Jamis Dakar XLT 3.0 XC Full Suspension

4.7/5 (37 Reviews)
Weight : 29.50 lbs MSRP : $2999.95


Product Description

With suspension control in the rear by Fox’s lightweight RP3 shock with Jamis-optioned AVA (air volume adjust) canister, and in the front by the new, inertia valve-equipped, 130mm-travel Fox X fork. Mavic’s CrossMax XL Disc wheelset combines a wide range of air volume pressurization with tough-but lightweight durability. Shimano XTR derailleurs and XT Rapidfire-SL shifters provide cross-country credibility, with Hayes El Camino hydraulics on 7-inch front and 6-inch rear V-cut rotors for downhill backup.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shonan_surfer a Weekend Warrior from Tokyo

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2009

Strengths:    Price, Components

Weaknesses:    Chainstay weak (2004). Broke mine three weeks ago. Replaced under warranty (Thank you Jamis! Excellent CS) in 10 days bottom bracket a little low but no real problems with the bike.

Bottom Line:   
Pretty nice bike. Will definitely look at Jamis again for my next purchase. Recommended. Great customer service

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Favorite Trail:   Hinode

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   ebay (frame) Wheel w

Similar Products Used:   None really. first FS Bike owned

Bike Setup:   Drop off Fork, DHX 5.0 Nevegal Tires on Single track rims. Hayes FX9 203mm front 185mm rear

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zique a Cross Country Rider from Utah

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2008

Strengths:    Great climber...nothing better than the Fox set-up!! Great geometry.

Weaknesses:    chainstay problems

Bottom Line:   
Best bike I've ever owned. Climb amazingly and bombs downhill all in the same bike! I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. I'm started to get a funny creaking sound which frightens me given the track history of the chainstay, but I can't see any breaks yet.(fingers crossed).

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Favorite Trail:   Anything backcountry!!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   local classifieds

Similar Products Used:   Specialized XC pro


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Eno a Cross Country Rider from Aylett, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2007

Strengths:    Sturdy, stable, smooth....sweet

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any in 6 months of riding

Bottom Line:   
I ride this bike exclusively on East Coast XC trails full of roots, rocks and short, steep hills, and can go mo-fastah than most of the guys riding true XC bikes. I'm over 50, and never finish a long ride with a sore back. The 5" travel lets me fly on the downhill sections, and yet there's no climbing penalty-almost feels like cheating. 32x34 climbs everything, without spinning or slipping. It could be a tad quicker steering in the really tight stuff, but seems to cut in better the faster you go. Makes it really easy to go fast, but also rewards the finesse freak.
If you like XC with the occasional drop or big hit thrown in but don't like to take a beating, the XLT is perfect.

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Favorite Trail:   Poor Farm, Belle Isle

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Richard's online

Similar Products Used:   '02 Jamis Dakar Expert, '03 Rocky Mountain Slayer

Bike Setup:   Bought the frame only and built it with parts from the RM: Float R 130, RP-3 w/AVA, WTB/X717, RF Deus, X.9 shifters-X.0 rear w/990 cass., Juicy 7, Answer carbon bars. Weighs 29.6 with ATAC XS carbon pedals and a pump. Feels more like 25.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vic Muhat a Weekend Warrior from Everett

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2007

Strengths:    Best use for all mountain, best frame and rear shock u can lock the rear if u go uphill and adjust the rebound, it gives me a lot of confidence with this bike...the paint are the best also ... Its beautiful ....

Weaknesses:    NOne so far... if i will find any after a year of use and abused a will post here next year ...

Bottom Line:   
although the frame is '05 model, still it handles better than newer ones i have tested... that frame itself is very affordable and still u get same result compare to the highly OVerated expensive mountainbike out there... the frame is beatiful No stickers that would easily come off after washing and the welding is state too... so get one yourself , dont dream of those expensive ones coz its just a waste of your money ...

