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    What to upgrade?

    Hi i just brought a diamonback responses sport 2009
    and i heard alot of negative comment on that bike.

    Can anyone tell me what to upgrade and give a reason for it? Thanks!
    DB=diamonback

    The information is below:

    Fork
    Spinner Edge AL-1 120mm Travel, 30mm stanchions
    Cranks
    TRU-VATIV ISO-FLOW 3.0 w/replaceable rings, 22/32/42t,
    Bottom Bracket
    Sealed Cartridge
    F. Derailleur
    Microshift M20
    R. Derailleur
    SRAM X-4
    Shifter
    SRAM X-4 8spd Trigger
    Brake Levers
    Tektro Alloy w/ reach Adjust
    Brakes
    Hayes HMX-4 Disc 6" Rotors
    Gear
    SRAM PG-820 Cassette (11-32t)
    Rims
    Weinmann XM260 doublewall disc
    Tires
    Kenda Klaw XT large casing 26x2.1
    Pedals
    DB Toe Clip Compatible Platform (plastic)
    Handlebar
    DB SL318b Oversize 31.8 Mid Rise
    Stem
    DB SL318s
    Seatpost
    DB SL309p Alloy Micro Adjust 30.9mm
    Seat
    WTB Pure V Sport
    Headset
    Ahead
    Chain
    Ahead
    Hubset
    (F) 32h alloy w/CNC disc mount (R) 32h alloy cassette w/CNC disc mount
    Spokes
    Black 14g Stainless Steel
    Grips
    DB Twisted Tooth Kraton

    and here is the picture and info :
    http://www.diamondback.com/bikes/mtn...onse-sport-09/

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonn123
    Hi i just brought a diamonback responses sport 2009
    and i heard alot of negative comment on that bike.

    Can anyone tell me what to upgrade and give a reason for it? Thanks!
    DB=diamonback

    The information is below:

    Fork
    Spinner Edge AL-1 120mm Travel, 30mm stanchions
    Cranks
    TRU-VATIV ISO-FLOW 3.0 w/replaceable rings, 22/32/42t,
    Bottom Bracket
    Sealed Cartridge
    F. Derailleur
    Microshift M20
    R. Derailleur
    SRAM X-4
    Shifter
    SRAM X-4 8spd Trigger
    Brake Levers
    Tektro Alloy w/ reach Adjust
    Brakes
    Hayes HMX-4 Disc 6" Rotors
    Gear
    SRAM PG-820 Cassette (11-32t)
    Rims
    Weinmann XM260 doublewall disc
    Tires
    Kenda Klaw XT large casing 26x2.1
    Pedals
    DB Toe Clip Compatible Platform (plastic)
    Handlebar
    DB SL318b Oversize 31.8 Mid Rise
    Stem
    DB SL318s
    Seatpost
    DB SL309p Alloy Micro Adjust 30.9mm
    Seat
    WTB Pure V Sport
    Headset
    Ahead
    Chain
    Ahead
    Hubset
    (F) 32h alloy w/CNC disc mount (R) 32h alloy cassette w/CNC disc mount
    Spokes
    Black 14g Stainless Steel
    Grips
    DB Twisted Tooth Kraton

    and here is the picture and info :
    http://www.diamondback.com/bikes/mtn...onse-sport-09/
    I would not even bother upgrading that bike. It is all very, very low end. By the time you upgrade everythig on that, you'd be better off just buying a new one. If you are going to upgrade two things, I would do the tires (cheap), and the fork (not-so cheap)

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    Up grading wheels and tires is always the best up grade you can make. It saves rolling weight and will make you feel faster. A good fork is very important for ride quality and control. You can up grade anything on most bikes it just depends on how much you want to spend.

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    Ride it like you stole it!

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    I sell a ton of those and yeah, it is entry level. I alway suggest right away to go with alloy pedal and think about some nicer lighter tires. Cheap and make a great inexpensive personal touch. Same goes for the grips and seat and maybe a nicer seatpost. It is not as bad as some say. Just depends on where or who u buy from. Of course the best upgrade is the Fork, no brainer there. That is a great why to just up sell to a Response Comp. So much more bike for $200+ and you'll at least get a RS Tora fork and Avid disc X5 drivetrain.
    As for the Sport, ride the bike until you break or wearout the drivetrain. Maybe some nicer wheels or BB7 discs would be worth it. Just depends on your budget and if you want to learn and/or upgrade little by little because it is more cost effective for some, gives you a nice custom bike. It is a dam solid bike that I see people get years of enjoyment out of. Plus so buddies have some really nice pimped out rides. I did the frame for a AM bike or DJ bike personally.

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    I think it's a pretty nice bike,better then my sons Trek 820 for sure.As mentioned tires are a nice cheap upgrade and handle bars/seat post would be nice and cheap also.

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    Upgrade tranferable parts

    Quote Originally Posted by CRed
    I think it's a pretty nice bike,better then my sons Trek 820 for sure.As mentioned tires are a nice cheap upgrade and handle bars/seat post would be nice and cheap also.
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    Tires, rims, handlebars and all that can be transfered to a new bike when you decide to go that route. Forks on the other hand...........
    Just be sure to save all the original equip so if you decide to sell it you can put it all back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBoy
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    Tires, rims, handlebars and all that can be transfered to a new bike when you decide to go that route. Forks on the other hand...........
    A fork can be transferred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta
    A fork can be transferred.
    Agreed.

    Just be sure to cut the steerer tube long enough to fit whatever other bikes you might happen to buy in the future. Spacers can be placed over the stem to "use up" the extra steerer tube. This arrangement allows you to change the height of the stem and handlebars too. The longer steerer tube also increases the fork's resale value.

    With regard to upgrades, I agree with the others: wheels and fork will give the most bang for the buck. However, if you like the way the bike rides now, then be happy with it and save your money for the next bike.

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    and a nice 2.35 nevegal, and NOTHING ELSE. High volume and good traction make for a much more comfortable controlled ride, and you can't ride if you're thinking about your feet slipping. Otherwise, there's no reason to go down the road of rampant consumerism, to get parts worth spending they money and time to upgrade you'd spend a large portion of the price of the whole bike.

    When you wear out the rear tire, put the stock front tire back there. The pedals are a long-term investment you can take to any bike.

    On the whole, its fine, so long as the final assembly was done properly. Cheap, functional parts.
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    noted... i will take into consideration
    thx!!
    tires kenda 2.35 nevegal
    pedal shinamo PD-MX30
    fork maybe next time~

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    don't go on a massive upgrading spree. as mentioned, tires are a good upgrade...i might add a saddle and grips, as well as pedals (make all the contact points with the bike comfortable). but, apart from that, i'm of the mentality that you upgrade parts as they break. that way, you're not spending excess money on parts that you don't necessarily need.

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    The fork is not so great, I have the same bike.

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    i got the 08 response sport and its a good bike just real heavy. after about a month the fork will start losing its rebound and get stiffer thats what alot of people are complaining about and im 1 of them. the seat post is crap the clam on it bends. the brake levers are junk.tires and rims are heavy. im thinking on getting Alienation rims and Dirt Jumper 2s or 3s forks for my DB. im kinda mad i didnt look better on craigslist for a better bike, but its to late now. il just save this winter and get a Kona Stiny or a Norco Stryke. thats just my .02

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