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Jenson USA has a 2008 Jamis Dakar XCR comp for $999. I am considering buying it but I would like to get some opinions on it first. The other bikes I am also considering a Giant Anthem X3 $1800 (although this is a little out of my budget which is why I am looking at the Jamis) and a 2010 Gary Fisher Mamba 29er ($900ish.) I think the Dakar is a nice fit in between the 2 but is it a good bike? Here are the specs for the Jamis:

Frame

* Kinesium aluminum
* XCR mp3 suspension platform
* 100mm of travel

Rear Shock

* Fox Float R
* Air adjustable
* Adjustable rebound

Front Suspension

* Rock Shox Recon 351 U-Turn
* Adjustable travel 85 - 135mm
* Lockout
* Adjustable rebound

Components

* Shimano XT Shadow rear derailleur
* Shimano LX rapid fire plus shifters 27 speeds
* Deore crankset w/ octalink bottom bracket
* Shimano hydraulic disc brakes 160mm rotors
* Easton EA30 handlebar
* EA30 stem
* EA30 seatpost
* WTB Rocket V Comp saddle
* Shimano 505 clipless pedals

Wheels

* Mavic XM117 disc rims
* Shimano Deore hubs
* Maxxis Ignitor tires
 

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I'd read through this whole Jamis section if I were you. The 08's have been having some frame issues. The 09s/10s seem to be alright though.
 

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I own this bike and haven't ran into any problems with it yet. I really like it in fact, though I did upgrade the brakes, rotors, shifters, pedals, and plan to upgrade the crankset. The original parts had no problems.
 
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