Jamis hit the sweet spot with the Portal. With 130mm of front and rear travel, it offers enough suspension to take on any trail you have the guts to try, but is still svelte and nimble enough to pedal anywhere on the map. The 3VO suspension designed by Chris Currie of Speedgoat nails the bullseye of suspension kinematics: active and stable under pedaling and hard braking but sensitive to small bumps and ready for big, square-edged hits. Fox expertly controls that rear travel, as well as handling suspension duties up front with a Float DPS shock and Rhythm 34 fork, respectively. Portal A1+ grips terrain aggressively with meaty 27.5x2.8-inch Vittoria tires and comes with Shimano’s exemplary XT 1x11 drivetrain, so you’ll have a broad range of gears at your fingertips, perfect for aiming at a mountain and pressing “Play.” Bringing the Portal safely back to low orbit takes nothing but a gentle squeeze of the Magura Trail Sport hydraulic brake levers, delivering the power and confidence to master the trail. And, a KS dropper post ensures your body is in the right position for the task at hand, whether you’re grinding up the thirty-third switchback in a row or shredding down a buffed park jump line.
If you thrive on connection to the trail, if you live for the flow of a screaming descent and love the responsiveness of a hardtail, Jamis’ Komodo is for you. This trail-eating hardtail boasts slack head angles and 120mm of suspension fork travel for high-speed handling, in addition to robust frame tubes and thru-axles for big-landing durability. And, 2.8-inch tires grant you fistfuls of traction, stability, and ultra-smooth roll-over, all without the added weight and complexity of dual suspension. Getting up the trail is no biggie with Shimano’s Deore 1x10 drivetrain, packing plenty of range to tackle any part of the trail. And, Tektro has your safety in mind, providing more than ample stopping power with their M275 hydraulic brakes, so you can hit it hard on the downhills and know your butt is covered.
This is for those looking to take their trail riding to the next level. With modern geometry, a 5” travel fork with thru axle and tubeless rims, the Hijack performs as a capable all around hardtail. Frame Materials Lightweight and strong triple-butted 6061 series aluminum tubing, featuring over-sized & tapered tubing for increased frame stiffness. Tapered Headtube Riding fast with control requires steering precision, which starts with the front of the bike. Stiffening this area results in less wheel deflection, more wheel control. A full 1.5" head tube and steerer would achieve this, but would add unnecessary weight and bulk, and limit stem choices. But a tapered 1 1 /8" to 1 1/2" head tube serves up a significant increase in rough terrain tracking and stability without much of a weight penalty compared to standard 1 1 /8" systems. Why Thru Axles? The increase in stiffness of a 15mm fork axle improves steering & handling significantly. It also puts less stress on the fork’s internals, improving fork durability and performance. The hub drop outs provide a self centering feature for the wheel for fast, easy installation. - 6061 triple-butted aluminum frame - SR Suntour XCR 32 LOR 27.5" suspension fork - WTB STX i23 TCS tubeless 27.5" wheel set - 10-speed Shimano Deore components - Tektro M275 hydraulic disc brakes
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