Jamis Durango 2

Not particularly beginner-friendly

BikeRadar score3/5

In the case of the Durango 2, product managers may have been too focused on how the bike looks on paper — the spec offers all the right answers, but on the trail this 26in-wheeled bike is underwhelming. The old-school long top tube and steep head angle, as well as a narrow, weirdly bent bar, mean this bike isn't particularly beginner-friendly. A sub-par set of cables ruined the shift quality of the Shimano components.

  • Standout features: Good drivetrain components (Shimano Deore derailleurs with Shadow technology, Octalink bottom bracket spindle and crank); Tektro Draco brakes
  • Pros: Stiff wheels and good grip from Geax tires; 11-34t cassette
  • Cons: Dated geometry feel; harsher ride; poor shifting (due to cheap cables); odd bar bend
  • Weight: 13.94kg/30.29lb. Wheelset: 4.83kg/10.66lb
James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 70kg / 154lb
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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