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    This little rubber piece was loose in my box. All I can think of is that it's supposed to go between the bars and the stem. Any ideas?

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    Got me. A little more in focus and sitting next to a quarter or a ruler for size reference would be helpful though.

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    looks like one of those cable bumpers that jagwire makes, you know...to keep the cable from rubbing the frame. At least, from the photo thats what it looks like to me.

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    *nevermind*
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    Sorry about the misinformation on the 08 Komodo chain guide size the other week, but I see you guys have straightened that out and obviously it's an ISCG05.

    I have to say that the recent activity on this thread has given me some ideas and got me interested in accelerating the re-build of my own Komodo. You see I borrowed a ton of parts from it to build up my Tracer VP. I've been slowly upgrading the Tracer so that I can shift some of the parts back to the Komodo and should be able to complete it next weekend, after my new Havoc wheelset arrives.

    In the new incarnation, the bike will be a 1x8 setup (sounds simple right?) with a new stylo crank and sram 8 speed cassette.
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    Noice fork!

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    Lovin the pike, the uturn is awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by geek81 View Post
    Awesome. I was contemplating getting one for my 8 yr old, who is 4'6". Thought it would be too big, but it looks like your son fits on it fine. I just ordered one from Jenson.
    Very cool. Can't wait to see some action shots. My kid loves his. I put him in a full face, shin gaurds and compression shorts. Now he bombs down almost anything.



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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post


    This setup is lighter then the Blackspire Blackguard and IMO looks a bit less cobby. Cleaner look. Still loving the BBG outer bash too!
    Well...I've decided to go back to a granny. These new trails that I live near aren't necessarily all that "climby", but there are alot of little techy sections and short punchy techy/boulder climbs that really need the granny. I've walked them twice with my 1x9 setup. Never with the granny. I'll leave the 1998 Komodo set up as a 1x9 though.

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    Here are some pics of the build. Chain and pedals after I get a shifter cable from my LBS today. It'll be done eventually, but it's feeling pretty light right now. Those Havoc AM wheels weigh next to nothing. Not too sure about 24 spoke wheels, but we'll see how they hold up. Setup is going to be 1x8 with the stinger in there as a chainguide. I think I'm going to trail it from time to time so I'll likely be adding a front brake. Any thoughts on the build welcome.
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    Why is your damper on the left?

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    the image is flipped, hence what FUNN is backwards.

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    Ha, that's weird. The whole image is reversed
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    I didnt notice it was only flipped in one picture

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    Shot this quick video the day I got my Go Pro.

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    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z1blU894B2I?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Nother video on my komodo, plus a crash I thought might entertain you guys

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    Anyone 5'8 or 5'9 that run a 14inch frame? Also do you recommend the 08 1.0 for $350 or the 2.0 for $499?? Thinking about ditching my Response Sport
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    Quote Originally Posted by dstaks View Post
    Anyone 5'8 or 5'9 that run a 14inch frame? Also do you recommend the 08 1.0 for $350 or the 2.0 for $499?? Thinking about ditching my Response Sport
    Yeah man, it is well worth the $499 for the '10 Jamis Komodo I just got. It is a sick ride fo sho. Of course i would never dismount my big steed though, but this bike is awesome by far bro. It is my new FR/DJ/street!

    As per size, nah man, you need to stick with the medium frames. I like a smaller frame to flick around, and I am 5'11 (used to be 6' a few years ago, so I guess when they say you shrink with age, I believe that now....LOL), and a medium fits that ticket.. I ride a 17 to 17.5" frame (medium), but the Komodo I just got is a medium (16.5") and it fits great for me. Any smaller, it would be too cramped and just not feel right per say. Just saying...

    Anyways, if you can get it in a medium frame, you would be better, but unless you like the feel of those little frames...LOL.

    Here is a stock pic of mine before I am pimping it out....



    The Bomber fork on the '10 Komodo is tip top bro!

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    Hey guys, I got a question for all you Komodo riders, though i am part of this elite group now per say...LOL.

    I have tried to get a hold of Jamis directly to find out what the top travel fork can be used on the '10 Jamia Komodo, but cannot get anyone contact me. Strange i must say....LOL.

    My question is.....What is the most travel that the Komodo can handle as per a fork?.

    I know it can not handle a 180mm or better fo sho, as that would be way too much fork for this bike and too much stress on the head tube and frame.

