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Old 02-25-18, 02:49 PM
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Fuji Jari - Experiences/Opinions?

I have several road bike and am looking for a comfortable gravel/adventure style bike - I want to try the Great Allegheny Passage, C&O, and the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Probably pack a tent and sleeping bag - light tour gear I guess. I want something not too slow on the pavement but really good on hard packed dirt/crush&run and can handle some mud. I don't see me single tracking it.

So I was looking at the Salsa Fargo - but that seems like too much "mountain" in the bike.

I saw the Fuji Jari on-line (never really considered a fuji) before but seems interesting - they make both steel (lower end) and alloy frames with carbon forks (higher end). Alloy used to ride a bit rough but I have heard they have improved that some but I ride steel road frames. But in a bike that might get wet for a couple of days on a overnighters the alloy would have an advantage in that it would not rust.

Here is the models that I would consider - I pasted the links if you want to check them out and give me your thoughts. If you have ridden or own a Jari please let me know what you think - these really look interesting to me.

Jari 2.1 $999 - steel/steel fork with Tiagra groupset largely, kind of cheap disc brakes. QR axles. Tons of mounts for water bottles and racks and it takes up to a 42mm tire. Weight 27lbs
Fuji Bikes | Jari 2.1

Jari 1.7 $1299 - aluminum /full carbon fork with Tiagra group set largely, kind of cheap disc brakes, Thru axles. Tons of mounts for water bottles and racks and it will take up to a 42mm tire. Weight 23lbs.
Fuji Bikes | Jari 1.7

Jari 1.3 $1699 - aluminum/full carbon fork with 105 group set largely, very nice TRP HD/RD discs braks, thru axles and nice stan grail s1 wheel. Tons of mounts for water bottles and racks and it will take up to a 42mm tire. Weight 22.5lbs.
Fuji Bikes | Jari 1.3
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Old 02-25-18, 03:11 PM
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For a bike like that, ride quality depends more on tire width than frame material. With 42mm wide tires there would be no difference between a steel frame and an aluminum frame or between a steel fork and a carbon fork. No not decide based on frame material. I would decide based on shifting performance and brakes
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Old 02-25-18, 03:14 PM
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Steel 2.1, swing a deal for a brake swap to Spyres at delivery. Done.


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The Raleigh Tamland 1 is similar to the Jari 2.1, but 3 pounds lighter. Reynolds 631 steel, Spyre brakes, thru axles and 105 group. It's $1140 with the corporate discount. The Tamland 2 is $1280 with a Sram 1x11 group.

https://www.raleighusa.com/tamland-97995
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Performance Bikes sell these Jari's and they are a bit less expensive than what Fuji's site lists them. Example, the 2.1 is just a little over $920.00. But, appears to be selling out quickly.

The Jari's would be a great bike for all three of the trails you listed. Love those trails!
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Old 02-25-18, 04:16 PM
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I am looking at the Jari as well for an adventure bike, but am also considering the Jamis Renegade. Hoping MO steps up and secures the Rock Island Trail to complete the route to KC.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
The Raleigh Tamland 1 is similar to the Jari 2.1, but 3 pounds lighter. Reynolds 631 steel, Spyre brakes, thru axles and 105 group. It's $1140 with the corporate discount. The Tamland 2 is $1280 with a Sram 1x11 group.
What is this "corporate discount" I keep seeing mentioned with reference to Raleigh? More importantly, how do I get one for myself?


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Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
What is this "corporate discount" I keep seeing mentioned with reference to Raleigh? More importantly, how do I get one for myself?


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There was a thread on it awhile back. You get on the website and sign up with your email address and the code. The code I used was CYCLE4TAW. Your account will also work for Diamondback, they're part of the same company and you can get serious discounts on those bikes.

https://www.raleighusa.com/

Here's one of the threads.

Current Raleigh corp discount code?
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If that code doesn't work this page has a different one. Says it will work until October 15.

Raleigh Bicycles - emory.sparkfly.com
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I love the gearing on those Fujis. That 46/30 crank with the 11-34 cassette is great for real world riding.
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I like everything about the Jari except for the 65mm BB drop, but I don't need to pedal around corners or clear big rocks and roots. In any case, it's something to consider when you think about exactly how you want to use this bike, or how you want to prioritize the different ways you want to use it.
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Originally Posted by macattack71 View Post
I am looking at the Jari as well for an adventure bike, but am also considering the Jamis Renegade. Hoping MO steps up and secures the Rock Island Trail to complete the route to KC.
Yes, wouldn't that be fabulous? I keep reading about the progress being made, then will see an article quoting some town mayor that thinks it's a complete waste of money. That people on bikes stopping to buy a bottle of water in their convenience store won't save the town...etc, etc. I hope they get it done. Will probably be a while before the spouse has enough time off to go with me to ride the Katy, but I travel to the KC area often enough that it would be so appreciated to be able to ride out of KC on a trail like the rock island.

Regarding the OP's quest. I can't speak specifically to the Fuji Jari specifically, but I have a stable full of bikes...nice steel ones, super stiff carbon...newer compliant carbon, and several 1980's to modern alloy with carbon forks. While I can feel the spring in the steel frame loaded, I notice less difference between them unloaded. Really nice tires, especially since most adventure/gravel/tour bikes take a wider than average tire compared to road, well the opportunity to have a plush ride is there for any of those frame materials in my opinion.
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Not a Jari, but close.....

I can't speak for the Jari, but I bought a Fuji Cross 1.7 Cyclocross 2017 bike for my son this last x-mas & they appear strikingly similar. It was on sale for ~$899 @ Performance, yet its spec sheet appears to be the same as the Jari 1.3 you posted...except that it weighs a bit less than 21 lbs. I took it out for a spin & could find no fault with it. It did everything well & was confidence inspiring on dirt/gravelly paths. I don't know how different the geometry is & that would be the only question that remains.

Fuji Cross 1.7 Cyclocross Bike - 2017 - Performance Bike

Good luck!

Edit: Sorry, I don't think the Cross 1.7 is equipped with any accessory mounting options... likely a priority for you; but hey, for the price, it's a lot of bike.
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I rode this bike at Adventurefest last fall. I really enjoyed the way it rode. It was light and handled the gravel roads I rode it down. it felt fairly fast on the road as well. It would do perfecting on the GAP and C&O.
I have ridden the GAP on a cyclocross bike with 30m CX tires. It did fine.
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First ride on the 1.3, pretty happy with it. The one thing that really stood out for me were the bars and the riding position. More upright than my road-bike for sure, and wide bars. Especially in the drops, crazy wide. Never felt anywhere near aero no matter how hard I tried. Think it's going to be a fun bike though. Looking forward to timing it against my road bike to see how wide the gap is.
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After the first ride I told myself I'd give the crazy bars until the end of the season. Three rides in I'm thinking they may have to go sooner. I'm pretty much on the hoods all the time. Cant find any comfortable position in these crazy drops. Rest of the bike is all good. The 35's are really nice on these hacked up, potholed, debris strewn, fertilizer covered spring roads.
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