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Old 10-10-07, 06:45 PM   #1
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Jamis Exile SS 26'er

Howdy all. I'm thinking about getting a SS, and the shop that sponsors my team (I'm a road and 'cross racer) has a '07 Exile SS 26'er that would fit me well and that I can get at a great price.

My goal is to use it just ride it for fun (I don't actually have a mtb or even actually ridden one before) and maybe to hone my off-road skills for 'cross. From doing some research about the bike (yes, I used the search feature) it sounds like the general feeling is that the frame is good, but the fork and brakes are not great. I think someone said that the crankset wasn't that good either, but that may have been for the geared version (which I don't think exists anymore.)

But I guess the question is, if I could get the bike at close to the "at cost" price, is it worth it? Since I don't know much about mtb's, it's really hard for me to understand the value of the pieces that make one up...

And additional feedback about the bike itself would help too!

Thanks!

(And BTW, you guys are sooo much more chill then the forum members in the road section )
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Old 10-10-07, 10:31 PM   #2
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(And BTW, you guys are sooo much more chill then the forum members in the road section )
I see us as a bunch of territorial nitpickers...myself included.

I love my Jamis XLT. I'd love to have the Exile too. If you can get it close to cost, that'd be the only way that I'd buy it b/c it's time for 2007 closeouts. I think it's a tad hefty for a singlespeeder at 26lbs, but Jamis bikes are pretty tough and of good quality IMO.

If you don't like the fork, ebay it and get something you DO like.
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Howdy all. I'm thinking about getting a SS, and the shop that sponsors my team (I'm a road and 'cross racer) has a '07 Exile SS 26'er that would fit me well and that I can get at a great price.
Do it! I'm preparing for my finished giant stp build - i haven't changed gears in like a week
I'm sure u won't regret it
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29ER, get that one if you can. 29ers ftw
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I have a 2003 Jamis Exile 26er that I converted to SS and I friggen love it.

I was always a fan of steel bikes, and a huge fan of Jamis. I had a Jamis Dakar Pro before the Exile. Anyway, it was an ok bike when I bought it. I got a deal on it because I know a Jamis Rep, but it came OEM with Avid V-brakes and a Manitou Black Fork that broke after a year (I got a new Skareb for nothing on a warranty exchange).

The OEM wheels were Mavic's lower end 117's. They were bomb proof, but heavy. Components were all Deore.

Over the years, I upgrade both derailleurs to XT and put an Avid BB7 on the front with a Mavic CrossRide. Its not Mavic's top of the line disc wheel but it got the job done.

The bike was a bit on the heavy side at 26lbs, but it rode very well and climbed extraordinarily well.

Last year, I stripped the drive train, removed the front disc and put it on another bike, and installed new Shimano XT V-brakes on it. I put a new Mavic 517 on the front and back. I reused the OEM crankset- I just removed the small ring and the big ring and kept the 32 on it. I re-ran all new teflon cables for the front and back brakes.

I weighed all the stuff I removed from the bike. Shifters, front and rear derailleur and rear cog, plus two chain rings. 3+ lbs of weight dropped. I figure I dropped another pound with the wheel upgrade. So I think I have her down to 21-22 lbs. Next year, I am going to upgrade the handle bar to a carbon bar. I got some junk wirebead tires on it now for the winter, but in the summer I run some lighter tires. I am also thinking about going rigid with her, and I am looking at the Switchblade carbon fork. I' like to get her close to 20lbs by the summer of next year. Even with a rigid cromoly fork I should shed some weight.

Anyway, it was a great bike to start. Now its an awesome bike. Climbs like a dream on 90% of the stuff I ride around here with the 32x18 gearing setup. I can only imagine what the 29er would be like. I highly recommend anything by Jamis. My road bike is also a Jamis!!

LONG LIVE STEEL!!!

Full OEM bike specs are here:
http://www.airfreetires.com/Specs/St...xile&Year=2003
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