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  1. #1
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    Jamis Exile vs. Jamis Durango 3.0

    Hi - I'm trying to decide between two used Jamis - an '04 Exile and an '06 (or '05?) Durango 3.0. They are both $400. It seems many of the specs (specs listed below) are the same or similar, major difference is that the Exile has a steel frame v. the Durango's aluminum frame. I'm looking for advice/recommendations on which one might be the superior bike. I am a long-time cross-country rider though for the past few years, since my son was born, I have spent more time on paved and dirt roads hauling him in a trailer. Still, when I get a chance to get out on the trails, I want a solid ride. My last bike (recently stolen) was a Trek 6500, so I'm looking for something at least equivalent to that if not a notch up.

    Thanks! Nancy

    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material Reynolds 520
    Fork Brand & Model Answer Manitou Axel Elite, 80mm travel
    Fork Material Aluminum/magnesium, single crown

    Component Group Mountain Mix
    Brakeset Avid Mechanical Disc brakes, Avid FR-1 levers
    Shift Levers Shimano Deore RapidFire SL
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore, top-pull/clamp-on 28.6mm
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore SGS
    Crankset TruVativ Firex, 22/32/44 teeth
    Pedals Atfter Market that i bought at bike shop
    Bottom Bracket TruVativ DH ISIS, 113mm spindle
    BB Shell Width 68mm English
    Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 32 teeth
    Chain Shimano CN-HG50, 1/2 x 3/32"
    Seatpost Aluminum micro-adjust, 27.2mm diameter
    Saddle selle Itallia nitrox
    Handlebar Answer Taperlite
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Ritchey Logic Comp
    Headset 1 1/8" threadless Dia-Compe STS

    Hubs Shimano Deore
    Rims Alex TD-17, 32-hole
    Tires wtb weirwolf 2.5

    Shimano Deore front/rear derailluer and shifters
    Truvativ Fire x crank set
    Truvativ GXP bottom bracket
    Shimano M324 clipless pedals
    Hayes Sole Hydraulic Disc brakes
    Manitou Platinum Axel front fork.
    WTB wheelset

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    If all things and conditions are equal...the Exile. Better riding frame and WAY better brakes

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    Which avid brakes? BB5 or BB7? I think it'll make a world of difference for you.

    In terms of the frame, I've heard good on both, but the Exile fits my fancy better given the shape and size of steel tubing. So check for rust.

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    In 2004 Avid only made one mtb mechanical...the same as the current BB7. The BB5 didn't exist yet.

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