    Is it OK for a 150 to 160mm fork? I have seen Komodo's with 150's on them, and a couple with a 160mm travel fork. I have a 150mm and a spare 160mm travel fork to put on this new steed of mine. I do have love for the 100mm Bomber on it now, but I feel so weird trail riding with that fork. So, what is your recommendations for this frame.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonsai-CP View Post
    Hey guys, I got a question for all you Komodo riders, though i am part of this elite group now per say...LOL.

    I have tried to get a hold of Jamis directly to find out what the top travel fork can be used on the '10 Jamia Komodo, but cannot get anyone contact me. Strange i must say....LOL.
    Jamis typically only likes dealing with dealers, but- go on googlemaps, type g joannou cycle and you will find their direct number. call them and ask them about the fork and see what they say/recommend.

    The newer komodo is designed around a 100mm fork for DJ, SS. the HA on it is 68, the older design was 67.5. If you threw a 160mm on the current design, your HA would be around 65.5 unsagged and with sag probably a touch over 66 (depending on how you set it up. Having said that...you "could" run a 160, but if you would have to find a fork with the lowest axle to crown for starters, run more sag 25-30%, and run more compression since your going to either be running it will less air or a softer coil. I say running alot of sag so you can keep your geo somewhat reasonable and trail-rideable. A set up like that could work out very well.
    Still call jamis though.
    If all else fails- find an old pike, newer sektor, or marz 44 micro ('11 or newer)

    make sense sorta?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman00 View Post
    make sense sorta?
    Makes a lot of sense, thanks bro!

    I do have a Nixxon fork with 145mm travel I would love to throw on it, and most likely would help the geo better with much less chance at stressing the frames.

    I guess i can always get a hold of our local dealer as well and see what they have to say as well.

    Thanks again, as that made great sense!

    I am soo stoked with having this bike, and can't wait to pimp it up some more...LOL

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    You're not going to hurt the frame unless you ride like an idiot. It will handle a160mm fork just fine. If you spend more time going downhill than pedaling, it will feel really good at 160. As stated...a Sektor would be alright, but the coolest fork for it would be the Argyle RCT 140mm. It's basically the new Pike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    You're not going to hurt the frame unless you ride like an idiot. It will handle a160mm fork just fine. If you spend more time going downhill than pedaling, it will feel really good at 160. As stated...a Sektor would be alright, but the coolest fork for it would be the Argyle RCT 140mm. It's basically the new Pike.
    Yeah, I kinda figured that, though still wanted to ask some of the Komodo clan...LOL. I have the 160mm Domain and the Lyric, along with the 145mm Nixon. The Nixon has been an awesome fork on my FR bike, so that why I though I would bring that one over on the Komodo if it would not take either one of my 160mm forks.

    I will be doing more DH and some hucking as well, but no real climbing. Heck, I live in flat FL....LOL. Though i do go out of state. Mainly it just going to be a FR bike anyways for around here or elswhere.

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    Is the Lyrik or Domain a U-Turn? My vote would be one of those two. If you don't like it, "all travel" it down to 140.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Is the Lyrik or Domain a U-Turn? My vote would be one of those two. If you don't like it, "all travel" it down to 140.
    No, either one are U-Turn. I am used to 150" to 203" travel forks anyways, and my big hit HT (IH Yakuza Gashira) has the Lyric on it right now. The 100mm travel fork on it now feels real odd for me....LOL

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    I'm really impressed with the Domain for the money. If the Lyrik feels the same and is lighter, cool...otherwise stick with the Domain. I had a Domain on my Komodo for a while and it felt great. IMO, coil trumps air if that helps sway the decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    I'm really impressed with the Domain for the money. If the Lyrik feels the same and is lighter, cool...otherwise stick with the Domain. I had a Domain on my Komodo for a while and it felt great. IMO, coil trumps air if that helps sway the decision.
    Yeah, I like the Domain 302 I have, though i also like the Lyrik as well, but my Domain is just sitting right now. Lyric is air and the Domain is coil with air assist.

    Thanks so much for your valuable input bro!

    BTW, what size tire do you run for your rear tire?

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    I usually run a 2.35" Kenda rear tire. I have run a 2.5" tire before, but as big as I am...I get a little bit of rub. (not a big deal, I guess) If you string up your wheels a little tighter so they don't flex, you could get away with 2.5's alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman00 View Post
    Jamis typically only likes dealing with dealers, but- go on googlemaps, type g joannou cycle and you will find their direct number. call them and ask them about the fork and see what they say/recommend.

