Buy any Jamis 27.5+ or 26.5+ bike in the month of December and we’ll convert the tires to tubeless and install premium shift cables and housing for free ($125 value)!
Over the last decade, MTB technology has been developing and moving to market at a blistering pace. Tubeless tires, a smorgasbord of wheel sizes, thru axles, 1x drivetrains, dropper seatposts, evolved frame geometries - no aspect of the modern MTB has been untouched by the onslaught. As a consumer, it’s a lot to keep up with. Considering manufacturers are still motivated to keep putting out enticing new tech while employing strategies of planned obsolescence, knowing when to pull the trigger and which features to buy into can be a daunting task.
For the last three years I’d been happily taking to the trails with a Jamis D29 hardtail 29er. But in an industry that’s increasingly obsessed with bigger, more trail-worthy bikes, I began to wonder if I wasn’t getting the maximum number of smiles out of my miles on the trail. When details came out for the 2017 Jamis Komodo 27.5+ Expert I knew it was something that I had to try out. Having gradually morphed from a dirt jumper to a fat tired hardtail trail bike, the end result is a ride that adds fun to ripping all of the great trails we have access to in the mid-Atlantic.
The 3” WTB Trail Boss tires offer a degree of grip and float that will instantly expand the limits of any rider’s abilities. 40mm wide WTB Scraper rims do well managing the bouncing, squirmy ride qualities that sometimes plague the plus-sized tire segment. Tricky rock garden lines disappear under the bike with ease, and even on smooth trails the penalty to rolling resistance is eclipsed by the confidence gained in railing corners at speeds that will almost certainly sketch out your friends on narrower tires.
There’s a weight penalty involved, to be sure, but the likelihood is that few outside of dedicated XC racers will lament the tradeoff. This is especially true considering how well this bike handles the kind of climbing we generally encounter in the region: relatively short but punchy, steep, and often technical. The extra grip and cushion of the tires make this bike power through roots and rocks like a full suspension bike, but retains the efficiency and responsiveness of a hardtail during hard standing efforts. For those dedicated to having it all, there’s nothing stopping you from getting a 29” wheelset with normal sized tires to run when the situation demands.
Then, of course, there is the descending. 120mm of fork travel, a 68* head tube angle, the stiffness and stability of boost thru axles and tapered head tube, dropper seatpost, and (again!) the grip make recklessly exploring new lines on descents the kind of rowdy party you don’t want to settle for hearing about from your friends. Not only that, but with the Komodo you can hang with longer full suspension bikes without the hangover symptoms of the added expense and maintenance or the creaky headaches they involve.
The Komodo Expert delivers nearly all the newfangled performance features you could hope for from a MTB in an undeniably fun and playful package that is all but guaranteed not to leave you wondering what all the kids are on about these days. Finally, and perhaps best of all, it does it for an attainable $1,699 thanks to a smart, no frills component spec. The Shimano M506 brakes and SRAM NX 1x11 groupset shine as budget friendly choices that offer a startlingly large portion of the performance to be had from their higher-end brethren, and the tubeless ready rims and tires and sleek internally routed KS eTen dropper leave no box unchecked on the features list.
All in all, amid the plethora of choices on the table these days, it’s hard to imagine what could be a better choice for a do-it-all bike for mountain bikers looking to tackle everything the east coast has to offer with a mind for finding the absolute best bang for their buck.
We will be closed on November 24th and 25th to celebrate Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.
We’ve also moved to observing our winter hours. For the next few months we’ll be open from 11-5 on Saturdays. The rest of the week it’ll be business as usual.
If you are in town over the holiday weekend we will be hosting our Saturday morning shop ride. Come on out and work off some of those turkey/tofurkey pounds! Roll out from the shop at 9:00am; back around 10:30 with snacks and coffee to follow from fellow worker’s cooperative, Red Emma’s. The ride is going to be a casual pace on mixed surfaces so wide-ish tires, an insulated coffee bottle, and conversational skills are all recommended.
Pre-order one of our new wool jerseys and get it in time for the cooler months. The preorder period ends 10/23. We estimate they’ll show up in mid to late November.
These would make a great holiday gift!
We are honored to have just released a special ‘Sale’ page on our website. On this page, you will find a listing of all bikes we are interested in parting ways with for very low prices.
These are beautiful bikes, without a single thing wrong or bad about them. However, they are bikes that we’ve had on the shop floor for a longer-than-usual period, and we’re highly motivated to sell them and send them off to their forever homes.
Please take a peek over at the ‘Sales’ page and feel free to call or drop by the shop if you have any questions about the listed bikes.
You can navigate to the page by clicking above, or HERE
As some of you may, or may not, know, here at BBW we are a dealer of Brompton Bicycles.
Brompton engineers folding bikes of the most superb quality, with a multitude of potential uses and applications. They are a wonderfully reliable option for commuting, traveling (airplane, train, bus, etc), and can even be customized for touring, or chic aesthetic play.
Brompton has already embarked on their newest adventure, the #OnTheRoad tour, from June 12th - July 8th. They will be venturing through the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and down the East Coast posting up at bike shops and offering their bicycles up for 1-day rentals. This is a great opportunity for curious kittens (read: cyclists) to get their paws on a Brompton bike for a whole day, for free, to see if they like the bikes. Or they can investigate and satiate their questions via the Brompton staff that will be available at the event!
General information about Brompton’s #OnTheRoad tour can be found here.
They will have a table/tent setup at BBW this week on Tuesday June 21st and Wednesday June 22nd. They will have 12 bikes available to rent FOR FREE for one whole day. Unfortunately all 12 bikes have already been reserved as of this morning. HOWEVER, we house a wide variety of Brompton bikes, components, and accessories in the shop that folks can investigate and test-ride.
In addition to hosting Brompton at the BBW shop for two days, we have organized an easy-paced, no drop, group ride for Brompton renters, and any other interested cyclists. This ride will be on Tuesday June 21st and will promptly leave from the shop (1813 Falls Road) at 5:30pm.
Drop on by and see what all the buzz is about!