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    Jamis Dakar XLT 3.0 build up

    I was just looking at getting a 2006 Jamis Dakar XLT 3.0 frame for $450, I was just wonder how much you guys spent on building up similar dakar's? This frame comes with the Fox Talas rear shock. So do you think I could build up the rest of the bike for under a grand with decent components? I know i'm not going to get a super light bike I just want some thing solid .I will be mostly using the bike for XC. Any recommendations on components?


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    I think you could.

    You won't get anything too fancy, but you'll get a really solid 32 pound capable bike.

    It's what I did with my XLT.

    Wheels and fork are going to eat up $500-600 of that $1000 budget.

    Check Greenfish and PricePoint.. they always seem toi have last year's top of the line stuff for pennies on the dollar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fasttrack2fredom
    I was just looking at getting a 2006 Jamis Dakar XLT 3.0 frame for $450, I was just wonder how much you guys spent on building up similar dakar's? This frame comes with the Fox Talas rear shock. So do you think I could build up the rest of the bike for under a grand with decent components? I know i'm not going to get a super light bike I just want some thing solid .I will be mostly using the bike for XC. Any recommendations on components?


    Thanks Dan
    $450 is too much for the frame. You can get brand new XAM frames on ebay for $399.

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    I spent $500 for my XLT frame last year and I don't regret it. I have the Manitou 4-Way, which I love. I put about $1600 in the build figuring I can always replace the frame later. The first build came out around 32lbs, but I have just bought new wheels that should put me in around high 30 to low 31. Is it the best frame, probably not, is it a pretty good frame, yup. I have punished this bike with good results and I weigh in around 210 on light day. The best part is spec'n your own parts out. I have looked for XAMs but I have not had any luck finding one.

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    I have the 2005 XLT 1.0 frame, paid $450 (three months later, it was $400), and put about $1450 into the build -- but then, I got exactly what i wanted on the bike, too. Lotsa RaceFace, X.9 drivetrain, Avid 203/185 discs, etc.

    Smart shopping can put you on it and rolling for a grand, maybe a touch more. And you WILL ROLL!!!
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    Suggestion

    If you have the budget, I would STRONGLY suggest the XLT frame with a FOX ProPedal shock such as the RP3 or RP23. The XLT does not come with either of these FOX shocks, but I just upgraded from the OEM Manitou Swinger 3-way that my XLT 1.0 came with to a FOX RP3.

    Let me tell you, this is a COMPLETELY different bike. Night and Day. It is better beyond words than it was with the SPV shock. You can get a RP3 (used like I did) for around $150-200. So get the XLT 1.0 and upgrade the shock with the money you would save by NOT buying the XLT 2.0 or 3.0.

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