Jamis Dragonfly 26+ Pro Review – Women’s Hardtail Mountainbike
Takeaway meals: The Dragonfly is a mix of old-fashioned vibe and modern tech – whip up snacks, ride all day, be a little loud, and come back with a muddy, satisfied smile.
- Who should buy this: Riders passionate about adventure and who favor pleasure over speed. The dragonfly isn’t a slug, but you probably won’t win races on it.
- What we like: Beefy tires and a dropper post let you tackle a wide range of terrains, sliding dropouts provide adjustment, rear rack eyelets and a down tube water bottle holder give you potential of bikepacking.
- What we don’t do: It’s undeniably a little heavy, but that’s the price for bomb-proof durability.
$ 2,499 (on sale at All About Bikes for $ 2,199)
Weight: 30.2 lbs (16 in)
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When I first laid my eyes on the Jamis Dragonfly 26+ Pro, and its gorgeous blackbird egg blue paint and classic lines, my first words were, âOoh, that’s a nice bike. Then I got a little closer and noticed the wheels … “And a pretty weird bike.”
My impression of a completely formed preride: What am I going to do with a 26+ hardtail mountain bike? quickly transformed into Damn, I can do almost anything with this little 26+ hardtail mountain bike.
The Jamis Dragonfly 26+ Pro is full of pleasant surprises, the most important of which is how new geometry and technology can turn an old standard like the 26-inch hardtail into a bike that looks like it was built for the stage. mountain biking today. In this case, the Dragonfly increases the off-road capabilities of this platform with increased spacing that leaves room for technical and medium tires without compromising ride feel or pedaling efficiency. An oversized 44mm steerer tube, a loose 68-degree head angle and 100mm dropper post erase the old âback fearsâ of the small wheel size.
As a female member of the Dragon series from Jamis, the Dragonfly also uses the female-specific geometry of Jamis. I tend to be confused if I think female geo works for me, but in this case, I think the generous spanning, shorter wheelbase, and overall more compact cockpit was a complement to the handling. overall. I could easily blend into the bike to pump the bar through rollers, jump logs, and navigate my way through technical terrain.
âThe Dragonfly debuted in 2016 as a 27.5, but in 2017 converted to a 26+,â says Sal Crochiola, Jamis MTB Product Manager. âWith the success of our 27+ Dragonslayer in 2016, we saw a demand from women for a bigger bike due to the increased confidence that bigger tires give. But when we decided to design the plus women’s bike, I found that 27+ was just too big for our Dragonfly set. The 26×3 rim / tire combination, being the same overall diameter as 27×2.3, was the perfect solution, âsays Crochiola.
5 things we love about the Dragonfly 26+ Pro
At 31 pounds, the bike isn’t light, but the short chainstays paired with a Shimano M8000, 11-speed, 11-46t drivetrain make the Dragonfly a surprisingly capable, if not necessarily quick, climber. On steep inclines, the front wanted to wander and appear a bit, but shifting weight forward in the bar helped keep it planted. Once I adjusted the tire pressure – I had to lower it to around 13 psi to eliminate the basketball effect on the rocks – the Dragonfly floated fine on rocks the size of a softball and rooted, kerplunky downhills. The 120mm Fox Rhythm 34 Float fork balances the bike well, soaks up bigger bumps and keeps the front on track.
The Dragonfly is the bike you want if all you want is just to ride a bike – no racing or full face, but just saddle up and see where the day takes you. The 3 inch tires are big enough to serve as a mini fat bike for winter riding. It has enough load capacity to attach a rear rack and a frame bag and take a tour of the backcountry. Or just spend the afternoon letting off steam on flow trails. It’s just a cool and fun bike to ride.
The Dragonfly 26 + Pro is part of the Dragon Series family of steel frame hardtail from Jamis Bikes. The Pro is the top of the women-specific Dragonfly lineup, which also includes the Dragonfly 26 + Sport, which mirrors the pro, down to a few specs. The Sport version costs $ 1,399 and comes with a Rock Shox Recon Silver RL 120mm fork, SRAM NX 11-speed drivetrain, Shimano M396 hydraulic disc brakes and a Ritchey Trail Comp seat post. Jamis also offers four Dragonslayers in wheel sizes of 27.5+ or 26+ and priced from $ 1,399 to $ 2,499.
Dragonfly 26+ Pro Details
Framework: Reynolds 520 steel
Fork: Fox Rhythm 34 float, 120mm
Crankset: Shimano SLX, 32 tooth, 170 mm (14/16 inch), 175 mm (18 inch)
Transmission: Shimano SLX, 1×11
Brakes: Shimano SLX hydraulic disc, 180 mm at the front and 160 mm at the rear
Lower support: Shimano external
Saddle stem: KS eTen Integra dropper, 100mm travel, Southpaw remote
wheels: WTB Scraper i40 TCS tubeless 27.5 inches. rims
Tires: WTB Ranger, 26×3.0 inch, TCS tubeless
Sizes available: 14-, 16-, 18-in.
Ride the dragonfly
Rigs aren’t that popular on my glacier-shaped Pennsylvania trails, which are littered with encrusted rocks ranging from golf balls to VW Golfs where those old ice flows left them behind eons ago. On my first outing with the dragonfly, I walked into a rockery with a bit of heat and the backend stretched out and slammed me into the chamois, reminding me that I wasn’t on a full squish setup … and also making me realize that I had too much air in those 3 inch and larger tires. Releasing a few psi, eventually hitting a sweet spot of around 13, made a huge difference. I purposefully growled in the next handful of stones with the same spice and floated evenly over the rocky peaks without any of the tires going unduly vertical.
I found the Dragonfly to be an intriguing combination of relaxation and speed. It’s not designed for speed, so you’re not going to climb the climbs of the fire route or make your way to the QOMs. But it handles wonderfully nimbly, really playfully, in a way that made me not worry about a lick if it’s designed for speed, because I was happy to get on and off the cradled trail near the frog pond, basking in the choir of crucifers, and prancing directly on a web of tree roots the size of a Shelob without thinking about choosing a row because my little plus size wheels give me traction for days.
As I pedaled through a field of bushy sprouting dandelions, white parachutes blowing in the wind, I found myself dreaming of places I could cycle – and I don’t even ride a bike.
Dreaming about future rides while being completely immersed in your current ride is a sure sign of a bike you will enjoy for a long time to come. And for the good rider, the Dragonfly is definitely that bike.