Ever since Jamis burped out their first Dakar 650B prototype nearly four years ago, they were torn about building a hardtail version. Jamis were thrilled with the performance and fit of the carbon Dakota D29 bikes, the Reynolds steel 'niner Dragons and the aluminium two-nine Exiles. But every time they took the Dakar B2 or B1 out for a ride, the ''why not a hardtail'' thought kept popping up like mushrooms in a cow paddie. They just had to experiment. What resulted was the Jamis Dragon 650B 2012 650b Mountain Bike.
First in steel. Then in aluminium. And the plan was to make a choice. Jamis just didn't realize how hard that choice was going to be to make. So they didn't. Meet Dragon 650. One of two perfect executions of the promise of 650B, this one in Reynolds 853 for trail riding. Is the 29'' wheel size going to lose out to 650B wheels the same way 26'' hoops gave way to the two-niner? It's not really for us to say. But we can say this: If you're committed to hardtails, whether for racing or epic trail riding, you deserve a spin on a Dragon 650. You just might find it to be the bike you always wanted.