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#38 out of 420 Full suspension bikes
Brand: Diamondback



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Q: how much dose it weigh
A: about 35lbs stock

Q: Is it worth the money
A: Yes. Every Penny, just note that the parts that come with it(fork,shocks and brakes) work but aren't optimal and will eventually need upgrades if you 8ntend on doing more with the bike

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  • Ryan Casey
    *****

    Buy it cheap ($450 on sale) and do some upgrades. First would be the fork, you could find a great fork from RockShox around $300-500. Next would be the rear shock, again RockShox has a great shock to fit the bill for under $300. Get some good cheap platform peddals from Raceface, like the Chesters. Finaly the brakes, get a set of some Shimano M315 disc brakes off of ebay. You will be able to find some new take-offs for under $60.

    Pros
    Good starter platform... The single pivot design has been around for a long time and very proven. Many higher end bikes have used the same design for years. Drivetrain is OK but could use some upgrades to help with performance and reliability.

    Cons
    Shocks front and rear, factory peddals suck and brakes too.

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  • rob8719
    ****

    I bought a recoil about a year and a half ago and loved it right away. My first upgrades were small things like pedals, and grips. I just recently replaced the suntour coil fork with a qr manitou 120 mm air fork and also replaced the rear coil and oil shock with a air shock. The last thing I've done so far is add a drop post and I have to say I am very very pleased with the bike. It rides like a dream for the money I've put into it and took off a lot of weight. Next upgrade will definitely be the cassette and crank though.

    Pros
    Great price for a beginner bike.

    Cons
    Handlebar grips slide. Pedals do not have any grip.

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  • Mtbrandon.lee

    Anyone who wants a decent fs stock with massive potential for upgrades.

    Pros
    It can really take a beating and even thought the fork is heavier than I would like it's manageable. The shocks ok but definitely need replacing.
    Great value for your bpmkney, with a few upgrades you'll be rivaling bikes way more expensive without a challenge. Can be used for long commutes but not recommended as it I should heavy very heavy, as is, with the dropper post it weights 39lb's.

    Cons
    Brakes suck(at least replace the levers)
    I swapped to a dnm dropper post and I have some random avid 2 finger brake levers. Tires will do but eventually swap out for some better ones.

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  • DBR29

    I bought this bike because of the great reviews and DB's frames are known for being good quality and sturdy build. I removed the stock suspension and added a Rockshox Monarch RC3 rear and a Manitou Marvel on the front and bam this bike performed as well as $1500 to $2000 bikes that I have ridden. I was amazed at how well it went up hills with limited pedal bobb especially with a single pivot suspension. I was blown away by how well this bike performed and when the tires wear out I'm going to add a set of Maxxis Ardent tires. Everything else on the bike is quality from the disk brakes to the drive train. If you don't want to break the bank at only $459 new this bike is a gem and with the upgrades it is a serious contender on the trails.

    Pros
    Strong frame, upgradeable, Good components, doesn't break the bank.

    Cons
    Poor suspension, cheap tires, on the heavy side.

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  • Michael Little
    ****

    Overall a great bike haven't upgraded to much besides a dropper post next is rear shock and then front fork

    Pros
    Great beginner full suspension bike

    Cons
    Front a rear suspension is crap but good for beginner and intermediate biker

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  • camelkicker
    ****

    Upgrade fron and rerad shocks immediately. I put rock shox tk gold on the front and a monroe rl on the rear. I also upgraded the brakes to elixir 1's and it made a world of difference. It also made the bike so much lighter.

    Pros
    Solid frame not to heavy, nice tires and decent quality shifters and derailuers. After the upgrades I givie it a 4

    Cons
    Crap shocks and brakes

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  • Frankenstein
    *****

    Buy a Rock Shox Reba or Recon Air Fork and look forward to a comfortable decent handling bike.

    Pros
    Bought on sale in September cheap. Rock Shox Monarch air shock in back. Durable parts, cool looking bike.

    Cons
    Doesn't come with a shock pump, SR Suntour fork are pretty terrible(untunable, no parts, heavy, etc.)

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  • DirtyJerry
    ****

    For my first "real" XC FS mountain bike, I'll give this four stars. Even though the frame is on the heavy side, I've found switching to a friends specialized for a few laps made it much easier. With that said, I use this bike as a trainer to build strength.

    I finally ditched the rear coil shock for a Fox RP2. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I would recommend this upgrade first and foremost. Next, I've purchased a 410mm x 30.9mm seat post to replace the small 300mm to give me the clearance from the BB so I can compensate for the 16" frame (I needed a 17, and DB only offers an 18 which was too big).

    Eventually I'll replace the 3x chainring with a 1x, as I only use the middle chainring. Then maybe some hydraulic brakes and crank bros pedals.

    In all, scanning eBay and Craigslist, I've been able to find parts much cheaper for upgrading this base model to the same equipment as the pro for MUCH less.

    Pros
    Great beginner FS bike
    Upgradability
    Price (got mine from Amazon for $450)

    Cons
    Frame sizes 16-S 18-M 20-L
    Standover height on my small is taller than most medium frames.
    Weight is beastly.
    Rear suspension is garbage.

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  • holymackeral
    ****

    this is my first full suspension bike, but so far I am pleased with it. decent components that shift smooth. well balanced and fun to ride. with a few basic key upgrades, this will be a great bike. I've already put better pedals and a dropper seatpost on mine. next is that cheap and creeking rear shock!

    Pros
    excellent value for the price
    good platform to upgrade

    Cons
    a lil bit heavy overall
    rear shock very noisy and cheap

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  • Mr.Trails
    *****

    A very good buy considering the price and performance.
    Perfect 1st time full suspension bike.

    Pros
    Perfect first full suspension bike. Nice suspension and Okay brakes.
    Suspension bottoms out on 3-4 foot drops. I'm a trail rider and this baby can take some rocky trails well and performs exceptionally well given the price.

    Cons
    Brakes could be better, pretty sqeaky.
    Suspension is good, the fork could be better.
    A bit on the heavy side

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    • camelkicker
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      I replaced these parts so far:
      1. Rear Shock: Rock Shox Monarch Plus R
      2.Front Shock: RockShox Rock Shox Recon Gold TK
      3. Brakes: Avid Elixir 1
      The next upgrade will be the Crank and cogs with a better front derailleur. After you upgrade the suspension you will be amazed how light your bike is.

      Pros
      The frame isn't that heavy for the price. The bike is firm and very comfortable. The frame was set up great. The shifters and derailers are nice and quick. other compnents weren't near as impressive.

      Cons
      Front suspension feels like a huffy. The rear suspension is a joke. The brakes were decent. and the front cog is cheap. The seat really sucks.

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