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    2005 Jamis Dakar XLT

    Im considering buying a 2005 Jamis Dakar XLT for recreational riding on the weekends. I mostly ride cross country.

    Is this bike right for this use?

    Is it a very heavy bike?

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    The 2005 XLT is a great "all mountain" bike. Its on the high side weight wise for "recreational riding" at around 32lbs. If you ride pretty mellow trails, then the Dakar XC line-up would be a better choice. But if you like rough trails and with bomber descents...the XLT is a lot of fun!

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    Ditto.

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    '05 XLT 1.0 RIDER HERE, SAYING "DITTO" TO DITTO!
    love my ride!
    BTW -- go tubeless! stan's rocks!
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    Yep it really depends on what kind of stuff you plan on riding. I actually initially bought an '06 XLT 3.0 frame, then changed to a Dakar XC. After considering the type of trails I ride; mostly XC type stuff that I've ridden with a hardtail for years, I figured the Dakar would be plenty as opposed to the XLT. Good luck on your decision

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    I am in the same boat, I am having a hell of a time deciding between the XLT series and the Dakar XC series. I have recently found that I love to climb (who knew) but like everyone else I love the feeling of tearing down an old fire trail or some great switchbacks. If I am honest I feel like I would probably not use the XLT to its full potential on the downhills, I like to go fast but I rarely ever do any drop over a couple feet. But on the flipside, I do weigh over 200 lbs and because of my weight and that I am an aggressive rider I feel like I am hard on a bike (but I have been riding a hardtail forever, this will be my first FS bike) and worry that a 5" travel bike may be the best fit for my size. I dont want to hate climbing due to a bike that does not like it so......any suggestions?

    Now assuming you reccomend one or the other, what series of each should I (would you) get?

    Jenson has the XLT 1.0 for $350
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Frame+05.aspx
    BlueSky has the 3.0 for a couple hundred more, with a Talas RLC shock.
    http://www.blueskycycling.com/produc...-3.0-Frame.htm

    On the Dakar side Jenson has the OE with a base FOX Float for under $300.
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ort+Oe+05.aspx
    But I then see the Comp with a Float R with propedal for only $350 on RBikes.
    http://rbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?ca...iceasc&id=8814
    Or I could go nuts and get an 05 or 06 Pro with the RP3 and carbon stays or the 06 expert with carbon stays and the same shock for the around same price.
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Frame+06.aspx
    http://www.blueskycycling.com/produc...-Pro-Frame.htm
    http://rbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?ca...iceasc&id=8813

    Help I have too many choices, what should I get? I feel like the Comp XC may be the best choice and value.

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    Rbikes has some ebay deals that are better than what is on their website. They include extra parts to sweeten the deal (XT derailler, seatpost, headset, etc.). The Jenson deal looks cheap until you see that they don't include anything, not even a seatpost clamp!

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    Rbikes has some ebay deals that are better than what is on their website.
    That's the route I went. Got a Dakar Pro frame from Rbikes on ebay with XT front derail, seat clamp, seat post, and an installed WTB Team headset. They also included a seat because of a little mess up. The frame was $50 more than the Expert, I'm pretty sure they're the same frame but I thought the Pro frame would help with resale value. Then I bought the XT wheelset with the XT dual control shifters/disc brakes for $300 from Jenson and the rest of the bits I needed. A brand new bike with full XT except for LX cranks built up for about $1200, not a bad deal. But it helps to have all the needed tools and some bike building experience. I'll admit I did skimp a bit on the fork and got a $200 Magura Asgard, but for the price they are awesome forks, I was looking for a used Fox with at least a 9" steerer and couldn't find anything, probably next year I'll upgrade the fork. I'll do a more full write-up on the build once I'm actually done building it.

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