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Jamis Dakota D29 Race 2012

Jamis bicycles has a long history of innovating revolutionary bikes that dates all the way back to 1979 with the introduction of the Earth Cruiser. The Earth Cruiser helped to spark the beach cruiser revolution. This innovation hasn’t stopped at Jamis, but merely shifted focus. Today Jamis develops and produces top of the line road and mountain bikes. Leveraging over 30 years of experience, Jamis is able to craft race driven performance machines with trickle down for the average rider as well. Jamis has a goal to build the perfect bike, what seems like an impossible goal. To Jamis, it’s the only one worth pursuing.

The Jamis Dakota D29 Race is no exception to Jamis’ quest to build the perfect bike. Jamis takes advantage of proven technologies when crafting their frames. The Kinesis Alloy frame is no exception. The XCT race frame is super stable and performance driven. The tapered headtube allows for a stiffer front end and thus a more responsive and stable ride. A Carbon Fiber monostay, replaceable derailleur hanger, and sloping radius top tube round out the features that make this frame great.

A good component build can make or break a bike. Jamis didn't cut any corners with the Dakota D29. Jamis chose to outfit the Dakota D29 with a Rock Shox Reba RLT29 fork. This fork features Dual air spring with motion control damping. In addition, the Rock Shox Reba also features external rebound and low speed compression control with 100mm of travel. A rock-solid SRAM 2x10 drivetrain keeps you cranking along smoothly and efficiently. A set of X7 shifters control the X7 front derailleur and X9 rear derailleur, ensuring shifting is fast and smooth. A SRAM S1000 39/26t crankset delivers all the power you need and Avid Elixir 3 brakes make it possible to stop at a moment's notice. A well-appointed Ritchey cockpit puts the finishing touches on this impressive build.


SPECIFICATIONS
Frame Kinesis 7005 Triple Butted Aluminum Main Tubes, Carbon Fiber Monostay, Tapered Headtube, Sloping Radius Top Tube, PressFit30
Fork Rock Shox Reba RLT29, Dual Air w/ Motion Control Damping, external rebound & low speed compression 32mm stanchions, tapered alloy steerer 100mm travel
Wheelset Sun Ringle Black Flag Comp 29"
Tires Geax Mezcal, 29 x 2.1”, folding
Brakes Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic disc brakes 180mm front & 160mm rear HS1 rotors
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 3
Shifters Sram X.7 10 speed with Match Maker clamps
Front Derailleur SRAM X7
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9
Crankset Sram S1000 BB30 39/26T
Handlebar Ritchey Mountain Comp Flat Bar
Stem Ritchey Comp 4-Axis Stem
Grips Jamis Lock-On Grips
Saddle WTB Silverado Comp saddle
Seatpost Ritchey Comp Seatpost

Note: Components are subject to change without notice.


GEOMETRY
Size 15" 17" 19" 21"
Effective Top Tube 22.44" 23.23" 24.01" 24.60"
Seat Tube Length 13.94" 15.51" 17.64" 19.53"
Standover Height 29.64" 30.71" 31.89" 32.95"
Head Tube Angle 72° 72° 71° 71°
Seat Tube Angle 74° 73.5° 73° 73°
Wheelbase 42.20" 42.79" 43.78" 44.21"
Chainstay Length 17.72" 17.72" 17.72" 17.72"
BB Height 12.48" 12.48" 12.48" 12.48"

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Jamis BicyclesJamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (10)
  • Durable (5)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

  • Tires (3)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (5), Casual/ recreational (4), Competitive cyclist (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best base component group for the money.

Even with the "cons" this was still the best component group available on a 17" hard tail. I immediately did a 1x10 conversion by putting on an FSA Energy crankset...Read complete review

Even with the "cons" this was still the best component group available on a 17" hard tail. I immediately did a 1x10 conversion by putting on an FSA Energy crankset with 110BCD so I could run a lone 34T front ring. Ditched the cheap 120BCD S1000's that came stock. Off to ebay! The handlebars... Dear God what? I love Ritchey but I would never be able to get used to that wing design thing. A bit too narrow as well. The wheelset is real good, not quite great. Tires gotta go immediately as the should for a Stans valve replacement and tubeless setup immediately. By changing the front cranks using FSA PF30 to MegaExo adapters, ditching the front mech and shifter, going tubeless and changing the bars to 680mm carbon flat and a Ritchey Ti rail saddle I had sitting around I got this thing to a race ready 24.4 lbs on a Park scale for under $1400 (thanks to spare parts). That weight could not be beat for the money. The pic is before the handlebar replacement and tubeless conversion. At this point it was 25.2 lbs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A good value with some set backs

This bike offers a great component group at a fairly good price. The bike came packaged nicely and was easy to piece together. The wheelset comes ready for tubeless but that does not include...Read complete review

This bike offers a great component group at a fairly good price. The bike came packaged nicely and was easy to piece together. The wheelset comes ready for tubeless but that does not include the appropriate valves or sealant to do so. This bike is quite light (17in) as well. The tires are far from ideal when cornering anything. The biggest drawback is that the front wheel will be off-centered by 1/4 of an inch. I was informed that the spacings on the hub position the wheel to be off-centered and can only be fixed with a new hub/wheel. However, it is possible that the mechanic that inspected this bike was incompetent. The paint coat on the fork split after one ride with obvious air bubbling and other areas on the fork will soon follow. These issues have been a bit inconvenient. I've owned this bike for less than a month. Take this review for what it is worth.

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5.0

What a Deal!!!

