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    will a clydsdale break a Jamis?

    Quick question....am thinking about buying a XAM (the cheaper one). Will it take a 260lb clydsdale or will it blow a gasket in the rear suspension? Boooooommmmmmm!

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    At 260, I'm thinking you could break any bike if you tried. How do you plan on riding it? Drops? Jumps?

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    That will change over time.

    Initially I am sure that I will be very conservative...as I get stronger and more confident (and prolly a lot lighter) I expect I will become a little more adventurous and will try those jumps, etc.

    For now, it is crank, crank, crank up the hills and enjoy a quick, but safe run back down....

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    Every bike is going to break eventually, it's just yours will break a bit sooner. I would probably go with coil suspension over air. I know there a bit more pricey and heavy but maybe the Diablo 1.0 just to be safe.
    Probably get a better answer from one of the guys that work for Jamis.

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    I'm 250lbs and ride an '05 Dakar Sport. I've had it for about 3 months and ride XC mostly. It has the Fox Float in the rear and it seems to hold up just fine, but I'm not a dare devil, yet.

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    My experience at 6'4", 225# (originally 255#). I'm on an '04 Dakar Sport and have broken the following:
    - drive-side chainstay (apparently a common issue with the '04s)
    - a linkage bolt blew-up/fell out
    - cracked headtube

    This was all in the last 9 months after 2 years of XC riding, nothing too crazy in terms of jumps/drops. The XAM looks a lot beefier and should hold up, but the question for us clydes seems to be "when" not "if" a bike will break.

    Jamis has come through with warranty replacements for me, so I have to give them props (although the frame they sent out after the headtube break is a Dakar Comp with the weird crossbrace between the seatstays that limits you with larger tires ).

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    I ride a 2005 XLT (which the XAM is replacing) and weigh 230lbs. I do all mountain riding including small <3 foot drops and some jumping to transition. No problems at all so far, know there was some swingarm problems in 2004 and early 2005 but I also know Jamis has covered those with no problems. I would think that a XAM, with its DHX rear shock, would be plenty adequate for you.

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