    The newer komodo is designed around a 100mm fork for DJ, SS. the HA on it is 68, the older design was 67.5. If you threw a 160mm on the current design, your HA would be around 65.5 unsagged and with sag probably a touch over 66 (depending on how you set it up. Having said that...you "could" run a 160, but if you would have to find a fork with the lowest axle to crown for starters, run more sag 25-30%, and run more compression since your going to either be running it will less air or a softer coil. I say running alot of sag so you can keep your geo somewhat reasonable and trail-rideable. A set up like that could work out very well.
    Still call jamis though.
    If all else fails- find an old pike, newer sektor, or marz 44 micro ('11 or newer)

    make sense sorta?
    I've called Jamis before for info. They were pretty helpful. It's been a while, but here's my contact info for them:

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    I usually run a 2.35" Kenda rear tire. I have run a 2.5" tire before, but as big as I am...I get a little bit of rub. (not a big deal, I guess) If you string up your wheels a little tighter so they don't flex, you could get away with 2.5's alright.
    Thanks bro! I put a Maxxis Ardent 2.4 on the front and rear, but damn, the rear one looks so big compared to the front one. It fits, but just fits.

    Thanks for the contact number for Jamis, i will give them a shout tomorrow. I have been trying to get a hold of the one down in Miami, but unsuccessful though.

    Thanks again!

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    Well, I just heard from Jamis and they said that 140mm is the max for my bike without undue stress on the headtube and frame. He said the '04 to '07 frames were designed for 140mm plus forks.

    I am not going to debated them, but it's hard to see that only 20mm travel will really negatively effect the headtube and frame that much. I understand the headtube angle will change, but anymore stress to the frame for only 20mm is hard to understand sorta of....LOL

    Anyways, thanks guys for all your great input and feedback, it's all been awesome!

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    It's a canned "cover my butt" statement. $160 would be fine too...they are limited by the paperwork, not the design.



    Either way...I still think the Argyle RCT is the perfect Komodo fork. It's a tough DJ style fork, but it's 140mm.



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    Thanks chelboed! Yeah man, those Argyles are sweet forks by far. I know a few riders that have that one (140's that is), and they rave about them. The Argyle reminds me of my Totem I have on my big bike, and they remind me of the Lyric and Domain that I also have. Of course my wife is not going to let me spend another dollar on another fork for now anyways, so I guess the Komodo will either get the 145mm Nixon or the 160mm RS Domain 302. Mmmmm, decisions....LOL.

    Thanks again chelboed and yeah, I know what you mean about the "cover their butt" statement....

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    Well...as I said, you could always "all travel" the Lyrik or Domain down to 140mm. Just make a PVC "top-out" spacer and install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Well...as I said, you could always "all travel" the Lyrik or Domain down to 140mm. Just make a PVC "top-out" spacer and install.
    Very true....

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    OK, here is my new Komodo with a few upgrades and more to come (bigger fork, 1x9 set-up, white or purple pedals, and a few other minute changes).....



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    Daggum, buddy! I'm usually an anti-girl-color-bike kinda guy...but that looks HAWT!! The Odi rings really accent well. On a side note regarding all-traveling a 35mm fork...it looks freakin beastly and awesome!

    Here's my '05 with a Domain UT set at 115mm.

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    ^^^

    Thanks man! Everyone was saying the same thing, but after they saw it, their jaws dropped....LOL.

    I love purple (amethyst is my favorite stone), so i flew with this, and it is still not done yet.

    One thing for sure, that DJ fork (100mm) just is not hacking it for me, I need some front lift....LOL.

    BTW, like that steed of yours bro, that's sweeeet! I like that style frame better, but I am getting used to this style frame on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Is that Holy Rollers i see on that rig of yours?

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    Holy wha? Aren't Holy Rollers made by maxxis?



    Edit: I'd steer clear of the white pedals. Mine on the Parker are looking pretty haggard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Holy wha? Aren't Holy Rollers made by maxxis?



    Edit: I'd steer clear of the white pedals. Mine on the Parker are looking pretty haggard.
    ^^^

    .....LOL! I meant to say K-Rads. I was thinking of my Holy Rollers...LOL. I see they look like Nevegals now, after looking a bit closer. My bad bro!!

