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1986 Jamis ATB - worth it?

Old 04-25-19, 08:22 AM
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1986 Jamis ATB - worth it?

I've really come to envy some of the old school 80s mountain bike/ATB builds I've been seeing on here, like the stumpjumpers, cimarrons, and high sierras. Been perusing the local Craigslist for those models and not finding anything, but spotted this one:

https://norfolk.craigslist.org/bik/d...866740269.html

Listing says it's a 1986 Jamis ATB, doesn't mention a model name. Looks similar to those bikes and says it's 4130 cro-moly frame.

Does anyone know anything about these? Are they comparable to the bikes I mentioned above that seem to be well-liked? I would be using it for a commuter/around town bike. $180 seems a little steep but it's kinda hard to tell the condition in those pics.

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To me that is overpriced. At least for my area. I could pick up similar all day long for $100.00 or less. Also, notice the rust on the spokes. Apparently it had galvanized, not SS spokes. Hard to tell from pics but the wheel set is questionable. I'd pass.
Components are meh too.
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Also, how is that a 21" frame? Looks like a 17" to me.
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Those are Shimano Z-series, entry level derailleurs and they're bottom of the series Z501 & Z202 models. Also, the crankset is a Sugino No.6 road model with a double chainring. The rear wheel is nutted. The headset is an inexpensive, steel unit. I can't positively identify the brakes but they may be Shimano's entry level AT-50. It looks like it has a tubular, necked seat post that uses a traditional saddle clamp. In short, I'm seeing enough entry level indicators to cause me to doubt a full CrMo frameset. This would be a pass for me, even at 1/2 the asking price.
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Thanks for the replies, pretty much what I expected. It's hard to find a good one around here
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Any suggestions on other bike models to look for, similar to the rockhopper, stumpjumpers, high sierras, cimarrons, etc. that I'm not thinking about? Looking for steel, 80s mountain/atb style bike for not a lot of money. Thanks
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Don't look for models or brands, look for quality. Stainless spokes, Deore or higher derailleurs, 3 piece crank with alloy chain rings, etc. Recent example was a Mongoose another lister posted. Brand name gets no respect, but it was 3X the bike of this Jamis. Get your eyes calibrated so you can spot quality. That Jamis is a dud. Tip: good ones come with a lot better crankset.
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