Introduction:

Sal from Jamis spilled the 2013 650b beans on the awesome Mtbr 650b forum. The discussion on the new Jamis 650b line is here. We've been riding the 2012 Jamis SixFiftyB for the last few months and are delighted to see the expanding line from Jamis.

Jamis is one of the companies that embraced the 650b platform very early on and they are benefiting from a market that is exploding in demand and interest but with few existing complete bike players. It has attracted a whole new set of customers to the Jamis Brand. Such bold commitment and investment has benefited the 650b movement as well since it motivates all the component makers to create parts for this new wheel size as they rush to fill OEM orders.

Looking at the line, it is encouraging to see them use Rockshox, White Brothers and Xfusion forks. Seems like they are spreading the spec love around. There is no Fox shock but the Fox currently available is 150mm in travel s it's not quite a match for these bikes. If there is one disappointment in this line, it is the lack of a 150 mm travel bike. Mtbr believes that 140-150mm travel is the bullseye of the 650b wheelset since that's where it truly offers an advantage over the other wheel sizes. 26ers are well, small and 29ers get stretched out wheelbases and geometries.

Components seem to have switched to Crank Brothers in the high-end line. This is a good thing since the new posts, stems and bars from Crank Brothers are dialed. We only hope that Jamis shortened their stock stems and made their bars wider. Our test bike was a bit held back by its stock bar and stem setup.

Tires are Schwalbe and that's a great move since Schwalbe is the leader in 650b tires. Racing Ralphs on the 130mm travel bike are a mistake though since the Nobby Nics and Hans Damps corner and descend so much better.

All in all, hats off to Jamis for their early and continued commitment to 650b.

francis

mtbr.com

Description by Sal from Jamis:

The first official demo events will be Interbike Outdoor Demo Sept. 17-18th and Outerbike in Moab UT Oct. 3rd-7th. The 2013 Dragon 650 and Nemesis 650 are already in stock so sales reps have samples on hand for regional demo's and dealers have them at the shops! See you out on the trails!

Dakar XCT 650 Pro
  • 130mm travel, 12x142 rear
  • Rock Shox Revelation 650B RCT3 fork
  • Rock Shox Monarch RT3 shock
  • American Classic tubeless
  • SRAM XO 2x10 (38/24) w/ Type 2 RD
  • SRAM XO brakes
  • Schwalbe Racing Ralph's
  • Crank Brothers cockpit
  • MSRP $4800. USD


Dakar XCT 650 Comp
  • 130mm travel, 12x142 rear
  • Rock Shox Revelation 650B RL fork
  • Rock Shox Monarch R shock
  • Alex XD Lite rims/Formula sealed hubs
  • Shimano SLX 3x10
  • Shimano M445 brakes
  • Schwalbe Racing Ralph's
  • Crank Brothers cockpit
  • MSRP $2800. USD


Dragon 650
  • Reynolds 853
  • White Brothers Loop TCR 650B 120mm travel
  • American Classic tubeless
  • Shimano SLX 3x10
  • Avid Elixir 5
  • Schwalbe Racing Ralph's
  • Crank Brothers cockpit
  • MSRP $2900. USD


Nemesis 650
  • Kinesis 7005 alloy
  • XFusion Velvet RL 650B 100mm travel
  • Alex XD Lite rims/Formula sealed hubs
  • SRAM X9/X7 2x10 (39/26)
  • Avid Elixir 5
  • Schwalbe Racing Ralph's
  • Ritchey cockpit
  • MSRP $1900. USD