I have a "new" baby at the house. This one has been a long time coming. The progression........
This is actually my dad's 19" Jamis Dakar Sport. We bought this bike and my 21" Jamis Dakar Sport together on the day after New Years 2006. I had started riding a little over a year before, buying a 2005 WalMart Mongoose (that I still have) that I thought I was really dropping some cash on ($350). I was like a lot of folks new to MTB riding and these kind of bikes. Well this rides just fine, what kind of moron would spend thousands of dollars for a dang mountain bike. Then I stepped up to the mid-level Jamis and I began to understand.
Really liked that bike, but unfortunately I had some chain stay problems and Jamis ended up selling me at a great price their (at the time) top of the line frame with a Fox RP23 shock. This was their XCR Pro Kinesium frame.
Awesome, fast, light bike. Along the way, I began upgrading the components: Terry Fly Saddle, Neuvation Wheelset, Odi Rogue Grips, XT Shadow Derailler, XT front derailler, XT shifters, WellGo MG-1 Magnesium Flat Pedals, Easton Haven Bar, Racing Ralph Tires, Stroker Hydraulic Brakes, Rock Shox Recon Gold RL Front Fork.
Unfortunately, the frame broke twice. After the second time there was a very long wait for a new frame. I finally did receive a new frame from Jamis, a wonderful Full High Modulus Carbon Fiber XCR TEAM frame. I was ecstatic, but at the same time, I had been looking around at other stuff. Then along came this particular Yeti. I knew the second I saw it, it was to be my new 26er. I decided that I was going to sell the Jamis Team frame and go with Yeti, which I had always looked upon with great appreciation. (The frame is for sale in the classifieds, by the way)
It turned out that Competitive Cyclist had this exact frame for sale and I immediately went for it. It has been at my LBS for a bit while I gathered a couple of extras that I needed...a new seatpost, and a new Cane Creek tapered 110 headset. I put the new design Racing Ralphs on WTB Laser Cross Country's as well. The boys called me on my way home tonight and I immediately made a U-turn to go pick the little monster up. My new baby...
I think baby is GORGEOUS!!! I have a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29er as well, and I hear that 26ers are dead. Phffffft! I think I'll always have a 26er to compliment the big-wheeled bike. Only got to ride it around the yard, so first day out tomorrow. YES!!!
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