2015 Jamis Dakota 29 Team Mountain Bike Review

2015 Jamis Dakota D29  Team MTB Racing Bike

First Impressions

Beautiful, clean and after seeing the weight at an amazing 20 lbs, this thing is like riding a carbon road bicycle with claws that shred any XC trail.


Paint & Colors

The pure white with the black and red accents, for my taste is spot on. In my opinion, at least for 2015, that’s how a race bike should look. Great job.


Frame Design

Perfect. On a hardtail, an uninterrupted seat post is the only way to go, for strength, and so a rider can truly get the full range out of their seat post, without sacrificing any strength.

Smart cable routing.


Frame Sizes

Jamis is on top of it. They full range of sizes for adult riders, both men and women.

I teeter between the 15” and 17” option, even though I am 5’7”. Usually I go 15”, if I feel most of my riding will be aggressive XC. Plus the 15” is a great fit for my wife. The 15” is just a drop on the bigger size for her at 5’3” but it makes sense with her riding style, she prefers climbing.

This 15” and 17” have a 71 degrees head angle, a nice blend of responsiveness without going over the limit. The 19” and 21” have a 70 degree head angle, slightly more slack as we are talking only 1 degree and there are other factors that help equalize the balance of the bike. The stand over height and bottom bracket height is perfect.

The seat angle is 15”-73 degrees, 17”-72.5 degrees, 19”-72 degrees, 21”-72 degrees provides a nice balance for climbing while still providing the rider with a great control on the descents.

The wheel base (42.05”-44.21”) (1068mm-1123mm) increases with the size of the frame, and makes the bike very flickable offering remarkable control over very rough terrain.

The 12 x 142 rear thru axle is now the standard and I think you could not ask for better rigidity and strength from the rear triangle on such a lightweight bike. A stainless steel chain stay protector is integrated into the frame and important for a carbon frame. A replaceable derailleur hanger, press fit 30 bottom bracket, 1 1/2 – 1 1/8 tapered head tube ensure the frame can perform and withstand everything you have to throw at it.


Bike Weight

It is nice to see Jamis isn’t scared to let the world know what the weight of their bikes are. Most brands are too scared to declare the weights, and have buried the information in some deep vault in the middle of the earth. Who knows, maybe someone will tell them about this new fangled thing called a bike scale.

This one has a claimed weight of 20 lbs., unreal!!! My carbon road bike isn’t that much lighter. It comes in at the same weight as last years model, of 20 lbs. which is fine, since if they go any lighter you will start to float.


Carbon quality

Jamis produces a high quality carbon frame now across its whole line, and fares well compared to the other manufacturers on the market.


Parts grouping

All the best here. It appears on the carbon hard tail they have decided to go with a one ring system on the front, and an 11 speed, 10-42 rear cassette. The FS carbon frame is running two rings up front. Not sure what the reasoning for the difference, but it would be interesting to know their motives. Both the Dakota d29 hardtail and full suspension Dakota D29 are using top of the line SRAM.

The Jamis dual density lock on grips are the only option for riding. Jamis has made a great choice with their stem lengths and rise sized perfect for each frame size. In addition, the handlebars have some rise and a good width. The stem and handlebars are 31.8 for extra muscling strength in the front end.


Brakes

The SRAM XX hydraulic discs are a great addition, light weight with excellent stopping power. The Dakota is light enough so Jamis can run a 160mm front & 140mm rear centerline X rotors. I like the avid levers as well, they fit my fingers nicely.


Front Suspension

The front fork is a Rock Shox SID XX 29, 100mm travel XC fork with 32mm stanchions, 15mm Maxle Lite axle, external rebound, remote lock-out, Solo Air spring, tapered alloy steerer, motion control damping, with magnesium lowers. This is really a great fork, I think you will like it so much you might pull it off and take it to bed with your each night. It is nice to see Rock Shox producing such great products once again.


Wheelset

The Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Crest Team 29″ tubeless disc wheels make for a great lightweight yet strong, fast rolling wheelset. They feature 3.30 Series 32H 15mm axle front and 12x142mm rear hubs with DT Swiss SuperComp spokes and DT Swiss alloy nipples. The alloy nipples and spokes really help shave weight without too much strength sacrifice. Just be carefully on those alloy nipples with your spoke wrench, they strip much easier than brass.


Final thoughts

I love this D29 hardtail so much, it is tearing me apart, buy this one or the full suspension Dakar. I might just go for the hardtail, it is so sweet, I want to jump on this thing and just start shredding through a full pack of XC racers.

You could buy 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Team Racing Mountain Bike and join me.


Pros

This bike is a dream, and it has everything, power windows, leather bucket saddle, the works. If you are serious about getting on the podium of your next XC / Cross Country race, grab one while you can as availability on team bikes can be limited.

Finally, if you don’t win any races on the Dakota D29 team bike, might I suggest a new riding coach. Maybe we can help. Check out our articles on Strength, Endurance and Nutrition at XC-MountainBike.com


Cons

This was my only small complaint as well on the team Dakar bike. Where is the chain guide? I don’t think they would have hit that beautiful to my ears 20 lbs. if they add it. No worries, I will…

I suggest a 160 gram MRP Micro Chain Retention System.

My chain can get real hard to handle in an XC mountain bike race and often tries to eject itself from my bike. That’s a lot of nerve.

Hint:Availability is limited on Team Models, so if your serious about racing, and want to win buy a 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Team Racing Mountain Bike while their available.


