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    2008 Jamis Dakar XC opinion

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...c+Bike+08.aspx

    Its selling for $449!

    I want to upgrade from my hardrock mainly because the frame size is too small.

    I looked into a Hardrock sport disc and they msrp at $590. This I can get for $485 shipped.

    Seems to have better components anyways. Should I jump on it?

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    My wife just got one of those and I think it's a pretty good deal. Good components for the price and the frame's suspension design seems to work well.

    A couple of notes:

    --As verified with Jamis, the RS fork will come with a "firm" spring and they do not put different spring weights in for different bike sizes (all are the same). I thought this was pretty weird. I've been having difficulty finding soft springs for the 289 Tora (can't use the same spring as 318 Tora sadly).

    --Do an inspection rebuild on the fork as soon as you get it. Ours had zero bath oil in one leg and just a few drips in the other, I'm sure the bushings would love that down the road. Much smoother after a rebuild. Of course a person shouldn't have to do this on a brand-new fork, but do some searching and you'll find that RS was having quality-control problems around the time these were made.

    --The Fox shock works great, very very smooth and has pro-pedal.

    --The brakes feel a little mushy as installed. This may be easy to improve with better housing/cable, have not tried yet. Hubs are center-lock fyi.

    The other components are all fine with the slight annoyance of schrader-drilled rims.

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    Looks like I'm going to look more into a hard tail. Sub $1000 FS bikes seem to lack bearings on suspension rotating parts and it sounds like there's some chain stay strenth issues with this model. I'm kinda a specialized fan so maybe I'll look into a rockhopper. Seems to be a bullet proof option.

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    Tested out a rockhopper 19 inch frame....too big for me. Good thing is I'll keep rocking my Hardrock 17inch its not so small after all.

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    Well hey, there you go - can't beat the price on something you already own.

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