Diamondback Overdrive Mountain Bike Review

4.00 out of 5
By Jim Hodgson    on Jan 12, 2014

By Jim Hodgson    on Feb 21, 2014

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2014 Diamondback Overdrive 29er Hardtail

June 30, 2017
Pros: Smooth shifting Decently light Great cornering

Cons: Seat is uncomfortable

Recommendation: You could easily get a new seat for quite cheap on amazon

November 20, 2015
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: 29" wheels good for obstacles, good shocks, sturdy.

Cons: heavy, hard stock saddle, stiff shifting levers.

Recommendation: Good bike for beginner-intermediate

August 29, 2015
Model/Year: Overdrive 2015

Pros: Frame strength 6061 Aluminium
Frame Geometry
Low Cost upfront and long term
tires (came with Schwalbes)

Cons: coil spring Fork
Drive Train
Maintenance of low-level components

Recommendation: I have been riding this bike for over 6 months now and overall I'm pleased with it! I take her mostly on single track intermediate level trails mostly, occasionally going to the actual mountains or riding through some black diamonds and the overdrive handles them well, provided you know the limitations of the components and the frame. i.e. I'm not hucking her off 6' drops or blasting though rock gardens.

I upgraded the rear derailleur from the shimano tourney to the alivio (only about a $10 increase btwn the two) and the performance is night and day better. I had to replace the seatpost as well but that was because I landed hard on a jump with my seat up to high and I bent it. (I'm a 6'2" 230lb guy who rides hard so it was bound to happen)
The frame is solid, wish the rear was a thru axle instead of QR for added stiffness through higher G-force turns.
This is a great bike for anyone who wants to seriously look into MTB'ing or who needs a solid commuter bike (add a set slick tires and a luggage rack on back and you're good to go.)
If you have the $$$ and are REALLY serious about MTB, I'd spring for the "Comp" model, you get a 2x10 Deore drive train, Rock Shox XC30 Fork, hydraulic disk brakes, and a 1.5" tapered headtube for added strength/control.

May 20, 2015
Model/Year: Overdrive Comp 2015

Pros: sturdy, shocks, components

Cons: little heavy, pedals, and saddle

Recommendation: Good bike, love the components on the Comp I have two friends that also bought Overdrives collectively we have the expert, sport, and mine the comp and there is a big difference from the expert, and a noticeable difference from the sport, I am happy with the bike

July 26, 2014
Pros: Light weight fast

Cons: None now far

Recommendation: Perfect beginner bike

June 28, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Price

Cons: Frame Size

Recommendation: The top frame rail arcs up and kind of makes it uncomfortable to stand over. It is a 20 inch frame and I am 6'2" with a 33" inseam and it about an inch to tall.
I might end up changing the derailleurs and maybe the shifters. For $519 shipped it is an awsome first mountain bike.

April 3, 2014
Model/Year: 2013 Diamondback Overdrive Sport 29er

Pros: Light, maneuverable, good looks, 2.2" tires, hydraulic disc brakes, lockout suspension, aluminum pedals

Cons: front and rear dearileur are shimano acera - used on bikes costing much less,

Recommendation: I purchased the bike new at Performance Bikes for $549. I rated it a 4 because it would be nice to get better derailleurs at this price point. Overall I chose the bike because of how maneuverable it is and because the components screamed "trail ready" more than any other bike in this price range. The salesman at the bike store also assured me that it's a good platform to build on.

March 26, 2014
Pros: Great wheel base.

Cons: Plastic pedals

Recommendation: Bought steal pedals for better grip but now get very painful pedal slips. Over all great bike. In use now for a year and no problems yet

March 25, 2014
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Solid frame
Built tough
Upgrade-able to disc brakes

Cons: Cheap fork, pedals, and V brakes

Recommendation: With a little bread and some time this bike can be a pretty descent ride only problem is once you put in the money you could of just bought the 'sport' version that has the exact same frame but with the crappy parts upgraded...

December 21, 2013
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: It is a good basic bike. Double wall rims and reasonable set up for entry level with room to grow.

Cons: Nothing special at all. The geometry isn't really up to modern specs. Too steep for comfortable handling. Otherwise it is a passable bike.

Recommendation: If you are just getting into biking it isn't the bike I'd recommend. Friendlier geometry can be found at the same price. Instead I'd say it is a good budget backup/commuter bike.