Jamis vs Giant Mountain Bike (Which one is better)

Many riders want to find out which mountain bike is better, Jamis or Giant. This is something I often see in bike forums. They want to compare Jamis mountain bikes with Giant.

Many people believe Giant is superior because they are well-known and have a large company. But Jamis has made great strides since they started making mountain bikes. Let’s take a look below then you will be able to make the best decision for you.

Jamis vs Giant Mountain Bike (History)

Ron Jamis, a Florida resident, founded Jamis Bikes in 1979. Jamis was the inventor of one of the first cruiser bikes. During the 1980’s he released many cuisers and mountain bikes.

During the late 1980’s road bikes were produced and launched as well as hybrid style bikes. Then in the 1990’s they expanded into the competitive mountain bike market by producing hardtail and full suspension bikes with advanced shocks and drivetrains.

Jamis Bikes was purchased soon after by a well-known and established US bicycle manufacturer. They began to make their bikes on a larger scale in Taiwan, China. They were able to focus on their bikes and save money. They decided to focus on mountain bikes and created the hardtail Dragon mountain bike in 1993.

Jamis’ most famous mountain bike was the The. The Dragon had RockShox suspension, and a Shimano XTR 24 speed drivetrain. The Dragon also featured Tange Prestige tubing that was fillet-welded.

By the 2000’s Jamis because even more well known for mountain biking. The Dakar Comp and the Dakar XLT were awarded Bike of the Year by mountain biking magazines.

During the late 2000’s Jamis was one of the first companies to start using 650B wheel size before it became universal standard in mountain biking. They also made full carbon mountain bikes, such as the Zenith T-series. These bikes broke many time trials records.

Jamis received many awards from mountain bike magazines between 2001 and 2005 for their suspension bikes. The suspension technology of Jamis has improved over the years, as I will explain.

Giant Bikes History

Tony Lo and King Liu founded Giant Bicycles in Taiwan in 1972. King is an expert in bike manufacturing so the company begins by making bikes for the world’s top brands.

Giant made bikes for Schwinn Bike Company in the USA, one of which was Schwinn Bike Company. Giant was able to make bicycles for many brands, helping it become a leader in the industry.

Giant eventually split Schwinn to make bikes in China cheaper. Giant launched their own brand in 1987.

Giant can produce bikes in half of the time that it takes to make them here in the US. Giant is located in Taiwan, so suppliers and OEM companies can be found close to one another. It takes very little time to acquire the materials, design, as well as manufacturing. Giant can oversee the entire manufacturing process in-house. This results in a product of higher quality.

Giant was the first bike manufacturer to use computers to design and produce carbon fiber road bikes. It was known as the Cadex carbon fibre road bike.

Giant began making mountain bikes in 1995, a far cry from Jamis’ 1993 debut. Giant sponsored its first World Cup mountain bike team. The team was made famous by John Tomac, an American racer, and Rune Hoydahl (Norwegian cross-country mountain biker).

Giant unveils its Maestro suspension technology in 2004. This suspension is designed specifically for mountain biking off-road. The suspension features four pivot points that neutralize pedaling or braking forces, resulting in a smoother and more efficient ride. The suspension is fully functional on any terrain.

For four years consecutively, Giant won an award every year from 2007 to 2010. They were awarded the Eurobike Award by the International Forum Design for their innovative designs.

27.5 inch wheels have been very popular. Giant was the first major manufacturer to offer a complete line of mountain bikes with 27.5 inch wheels.

Jamis and Giant Suspension Technology

A mountain bike’s suspension technology is crucial because it allows for smooth, efficient riding and can absorb bumps as well as redirect them. You should be aware of the advanced suspension technology available from Giant and Jamis today.

Jamis 3VO

3VO is 3 variable optimized. This suspension system has three parts: Instant Center, Axle path, and Leverage Ratio. They all work together regardless of the type of trail, how much travel you have on your bike, or what shock you use.

You don’t have to tune the Portal and Hardline’s 3VO suspension for a particular riding style. You can ride cross-country or uphill, and you can also go on technical trails.

Instant Center

The Instant Center’s unique virtual pivot features allow it to combine the efficiency and support of an active suspension with the efficiency of hardtail riding.

Suspension movement will not affect your pedaling and cause any loss of pedal energy. You will pedal efficiently regardless of the rider output, the terrain or the combination of gears.

Because the design is flexible and active, you will be able absorb bumps easily. Because the drive forces are directed towards and through the virtual pivot at every point in the travel, this happens.

It doesn’t matter what gear or rear shock you use, how damp you want your rear shock to be, or how much sag, because the pivot position created by the 3VO Design works regardless.

Even when you brake strongly, the suspension is still very responsive and active. High anti-rise is used to prevent forward weight shifts from affecting stability.

Axle Path

It is essential that your rear wheel remains planted when riding on uneven terrain. This is possible because the rearward axle path allows for this so that the mountain bike can withstand small bumps or square edge hits. Even when pedaling, the suspension is still highly responsive thanks to its leverage ratio.

Because the axle’s rearmost position is slightly higher than the average sag point, you get more pedaling stability.
You get the maximum amount of bike travel. This is because the axle moves forward at the optimal rate for your tire clearance after the first backward motion. You won’t feel any pedal kickback.

You can handle smaller impacts with your bike by adding an axle path to it. This is because an axle path that is all vertical is formed by the first rearward and then forward motions.

