XCR 29 or XCT 650
trying to decide between these two bikes... i am on a jamis d29 right now that i am keeping and am just going to add a full squish. wanting the bike to have a little more fun and play time on the trail...but in that same thought, i am possibly wanting to race it on the rougher courses or longer distance rides...
any feedback would be great
XCR 29er 100 mm
XCT 650 130MM
I have the 2013 XCT 650b pro. I LOVE it. It is so fricken fun. I also have a D29 Pro as well for my race bike.
2013 Jamis XCT 650b Pro
2012 Jamis D29 Pro
2011 Jamis Xenith SL
The new 650B Pro is such a gorgeous bike. That would be my choice. 29" wheels plus FS just don't seam to mix in my eyes. In fact, my goal is to save up for the 650 Comp (can't afford the Pro) for next season. Good luck!
If that is a carbon bike let me show you my experience with Jamis carbon in the last four months. The warranty is two years, I think Jamis was going to just replace the chainstay for as long as the warranty lasted then I would be screwed. Each time it broke I lost two weeks of riding. I finally got tired of that and bought a new frame. Jamis claims there is no issue with the chainstay. The frame now sits, completely useless.
First chainstay. Bike was less than one hour old, ridden around the block and over a couple curbs. Clearly a manufacturing/design issue. Since the bike was brand new it wasn replaced with a completely new bike.
Second chainstay, one week old, bonded bushing broke loose. Another manufacturing/design issue. There is no aluminum dropout plate there, just carbon fiber and epoxy with a wimpy aluminum bushing.
Third chainstay, maybe six rides, no big crash
Fourth chainstay, three rides, no crashes, in the exact same spot as the first. Perhaps there is a problem there?
One other thing, since there is no dropout plate, only carbon, the axle on every chainstay was slowly digging into the carbon. Each time I rode the bike I had to tighten the thru-axle about 1/16 - 1/8 turn. All of the chainstays broke before it was a real problem, but if they had lasted it would have probably been an issue not too far down the road.
I weigh 170 and don't ride that hard. New frame, no more problems. At least the parts were good and most of them transferred.
Last edited by smithcreek; 04-30-2013 at 08:56 AM.