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I have been through two XLTs, 2003 and 2004, in the last six months. They keep getting replaced by my dealer and I keep rolling. I won't say these bikes are not made well. Jamis is easy to talk to and they help. But the bearings just keep going or its a build error. I think this frame is a solid build but not made to do the two and three and four...foot drops that comes with every ride x1/week, every week. My dealer thinks I am an alien.

What is considered a good trail bike, solid, reliable, quick?
 

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I have been through two XLTs, 2003 and 2004, in the last six months. They keep getting replaced by my dealer and I keep rolling. I won't say these bikes are not made well. Jamis is easy to talk to and they help. But the bearings just keep going or its a build error. I think this frame is a solid build but not made to do the two and three and four...foot drops that comes with every ride x1/week, every week. My dealer thinks I am an alien.

What is considered a good trail bike, solid, reliable, quick?
The bearings in the seat-stay pivot are marked as 696Z from NSK. A super-high quality (industrial) replacement bearing from a local bearing supply house runs $10.50, probably last a lot longer that the ones installed in your bikes.

As for a replacement, there are many options. Find one with great customer service.
 
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