Jamis Dakota AL 2003 Hardtail

4.56/5 (9 Reviews)


Product Description

This non-ferrous version of our famous Dakota is perfect for the rider looking for a lightweight XC racer for under a grand. The 7005 alloy frame features fast-handling geometry with triple butted tubes. The butting is engineered to trim grams but also helps to soak up rear-end trail chatter.


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by logan flores a Downhiller from tacoma washington

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2008

Strengths:    wonderfull bike, put throught the worse for hard core cross to dirt jumping and street all mountain freeride, bombproof fram good bike for starters or racers. incredible

Weaknesses:    for cross country nothing

Bottom Line:   
this bike took everything i dealt out and its still standing wonderfull bike full of capability, for those saying you need suspention to be hard core, its all in the landing land soft and this bike will treat you well, pushed it past what it was built for and its still here, awsome buy it

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Favorite Trail:   south seatac

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   performance bike

Similar Products Used:   jamis ureka, rockhopper

Bike Setup:   started stalk now everything is changed exept frame and brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Weathers a Weekend Warrior from Arbutus, MD USA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2007

Strengths:    Reliability and durability. I've been riding this bike exclusively for 10 years now.

Weaknesses:    None that I've encountered.

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding this bike for 10 years and it is still going strong. I used to race with it occasionally but now I mostly just ride for fun on the weekends. It's taken a beating over the years and has little to show for it except for some chips in the clearcoat finish. I'd recommend a Jamis bike to anyone, unless you like getting a new bike every year because you won't need to replace this one for a long time. I'm also glad to see they've come down in price. I paid almost $1200 for my Dakota AL back in '97.

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco Valley State Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Lutherville Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Used to ride a Cannondale but it doesn't compare to my Jamis.

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for replacing the seat, seat post, and tires, only because of wear and tear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad a Weekend Warrior from Portland

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2006

Strengths:    Fast, great value, Truvativ Crank, Skareb fork, Avid disc brakes, light and rugged-looking frame.

Weaknesses:    The stock Fizik saddle is a ball-buster.

Bottom Line:   
A light, great looking hardtail that is not too mainstream. A truly upgradable-worthy bike offered at a very reasonable price (especially on clearance as I found mine). This bike is for buyers who appreciate fast, low maintenance hardtails who understand that you don't have to spend 4k on a bike to achieve high-end performance.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F-1000

Bike Setup:   2004 AL, added XT shifters, Oury grips, and XT from derailer.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dagfink a Cross Country Rider from norway

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This is my second review. I have now ridden this bike for two years, and I'm still very happy with it. Some comments, though.

It's still a very good bike, good choice of components, high quality frame, good fork etc. It's a good climber w a nice geometry. But I had to play around a lot before I found the right riding position. This is something that takes a while. The stock stem is too long. The frame is pretty compact, so I had to go for an 19", even though I should be between the 17" and 19". Now I have a short stem (90mm) and riser handlebars, plus I've moved some of the spacer rings around the fork. The result is a semi-racey riding position. But it still works on hairy singletrack.

Aluminium beats you up, but I'm still happy.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dagfink a Cross Country Rider from Norway

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2004

Strengths:    Geometry, choice of components makes sense. Good brakes. Nice handling. Looks good. Value for money.

Weaknesses:    Mosquito tires not all that good. Not sure about the suspension seatpost either.

Bottom Line:   
Great entry level mountain bike. Love the handling and the brakes (with the Avids I'm not sure if I really need disc brakes). Superb climber, civilized down hill. If you're looking for a basic and reliable but race worthy bike, this could be it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   sykkeldelisk, oslo

Similar Products Used:   Mid 90s rigid Cannondale (stolen). Tested a few bikes before I bought the Jamis, such as Gary Fisher and Specialized, but figured this was better value for money.

