Considering a Jamis bike over Trek, need input please-
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  1. #1
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    Considering a Jamis bike over Trek, need input please

    Hello MTBR members,

    I'm just getting started in Mountain biking and I'm looking to buy two new bikes for my wife and I. I am looking for a front suspension bike, preferably with disc breaks, a more comfortable seat, lighter frame and within the $300 per bike range (I have to buy 2 at the same time! ).

    We would primarily be riding off-road at Ringwood State Park and paved routes at Rockland Lake and on the roads near the New Jersey shore.
    Basically the bikes will be used on off-road mountain trails, street and sandy streets down the shore.

    I'm really interested in the Jamis Trail X2 bike after visiting a local shop but I am also considering a Trek 3900 Disc.
    Both bikes offer exactly what I'm looking for and they are in the same price range at the local stores.

    I'm stuck when it comes down to specifications. I know these are starter bikes but I'm looking for the best quality components so these bikes last a long time.
    Can anyone (preferably owners of either bike) tell me which bike may be better when it comes down to quality and specifications?

    Here are a summary of the specifications:

    TREK 3900 DISC

    Sizes: 13, 16, 18, 19.5, 21, 22.5"
    Frame: Alpha White Aluminum w/externally relieved head tube, bi-axial down tube, disc compatible dropouts
    Fork / Front Suspension: SR Suntour XCT V2 w/preload, 80mm
    Headset: VP-A76C-TK, 1 1/8" semi-cartridge, sealed
    Wheels: Alloy front hub, Shimano RM30 rear hub; Matrix 550 rims w/brushed sidewalls
    Tires: Bontrager Connection Trail, 26x2.0"; 27 tpi
    Front Derailleur: Shimano C050
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera
    Shiftlevers: Shimano EF50, 8 speed
    Chain: 42/34/24
    Cassette: SRAM PG830 11-32, 8 speed
    Crankset: SR Suntour XCC-T102 42/34/24
    BB Set: Not known
    Pedals: Nylon platform
    Brakeset: Promax mechanical discs w/Shimano EF50 levers
    Handlebars: Bontrager Approved, 30mm rise
    Stem: Bontrager Approved, 25 degree
    Grips: Bontrager Select
    Seat Post: Bontrager SSR, 20mm offset
    Saddle: Bontrager Approved
    Color: Matte Khacki or Metallic Blue-Brushed Silver
    Weight: Not known


    Sizes: M: 12”, 14”, 15.5”, 17”, 19”, 21” W: 12”, 14”, 17.5”
    Frame: Enduro II frame design, 7005 aluminum main tubes, replaceable derailleur hanger
    Fork / Front Suspension: XC Suspension, alloy crown, coil spring, 60mm travel
    Headset: VP threadless, 1 1/8”
    Wheels: Weinmann ZAC19 double-wall rims, 32H, alloy disc hubs with QR, 14g nickel-plated spokes
    Tires: CST XC knobbie, 26” x 1.95”
    Front Derailleur: Shimano TZ30 31.8mm top pull
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera M340
    Shiftlevers: Shimano Acera ST-EF50 EZ-Fire Plus, 21-speed
    Chain: KMC Z51
    Cassette: Indexed 7-speed freewheel, 13-28
    Crankset: Forged alloy crank arms, 42/34/24 rings, 170mm
    BB Set: Sealed cartridge, 68 x 122.5mm
    Pedals: ATB platform, hi-impact resin cage & body
    Brakeset: Tektro Io mechanical disc brakes and Shimano levers
    Handlebar: Jamis XC riser, 6˚ sweep x 13mm rise x 620mm wide
    Stem: Jamis XC alloy threadless, 10˚ rise, 90mm (12-14”), 100mm (15.5-17”), 120mm (19-21”)
    Grips: Kraton for trigger-shift
    Seat Post: Jamis alloy micro-adjust, 27.2 x 300mm, with alloy QR clamp
    Saddle: Jamis ATB , SL cover, protective front and rear guards
    Color: M: Bone or Sludge W: Bone
    Weight: 32.30 lbs

    Thanks ahead of time for your help and input!
    Can't wait to get out on a bike and participate in this forum!

    Last edited by HYDE16; 05-14-2009 at 10:56 AM.

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    at that price point it doesn't really matter. just pick a color and go, or go with whichever shop seems better. my opinion (i ride a jamis and work at a trek shop) is that as you go higher in price jamis bikes have nicer components at the same price but trek has lighter and better quality frames. Although Jamis is great on warrantying their frames

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    I ride both and like both.Out of those two bikes I would take the Trek.I like the 8 gear cassette over the 7 on the Jamis.Also I think it has slightly better componets.
    2016 Intense spider/Recluse build
    2015 Jamis komodo
    10 Banshee Viento

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    I would get the Jamis just because everyone else has a Trek.

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    Iím sure either bike would work fine, but in your price range, I think youíd be better off with V-brakes. The Low-end mechanical disk brakes donít stop any better than rim brakes (often worse). My bike came with Deore Mechanical disk brakes, which are a step up from what is on those bikes, and I liked the rim brakes on my previous bike better. I ended up upgrading to hydraulic disk brakes. Anyway, if you drop the disk brake requirement, you might be able to find something in your range with better components and/or fork.

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