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Favorite Trail:   st.Edwards, tiger mountain, tapeworm

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   pedal dynamics

Similar Products Used:   GT sazkar, univega alpina 5.5 and specialized enduro

Bike Setup:   2007 fox TALAS RLC,2007 XTR crankset,XTR f&r hubs, XTR f&r deraillure,XTR hydraulic f&r disc breaks, XTR dualcontrol lever and shifter, RaceFace Deuce xc seatpost & stem , WTB saddle, monkeylite carbon hamdalbars ,lizard skin grips and chainstay guard,Mavic ust rims, kenda tires rear and panaracer front, candy c pedals = SWEEET RIIIDE

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert a Cross Country Rider from Sunbury, Ohio,USA

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2007

Strengths:    Solid, I'm 220 pounds and 6'3"and can land this bike from 4 foot high without a bottom out. It fits me like an old shoe. I've ridden for 20 years and never had a bike feel this natural. One bike does it all for me. It handles all the downhill and free ride a part timer like me can throw at it but is still great for a 30 mile xc ride on sundays.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy, about 29 lbs. I'd be better off to lose 10 around the middle than to spend more on light parts. At my size the light components don't hold up. My nephew has the same bike and we built his about 2 or 3 lbs lighter and he has no issues. He weighs about 170.

Bottom Line:   
I love the bike and the setup. After all the years of riding I have found the bike I'll stay with.

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Favorite Trail:   Davis WV

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Frame and Fox Talus at Rbikes.com

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn, Mongoose, canondale and GT full sus. bikes

Bike Setup:   Hayes disks, Manitou Minute 130 fork, Fox talus rear with lockout. XT shifters, derailuers, hubs, chain, cassette, rings, cranks and bottom bracket. sun rynolite wheels and crank brothers mallet or eggbeater pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wacks a Weekend Warrior from Philippines

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2007

Strengths:    I built my bike from the frame up, so this is not a review for the stock whole bike from Jamis. Looks good, feels good, performs great! Climbs well, especially with the lock-out feature of Fox RP3 Shock. Confidence inspiring ride on technical trails, and especially on downhill! Turns the rider into a dare-devil on downhills! And the welds are great! The frame is light too!

Weaknesses:    Paint chips easy. I changed my brake from mechanical to hydraulic, and the finish of the rotor mount on the frame (rear) chipped off. Although i've had minor spills, but no scratches from those.

Bottom Line:   
Great frame for the price! I think it performs just as well as all the other more expensive frames. And the 5 inch rear travel makes it a good all around bike! Good for climbs, cross-country, all mountain, and downhill.

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Favorite Trail:   Sta. Rosa

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Philipines

Similar Products Used:   Giant NRS-G

Bike Setup:   Marzochi All Mountain 2 130mm Dual Air Fork, WTB Wheelset, Deore Front/Rear deraileurs/shifter, Hayes HFX-9 Hydraulic Disc Brake, Truvativ FireX Cranks and BB, FSA Stem / riser, Thomson seat post

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Randall Havinga a Racer from Lacrosse ,WI. USA

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2007

Strengths:    Overall an Excellent bike frame. This trail bike does it all ;XC,FR,climb,desend,race. Though I wouldn't go too BIG on the drop offs as it only has 5" of rear travel ,but I've been off a couple a 6'-8' drops an it handled it fine. It eats up narly rock gardens ,and tech sections. I've even DH raced it a few times ,and didn't do to bad compared to the guys riding 8" travel DH machines.

Weaknesses:    My biggest beef so far is the derailleur hanger. I've been through three of'm so far and jamis' warranty dept. customer service leaves somthing to be desired. Also charged me 25bux apiece for the derailleur hangers ,when You can order them from Jenson for 10bux.Plus I had to wait about three weeks for them(good thing I ordered three!) I'm callin BS on that jamis.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom Line is this is one hell of an all around bike! Only beef is the derailleur hanger sitch ,and have yet to break the chainstay which I'm suspecting may happen this riding season as I plan to DH race it. Overall this frame F'n rawks!

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Favorite Trail:   The Dyer Maker

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   trek liquid, trek fuel, etc.