Ratio of Leverage

The correct leverage ratio will allow you to manage repeated bumps without losing your ability to do so. This is possible because of the adjusted multi-phase leverage ratio, which has an initial rising rate. The system uses a slight rising interest rate, just a bit above the sag point.

This is because the suspension can be extended, not compressed, up to the sag point on the mountain bike. Sensitivity and responsiveness are most noticeable at this point.

The initial falling rate is often less energy efficient than the initial rising rate.

The system then uses a slight falling rate after the initial rising rate. This leverage rate, together with the anti-squat position and reactive instant center, allows the bike to pedal at maximum speed, be responsive to bumps and cushion heavy impacts.

Giant Flexpoint Suspension Technology

Flexpoint suspension technology provides 120mm of rear travel and lightweight suspension. Flexpoint suspension technology works by using a single pivot design to move the seatstay junction and chainstay.

Flexpoint Suspension eliminates complicated linkages and pivots to create a lightweight, durable suspension system that is easy to maintain. The rear chainstay and the seatstay are flexing to achieve this.

Because of the proven single pivot suspension design, you will have more control and be able to ride your mountain bike with greater reliability.

The suspension system is lightweight, durable, and offers 120mm of rear wheel travel thanks to the flexing action between the seatstay and chainstay intersection.

You won’t need to pay for added costs or have any need for frequent maintenance because Flexpoint has the same benfits as multi-link suspension systems.

FlexPoint Pro Suspension

Flexpoint Pro gives mountain bikes 100mm rear wheel travel using a single pivot linkage driven system. The frame is lighter thanks to the composite swingarm.

Due to its single pivot suspension design, it is proven linkage driven. This makes the bike more efficient, traction-enhancing, and better for mountain biking. This bike is capable of handling steep climbs as well as technical downhills much more easily.

The Flexpoint Pro design makes the bike lighter than dual-rocker models. They have eliminated the lower rocker arm as well as 2 pivot points. A full composite construction makes the whole system lighter.

You can see that both Jamis mountain bikes suspension technology and Giant’s are highly advanced. They provide a smoother ride and are able to handle the various terrains you might encounter.

Jamis Durango 2021 vs Giant Talon One 2021

Jamis Durango is an entry-level hardtail mountain bike. The 6061 t6 aluminum frame is used. It is quite nice. It has a 69° head tube angle and an 74° seat tube angle.

This bike’s chainstay is 450 millimeters. It will handle well and make a great all-around bike or mountain bike. The fork at the front is an Sr Suntour XCE28 coil spring fork with 28-millimeter stanchions.

It is easy to get off the bike and put the wheels on because of the standard spacing. The wheels have alex td 26 spokes. They have 32 holes, double-walled and run 14 gauge spokes up to six bolt hubs.

It is a 2 by drivetrain, which means that it has 2 rings in front and 8 in the back. The rear derailleur is a Shimano tourney Texas. It has a Shimano hg31 cassette that offers an 11-32 range. On the front are forged alloy arms and a square-tapered bottom bracket.

An altus front derailleur threads the bottom bracket into the frame. The drivetrain will provide you with a lot of versatility on all terrains.

The combo integrated brake and shift levers are great for packing, as it makes everything smaller. Though some riders may prefer the shifter and the brakes to be separate just in case one gets damaged so you don’t need to replace both.

Jamis Durango features a more complex geometry and has a greater reach. It has very angular tube shapes which is quite cool. The cable routing is done externally and it’s neatly hidden under the top tube.

Giant Talon One 2021

giant talon one mountain bike

Giant Talon One (top end) is the Talon series’ top-end version. This is an excellent bike for mountain biking on all terrains. It is made of aluminum and manipulated tubing. It has a sleek, internal routing system that gives it a clean look.

The Talon version is 27.5 inches long, and has a seat angle of 74 inches. The front has a slacker neck 67 and half-degree headtube angles. The chainstay length measures 440 millimeters. This makes the 27.5-inch bicycle a more playful mountain bike. This makes it a great bike for those who like to climb up on their bikes.

It’s a handlebar made of 31.8 alloy, which is quite wide. The stem measures 60 millimeters long and is made of 31.8 alloy. With its large grips and quad bolt faceplate, it makes for a very nice setup. Even though the grips aren’t lock-on, they feel great.

The Giant saddle is mounted on a 30.9-inch rigid aluminum post. You can easily open the seat to raise or lower it without any tools thanks to its quick release adjustment.

This mountain bike has a 10-speed version of Shimano’s drivetrain. It is reliable, shifts smoothly, and it is very reliable. It is clutched so that you can turn on the clutch. This keeps the chain stay from moving around and prevents it from coming into contact with the chainstay.

The derailleur manages the chain from 11 to 42 on the back end. It’s a shimano cassette 1 to 42. This is a great set-up. A 1 by crank set is located in the front. It has aluminum arms and a threaded base bracket.

The 32 tooth chainring is ideal for sport mountain biking. There are many options for climbing. These rims are made of aluminum with double walls and 32 spokes on the front and back.

Six bolt Giant sport tracker hubs connect the spokes to the spokes. The hubs at the front measure 9 by 100, while the hubs at the back measure 9 by 13.5. Giant Recon tires have a 27.5 by 2.5 dimension. This is a more agile rolling tire with some excellent side knobs.

You can see that both the Jamis mountain bike and Giant mountain bike have high quality components. The designers have years of experience with quality and design.

Both use the latest technology in their suspension systems, as we have seen.
It is up to the individual to choose which brand is best for them. I would try both brands of mountain bikes to see how they fit me. Have fun.

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