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Jamis Durango A1

In our experience this level of mountain bike is the least expensive that you can take off-road and not have it constantly malfunction or fall apart.

Hybrids for fitness and recreation can get away with cheaper components but mountain bikes cannot.

The Jamis Durango A1 is our best XC mountain bike and features Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and 4 inches of suspension up front, but we really like the drivetrain.

Which is the Microshift Advent 1x single chainring drivetrain. Every new mountain bike above $1,000 has a 1x drivetrain.

Double (2 chainring) cranksets and front derailleurs are improvement over triples, which have always worked poorly, but really why have them?

Moving up from the $500-$600 price range eliminates the single worst working part on any mountain bike, the front derailleur.


Frame 6061 aluminum
Fork SR Suntour XCT 30, 100mm travel
Headset Zero-stack internal cup
Wheels Alex TD26 29
Tires CST Patrol, 29 x 2.25”
Derailleur microSHIFT Advent M6195M
Shift levers microSHIFT Advent M8195 1x9
Chain KMC X9
Cassette microSHIFT H093, 9-speed, 11-42T
Crankset Forged Alloy, 32T
BB Set Sealed cartridge
Pedals MTB platform, hi-impact resin
Brakeset Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc
Handlebar Jamis XC alloy riser
Stem Jamis XC alloy threadless
Grips Kraton
Seat Post Jamis alloy
Saddle Jamis ATB Sport