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    Jamis Dragon One 29er

    For some reason I was on Jamis' web page and came across the Dragon One 29er. Frameset and fork for $450, cool creamsicle colorway too. I haven't heard much about it, at this pricepoint it looks pretty good to me.

    "Reynolds 520 chromoly main tubes and stays, reinforced head tube collars, gusseted down tube, conversion cable stops & hose cradles, horizontal dropouts with slotted international disc brake mounts. Aheadset, external cups, with 20mm shim stack, 1 1/8. Jamis chromoly rigid fork."

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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed
    For some reason I was on Jamis' web page and came across the Dragon One 29er. Frameset and fork for $450, cool creamsicle colorway too. I haven't heard much about it, at this pricepoint it looks pretty good to me.

    "Reynolds 520 chromoly main tubes and stays, reinforced head tube collars, gusseted down tube, conversion cable stops & hose cradles, horizontal dropouts with slotted international disc brake mounts. Aheadset, external cups, with 20mm shim stack, 1 1/8. Jamis chromoly rigid fork."

    Hello ! I have the same frame, although i bought it as a complete SS from Jenson with a suspension fork which was ditched for a Salsa rigid. I'm very happy with the frame/fork combination as it is now. The chain tension screws are not much help in achieving and mantaining a proper chain tension and a Surly tensioner solved the issue. Other than that, the frame is very appropiate for my trails which are mostly loose over hard, rooty up to 3" and some 2-3 inch rock gardens. Feel free to send me a personal message if you got any questions.
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    how about a pic? ;-)
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    I have heard people complain that the geo of the Jamis does not do well for climbing. Now this has been few and far between but enough for me that I decided not to get one. Are you specifically looking in this pricepoint for something? You could always look at a Surly Karate Monkey or On-One Inbred 29er in the same range with rigid fork. Just a thought.

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    I've had one for a couple weeks and I only have positive things to say. I got a good deal and that made my choice even easier. ~1lb lighter, better tubing and geometry IMO than the karate monkey and same for the on-one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed
    how about a pic? ;-)
    My pleasure !
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    Just an FYI - If you replace the set screws that come with the frame with a stainless screw - and put the head of the screw against the axle on the wheel, and run an XT or Crank Brothers skewers (or something that clamps really well) - you will not have to use the chain tug. Screws cost like 2 bucks at ace hardware.

    The salsa skewers (thats kind of what it looks like to me) and skewers like the hopes, bontragers, etc. do not clamp tight enough to hold the wheel from slipping on that style dropout.

    Here is a pic of a similar setup on that same dropout - I have a jillion miles that way without a wheel slipping.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tamen00
    Just an FYI - If you replace the set screws that come with the frame with a stainless screw - and put the head of the screw against the axle on the wheel, and run an XT or Crank Brothers skewers (or something that clamps really well) - you will not have to use the chain tug. Screws cost like 2 bucks at ace hardware.

    The salsa skewers (thats kind of what it looks like to me) and skewers like the hopes, bontragers, etc. do not clamp tight enough to hold the wheel from slipping on that style dropout.

    Here is a pic of a similar setup on that same dropout - I have a jillion miles that way without a wheel slipping.

    Very much appreciated suggestion. The original set screws seem to be prone to rusting and your idea seems like the perfect solution.
    Yes, those are Salsa skewers, which replaced the slippery no brand originals. I attached the chain tug at the same time i switched to the Salsas and have been slip free.
    I'll keep the Salsas and the tug, for the time being, but, definitely, the stainless set screws will replace the originals.
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    fyi you can buy the dragon race frameset which and always has been 853
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    chain fall off?

    Quote Originally Posted by balance_fit
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    Does your chain ever fall off that cog?
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    I had one a couple years back when they were made with 631. Fantastic bike. Loved everything about it, except the fork. Made me nervous. The drop outs are really thin, as is the disc mount.

    I loved the way the bike rode though. Smooth, responsive. Climbed well, descended well. Sliced and diced in the trees easily.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3233346459/" title="Jamis Exile SS 29&quot;er by unclefuzzy_ss, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3134/3233346459_f59f19a153_b.jpg" width="1024" height="679" alt="Jamis Exile SS 29&quot;er" /></a>
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    Quote Originally Posted by playdead
    Does your chain ever fall off that cog?
    Your question is very interesting. When i bought the bike, i had a the chain fall out once, with the corresponding bruises and scratches. I went ahead and got the chain tug and changed the skewers to the Salsas. No more issues.

    But, what do you see in that cog that would make the chain want to fall off? Today is a good day to learn something new !
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    Jamis bikes are always good looking. I like that they still put out quality steel production frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balance_fit
    Your question is very interesting. When i bought the bike, i had a the chain fall out once, with the corresponding bruises and scratches. I went ahead and got the chain tug and changed the skewers to the Salsas. No more issues.

    But, what do you see in that cog that would make the chain want to fall off? Today is a good day to learn something new !
    It's a COG from a cassette. That spot right there is where the chain could fall off. Also, the teeth on a COG that's dedicated to single speeds have bigger teeth.

    But hey, if your chain hasn't fallen off then you're good to go!
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    mmmm...i'm considering getting a 20 to replace the 21 in the picture. I feel i'm ready for it. What cogs do you suggest, Surly, Niner....? I appreciate your suggestions, thanks.
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    Surly and Niner both make great cogs. I've run both.
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    Well, you have just helped me make up my mind. I'm placing the order for a 20t. Thanks !
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    Quote Originally Posted by balance_fit
    mmmm...i'm considering getting a 20 to replace the 21 in the picture. I feel i'm ready for it. What cogs do you suggest, Surly, Niner....? I appreciate your suggestions, thanks.
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    Sorry to revive this post...but there's not much on mtbr regarding this bike.

    I have also had the chain fall off on my dragon one....and thought that the chain tugs seemed weak. Thanks for the suggestions...I will look for replacements!



    Quote Originally Posted by balance_fit View Post
    Your question is very interesting. When i bought the bike, i had a the chain fall out once, with the corresponding bruises and scratches. I went ahead and got the chain tug and changed the skewers to the Salsas. No more issues.

    But, what do you see in that cog that would make the chain want to fall off? Today is a good day to learn something new !

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    Quote Originally Posted by -zd View Post
    Sorry to revive this post...but there's not much on mtbr regarding this bike.

    I have also had the chain fall off on my dragon one....and thought that the chain tugs seemed weak. Thanks for the suggestions...I will look for replacements!
    Hey ! How's the Dragon doing? Mine is well and alive, and enjoying it very much.

    Regarding the chain falling off issue, i installed the surly tugnut Tuggnut | Parts | Surly Bikes .. end of issue !
    The Dragon's chain tension adjusting screws are just too small and weak to be intended as tensioning screws. They barely adjust the chain tension at rest.

    Ride on !

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