Jamis Dakar 650 B2

$5,000

Jamis Dakar 650 B2     Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

THE SELL: An in-between wheel size rides best.
THE TEST: Jamis has joined the small but burgeoning chorus that believes the 650B wheel size—based on an old French standard, and the equivalent of a 27.5-inch tire—is ideal, blending the sprightly handling of a 26-inch wheel with the rolling advantages and comfort of a full-suspension (five inches of travel) 29er. As much as we hate to further fuel the wheel wars, we concede they might be right. "The best balance I've felt on a bike," said one tester. Part of the credit goes to Jamis's even geometry and the White Brothers Loop 130 TCR fork (one of the few options available for 650B-size wheels), which bulldozed steep gulches overflowing with river rocks as if they were covered with gravel.
THE VERDICT: 650s are here to stay. 28.4 lbs; jamisbikes.com
CLIMBING: 4
DESCENDING: 4.3

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