Bike Setup:   I bought this as just a frame and built it up using my own parts/components. Fox vanilla rc2 fork ,fox rp3 rear shock ,Mavic 321 wheelset w/ specialized stout front hub(12mm axle) ,xt rear hub ,panaracer fire 2.4 FR tires(red),sram 990 casette ,07' x-9 rear deraileur ,x-9 shift pods ,sram front derailleur ,Hayes HFX-9 203mm front,185mm rear hd disc brakes ,07' Raceface Evolve xc crankset 2ring w/bashguard ,kore chaintensioner ,genaric black platform pedals repacked w/ceramic bearings and synthetic grease ,o/s Thomson stem 100mm,raceface xy seatpost ,sdg belair ti saddle ,raceface deus o/s handlebar ,Intense lock on grips ,WTB race zero stack headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bryan Daugherty a Weekend Warrior from Flagstaff, AZ

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2007

Strengths:    I got such a good deal, the fox RP3 AVA is awesome, pretty light for 5 inches of travel

Weaknesses:    the AVA is really hard to get set up right

Bottom Line:   
After moving west my hardtail had to go. This bike is everything I wanted and more, handles big drops, pedals smooth without too much bob (especially if you click the RP3 over to max propedal) It looks awesome in the powercoat flat black. Best 300 ive ever spent

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Favorite Trail:   Elden

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $295.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Kona Dawg

Bike Setup:   Minute 3, LX/XT drivetrain, WTB wierwolf 2.1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean Joselyn a Weekend Warrior from London, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2006

Strengths:    Bullet-proof, confidence inspiring, climbs very well, beautiful looking bike, very good price

Weaknesses:    A little hard to get set-up. I found that if sag isn't exactly right the crank constantly hits roots, rocks etc.

Bottom Line:   
My first FS; I was a little apprehensive about climbing with a bike that is quite a bit heavier than my last hard-tail; but I'm happy to say that this climbs better than my last bike. Never spins out going up loose gravel or roots. Rides tons lighter than it actually is. This bike is confidence inspiring - just point it downhill and let'er rip. Not to forget that the frame is downright beautiful. LOVE THIS BIKE!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   Adventure Sports & Reynolds Cycle

Similar Products Used:   First FS, but tested Trek, Gary Fisher, Giant, Rocky

Bike Setup:   Stock frame w/ Fox TALUS plus Manitou Minute 2 fork, Avid BB7, Bontrager wheelset, XT front and rear with Deore pods, Truvativ crank-BB. Weight=32 lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Lopez a Downhiller from Phoenix AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2006

Strengths:    Not too many trail bikes that can pedal as well as this one. looks good, feels good, great bike for the price.

Weaknesses:    tire guard on seat stay smacks cable housing bracett when rear suspencion bottoms out. steerings a little slow, but can be corrected with a shorter stem.

Bottom Line:   

I can't really say anything about a stock 3.0 because I bought the frame and built it to my spec's from the ground up. I however, want to make clear to you that the components do not make the bike.. the frame makes the bike.. and man oh man. does this frame rock! I own a rediculous ammount of bikes and am constantly selling and getting new ones.. this bike is the only one that I can't seem to let go! Its definately a bike you want to take to a new trail, and your not sure if its going to be a straight endurance shot, or the most technical trail you've ever encountered. No fear! This bike can do it all. drop offs, uphill sprints, ripping steeps.. If you have this frame, you have the potential to make a great trail bike.. hands down. Componants can be switched, a great bike frame can not.

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Favorite Trail:   any one I can find.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Gary fisher cake, trek liquid, bla bla bla

Bike Setup:   Fox talas front and rear, mavic cross max sl, xtr full drive train, full fSA carbon componentry.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Racer from Illesheim, Germany

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2006

Strengths:    very very nimble bike. Take it anywhere you want. If it Looks great and it feels great, well it must be great. great cilmber. The welds. The welds are absolutly flawless!!!!!

