I recently acquired a bone colored Jamis Parker III frameset. As most of you know Jamis continuous to use what is called a 4 bar suspension. The design was initially/originally introduced by AMP Research as a Horst Link but popularized by Specialized. Several variations of this active suspension design has sprouted since its introduction. The more popular brands that use this design was Intense which shifted to the virtual pivot design (VPP) a design made by Santacruz (some have mentioned that the VPP is still basically a 4 bar suspension with the pivots and “bars” relocated). My first FS bike was a Jamis Dakar that had a RST coil/oil no adjustment shock unit that gave me 3 inches of travel. The claimed application of the Parker or as some have referred it to as the Porker is as a slope style/park bike. The 15.5 small frame that I got reminded me of a Katrina Miller Slalom Jamis bike. The chainstay union and seatstay unions are beefy, the chainstays and seatstays are beefier than that for a cross country design but not beefy enough for me for really aggressive riding. Bearings are used in the main pivots, I’m not sure about the chain stay seat stay pivot if it has any bearings. Some have mentioned that this pivot is not highly stressed by movement as compared to the forward pivots which is why there is no need for bearings but on the other hand top brands have bearings in this pivot area. This is probably one place for an upgrade, to replace them with a good brand of bearings. It has 4 inches of travel which is the travel length of choice of those who use their ride as a slope style/park bike. The integrated headset is a sealed Cane Creek and was told that it is one of the upper models of Cane Creek. It comes with a Jamis qr seat clamp. It also comes with a ISCG mount for those who use a chain guide system. It is designed to accept a top pull derailleur. The pipes are the harder 7005 aluminum. Gussets are on the toptube and at the downtube where they meet the headtube. The welds remind me of early Taiwan made frames as the present welds of Taiwan made bikes are very well made already. The welds are fairly decent, the weld scales are fairly equally distant (imagine a stack of coins made to lie down or dominos that have toppled this is how a good weld should look like) the problem is when it comes to the intersections the welds begin to look haywired and you can tell where the welds start and end. I’m not particular about welds considering the price I paid for it as long as it does its job. In the net, there is one post that mentions breakage of the welds at the disc brake side chainstay, an isolated case I hope. It comes with an 08 Fox Float R shock for a 4 inch travel. It also comes with an 08 Fox Racing Shox Owner’s Manual in DVD form. The bike is made in China. My first bike to be made in China! I’ve owned European and American bikes, with Japan and Taiwan as the Asian made bikes I have owned. They say as long as the Brand is reputable with a good name and after sales service then it shouldn’t matter that it’s made in China. That’s what I’m hoping for in this Jamis.

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