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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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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kramnnim View Post
    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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