    Thank for the heads up on the white pedals, as i have been debating that one. I think most white pedals are powder coated anyways and not anodized anyways.

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    Yeah, back then I was running 2.5 / 2.35 nev's. I also ran a 2.7 / 2.5 setup, but it was tight. I'm running a 2.35 Excavator F / 2.35 Nev rear now.

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    The purple looks really good on the new 'dj' style frame of the komodo.

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    Ordered the last 2010 Komodo 2 small frame from JensonUSA. Bike should be arriving on Tuesday. So excited! Can't wait to take it for a test run.

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    What's your build gonna be?

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    Here's my 08

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    Question for you guys...

    I bought a 2009 Jamis Komodo II in size 14. I'm 5'9" with a 30" inseam, and I originally built it up as a rigid street bike. It was great in that mode, but I decided to turn it into a slopestyle/gravity bike with a 120mm travel fork and a 1X8 set-up.

    Any of you riding a small frame at my height? I mostly ride XC and used to a low, stretched out riding position. The trails I ride require a lot of climbing to get to anything good... so do you just deal with the cramped climbs to enjoy the flickable small frame?

    I'm just hoping I didn't make too big of a mistake by going with a smaller frame. Here's how it looks like decked out in street mode. I decided if I'm going to ride street, I'm doing it on a 20" BMX.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Question for you guys...

    I bought a 2009 Jamis Komodo II in size 14. I'm 5'9" with a 30" inseam, and I originally built it up as a rigid street bike. It was great in that mode, but I decided to turn it into a slopestyle/gravity bike with a 120mm travel fork and a 1X8 set-up.

    Any of you riding a small frame at my height? I mostly ride XC and used to a low, stretched out riding position. The trails I ride require a lot of climbing to get to anything good... so do you just deal with the cramped climbs to enjoy the flickable small frame?

    I'm just hoping I didn't make too big of a mistake by going with a smaller frame. Here's how it looks like decked out in street mode. I decided if I'm going to ride street, I'm doing it on a 20" BMX.

    Very nice set-up indeed, but not sure if a small was a smart move for your size, but if that's what works for ya, then no worries. I am 5'10"/5'11" and fly with the medium frame, and it is awesome. I do have a 15.5 frame, but another brand, and it is kinda cramped fro me. I do like the large frame bikes, as they bulky and not very flickable. Ride it and see how it feels for you bro.

    Again, sweet build!

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    I am 5' 10" and ride the 16.5" frame. It still feels a bit small for the climbs but the descents are pretty sweet.

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    I've been kind of neglecting my Komodo. I mean, it gets ridden and put away. The frame is getting scratched up so it may be time for a paint job. Who knows... :\

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    i'm actually thinking of stripping mine to raw aluminum.

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    Here is the near almost finished Komodo, but newer improved from a month ago....

    A month ago....



    New upgrades....



    Have a white MRP and switching over to 9-speed instead on stock 8-speed.

    Sorry, second pic was done with my cell phone, not my camera like the first pic, so thus not as crisp....LOL

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    Win + Fail Awesome MTB Jumping - YouTube

    vid of me jumping a creek/ gully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pea-Ta View Post
    Win + Fail Awesome MTB Jumping - YouTube

    vid of me jumping a creek/ gully.
    BAHAHAHAHAHAHA........

    Nice jump, but damn that second end coming was too funny! I didn't see it the first time until I backtracked the video and then saw him nose dive that turn. Good one I must say...LOL

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    I broke my 08 Komodo the other day.Broke where the seatpost goes in the fame.Sent it in to see if they will warranty it.I will miss it.I hope they will swap a 29er Excile frame for it.I dont like the new Komodo.
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    Pic?
    You guys wanna ride bikes?

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    +1...I suspect the seatpost wasn't in far enough and shock wasn't absorbed with legs, rather butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    +1...I suspect the seatpost wasn't in far enough and shock wasn't absorbed with legs, rather butt.
    Seatpost was in far enough.I ride with a bike mechanic he said it was fine.I have been riding with the same set up for 4 years.
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    Well that's definitely a first for me. I've not seen a broken Komodo before. Hell hath frozen. You could try to get them to give you credit toward a 650 Dragon. That looks like a fun frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moodrid View Post
    I broke my 08 Komodo the other day.Broke where the seatpost goes in the fame.Sent it in to see if they will warranty it.I will miss it.I hope they will swap a 29er Excile frame for it.I dont like the new Komodo.
    Wow, that is a rare thing that happened there. I have never heard of any Komodo's breaking at all anywhere on the frames. Not saying yours did though.


