October 20, 2014 at 19:24 #126115
So I took my cheap K2 bike to my local Performance Bike shop since I my father-in-law swears by their maintenance department (he used to race road bikes). I saw the Diamondback Apex Elite and it looks like a decent deal ($750)…and I get 10% off due to being in law enforcement. I’m still new and trying to learn which components are good…does this look like a decent deal?
Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic, BR-M355, 180/160 rotors
Cassette: Shimano 12/36, 9-speed
Chain: KMC 9-speed
Crankset: SR Suntour XCM-T414, 44/32/22T
Fork: SR Suntour XCM-HLO 27.5"/29" w/ 100mm Travel, Hydraulic Lockout
Frame: 6061 butted aluminum, double water bottle mounts, replaceable rear hanger, standard 1 1/8" head tube
Front Derailleur: Shimano Acera
Grips/Tape: Kraton DB4L, rubber, 135mm
Handlebar: Aluminum, 650mm width, 15mm rise, 6 degree backsweep
Headset: FSA IS-3 integrated
Levers: Shimano Hydraulic
Pedals: Aluminum, Black
Rear Derailleur: Simano Deore, Shadow Design 9-speed
Rear Shock: None
Seatpost: Diamondback 30.9x350mm
Shifters: Shimano Alivio, 3×9
Stem: Aluminum, 7 degree rise
Tires: Schwalbe Rapid Rob; 27.5" Wheel Size: 27.5×2.25; 29" Wheel Size: 29×2.25
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Wheelset: Diamondback SL Alloy, Doublewall Rims; 27.5" Wheel Size: XS, S, SM; 29" Wheel Size: MED, ML, XL
October 21, 2014 at 13:12 #126116
It seems like a decent deal for the price. As you will hear frequently, give it a test ride or 2 and make sure it feels good on a ride. If it feels like a nice ride, I’d get it. Hope that helps.
October 21, 2014 at 15:52 #126117
I have a few others in mind, but they all have multiple online reviews. Being as this is an exclusive bike for this company, I can’t find a thing on it. The best I’ve found for most Diamondback bikes is: 1. Diamondback sucks because they sell them at Sports Authority, or 2. Higher end Diamondback bikes are decent entry level bikes and a pretty good value.
October 22, 2014 at 10:26 #126118
What you read is probably true about Diamondbacks and making a bike purchase is so difficult. For me, I have never been completely happy after any bike I bought. I just want to keep buying better and more as I gain more experience.
October 23, 2014 at 01:41 #126119
All I need is a bike that will last me 3-5 years, with maybe an upgrade or two. If I purchase a bike over $1000, it will be because I decided to race.
October 27, 2014 at 11:42 #126120
I’ve seen the bike at Performance. It’s a bit heavy, but not too bad. The fork is crap, IMO, but it is standard for that price range. Otherwise, the component mix is decent. If you buy a bike from Performance, make sure to get the Team Performance membership. On a $700 bike, you will get $70 back right away, which pays for the membership. I always have one and make my money back buying stuff like tubes, tires, helmets, etc.
November 1, 2014 at 08:03 #126121
That’s the plan…its pretty much knocking $70 off the price because you’ll always need something.
November 1, 2014 at 21:08 #126122
For about $100 more (maybe less if there are any of last years available) you could pick up a Trek X-Cal 7 or maybe an 8 if your lucky. Check with local LBS’s and see what else is available before jumping in. Depending on how hard you ride those components on the Diamondback may not last for 5 years.
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