Jamis Eureka 2002 Hardtail

Eureka

User Reviews (13)

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Seth Snyder   Weekend Warrior [May 21, 2003]
Strength:

Very light and strong frame for the price, great jumping and freeride geometry in the 14" frame

Weakness:

A MILLION! No problems up front, but the whole rear end is made of dog poo! The disc tabs suck! I had to use a bench grinder to grind down my Hayes 8" brake adapter because the mount is too shallow and close to the frame, it had this bit of aluminum sticking out that was completely unnecessary. If they had not built it so dumb I would be able to fit the adapter on without grinding about 5 mm off of it. Besides the mount, my 8" disc won't even fit in the frame on an XT hub. At first it only slightly was rubbing the left chainstay, so I realized the disc was loose on one bolt so I tightened it, then it didnt rub, but once I started riding it was rubbing immediately and rubbed about 1 whole millimeter into the chainstay, so now I have this nice groove in the frame, but u can't see it because the disc is filling it... They made that angle of the chainstays too freakin' steep with their artsy curves and "making room for the tire." If they had made those chainstays straight and simple it would improve the quality of the frame so much, and it would cost them less money and time to leave them straight! The disc mounts need to be taller on the front or get rid of that extra flat spot that sticks out on it.

I imagine the factory built bike is awesome because you don't have to deal with all the crap they cause with crappy designing, but they pick parts that they know will fit, and they may not be the best for you. If you're going to build the bike yourself however, be ready to grind the lower side of the brake adapter down about 3-4 mm! I also suggest getting a 6" rear disc if you don't want to deal with the disc rubbing on your frame which ruins the integrity of the frame on the chainstay and could cause it to collapse. Overall it is an awesome frame which offers a ton of bang for your buck, but it isn't designed too well in the rear end and causes a lot of trouble during the building and tuning process. If you can find a different adapter for your brakes than the Hayes you will be much better off, and use something smaller than the 8" rotors in the rear. If you set up like that you should have no trouble at all, and the frame will be well worth your money.

Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Tassajara
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
chris   Cross Country Rider [Nov 05, 2002]
Strength:

This bike is awesome. The Hayes brakes stop incredibly, the shifters shift every time without any problems, the color is just cool, the tires grip like duct tape and the frame is built like a tank and the shock is great it absorbs what ever i hit with it and it comes with decent clipless pedals

Weakness:

the fork boots don't stay attached to bottom and always ride up the shock but can easily be fixed with lizard skins
another thing is there is a lot of chain slap and can also be fixed easily with a lizard skin

this bike is friggin awesome. if you are looking for a great hardtail that isn't extremely expensive this is the bike for you. this gets 5 flamin chilis in both even though the fork boot rides up and there is chain slap this can be easily fixed with lizard skins

Similar Products Used: specialized hardrock comp, giant iguana disc
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
James Esperon   Weekend Warrior [Jan 16, 2002]
Strength:

Aluminum Frame, hayes brakes, all Shimano 27spd drivetrain, manitou fork.

Weakness:

Colors, ugly one sided pedals.

It took me a lot to change from the previous brand I owned, I´m happy I wasn´t fooled just because of the brand. Choice was right.
Bike is loaded with better components than similar bikes of other brands, and you pay less.
It rides smoothly and climbs with good agility. The brakes are outstanding. I expect to use it for a year and then switch for a higher Jamis model, Jamis offers excelent quality and design for the money.

Similar Products Used: Trek 6500.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Luis C   [Nov 26, 2003]
Strength:

Everything.

Weakness:

Chain hits the frame on jumps. Nothing a lizzard skin won't fix. Ohhh and the tires.... They are good but wear out very fast. If you decide to try them, please install Mr. Tuffy. (Already blew one on street workout)

My green hummer ! The color is somewhat weird but you will soon get used to it. It is an incredible package for the cost. Lightweight & strong. I installed a front black fender (topeak) and it looks great. I usually put 24 miles per week. If you ask me which hard-tail would I would buy now, I'll probably buy it again. As for next one, full suspension, I'll look into the Jamis dakar sport.
But that's a different category.
Bottom line, the green hummer is worth every penny.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Russell Brown   [Oct 11, 2002]
Strength:

It is the 2001 model. The frame is really nice. It has disc mounts and is very stiff. The Maxxis tires have the most grip out of any other tire i have used

Weakness:

The shok blows,it is a Rock Shox Judy TT. The preload nob broke with is 1 week. The brakes wear out very fast. It also does not shift well.

