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Old 11-10-09, 06:10 PM   #1
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Jamis Dragon 29er frame built up: pics

I started a thread a short while back regarding the Jamis Dragon 29 frame I ordered and planned to build up. Here are pics of the finished product, still muddy after a nice ride this morning. What a great bike! '









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Nice color!
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Nice color!
Thanks. The official name of the color is "mud." I could have ordered the 2010 frame, which is yellow/white. Nice, but this brown is what I wanted. Metallic flakes, too.
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ya another one to the crew! nice bike.
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I took the bike for another muddy ride today, then gave it a bath. Here are a few more pics:


I built the wheels myself, using Mavic TN719 rims, XT hubs, 36 double butted spokes per wheel. Stan's tubeless in the tires:




Thomson setback seatpost, Selle Italia Flite saddle (I've used Flite saddles on mountain bikes before, I like the color of this one on this bike):



Thomson stem:



This is the third mountain bike I've put this King headset on, I can't seem to wear it out:



NOS XT RD I had from a few years back:



NOS XT crankset from the same batch of parts as the NOS XT derailleurs and shifters. The cranks are Octalink:



NOS XT shifters/levers. I think all these XT parts are from 2002 or 2003. I got them on closeout just before Supergo was bought by Performance, and never used them. I love Shimano servo-wave brake levers, and they feel great combined with the Avid mechanical disc brakes:



Avid BB7's mounted on the Salsa Cromoto Grande 29er rigid fork. It's a nice rigid fork for not a whole lot of money. It's True Temper OX Platinum steel with stainless dropouts:



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Old 11-12-09, 09:04 PM   #6
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umm maxxis ardent, nice tires, love um on my hardtail

well nice bike overall. came out well
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looks amazing
whats the benefit of having a 29er?
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It's really nice looking. I like the bars a lot as well.
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Very nice build. I'd like to hear your impressions of the Ardents.
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Thanks for all the comments. As for the Ardent tires, they seem great so far for loose and muddy conditions. Not the best for hardpack. It's a large volume tire, so I like it for the plushness running the rigid fork. I've been running them at 35psi rear, 30psi front. I'm gonna try 30psi rear and 25psi front next ride-
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That is one slick looking ride. Nice build.

Love the color. We should get a thread started that lists all the mud/brown metallic/rootbeer colored frames out there. I guess it would be kind of hard since colors for each manufacturer vary from year to year.
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I'm a big fan of Jamis' steel bikes.
Nice build.
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Nice! I still miss my Dragon 26er...

Did you happen to weigh your bare frame?
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Old 11-15-09, 11:22 AM   #14
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Did you happen to weigh your bare frame?
4 lbs, 14 ounces, heavily coated on the inside of the tubes with FrameSaver. It's a 17 inch frame. That goes right along with Jamis' claimed weight of 4.9 lbs.

The complete bike, as I built it up, weighs just over 27 lbs. That's honest weight, ready to ride with computer, etc. Of course, the tires weigh about two pounds each.

I once built up a sub 24 lb., 26er hardtail with a steel spring fork, but it took some doing. I've been out of mountain biking for a few years, and it seems everything is less about weight these days. Within reason, I don't see that as a bad thing-
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Super job! Looks great and I bet it rides great too.
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The seat really makes the frame colour work! I'd love to have a 29er if I had room for another bike.
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nice bike!

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