    Well, at least it was not the main part of the frame like most bikes...LOL

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    Can anyone recommend me a solid chainguide for my 08?

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    Forgot about this thread. I haven't ridden the Komodo since 2010. Going to sell it this year. In the meantime, I converted to ride BMX cruiser class until I find a better frame. Not much Komodo left in it. It is way out of balance for DJ, but otherwise quick and light for racing and manuals. Current weight 24 lbs.
    XT cranks, Mavic Crossride wheels, Maxxis DTH tires, X-Fusion Velvet (100mm), Kore 50mm stem, Spank 777 bars, ODI rogue grips. 32x14 gear works perfect for the dropouts! Going to swap to pivital seat, composite pedals and XT hydraulic brake. That should get it down another pound.

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    Clean Komodo there!

    Here's mine.



    @ lunchbox: I'm using a blackspire stinger for chain guide/ chain tension. Works well so far.

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    hey guys, have a few questions....
    just getting into biking. i raced bmx back in the day and still race motocross. i cant run anymore due to an injury and wanted to get a bike to start riding and stay in shape.
    what is everyones opinion on the komodo for an all around bike?
    i was looking for something more AM oriented because i know ill enjoy jumping more than most and definitely downhill, but will have i good share of uphill, singletrack, and even a few commutes here and there.
    also, what size frame should i look towards for a good all around frame? im 5'6-5'7 but the local jamis place does not have any komodos in stock yet. have to order one :\
    also, any advice or insight on the bike would be awesome!

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    Has this never been answered? Crap! The Komodo sized right, is an excellent platform for anything from a trail bike to all mountain to dirt jump to freeride. I first built mine with a 160mm freeride fork, gravity dropper post and 2.5/2.7 inch meats. Then I got more into XC and went with a fox float 140 and other diet parts to bring it down to 26#. Built it back up to a great AM hardtail with a 5.5&rdquo; PIKE and a nice mid-gnar build. It handles best with approximately 140-150mm fork and is a very tough frame.

    I highly recommend it on a regular basis.
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    Don't know if I posted this here, but I'm back to the good ol' 1x9 with some swanky red Atlas cranks.

    Still my favorite frame to date.










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    I had been hearing a couple of "tick" noises coming from my PIKE / bars-stem area. I couldn't narrow it down at first b/c it sounded like it was 2 different noises. I assumed one of them was the coil shield shrink-tubing working its way down and the spring coming in contact with the inside of the tube, but the other sounded like aluminum noise.

    -I took the stem / bars off and regreased everything. Aluminum tick went away, but the coil tick was still there.
    -I tore the PIKE apart and saw that the shrink tube had worked its way "up" to the top of the spring. I moved it back to center. Coil tick gone...
    -ReAssembled it all and saw that my stem is cracked.



    To those of you who don't know...this is a very special setup. I bought this fork with the intentions of rebuilding a RM Flow. The Flow was too small for my liking, so I sold it, but kept the fork for my Komodo.

    Problem: Komodo head tube is really tall.
    Solution: Crank Bro's Iodine headset has an ultra-low stack height. Spank Spike Original stem has an ultra-low stack height. (26mm!!) Problem solved and I've been ballin the Komodo for over 2 years now.


    New problem: Spank Spike Original is no longer being produced. New Spike is 35mm stack height.






    Solution: Funn Funnduro stem has a 30mm stack height. Just enough to make it work.
    Problem: Funnduro stem is "No Longer in Stock" in any store that I can find.


    Solution: The Ragley Stubbing Stem is a 30mm stack height too. Evan's Cycles is the only place I saw a quote and it said: "I 'believe' it's 35mm." He's full of crap because you can see on the picture that the 31.8mm clamp hole is larger than the stack block. It's 30mm and it's $67 shipped from CRC. OUCH!!


    The Funnduro is now available from Universal cycles and looks cooler IMO, but they were out of stock when I ordered the Stubbing.

    Well, the Ragley Stubbing got here today. Ironically, the Funn Funnduro is now available. Had I known it would be so quick, I would have gotten the Funn due to the crazy-cool looks.

