Jamis Dakar XLT Used Bike Valuation
We have one Jamis dealer in town, and they are one of the smallest bike shops in town. So we don’t see many of their bikes on the trails.
But that doesn’t mean they make crap. It just means they are one of the smaller brands, and you might not find as many of them out there.
However, they have a strong online presence through companies like JensonUSA.
The Dakar was a bike that they pushed in the mid-$2000’s. It had a slick, Swingline full suspension frame and was a marketed as an aggressive trail ride (or light-duty all-mountain bike) with 5 inches of travel.
The slack tube head angle on the fork at 67.5 degrees kept the bike stable and prepared to float through some of the most aggressive rock gardens. In many ways, it has a lot of the same geometry as a downhill bike.
In the 2010 and future models, they straightened the seat post to bring the rider closer to the handlebars and over the center of the bike to make it easier for climbing hills. All of the Dakar lines received this change, according to my understanding, making this a smart option to watch for on the used market.
Even with some of those changes, we are seeing that in 2014 a group of female riders from bike magazine trashed it for not climbing well. However, they all stood by how well it descended and pedaled in the flat.
Depending on the year you purchased this ride, you might need to add a dropper post in as an after-purchase upgrade. Of course, these days, most of us will be purchasing this ride used, anyhow.
It may not be good XC bike but made it an ideal all-mountain trail bike. It leans a little more downhill and offers a great deal more aggression on the gnarlier, faster descents.
The bike only weighs about 32 pounds. Granted, it is no weight weenie, but, for a full suspension, that is not a bad way to go.
This was also one of the first bikes to go with 650b (27.5″) tire size. Today that is standard across the industry, but it means that those of you shopping for used models can get a ride that was ahead of its time. Jamis set the standard in the MTB industry.
Finally, these bikes have a strong history of lasting for a long time. This is the kind of bike you purchase for a teenager, and you can trust that it is going to be around for them a long time into the future no matter how hard they push it.
Also, they tend to have a taller head setup, so you may want to remove some rings from the stem and drop the handlebars as low as possible.
If there were a niche between XC and Trail, the Jamis Dakar would fit in that niche perfectly.
Buying used ,you should be able to acquire them for 17-50% of the original MSRP. This meant a $3,000 bike could sell for as low as