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I currently own a Jamis Komodo hardtail, 2001 model and love it, but want a FS setup. I dream of a 5 spot, but reality hits every time I get ready to drop $3500 down on it. So here is my question, what do you think of the Jamis 3.0 xlt at rbikes for 599. Seems to me like a great deal for a good 5 inch frame from my research. I could put a new minute 3 fork on as well and just transfer my old components over, saving thousands. Am I going to be disappointed and eventually upgrade to the 5 spot, or is the Jamis as good as some say? I know you can't compare Jamis to Turner, but taking $$$ into account, maybe you can. Thanks, I'm torn between two options.
 

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I currently own a Jamis Komodo hardtail, 2001 model and love it, but want a FS setup. I dream of a 5 spot, but reality hits every time I get ready to drop $3500 down on it. So here is my question, what do you think of the Jamis 3.0 xlt at rbikes for 599. Seems to me like a great deal for a good 5 inch frame from my research. I could put a new minute 3 fork on as well and just transfer my old components over, saving thousands. Am I going to be disappointed and eventually upgrade to the 5 spot, or is the Jamis as good as some say? I know you can't compare Jamis to Turner, but taking $$$ into account, maybe you can. Thanks, I'm torn between two options.
I had a Dakar Team. It was put together pretty well, never had a pivot come loose on my bike, and even under my 200 pounds I didn't get any cracks on a lightweight XC frame. (5.3 pounds...) It was a nimble and flickable bike.

If the Jamis has the right fit for you, I'd say go for it. Richard's is a Jamis shop based out of Chicago if I remember right, and you should have no problems with warranties and the like. The Dakar's been around (and tweaked) for a while to do everything from lightweight XC racer to almost freeride bike and has complained very little. I'd check the reviews and the Jamis board to see if there has been any overly negative feedback, but would be surprised if it was there.

Lastly the overly practical thought. If you try it and don't like it... you should be able to sell it for $250-$350 on Ebay. I got just under that for mine, and I had it for several seasons.

Good luck,

JmZ
 
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