    IMO, the Ragley is still one of the nicest stems I've ever had in this price/weight range. Seems very stout. Low 30mm stack height works perfect with the PIKE. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect fit.

    Much tougher build quality than my Thomson.







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    Hello all,

    I've been a long time lurker mostly in the DH forum and I want to pick up a hardtail. I found a 04 Komodo FX on craigslist was trying to find some info on it. i saw one in this thread and i was wondering if anyone had any more info or experience with it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grndzro26 View Post
    Hello all,

    I've been a long time lurker mostly in the DH forum and I want to pick up a hardtail. I found a 04 Komodo FX on craigslist was trying to find some info on it. i saw one in this thread and i was wondering if anyone had any more info or experience with it?
    Hey man, welcome!

    If you lurk back on page one of this large thread, there's a picture on the second post of my 2004 Komodo Team 19" that I built from the frame up:



    The Komodo has gone through 4 major overhauls since it started AFAIK.

    Early on, it was an Easton RAD tubed XC race frame. (I've got a 1998)
    Around 2003 or 2004, it became a nice / light trail bike. (my img above)
    2005 was the best step forward IMO. It became a Freeride Hardtail. (I've got an '05)
    2008 saw the rifled TT for more clearance. (Like the current model) Now it has ISCG.

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    1998


    1999


    2000 (looks like a riser bar to me)


    2001 (back to flat with a butt-bumper post)


    2002 (slightly bridged stays...internal cup type headset)


    2003 (the new trail bike...notice the DT/HT gusset for the longer travel fork?)


    2004
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    Beginning of the Freeride Hardtail design:

    2005 (massively bigger tubing, bridged stays, gussets all over the place, traditional headset, slacker, etc...)


    2006


    2007 (upgraded to a 30.9 seatpost)


    2008 (arguably the diamond in the rough / best year for the Komodo: new rifled TT, internal cup type HS with shorter stack HT, and my favorite...the only new style rifled Komodo with bridged stays...if you see one, snag it!)


    2009 (removed bridged stays...saves weight...shorter chain stays, I believe)


    2010 (same through 2012 AFAIK)


    2011


    2012



    IMO, (Jamis...listen) they need to bring back the 2008. Keep the chain stays short, but get those bridge supports back in there so us big guys can mash on the brakes hard without twisting the rear triangle enough to cause noisy brakes from mis-alignment. This was why I got rid of my 2004. When you crank down on the brakes, the mildly flexy rear tri tubes visibly twisted the brake caliper out of alignment causing awful brake noise. Little dudes don't experience this because there's less stress on the frame...hence, less brake force needed to stop a 160#rider versus my 200#'s.
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    I always keep an eye on this thread but I always fail to post. Of all the things I photograph, my bike is rarely the subject. I really need to change that up and get some shots of my rig. It's a stock '09 but this 160lb rider loves it! Nice and light for me, yet durable enough to take all the sh!t I put it through, including but not limited to copious amounts of urban assaults.

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    Thanks for all the info Chelboed. The one on craigslist is the black 2004 you posted.

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    That's a fun frame. Really lightweight but still a good tough trail bike.

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    This weekend I was inspired (by chelboed ) to go do a little sunrise shoot with my stock '09 Komodo I. I found that I'm not terribly creative first thing in the morning, especially when I still have a little buzz lingering from the night before


    Komodo Sunrise 1 by FLWill, on Flickr


    Komodo Sunrise 2 by FLWill, on Flickr


    Komodo Sunrise 3 by FLWill, on Flickr

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    Nice bokeh!

    Keep em coming!

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    Thanks! Like I said, of all my hobbies that I try to photograph (cars mostly) I never thought to shoot my bike. You've opened my eyes to a subject that has been sitting in front of me this whole time. I had no idea what I was doing at first so I just used my automotive knowledge to do what I could...

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    Komodo brethren, Limited space with our new baby and my new FS trail/AM bike being the preferred bike when I hit the trails I'm actually thinking of getting rid of my Komodo

    It's a 2008 M and I'm probably going to take most of the components and use them to build up a bike that's more suited to the urban area I've moved into. I think the Komodo's a great AM/ Trail bike but the long chainstay and slack geometry make it a little odd over an urban landscape (maybe I just need to get better )

    Anyway, this is not an ad but I guess I'm asking you guys what you think I could get for the frame/fork? It's a Push'd Coil Pike and both are in very good condition.

