Diamondback Response Sport Mountain Bike Review

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January 23, 2014
Model/Year: 2008

Pros: Strong frame, good geometry

Cons: Heavy, stock components were cheap.

Recommendation: Bought this December of '07 from Dicks. Hardly nothing left on it of the original components. I like the bomb-proof frame but it is heavy. The original fork was terrible, rockshox tora air fork was a huge upgrade. I added disk brakes, an XL bottom bracket and other goodies so its a whole different animal than when I plucked it off the shelf. 3500 miles all over the US and more soon in the DominicanRepublic...still ove it. But if you don't wanna go through the trouble of upgrading all the cheap parts, pony up $500 or a grand and get something nicer.

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May 22, 2012
Model/Year: 2010 Response Sport

Pros: brakes, frame, handlebars, crankset, seat, price

Cons: gears slip, front shock (terrible - wish it would break)

Recommendation: Bought this bike when I decided to get back into MTBing and didn't want to spend too much $$. Got this one for about $350 and have rode the crap out of it since. Love the bike and am very pleased with the puchase. the front shock is garbarge, but gets the job done. when it breaks I'll replace it. Would recommend if anyone asked.

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January 18, 2012
Model/Year: 2008

Pros: It turns out the BB, rims/tires, rotors and calipers have pulled through the last 4-5 years with little fuss. The frame is the real value here, however, even though it has that crappy tonk sound to it.

Cons: Well, it's a department store bike. The stock fork was trash and is long gone, basically anything that will break has broken a long time ago.

Recommendation: Considering the fork and some other items were destined for quick replacement from the get-go, the bike was at a solid place to start as a beginner. The value is excellent and I hadn't busted my wallet getting the right components rigged for hard and frequent rides, and for the last year it has been perfect as my rigid 69er 1x9 city bike. The frame is cheaper aluminum and pretty clunky, but it's a great platform for entry level upgrades, and if you can get rid of that fork youll have a healthy bike by the time you need one. and put a chain stay guard on that thing because itll tonk like a cowbell.

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November 18, 2011
Model/Year: 2011

Pros: feels sturdy, light, looks sharp

Cons: my handlebars are a little creaky probably just loose

Recommendation: if you have the chance to buy this bike. DO IT! probably one of the best bikes in its price range and is not cheap feeling, looking, or performance wise. overall a good bike!

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December 23, 2010
Pros: Great bike and features for the price. The XE model that I bought has disk brakes. Needed the larger frame size (20") and it feels perfect so far.

Cons: Nothing so far

Recommendation: Buy this for a first-time mountain biker. Great value, great features.

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December 14, 2010
Pros: Great set up for the price. Good for someone to get started into mountain biking.

Cons: The fork can bottom out easy for heavy riders, or aggressive riders. The SRAM X4 drivetrain is only 24 gears

Recommendation: Overall, this makes for a great first bike. The frame is a tank, and the overall component spec is enough to get someone started on begginer to intermediate cross country trails.

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December 7, 2010
Pros: light aluminum frame, feels fast, smooth shifting, large frame sizes available

Cons: didn't like fork, no options..weak travel & lock out, squeaky brakes

Recommendation: you get what you pay for,if your a rough rider on trails may not be bike for you...entry level urban rider may be good fit

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December 1, 2010
Pros: Lightweight aluminum frame

Cons: Cheap components. Broke everything. Chain suck wore a hole in my chainstay

Recommendation: Pony up another $500 and get a decent bike.

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November 30, 2010
Pros: strong bike... I got hit by a freakin car on this thing and still ride it.

Cons: broke seat immediately. It needs a tune often, may just be the way that I ride.

Recommendation: Great for a beginner like me, Kind of heavy though. I would recommend it.

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July 10, 2010
Pros: This is a very strong bike! It has great brakes too.

Recommendation: This is a good starter bike for some one who do not want to spend a lot of money

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Diamondback Response Sport 4.24 out of 5 based on 32 ratings. 32 user reviews.