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Hey guys, I've finally made up my mind as to which FS bike to buy. It came down to two bikes. The Jamis Dakar XCR Expert or the Jamis Dakar XAM. I test rode both bikes and I feel a little more comfortable on the XAM mostly because it's got a little more standover than the Expert. Plus it felt a little more stable probably because of the wider tires and a few extra pounds it carries.IMO, too much is made of the AM vs. XC. I'm going by which bike feels better to me. So right now the question is do I get the XAM1.0 or the 2.0. Is the 2.0 worth the extra money? The thing I see is the the 2.0 comes with adjustable ProPedal while the 1.0 is factory set.

http://jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/07_bikes/dakarxam1.html
http://jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/07_bikes/dakarxam2.html
 

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The 2 looks better. XT crankset is good, xtr rd is good. The shocks are better. I think with the 2.0 you will be immune to upgradeitis, this will save you a lot of money in the future! The bike looks very nice, seems like a good buy.
 
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