By Steve

from Brighton, MI

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Well Furnished

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

    I bought this bike as a 29er for my son and wife to share, but I think they will be fighting over it for sure. By far, the best spec'ed bike for the price anywhere. I have done a lot of research and even considered building my own with my spare parts, but could not even come close to beating this deal. If you are at this price point or close to it, I would grab it before these bikes are gone. BB30, tapered HT with RLT and upper end SRAM components and a good wheelset for $1200 - are you kidding? Between my father in law and me, we have bought 3 of these bikes. nuff said.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    great bike is light and fast

    By hernan

    from chihuahua mexico

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Great weight
    • Suspension

    Cons

    • Bad Grips
    • Tires

    Best Uses

    • Cross Country And Mountai
    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

    i used in cross country and mountain and have a very good drive, the grips are terrible and the tires are to thin am goig to change it for a 2.2 or 2.2 in the rear and a 2.3 in the front

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Very Good Bike for a Great Price

    By Brad of the Wild Hogs MTB Gang

    from Fremont, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast and Smooth Ride
    • Lightweight
    • Looks nice

    Cons

    • Handle Bars

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

    Wow, what a great bike for the price. I don't believe in spending $5k-$10k on a bicycle...that's motorcycle territory.
    Great looking brushed aluminum with white trim and carbon fiber monostay. Nice stiff wheelset (I love the sound of the loud-clicking free-wheel hub). I even like the seat. Very fast bike and climbs very well.
    I'm probably going to keep the tubes in...I've been running No-Tubes in my full-suspension for over a year and I'm kinda over it. Too much maintenance, it loses air too quickly and I've broken a couple of Presta valves from filling them with air before every ride. I generally run higher pressures anyways.
    The one bad component is the handlebars. They have a strange shape and are narrow. Now, you could argue that those are subjective criticisms, but they are also heavy. I put on a new stem, carbon bars and silver Candy 2 pedals. Nice.
    This bike has already made me a faster rider.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Light, fast, and awesome fork!!

    By jdv5789

    from Loma Linda, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

      Very light. Excellent for cross country. Super fast and the 29 tires help you get through anything.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      My first 29er

      By daddy/old man

      from Canyon Lake, TX

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

        I use the bike every ride/race. Wheels a little heavy but built good. Not much else wrong.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Best base component group for the money.

        By Todd

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Tubeless Ready Rims

        Cons

        • 120 Bcd Cranks
        • Grips
        • Handlebars
        • Tires

        Best Uses

        • Cross country
        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

        Even with the "cons" this was still the best component group available on a 17" hard tail. I immediately did a 1x10 conversion by putting on an FSA Energy crankset with 110BCD so I could run a lone 34T front ring. Ditched the cheap 120BCD S1000's that came stock. Off to ebay! The handlebars... Dear God what? I love Ritchey but I would never be able to get used to that wing design thing. A bit too narrow as well. The wheelset is real good, not quite great. Tires gotta go immediately as the should for a Stans valve replacement and tubeless setup immediately. By changing the front cranks using FSA PF30 to MegaExo adapters, ditching the front mech and shifter, going tubeless and changing the bars to 680mm carbon flat and a Ritchey Ti rail saddle I had sitting around I got this thing to a race ready 24.4 lbs on a Park scale for under $1400 (thanks to spare parts). That weight could not be beat for the money. The pic is before the handlebar replacement and tubeless conversion. At this point it was 25.2 lbs.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Nice bike

        By Jh

        from Dallas Tx

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

          Already had carbon bars,new saddle,new grips so don't know about original parts. Only thing I would recommend is cable rub protection. 1st ride and cable started taking paint off forks. Took off stickers on forks and paint came with it.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Speed Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid and Unmatched at this price,

          By Veloskier

          from Little Rock, AR

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Quality construction
          • Spec

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking
            • XC

            Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

            Good things:
            -Race-able right out of the box.
            -Jamis always pays close attention to spec'ing their bikes with quality components. The only "house brand" item on the bike are the grips and being that grips are a personal comfort item, I'm sure you'll replace them immediately.
            -Wheels become tubeless with 2 stans valves and sealant.
            - my 17" was 26 lbs with pedals and tubes. It's 25.4 tubeless.

            Here's a list of things I immediately changed:

            - grips and saddle.
            - set up wheels as tubeless.
            - Tires. My areas are rocky and rooty, so a tire with a beefier sidewall was needed.
            - added a shock remote.

            I'm hard pressed to list any cons as I was able to get this bike and have plenty of room left in my budget for any upgrades that I might want to make. Here's what I've come up with if I was forced to hate on something:

            - Reba RLT with no remote?
            - Seat. While it's quality and looks good, it's a bit too flat and hard for my taste.

            I'll follow up after a season of XC and endurance races but at this price, I think I'll find it hard to beat.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great deal on a great bike

            By Dave

            from Cary, NC

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Build
            • Components
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Tires

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

            I have been watching this bike for months now and kept coming back to it. I pulled the trigger just after Christmas and couldn't be happier. Bike arrived on time and was easy to assemble. I had two issues out of the box but both were minor and Jenson remedied right away.

            The bike is relatively light for a 29'er and the components are great. Rides awesome and seems to want to go climb with ease...actually seems to accelerate up hills. I haven't put it through the full paces yet but so far I couldn't be happier.

            The only downside is the tires. If it's dry I'm sure they are fine but if it's wet or muddy, forget about it, they are terrible. I'll be replacing right away.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great entry level mt bike

            By Girlfriend hooked

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • All You Need

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Jamis Bicycles Jamis Dakota D29 Race Mountain Bike 2012:

              This is a better mt bike than you are a rider for your first several years of biking. It has everything you need and nothing you don't. It will get you hooked!! Did for my girlfriend :)

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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