Rating: 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Team Carbon Racing Mountain Bike Review:

Sizing: (5 stars)
Componentry: (5 stars)
Design: (5 stars)
Performance: (5 stars)
Price Point: (4 stars)
Overall Rating: (5 stars)


Other models in Review

The other models, the Jamis Dakota D29 Pro, Jamis Dakota D29 Comp and Jamis Dakota D29 Sport all feature the same high quality carbon frame as the team bike and while the level of the components is downgraded to lower the price point, you can’t go wrong with any of these models to begin your racing career, or for true recreation at its best.

In a nutshell to make a quick Jamis Dakota D29 Pro review, Jamis Dakota D29 Comp review and the Jamis Dakota D29 Comp review: Each models is a true racer, and a serious value. All Dakota D29 share the the legendary Jamis Dakota D29 Carbon Team Frame laying the proper foundation for performance.

Each bikes components can be slowly upgraded, either to match the team specs, or to your requirements. Each model has a different price point to fit all budgets and intended usage?

We invoked the XC-MountainBike.com Rating System to Review the Jamis Dakota D29 Pro, Jamis Dakota D29 Comp & Jamis Dakota D29 Sport

2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Carbon Pro XC MTB Racing Bike

Rating: 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Pro Carbon Racing Mountain Bike Review:

Review Summary:

The 2015 Jamis Dakota D29″ Pro Carbon Racing Mountain Bike is 25 lbs and comes in 5 lbs. heavier than the more expensive team bike. Great front suspension, a fabulous frame and an excellent braking system make the Dakota D29 hard to pass up.

The pro model shares the same premium carbon frame as the team bike, so your set.

The drivetrain is a small step down from the team bike, which is to be expected of each subsequent model. The Dakota D29 Pro model runs SRAM X7 and X9 components with two chain rings up front, 38/24T and a 10 speed 11-36T cassette.

A slightly heavier but tougher WTB wheelset for those who ride more aggressively or prefer rides on rougher terrain.

For both national level racing and weekend warrior riding, this really is a true winner for the money! The price savings may just offset the extra weight. Interested? Buy the 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Pro Racing Mountain Bike here.

Sizing: (5 stars)
Componentry: (4 stars)
Design: (5 stars)
Performance: (4 1/2 stars)
Price Point: (4 stars)
Overall Rating: (4 1/2 stars)


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Review Summary:

The 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Race Model Mountain Bike is 27 lbs and comes in 2 lbs. heavier than the more expensive pro bike and 7 lbs. heavier than the team model.

While the geometry on the frame matches the team bike, this the frame is made of 6061 aircraft aluminum. The aluminum frame, and lower level components contributes greatly to the overall weight of the bike. On the bright side, this frame is probably much stronger than the carbon frame if you are truly going to pound on it and mostly ride recreationally, with occasional national racing events.

I would feel comfortable jumping on this frame harder than its carbon cousin, and be less afraid of rocks dinging the frame form those rocks that jump up and try to bite you.

The front X-Fusion Slide 29 is quality internals out of the box, and is very capable with very good stock adjustability. The American Classic Tubeless rims are strong and a nice addition at this pricepoint.

For both occasional national level XC, Super-D racing and weekend warrior riding, this really is a true winner for the money! Get your hands on one of these today if it’s in your price range. Jamis consistently gives you more than other brands similar models at a lower price. Buy a 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Race Model Mountain Bike today.

Sizing: (5 stars)
Componentry: (3 1/2 stars)
Design: (4 stars)
Performance: (3 1/2 stars)
Price Point: (4 stars)
Overall Rating: (4 stars)


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Review Summary:

The 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Comp Racing Mountain Bike is 29.5 lbs and comes in 2.5 lbs. heavier than the Race model, 7.5 lbs. heavier than the more expensive pro bike and 9.5 lbs. heavier than the team model.

While the geometry on the frame matches the team bike, this frame is aircraft 6061 aluminum like its more expensive teammate the Race model. The same thing I said on the Race model applies with this heavy duty aluminum frame, it is tough and can handle a lot of abuse, hitting really aggressive trails with big decents.

I am a big fan of the front Rock Shox XC30 TK, Solo Air spring, external rebound, TurnKey lockout adjust, 30mm stanchions, tapered aluminum steerer, 100mm travel.
The internals are great. I owned the 26″ wheel, 1.5″ steerer 180mm 36mm stanchions on my 34 lb. Cannondale Gemini do it all bike. This should be a nice touch on the Comp model.

The drive train is SRAM X5 which should hold up if your ride rough for a 1-1 1/2 years. If you plum loco, to be replacing various components in 6 months to a year. I think the SRAM X5 is better than the low end Shimano Deore, and am happy to see it on this model. This is a great entry level model, it gets you on the trail and the geometry feels just right. It is no biggie to upgrade drive train as you can, its pretty affordable. See what I mean.

Bonus: A solid entry level front fork is real a plus when your new, or on a tight budget. Most entry level models.

For weekend warrior riding, and with a few drive train upgrades you can will be ready to participate in your first local national race. This really a great bike with lots of potential for the money! Buy a 2015 Jamis Dakota D29 Comp Racing Mountain Bike and start pedaling in your free time.

Sizing: (5 stars)
Componentry: (3 stars)
Design: (3 1/2 stars)
Performance: (3 stars)
Price Point: (4 1/2 stars)
Overall Rating: (3 1/2 stars)


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Wife’s 2011 Red Jamis Comp having some fun at a national race at Brian Head UT


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