Bike Setup:   Stock, except Continental Vertical 2.3 tires, rigid seatpost and riser handlebars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Cali

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2004

Strengths:    Great value - strong frame for upgrading on - good colors - excellent component spec

Weaknesses:    thin paint, which seems to chip easily...
Loose the heavy squish-post, and just get out of the saddle...


Bottom Line:   
With upgrades, I've gotten this bike down to 22-23 lbs... and could go a bit less with a few more things.... this is my daily rider... I hammer it on the streets around town, jumping down stairs and ledges 2-4 feet high, and don't worry about parts breaking period.... It hauls butt on singletrack, beating you up a bit, as aluminum does, but handles really well... It's fast, wheelies well, and is light enough to race anyday... Buy one at a discount if possible, the shop I worked at was selling these for $749 for quite a while..... that's a hell of a deal, even in stock form.... GO JAMIS!!!
Buy this if: You're looking for an upgrade or an entry level bike to race with
Don't buy this if: You enjoy being like everyone else, and riding a big name bike

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   GT Rebound - for over 4 years and about 700 miles of trail use

Bike Setup:   Nothing stock, but the frame - Sid Race TI fork (Blue) Chris King headset and hubs front and rear (Black) - Mavic 517 Rims laced 3x rear and radial front with DT Double Butted spokes (Black) and Brass Nipples - Michelin Wildgripper Lite S Tires (Kevlar Bead) - Avid Arch Rival Brakes - Shimano XT Brake Levers (1998 Style) - XT Skewers - XT Front and Rear Derailleur - XT Shifters - XT Cassette - XT Hollowtech Cranks - Thomson Stem and Seatpost - Easton Monkeylite SL Carbon Riser Bar - Sella Italia Flite TI Saddle.... and a few other things...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from S.L.C. Utah, U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2003

Strengths:    Great Bike for the money, which is what Jamis is known for. Nice and light, BEFORE upgrades, strong, compliant, and very fast. Also, the reliability of REAL components, not house-brand stuff.

Weaknesses:    None, for a hardtail

Bottom Line:   
Quite simply on of the best hardtails you can buy for the money. Jamis is simpply amazing. They consistently have the best products for the money, period. If only they were bigger to overthrow the likes of the Trek Triangle , Cannondale, and Specialized. Then we all would be able to have REAL parts on our mountain bikes that would last longer, rather than some house brand crap.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Highlander Bike

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Gary Fisher

Bike Setup:   Mostly upgraded (i'm a weight freak) Mavic 517 rims, XT hubs, Thompson seatpost, XT cassette, XT front derailleur, Continental tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Carney a Cross Country Rider from Colchester, Vt, us

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2003

Strengths:    This bike is incredible for those who want to get into biking and racing, the seat suspension as even saved me a few times believe it or not. this bike does great in the climbs.

Weaknesses:    im thinking about axing the mosquitos and putting something with a little better traction but other than that this bike is great

Bottom Line:   
This bike has great components, a great fork, and a great frame that allows you to step into racing and not be a step behind! The good folks at holiday cycles treated me real well too!

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Favorite Trail:   Sleepy Hollow

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Holiday Cycles, Falmoth Mass

Similar Products Used:   stumpjumper from '92 i think

Bike Setup:   skareb comp, avid speed dial 5's, x139 rims, deore, lx, and xt drive train, 27 speed

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tomer Nobel a Weekend Warrior from Moshav Faran, Israel

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2003

Strengths:    Very balanced bike,nice specs, good geometery,the Manitou Skareb Comp is sweet, I like the Xtreme suspension seatpost though it was unfamiliar to me.

Weaknesses:    Hutchinson Mosquito tires don't feet the Israeli desert.
Mavic X139 rims.


Bottom Line:   
Jamis doing it again- a great value for the money without cuting corners with any of the components. You get a strong frame that climbs very well and will fit any XC racer.

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Favorite Trail:   The Pit

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Slalom Bikes Tel Aviv

Similar Products Used:   Giant atx890

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Mavic 517 rims, Shimano XT combo shifters, Hutchinson Python gold tires.

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