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2014 Jamis Dakar AMT 650 Comp Bike (discontinued)

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The Good:

This bike has a very stable geometry and feels in control when descending. The more affordable COMP version comes with a solid set of components, most notable the FOX suspension.

The Bad:

HEAVY. Also, rear suspension geometry isn't the most sophisticated, so pedal bob is always a threat

Overall Review:

This is a very solid all mountain setup. It was my first 650b, as well as my first bike with over 120mm of travel. The COMP version comes with a reliable group of components. Shimano Deore all around gets the job done, and is not soul-crushing expensive should you knock off the derailleur in a rock garden.

Pros: The bike feels at home on rough terrain. The 650b wheels fit really well with the geometry, Jamis has been doing the mid-size wheel for some time now. Though the head tube isn't as slack as other enduro or all mountain setups, this one finds a happy medium between the ups and descents, allowing you to climb some more technical slopes. I have noticed that this bike feels taller than some others I have ridden. The bottom bracket seems higher, which I have actually grown to enjoy. I rode a Santa Cruz nomad during a trip in Durango, CO and constantly felt like I was smashing the bottom bracket on rocks and roots. This higher feel does take a bit of getting used to in the corners, but I don't think it has slowed me down too much. The FOX suspension really knocks this bike up a notch against others in its price range. I've ridden RockShox suspension, and none , even the Pike, seem to have the fluidity of travel that the Float brings to the table. Also, the bike comes stock with a 2X setup up front, which is a positive for me even though I eventually switched to a 1X.

Cons: As stated above, this thing is heavy... Out of the box built, it came in around 31 or 32 pounds. Also, the suspension geometry seems a little dated. Maybe all of the other guys are just trying to find their own gimicks, but this bike has basically the same setup as the 2008 model Giant I had upgraded from. That said, aside from some pedal bob on climbs, and a few clap-outs before I got the rear shock pressure adjusted correctly, I've been please with the overall performance of the rear travel.

Though this bike does roll in as a heavyweight, I was able to drop a noticeable amount of weight when I switched to a 1X10 setup. I'm using a RaceFace Narrow Wide 30t up front, with a Shimano XT cassette in the back with the Wolf Tooth Components 42t in place of the stock 17t. I also replaced the Deore derailleur with a SLX and have noticed a big improvement in shifting preciseness. Next upgrade will be a new set of wheels, as the stock hoops and tires are beefy and gravity-laden.

Overall, this has been a great bike for the gnarlier rock gardens, root drops, and river gaps I spent the summer riding in Western North Carolina. I've noticed no problems with the frame, and Jamis was extra helpful when I had a stripped rear hub. They sent me an entire new wheel, free of charge (totally covered by warranty).

2014 Jamis Dakar AMT Comp 650B: $3000 MSRP

Rating:
The Good:

150mm Fox CTD (Climb-Trail-Descend) Full Suspension (Such plush and responsive suspension that has saved me from several huge wipeouts). Great Spec for a solid Aluminum Frame that's not too terribly heavy. Shimano Deore Hydro Brakeset does the job very well.

The Bad:

Not as light as bikes in the $5,000 - $12,000 range. Tire in front is a 2.4 inch in width which is not totally necessary (matching the slimmer 2.2 in the back would have been just fine).

Overall Review:

The bike is versatile to any trail. It has ultimately amplified the fun I have on the trail.

Specifications

Product Jamis Dakar AMT 650 Comp Bike
Model Year 2014
Riding Type Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
15", 17", 19", 21" View Geometry
Size 15" 17" 19" 21"
Top Tube Length 22.05 22.83 23.62 24.41
Head Tube Angle 67.5° 67.5° 67.5° 67.5°
Head Tube Length 4.53 4.72 5.12 5.51
Seat Tube Angle 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5°
Seat Tube Length 15 17 19 21
Bottom Bracket Height 13.70 13.70 13.70 13.70
Chainstay Length 17.71 17.71 17.71 17.71
Wheelbase 44.33 45.12 45.94 46.77
Standover 30.70 31.61 32.48 33.74
Reach
Stack
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b), 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details Triple-Butted 7005 Aluminum
Rear Travel 150mm
Rear Shock FOX Float CTD High Volume LV with 3-Position Compression
Fork FOX 34 Float 650B CTD Evolution Series with 3-Position Compression and Lock-Out,15mm Axle, Air Spring Compression, Rebound Adjust, Tapered Alloy Steerer
Fork Travel 150mm
Head Tube Diameter 1.5 to 1-1/8" Tapered
Headset FSA Orbit 1.5 Zero-Stack Internal Cup, for Tapered Head Tube, 30mm Shim Stack
Handlebar Crank Brothers Iodine 1, 720mm x 30mm Rise, 6° Sweep
Stem Crank Brothers Iodine 1, 65mm (15"), 80mm (17"), 90mm (19"), and 100mm (21")
Grips Jamis Lock-On
Brakes Shimano Deore M615 Hydraulic Disc with 180mm Front and 160mm Rear RT56 Rotors
Brake Levers Shimano
Drivetrain
Shifters Shimano Deore, 10-Speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore Shadow
ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
Chainguide N/A
Cranks Shimano Deore M615 Hollowtech, 170mm (15"), 175mm (17-21")
Chainrings 38/24 Tooth
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Pedals N/A
Chain KMC X10
Cassette Shimano HG62, 10-Speed, 11-36 Tooth
Rims WTB SX23 650B
Hubs Formula with Sealed Cartridge Bearings
Spokes Stainless
Tires Geax Goma, 27.5" (650b) x 2.4" Front, 27.5" (650b) x 2.25" Rear, Folding
Saddle WTB Volt Sport
Seatpost Crank Brothers Cobalt 1, 400mm
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12 x 142mm Formula Axle
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Phantom Blue
Warranty 2 Years for Frame, Components Other Than Frame and Fork for 1 Year, Suspension Forks and Rear Shock Absorbers are Covered by Their Original Manufacturer's Warranty
Weight 31 lb 4 oz (14,174 g)
Miscellaneous
Price $3,000
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