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Ride & handling: Short cockpit and clunky fork restrict off-road capability The Jamis is shorter than a lot of other entry-level bikes, with an inch less top tube than some. It feels nimble and easy to turn at low speeds, but when you go a little quicker, the X2 begins to want to tuck and dive in corners.
The short cockpit makes it hard to stretch out for better power delivery on climbs too, and with the X2’s extra pounds, power is what you need.
They’re not particularly powerful, being outgunned by some of the V-brakes found on bikes at this price, and they add to the X2's weight.
But on the plus side they’re consistent and unaffected by wobbly rims.
Jamis have specced a Shimano Mega Range screw-on freewheel with a 14T top sprocket and a monster 34 low, but with an enormous jump from the adjacent sprocket, it’s very much a ‘bail-out’ gear for when all else fails.
Combined with the 24/34/42 rings on the Suntour chainset, you get a usefully low bottom setting but not much range – the 42/14 top end isn’t very big at all.
Jamis’s Trail X range certainly isn’t a ‘me-too’ design – it’s unusual to encounter a bike so distinctive at this price.
John Allen and slammed a Colorado Springs, Colorado, fire marshal for capping attendance at the event.Shimano EZ-Fire gear levers do the shifting, with an easy-to-use thumb lever and top-mounted finger trigger.They’re not as ergonomically sound as the higher-end Rapid Fire levers, but they’re easy to use and reliable."He was kind of trying to turn that into some kind of ridicule," Kaine said after a campaign event in Pittsburgh.
"It just demonstrates again kind of a temperamental unfitness.This isn't helped by the RST suspension fork, which is a seriously bouncy bit of kit, with aggressive rebound and a top-out clunk that’s almost as bad as just hitting the bump with a rigid fork.