Lazer, Gloworm, Jamis - Interbike 2014

Sep 14, 2014
by Paul Aston  
Lazer Helmets

Not a name synonymous with mountain biking, Belgian manufacturer Lazer recently delivered Manon Carpenter's bonce to World Championship Gold and also protect the rest of the Madison/Saracen Team brains. Lazer say they are developing an all new 'Enduro Specific' helmet for 2016 with help from the team but for the moment we have the Ultrax which is aimed towards Trail Riding.

Interbike 2014

This Ultrax helmet features Lazers' own AutoFit retention system. AutoFit connects the rear basket to a front head belt to give even tension all around your noggin. Automatic adjustment to fit using a spring hidden in the foam structure of the helmet. The system has a more relaxed feel than a normal helmet because of the 360 degree tension whilst still offering the retention required. The Ultrax has 23 vents, a built in Micro-USB rechargeable LED and weighs 290g. US pricing is around $115. Matt White or Black, Cyan Blue, Flash Orange or Green Camo shown.


Interbike 2014

Also on the Lazer booth was this super lightweight Armor soft-shell helmet which weighs in at a measly 270g. It comes in a range of colours including this bonkers bright orange and could become a popular choice for the park-rats and dirt jumpers. The next model up is the Armor DLX which has fabric finishes, leather straps and a super easy to use magnetic Magic Buckle. The wood-grain effect Street DLX carries the same shape and fit as the Armor, but has a hard shell for more extreme use, this weighs in at 450g. Three wood effects to suit any cabinet-makers needs and also a Chrome or Gold Chrome finish for pimps. For 2016 Lazer say they are developing a piss-pot style lid with a modified AutoFit system.






Gloworm Lights
Interbike 2014

The Auckland based company had their small but high quality range of lights on offer including one that spent the whole show submerged in water. All the units are fully CNC machined, waterproof and shockproof. 1, 2 and 3 bulb models are available giving out 950, 1800 and 2200 lumens respectively. Lights not including batteries are 58g, 80g and 110g and Gloworm say they have the best Weight:Lumen:Price ratio on the market. US Prices are $199, $269 and $369. Each light is supplied with a GoPro style helmet mount, a nifty quick release handlebar mount, remote switch and head-strap.




Jamis

Interbike 2014

For 2015 Jamis have the Dakar AMT, based on their XCT trail bike, but beefed up to follow current trends. 150mm travel from Rockshox and 27.5" American Classic Wide Lightning wheels slowed down by Guide brakes. Its ready to hit the enduro race scene with the KS LEV and SRAM 1x11 but with the 67.5 head angle you might be looking for an angleset before you get to the start line. Coming in 4 sizes the AMT Pro hits the shelves at $4799, with lower price point models arriving at $3599 and $2599



Interbike 2014

I've always been a sucker for steel hardtails, and this Dragon Pro should deliver as the Jamis boasts over 30 years building steel. Constructed with a Reynolds 853 tubeset, and assembled with 120mm Fox Float forks, medium sized WTB KOM wheelset. With a relatively slack 68 head angle for a hardtail, stick a single ring on the front and you have a great off-the-peg winter hack machine.




37 Comments

  • 31 1
 jamis you should probably just stop maki........ wait ... steel hardtail? :0
  • 3 5
 Zero customer service
  • 2 1
 Uh.... jamis has always made steel hardtails. The dragon goes back to the early 90s.
  • 9 0
 I always had good customer service from Jamis. I was able to get a new chainstay from them whenever I needed back in 2003... and I needed them a lot.
  • 6 1
 Customer service story: buddy sent in a 20 year old steel frame that had cracked, got a NOS frame no charge. I think that's pretty good.
  • 5 2
 Not a ton of CS experience here, but when a friend snapped his rear chain stay no CS response after multiple attempts. He hung it in a tree....where it remains.
  • 1 0
 Aaaand you still need them..
  • 14 0
 does nobody rember the start of 650b? (hint: Jamis)
  • 3 5
 Haro also made some hardtails early on.
  • 9 0
 Also, bikes were being made before, by others. Fact.
  • 1 0
 i remember demoing a 650b from jamis back in 2010 at rays mountain bike park..
  • 7 0
 The gloworm lights are definitely worth a look, I've been using them for a few years now and have only good things to say. Light, bright, well built and not too pricey :-)
  • 2 0
 The lazer ultrax helmet is actually a super nice helmet. The shop I worked at sold lazer, Fox, and kali helmets and between the three in the "trail helmet" category I definitely liked the ultrax the best.
  • 1 0
 It definitely looks good.
  • 1 0
 I had/have a lazer full face no longer in use and it was one of the best fitting lightest helmets owned to date carbon very tld type close fitting design.
  • 1 0
 Iv got a laser armour from the shop I work at , such a light helmet, doesn't even feel like its there, and earlier in the summer I wrote off my old armour and was blown away at the fact I only had the slightest of minor concussions
  • 6 2
 I was interested in the jamis until I saw 67.5 head angle.
  • 14 3
 I was interested in the Jamis until I realized it was a Jamis.
  • 5 1
 Jamis should switch to Horst link.
  • 4 1
 haha, someone always gets in before me. I don't get why anyone makes the "faux bar" setup anymore, now that Horst link is open to everyone.
  • 4 1
 There is little wrong with a well done single pivot, but Horst is just slightly better. And no concentric axle pivot nonsense.
  • 2 0
 Yeah I agree about the Horst link thing. Basically just like a traditional single pivot, except it still works under braking. Whats wrong with concentric drop-out pivots tho?
  • 2 0
 They did at one point. Back around 2003 they released the Dakar XLT. It had a horst link... for that model year, until they got called out and received 'cease and desist' letters upon which they switched to faux-bar. I'd imagine they will go back at some point.
  • 3 1
 OK I'll bite...an #enduro specific helmet for next year but they have a "trail riding" helmet now...its the same thing!!!!!!!

Ah that's better.
  • 1 0
 LOVE the dragon! 853 is probably one of the best frame materials, stainless may be better. That frame should out last the components on it, and maybe even the next set too! Steel will always ride the best!
  • 2 0
 950 lumens from an XM-L2, that must be some pretty sweet and sophisticated driver board they have in there.
  • 1 0
 96% efficient in fact
  • 1 0
 I get that from my tactical light. Nitecore P16. 7 modes, 2 battery options and highly effective against packs of coyotes or wolves (or maybe it was the fact I charged at them?)
  • 1 0
 Any chance of a review on PB of that Jamis please Jamis? Go on, send PB one to throw a leg over.
  • 2 0
 So I'm in my kitchen, anyone know the best lumen/rice ratio?!
  • 2 0
 Oh snap a jamis, pun intended
  • 1 0
 Can someone please make a GOOD LOOKING enduro helmet for less than 75 bucks
  • 2 1
 People still buy $300 lights?
lol
  • 1 0
 That Hardtail tho
  • 2 3
 Oh look a Jamis Trance
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