    Maybe you have thoughts on making it more urban-friendly? I've already swapped out for Maxxis DTH tires, Chain Guide and no Front Derailleur.

    Thanks all. Maybe the answer is just hold on to it?? I sold my first legit MTB, a Gary Fisher some years back and lived to regret it.
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    You'll regret it, lol.

    When I bought my coil PIKE, it was basically new OEM take-off from Teton gravity forum. I got it for $220 shipped.

    (if that helps)

    You could just sell the frame. The pike would be a good urban fork. (assuming it's a U-Turn like mine.

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    I just found this on a Russian forum:




    "my friend went to crack where
    connect the upper blade with seat
    tube frame only 2011 year."


    Looks like an '06 that cracked at the welds in 2011 where the Seat stays meet the seat tube.


    It's a straight-up freeride forum though...and these guys are really punishing their hardtails...crap!




    Nice ride:
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    Here is my 08



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    Chelboed - awesome post. Can't believe I missed this.

    The only thing I would add in between the 2008 and 2009 models is that in 2009, they appeared to also go to a smaller diameter downtube. I'm 195 with gear on and definitely grew in confidence because of this bike.

    For all newcomers to Komodos, upgrades go like this:

    Blackspire Stinger 1st!
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    I wish Jamis would sell a better version of the Komodo. Drop the crappy cable brakes and RST fork and put something nice it its place. I would buy it in a heartbeat. I dont want to buy a new one and change out all the parts before riding it.

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    They used too, but evidently the market wasn't there so they dropped it. Problem is...the guys with the coin are riding xc in Spandex. Jamis makes some serious xc bikes. The Komodo is catered to the thug life of the MTB world, lol. Thug life is po, broke, and hongry!

    If they'd spend any time at all on the forums (Skip used to be a fixture here), they'd see how many people love the Komodo.

    Seems like the people i see riding them are 13y.o. Kids that do redonk drops to flat, or middle aged big guys like me who don't have any cash but need a tough bike.

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    Tell ya what men, looking at the Dragon 650 alot more lately. That sucker would be a killer trail bike for my local trails.

    If i had the coin, I'd be all over that thing. It's spec'd to shred right outta the box.

    68deg HA, 120mm travel, short stays, wider bars, shorter stem, higher BB for log clearance...holy smokes, man!

    It wouldn't make me sell my Komodo, but I'd sure ride the heck out of it.

    Go check it out with an open mind. That Reynolds tubing is strong.

    (sorry for the off topic post, back to the Komodo)

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    Hi i know this is off topic but i need some advice. Ive been looking for bikes under 700 bucks and the komodo is 750 and i also found the brodie groove which is 775(dont hold me to it.) Im looking for a burly strong bike to handle whatever i find because im a big clyde(275) who rides motocross so i like to fly a little bit! Considering all options but im new to mtb so i dont know all the manufacturers etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big P View Post
    Hi i know this is off topic but i need some advice. Ive been looking for bikes under 700 bucks and the komodo is 750 and i also found the brodie groove which is 775(dont hold me to it.) Im looking for a burly strong bike to handle whatever i find because im a big clyde(275) who rides motocross so i like to fly a little bit! Considering all options but im new to mtb so i dont know all the manufacturers etc.

    -Pat
    The Komodo is my first MTB and I love it. That being said, out of the box the RST fork and tektro brakes are junk. RST for weights a ton, has loads of stiction, and the preload adjusters don't work. Replaced it with a rockshox sektor r 150mm travel. Also, I replaced the brakes with BB7's. Everything else is getting replaced as it breaks or goes bad. I say go with the Komodo but I don't know anything else; not sure if I want to either.

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    2013 scares me a bit. Hope they have tall enough seat tubes to be a decent AMHT. Really wish they'd go back to a bridged stay on at least the caliper side. I'm starting to not like it anymore. May have to make my next AMHT a Ragley Bagger and write Jamis off. I've been a long-time Jamis fanboi because of the great value mixed with well thought out design, but it's starting to crap out. I'm still very intrigued with the Dragon B...but my favorite bike has now become a Grom Tool.





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    yeah, i have to agree. Every year the spec gets weaker and weaker. No gravity-offerings, no serious AM/Enduro bikes. Nothing.

    I still love my Xam, but I have been checking Konas new stuff, they are on point this year. The Kona Process is wicked.