Weaknesses:    Paint chips very easy. Low BB, somtimes to low.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. love the specs, especaly fpr the price. this is the 05 model and i got it a closeout price but I would have paid full price for it. went with the 05 because I just didnt like the paint job of the 06 model, Just think it looks like dodo. Love the crossmax xl wheels. love the fork shock isnt the greatest though, should have put the RP3 on it. when you lower the shock you reduce the travel and lower an already low BB. I get alot of turning pedal strikes with it. I can take this bike on a all day epic ride or a nice XC race( not the greatest race bike) but it gets its done. Even did a Super D race with it and it put on top of the podium. Iver even taken this baby for some Freeriding. only change I do then is I swap the pedals to some flatties (crankbros 5050x with my own mod) and i bump the pressure in the shock so not to bottum out so easy. Ive done a 12' road gap and was a little rough on the landing but nothing realy major. wont do it again though so high. So if your looking for a all around do everything bike for an outstanding price, this is the bike for you. 5 HOT SMOKING BABES, OOOPS I MEAN CHILLIES

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Favorite Trail:   anything that goes up and down

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   stumpjumper FSR,

Bike Setup:   stock but with monkey lite HB

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jutt a Weekend Warrior from Superior, CO

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2006

Strengths:    Beefy frame, $400 brand new, Fox Float R, climbs reall well for the weight (my build is appx 40lbs), all around good ride for XC-FR, looks nice and low-key

Weaknesses:    Zero-stack headset design, low BB height

Bottom Line:   
2005 Frame Review
I've ridden this now about 5 times and I really like this frame so far. It climbs extremely well considering its 40lbs. Handles the DH without any problems. The Pike is the perfect fork for this frame. I'm running a 50mm stem and would recommend a 90-100mm for better climbing. The BB height is low and even with 170mm cranks I'm constantly banging the pedals on rocks while climbing but the low center of gravity is nice on the DH.
Bottomline - You can buy 3 of these frames for the price of a SC Nomad frame, can't beat this frame for the price and performance!

I haven't broke the chainstay yet so for now I'm still happy!

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Favorite Trail:   Community Ditch Trail- Thanks Boulder!

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Stinky

Bike Setup:   Pike-Poploc Uturn (Sweet!); RPM XXL Abbah's 2.7 Kujo F, 2.5 Intense 909 R; Holzfeller w/ E13 DRS Guide; Zuzu Peddles; XT/Hone drivetrain; Avid BB7 8" F&R; AC Bartender - Azonic Bars; lockon grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan Jones a Weekend Warrior from Utah

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2006

Strengths:    excellent 5" all mountain ride. lock out the rear shock and you have a hard tail going up, point it down hill, the dakar will take care of the rest!

Weaknesses:    bad paint, easily chips out. what the heck! it's mtn biking....!

Bottom Line:   
built the bike from the frame up. value, performance, looks, this bike has it all period. hands down to Jamis!

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Favorite Trail:   Moab

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   yeti 575

Bike Setup:   mavics, juicys, thomsons, fox's, shimanos, wtb's, FSA's etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Gold Coast, Qld, AUSTRALIA

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2006

Strengths:    Very plush, great for aggressive riding styles in rougher conditions, yet light enough for use in enduro XC events.

Weaknesses:    Low BB on occasion causes pedal strike in rougher conditions - not a big concern though. On very steep uphills the front tends to get light - ETA on Marz AM1s helps by lowering the front but again reduces BB clearance even further.

Bottom Line:   
For someone who wants a bike that can be used for multiple riding styles, the Jamis is an excellent choice. Coupled with a decent fork, the Jamis climbs well, takes the rough stuff very well and on DH sections is a dream to ride due to the head angle. Set it up correctly and she will treat you well.

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Favorite Trail:   NSF

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   First FS bike owned but ridden various FS bikes and hardtails. Ellsworth ID most similar product tested.

Bike Setup:   SRAM X-9, Marz AM1's, Fox TALAS Pro, Mavic X3.01 (X819) with Maxxis high roller 2.1 rear, Specialized Adrenalin Pro 2.1 up front, Hollowtech II cranks, TITEC, WTB, Magura Julie brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dennis Franks from Grand Rapids, MI

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2006

Strengths:    Excellent Fox Float TALAS set up suspension! 3", 4", 5" of travel, uphill, downhill, race marathon you name it.

Weaknesses:    None so far...

Bottom Line:   
Built the bike for less than $1700. for the components, set up of this biken hands down for this one. price, performance, set up, this is the best mountain bike i've ever had!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   RBikes

Similar Products Used:   Haro werx 5, IH MK III

Bike Setup:   Fox TALAS Fork, race faces', thomsons, wtb's, shimano xt's, Hope's

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