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My 2017 Roughneck. Upgraded to a Bluto fork and GX Eagle drivetrain (with a Sunrace cassette so I could stick with the Shimano freehub). I love this thing.


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Jamis Dragon gets a new paint scheme and some upgrades

The first pic is is what my 2014 Jamis Dragon Pro 853 steel looked like when I bought it on Craigslist earlier this year. I didn't love the color and it turned out to be much more scratched then I initially thought. Then when I looked down the seat tube, I saw a good amount of rust.

It was at that point that I decided to take it down to the bare frame, have it cleaned, and powder coated. All of the internal rust was removed and the inside of the frame was sprayed with Frame Saver. The frame was stripped and powder coated in what I think is a much better color. I also decided to have the handle bar stripped and powder coated to match the frame.

The powder coating place had a bunch of army green powder left over from painting army vehicles so that was the chosen color. I've always wanted a Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead in Army green so this is my attempt to match that.

I also sanded and painted the Fox Float 32 fork black. The Army green/black color scheme is much more fitting to me.

I just finished re-assembling it. I replaced the headset, stem, seat, grips, pedals and any other small bit that was rusted or worn. I'm thrilled with how it turned out and love riding this bike. It weighs in at 26lbs. The next upgrade will be a dropper post.

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My 1983 Jamis Dakota - A Piece Of History

I've spent my entire life as a professional musician on the road playing music. I was with a band in 1983 in Orlando Florida when I got this idea to have a bike on the road to get around town on. In those days bands would sometimes play a night club for several weeks at a time, before moving on to the next club where the same scenario would play out. We usually only had a band members car and the equipment truck on the road. The equipment truck was big and bulky and wasn't to be used for anything other than hauling our gear from city to city, so you spent the majority of your time just hanging out at what ever hotel you were held up in. I went downtown Orlando to Orange Cycle and that's when I saw my first Mountain Bike. The salesman explained that this bike was a new concept, and that this particular one, the 1983 Jamis Dakota, was the first one designed by the Jamis company. It was also one of the first mountain bikes introduced to the east coast in 1983. It's my understanding that the mountain bike got it's start in California in 1981, made it's way to Colorado, and then in 1983 Jamis introduced three mountain bikes to the east coast. They were the Dakota, The Lightfoot, and The Roughneck. The company was in Florida, so that's the reason the first ones to be seen on the east coast, were in that state. I had never seen one before and I went crazy over it. These bikes were so alien compared to what I was used to seeing. Nothing about them was familiar. Big knobby tires, 15 speeds instead of 10, upright handle bars with shifters right where your hands would be. I could go on and on about how I was awestruck. I don't recal how much I paid for it, but I've been told they sold for $650.00 before you add the tax. Sorry, but I don't remember how much tax was in 1983. Six hundred was like six thousand back then, but I had to have this bicycle. Here it is 35 years later and my love for this thing is as strong as it was back then. Everything on this bike but the saddle and the tires of course is original. I do however still have the original saddle. All of the cables and even the brake pads are original equipment. I take care of it like it's a 35 year old child. I don't recall ever storing it outdoors. It's crazy to think of where this thing has been. I've ridden it through mountains, on the beach, through creeks, and thanks to one of our crew members, Rudy Dearing, for taking such good care of it when it was loaded into the equipment truck, it has seen quite a few small towns and big cities. I absolutely love riding this piece of history. And sometimes I just sit and stare at it and the memories come flooding back. It's my hope that by posting it online, it may spark a good memory for someone else. MyJamisDakotaAug18-2018-1.jpg
 

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What a amazing story and really cool bike. The bike looks brand new which is incredible.

I didn't know that mountain bikes came out that long ago. Thanks for sharing.
 

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2003 Dakota XC converted to SS

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2015 Jamis Bosonova

Found online, was sitting in a garage after being bought new and ridden 4 times. Then it sat there. And now its mine! Put my 700x38 gravelking sks on her, some mtb pedals, new supacaz tape, and have a frame bag in the making!

85 mile race sunday!
 

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2016 Dragonslayer

Scored this little honey in January.

Just ripped her down to bare frame and did the whole Boiled Linseed Oil thing.

Upgrades are...
RaceFace Chester Cranks - because 4 bolt bashguards are the only way to go and the adjustability for chain-line is awesome!
Absolute Black 26T narrow wide
XT 1x11 Der and Shifter
Sunrace CSMS8 11-40 - because STEEL granny
Maxxis Highroller 2.8

First real ride in t-minus 8 hours 35 minutes.....
 

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Scored this little honey in January.

Just ripped her down to bare frame and did the whole Boiled Linseed Oil thing.

Upgrades are...
RaceFace Chester Cranks - because 4 bolt bashguards are the only way to go and the adjustability for chain-line is awesome!
Absolute Black 26T narrow wide
XT 1x11 Der and Shifter
Sunrace CSMS8 11-40 - because STEEL granny
Maxxis Highroller 2.8

First real ride in t-minus 8 hours 35 minutes.....
unlearn, Looks pretty Sweet. Let me know how you like those Highrollers in the 2.8. Trying to deceide on a more aggressive plus tire for mine. Was thinking of the minions, highrollers or WTB trail boss ?

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they feel just like the Minions (of which for me is the gold standard) I have on my DH and regular MTB . cannot speak to the WTB.

so if you like minions, these are great. If you hate minions, get something else.
 
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