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    Hey guys, my 2003 Komodo (17" frame) is about to see a little love. I want to convert to 1x9 and notice a lot of you are successfully running a bashguard sandwich. In simply looking at my chain stays, it looks like I may have a clearance issue with the inner bash hitting the chainstays. Can anyone deny or confirm that there is or isn't room down there? - before I start spending/wasting money

    I plan to use a 32t ring with bash and BBG inner, if it would fit.

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    If anything...you can take a dremel to it. Just install it and start shaving if it's too tight. I've done that twice now.

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    Specifications
    Frame
    7005 aluminum main tubes, 1.5 - 1 1/8" tapered head tube, heavy-duty stays, ISCG tabs & replaceable derailleur hanger

    Fork
    RST DIRT, external preload adjustor, coil/MCU spring with hydraulic damping, magnesium lowers, 32mm steel stanchions, 130mm travel

    Headset
    FSA Orbit 1.5 Zero-Stack internal cup, for tapered head tube, 30mm shim stack

    Wheels
    Alex TD25 double-wall disc-specific rims with reinforced spoke bed rims, Formula alloy 6-bolt disc hubs, 14g black stainless steel spokes

    Tires
    Geax Mezcal, 26 x 2.3"

    Derailleurs
    Shimano Acera rear mid-cage, Shimano M190 34.9mm dual pull front

    Shiftlevers
    Shimano M310, 8-speed

    Chain
    KMC Z82

    Cassette
    SRAM PG-820, 8-speed, 11-32

    Crankset
    TruVativ Blaze 2.0 AM, 36/24 heat-treated chromoly rings, with alloy bash guard, 170mm

    BB Set
    TruVativ PowerSpline, sealed cartridge, 73 x 113mm

    Pedals
    Flats, full alloy with pedal spikes

    Brakeset
    Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors & ML-330 levers

    Handlebar
    FUNN Flat Out riser bar, 31.8 x 30mm rise x 710mm

    Stem
    FUNN Crossfire alloy 4-bolt bar clamp, 3D forged w/ center CNC bore, 6° rise x 50mm

    Grips
    Jamis Lock-On, dual density

    Seat Post
    FUNN Crossfire alloy micro-adjust, forged one-piece, 31.6 x 400mm with alloy QR clamp

    Saddle
    FUNN Solace, water-resistant cover, impact-resistant base

    Sizes
    S (14"), M (16.5"), L (18.5")

    Color
    Ano Halo or Primer Grey

    Weight
    33.00 lbs

    Descr:
    If you thrive on connection to the trail, if you live for big air and the flow of a screaming descent — Komodo will take you there, without the added weight and complexity of dual suspension.

    It takes a unique rider to appreciate what Komodo has to offer—its redesigned-for-’13 frameset is built for strength, with yoked chainstays, a 73mm BB shell with ISCG tabs, and a down tube that’s ovalized to a hefty 67 mm at the tapered head tube for supreme front-end stiffness. This is a gravity-inspired frame, with slacker head and seat tube angles for high-speed handling and the strength and stability to handle big landings.

    But this is more than a downhiller’s specialty bike—the impressively short 410 mm chainstays tuck that rear wheel in tight, for corner-on-rails handling and climbing traction to rival our top-tier cross-country bikes.

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    OMG, Acera.

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    It's the trickle-down effect, right? Yesterdays XTR is todays Acera?

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    I dont know about that

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    New Komodo looks sweet and with the seat tube sizes I think you're happy right Chelboed? The bike is also now officially listed as AM on the website.

    I'm seeing a new top, down, and head-tube there and what look to be the burly seat stays from the '08 model year.

    Confession: My '08 has been stripped down and the parts are now riding around on my Giant STP. Per the recommendation of this thread I've kept the Komodo frame and maybe I'll find the time / $ to build it into a trail machine someday. Its trail duties were previously replaced by an Intense Tracer VP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Yesterdays XTR is todays Acera?
    It depends. I've 'upgraded' from '08 Acera to '11 Alivio, but this actually looked like a downgrade: old Acera seems to be a lot more stiff and clear.
    Anyway, Acera instead of X4 looks rather strange to me.

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    The shop I worked at over the summer called me today to tell me they want to part out a 2011 Komodo(mentioned I wanted to build one)

    Should I snatch up the frame and build it up as a play bike or should I look for a different model year. I would be buying the frame and head set only and building the rest up from there. What do you guys think?

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