, I didn't.It has not given up on me yet and have had no real problems to speak of i'm a 145 lb rider 5'6"and I love this bike slightly less than my wife. This bike does well with 4" travel for cross country riding and can take advaced technical trails well Jamis did a good thing with this bike. If I had the 1800.00 for this bike I would have paid it. Instead I built my dream bike for a set of cook brothers cranks for the frame,
Bike Setup: fox float,marzocchi eta pro,race face prodigy xc,thomsom stem,easton post, risers from a marin,avid5 brakes, shimano lx/xt drive line, fsa bottom braket, clipless,517 rear, bonregar front,rollxs for tires.
a Cross Country Rider
from Park City, UT
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2006
Strengths: Value for money.
Great bike for the price. My first full-suspension bike. A little heavier than my old hard-tail, but still reasonably light. Stock components are all decent quality, but leave room to upgrade.
Apart from changes noted above, I took a hacksaw to the handlebars (which seemed unduly wide) and trimmed about an inch off each end.
Also plan to switch the SRAM trigger shifters for SRAM twist-grip shifters, which are lighter. (I know this is a matter of personal taste, but I find that in bumpy terrain, especially when I'm losing control of the bike, I often accidentally hit the trigger shifters and unintentionally change gear at the worst possible moment -- doesn't seem to happen with the twist type.)
Bike Setup: Switched out stock pedals (for Shimano PD-M540), and saddle (for WTB Rocket V).
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2006
Strengths: Value for money package. High quality frameset; Kinesis Superlight Aluminum. Great kit for the money. Lightweight chasis. Climbs well on ascends and descends just as well. Proven swing-link suspension platform. Nice colour scheme.
Weaknesses: Paintwork rather susceptible to minute scratches when cleaning. So watch out ! Avid Juicy brakes comes with lousy pads and the brakes tend to leak so watch out for that too.
GREAT bike for intermediates. Lightweight, so its good for the climbs. Fully active and plush rear suspension action when going downhill. Well built frame and excellent kit for the money. Race-ready. What more can you want at this price range ?
I can get a deal on both of these bikes.
Looking for a full sus 100 to 120 mm for singletrack/cross country riding for my girlfriend: no jumps/drops
I'm mainly interested in the differences between the frames (have parts lying around to upgrade): rear suspension effectiveness, overall fram ... Read More »
I bought a 2010 Dakar XC Comp with M575 hydros on them and from the beginning the frontn brake has been nothing but a problem I have brought it back to the shop where I purchased the bike to have it bled 3 times already and to no avail after 2 or 3 rides the brakes loses power again and feels mushy ... Read More »
I am relatively new to mountain biking and would [B]really appreciate [/B] hearing members thoughts!!
I went to a LBS recently looking for a full suspension bike. I am a little tall, about 6'3" and 215lbs and they did not have anything in any model above a 19" to try.
I learned that the large ... Read More »
Have had this on CL for 2 months now and the only response has been from a cashier check scam artist a-hole. Next step is parting it out on Fleabay. Hows about some words of encouragement here? Please?:madman:Read More »
I am running the IRC Mythos XC II 26X2.10 tires on my Dakr XC comp and wanted to know if anyone is running any tires a bit bigger. I have some panaracer xc fires on my old hard tail that are spec'ed the same size but have more tire area. I worries are with the rear tires not rubbing the frame, the ... Read More »