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Old 09-20-08, 07:17 PM
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1990s Jamis Exile: Suggestions needed

I just picked up a mid to late 90s Jamis Exile that looks like it's in basically good shape. The owner claims everything's original, even the tires.

It'll mostly be on roads, though I'm hoping to take it on trails as my strength/stamina improves. (I currently ride a ss road bike.)

Any suggestions for upgrades? Any problems I should look out for?

Is there anything on the bike that's non-standard or otherwise hard to replace?

Any help (and/or encouragement) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 09-20-08, 09:07 PM
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The Exile was a decent steel bike... Nothing non standard about it. No need to upgrade until something breaks. Bikepedia can help you determine what year it is...
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Old 09-21-08, 05:53 AM
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Originally Posted by kramnnim View Post
The Exile was a decent steel bike... Nothing non standard about it. No need to upgrade until something breaks. Bikepedia can help you determine what year it is...
Thanks! I've heard good things about it, and this is a bike that someone actually rode for a few years. I figured any manufacturing flaws would have shown up and been taken care of, though the previous owner said he'd had no problems with it. I'll be starting some basic cleaning and taking complete inventory of components today -- lots of shimano and suntour -- and hoping bikepedia can narrow down the year.

I'm feeling good about spending $75
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...Suntour? Must be older than mid 90's, then. Got any pictures of it that you can post?
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Originally Posted by kramnnim View Post
...Suntour? Must be older than mid 90's, then.
Not necessarily. I don't recall exactly when, but sometime '93-'95 or so, Suntour sold off their remaining stock of components. Said components (I'm not talking about suspension forks) continued to show up on some new bikes at least for a year or two.

One of the reasons I'm aware of this Suntour sell-off is that I had a bud who worked for J&B Importers. One item he described as coming from Suntour was a shipping container full of just front derailleurs.
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Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
Not necessarily. I don't recall exactly when, but sometime '93-'95 or so, Suntour sold off their remaining stock of components. Said components (I'm not talking about suspension forks) continued to show up on some new bikes at least for a year or two.

One of the reasons I'm aware of this Suntour sell-off is that I had a bud who worked for J&B Importers. One item he described as coming from Suntour was a shipping container full of just front derailleurs.
It looks to be early nineties, predating anything on Bikepedia. The geometry looks older, too, especially with that straight top tube. I'm waiting to hear back from Jamis -- sent a serial number, then they requested some pictures.

The components are all Suntour. Not sure how I thought I saw Shimano, though I've been scrounging craigslist for a couple of weeks for something inexpensive to work with. The bike may not be the deal I thought it was, but I'm still happy with it considering the price I paid.



This is before doing anything to the bike, even basic cleaning.
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Old 09-21-08, 08:26 PM
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Hmm, yeah...might be a late 80's model...? Pretty cool vintage bike, though!
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Originally Posted by kramnnim View Post
Hmm, yeah...might be a late 80's model...? Pretty cool vintage bike, though!
Thanks! I like it a lot. Steel frames aren't for everyone, but I really like the solid feel of the ride.

And since doing the ss conversion on my old 10-speed, I find myself buying bikes just because it's fun to work on them. Between learning about the mechanics of everything and trying to keep costs down without sacrificing reliability, I spend more time tinkering than riding.

There really is something special about breaking a bike down and then rebuilding it, to be able to look at it and know every single bolt and hanger.

Someday maybe I'll have the confidence to invest in something high-end, but for now I'm obsessed with taking mid-level bikes and giving them a new life.
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. . . but for now I'm obsessed with taking mid-level bikes and giving them a new life.
You and Pastor Bob should compare notes.
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You and Pastor Bob should compare notes.
Thanks! I'll be on the lookout. Posted some info over in C&V, too.
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Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
Not necessarily. I don't recall exactly when, but sometime '93-'95 or so, Suntour sold off their remaining stock of components. Said components (I'm not talking about suspension forks) continued to show up on some new bikes at least for a year or two.

One of the reasons I'm aware of this Suntour sell-off is that I had a bud who worked for J&B Importers. One item he described as coming from Suntour was a shipping container full of just front derailleurs.
Jamis was one of the few brands I kept track of back then (mid 90's), and I never saw any sign of any Suntour parts on them... I still have a 1995 Jamis Coda and a 1993 Jamis Quest...and my mom's 1995 Jamis Ukiah.

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Originally Posted by kramnnim View Post
Jamis was one of the few brands I kept track of back then (mid 90's), and I never saw any sign of any Suntour parts on them... I still have a 1995 Jamis Coda and a 1993 Jamis Quest...and my mom's 1995 Jamis Ukiah.
As soon as I hear back from Jamis, I'll know if the parts have been swapped out. It couldn't have been recently, though, since the grime was evenly distributed over everything.

(btw, the parts are Suntour XCE, with Dia-Compe XCE brakes/levers)
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I'm in Nashville on saw this listing. I was playing with the idea of buying it. Glad to hear that you picked it up! Looks like a fun ride.
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Originally Posted by makeitwork View Post
As soon as I hear back from Jamis, I'll know if the parts have been swapped out. It couldn't have been recently, though, since the grime was evenly distributed over everything.

(btw, the parts are Suntour XCE, with Dia-Compe XCE brakes/levers)
I don't doubt that they're original...Suntour components were common on MTBs from the late 80s...
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