It is a nice bike if you want to up grade your shok, brake system, and drive train. I think the 02 looks nice. I sugest bueing one if you could rather find one custom built. I would never pay the retal price. (750.00)

Similar Products Used: Giant Rincon, Specilized rock hopper, Trek 4300
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Lance Reese   Weekend Warrior [Oct 10, 2002]
Strength:

This bike can climb like a billy goat,the manitou six super fork absorbs the hits like a sponge (100mm of travel) and the stock deore drive train is way reliable. The wellgo single sided pedals work well for those who are not comfortable going full clipless on difficult terrain i.e. rock gardens. Very good overall setup.

Weakness:

The Hutchenson Mesquito tires were worn out after less than 200 miles of dry terrain. They are way too soft and puncture easily. Definately put liners in & slime up before you hit any trails.

This bike kicks ass. Its an excellent package for the money I dished out. This bike is one for a beginner to grow into, an intermediate rider to enjoy and an intermediate plus rider to easily upgrade i.e. (XT drive train)

Similar Products Used: Specialized Hardrock comp
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
raptor   Weekend Warrior [Dec 11, 2002]
Strength:

Very beefy frame, nice paint job, excellent details, geometry, etc.

Weakness:

None yet... although frame is slightly on the heavy side.

Excellent frame at a really low price! I was planning on buying a whole new bike, but for the money, it was a much better deal to buy this frame and build out with some higher level components and left over parts from my last bike.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Wayne   Weekend Warrior [Oct 06, 2002]
Strength:

Deore components, Hayes HMX disc brakes, Koski items, Hutchinson tires, frame geometry, manitou fork

Weakness:

Manitou fork, downhill pedals, the Camo Green paint (actually not that bad - you have to get used to it)

Great bike for the money. You get full Deore components except for the Hayes HMX brake set. The Hayes brakes have an inside pad adjustment which allows for centering the rotor without shims. The Manitou fork is stiff at first, but seems to loosen up as you ride. Certainly, it is better than the usual at this price level (alloy steerer tube, rebound adjustment, preload adjustment). The Koski saddle is ok, but I like the Terry Liberator better (and it is a bit lighter as well). The alloy rings (all three) and the Wellgo pedals (along with the saddle) brings my bike in at 27 pounds (not the lightest, but not bad for this level of components). The frame geometry is different for 2002, and the bike is very quick. The frame is stiff and seems to transmit bumps more than my old Rockhopper, but the responsive (steep) head tube really makes it easy to avoid the worst. Many will not like the tires, but the Mosquitos work fine on the trails I ride (mostly hard pack with rocks and gravel, along with dirt roads and broken pavement). The pedals are ok, but I like full clipless and do not really like a one sided pedal. However, removing the Clip from the pedal reduces the weight and makes a nice platform pedal for true down hill and technical riding (or when you take the dog for a ride and need to dismount quickly). If inclined, you can get this bike down to the 25 pound range with upgrades (and the frame is worth upgrading).

Similar Products Used: Specialized Rockhopper, Trek 4800
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Kef   Cross Country Rider [Jan 29, 2005]
Strength:

Price, braze-ons for adding racks.

Weakness:

the green paint.

I was confident that the frame will do fine for all my riding and it does. Use it on trail, but it has been seeing more commuting. Would like to lighten it up, at 29lbs currently, but rides light. Can't complain.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
brandon r   [Jul 23, 2003]
Strength:

beefy frame, light but still tough, good standover clearance and geometry

Weakness:

none

super strong frame and great size and angles for dirt jumping and drops. Pretty light so it's really easy to control in the air for swing outs and such. good standover so can cans are easy and u won't nut yourself if u crash. buy the bike if u like to jump, but it will also suit most xc applications.

Similar Products Used: xc bikes, kona stinky primo
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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