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    New question here. Any Diamondback Coil SS riders out there?

    I'm a "roady" recently converted over to mountain biking. (Yes, I have been to the mountain and have seen the other side... and it was good.) So, I bought this Diamondback Coil SS as my first mountain bike maily due to the price. A LBS went out of business and I got this bike for $370 US. I didn't know if I was going to "take" to the "off-road" dicipline of cycling at the time and did not want to make a substantial financial commitment. Well, I'm hooked. (My name is Tequila Joe and I'm a mountain-bike-a-haulic) My road bike hasn't seen the pavement since. Apparently I have more money than brains as I've upgraded a few parts on it. (Marzocchi Marathon SL $350, Manitou Swinger 4-way $390, Crank Bro Mallets $100) It now has a very responsive plush ride with no pedal bob. What do you think for $1200 bucks? Perhaps I should have just bought another bike? Anyjhow, its too late now. I will ride this bike one more season and sell it cheap to some lucky kid. Then I will buy a bike that is more "Sophisticated" I've had suggestions about a Turner 5-Spot, Kona Dawg and a Ellsworth Moment. Any others?

    Here is a picture of it ready for winter riding. (Another reason I converted. I would have never ridden my road bike in the winter)
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    New to MTB

    Hey Tequila joe I also have just converted to mountain biking, expect i was big into rollerblading, and now I just bought myself a diamondback coil. Its not the SS version that you have but its very similar. I'm a poor college student that cant really afford to have the nice expensive bikes but I love my diamondback coil so much. It gets me to all of my classes and it gets me over some nice trails close by. For your bike was it hard to add all those accesories? My bike is basically all stock but i would like to add new clipless pedals and possibly a new fork eventually but i didnt realize it could be done. Just looking at your bike really has inspired me to make my bike look as cool as yours. I can only hope to make my bike look like yours. Keep up the good work.

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    Hi Blindjustice,

    Come to think of it, my Rollerblades didn't get much use last summer either!

    The Diamondback is a great bike. It's fully compatable to most all of the aftermarket parts. So, whatever you decide to bolt onto your bike, it should work. I didn't have any problems adding any of the parts to the bike. I had a bike shop install the fork because I wasn't too comfortable cutting the steer tube myself. Other than that, I did everything else myself. The rear shock, pedals and accessories were all a snap to install.

    I noticed that the 04 Coil has 3 shock mount holes in the frame. Have you tried any of the other positions? If so, what difference did they make? I suspect that one or the other position may give more rear travel or make the rear suspension more progressive. The 03 Coil SS has the middle position only. So, before I break out the drill, I though I should check first!

    Don't worry about how much you can or have spent on your bike or, what you can or can't afford to upgrade. Just as long as you love your bike and make good use of it, everything is cool. Before I spoke with a few "Mountain Bike Gurus" at my LBS a couple days ago, (You know the type, goatee growin, spandex wearin, granola crunchin types with tree trunk sized legs) I thought different. I was a little disappointed at myself that I didn't buy a more expensive, big brand name bike and that I then spent more money on upgrading an entry level bike. These guys set me straight. Thier attitude was something like "Out on the trail, it is not a fashion show. So, who cares about the brand of bike you ride or how much you've spent on parts. It all about how good of a time you have. So, just get out and ride, get some excercise, improve your skills and most important of all, have fun"

    Words to live by I suppose....

    I will probably keep my Diamondback now and not upgrade it to that more expensive/sophisticated bike. This bike performed well right out of the store and after these upgrades, out performs alot of the mid priced rides out there.

    Good luck with your upgrades.

    Tequila!
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    Hey Tequila Joe,

    I guess it does not matter where you live or what bike shop you go to there will always be "mountain bike gurus". While they are wise beyond belief, they can still be intemidating, espcially to me being a novice mountain biker. But hearing what they told you really eases the mind. The next time I visit my local bike shop maybe ill talk to the "wise ones" and ask them for wisdom. maybe ill grow a goatee too!

    As far as me trying the mount holes on the bike i still havent had the pleasure of taking wrench to the bike and messing around with the suspension. For the riding i do (mostly roads with a few park trails) i havent found it necessary to change the suspension to much. But now that you mention it maybe I will try the other positions just to see how the bike handles.

    Its cool that your not going to upgrade to a totally new bike, and that your going to keep your already upgraded diamondback. I know I have plans to keep my bike for a long time before i even consider changing to a new bike. To me upgrading an old bike is more personal than finding a bike with all the new toys and gadgets already on them. Just working on the bike is so much fun, why would i want the manufactuar to have all the fun? Yesterday i bought me a pair bar ends and had a blast installing them myself (you must know i have never been very good at fixing/putting anything mechnical together so this was a huge accomplishment for me). While it took me longer than most books i read said it would, it really made me feel like this bike was "MINE!" I had almost as much fun putting the bar ends on the bike as riding..................well maybe not but it was close enough. My next plan upgrade is going to be the pedals and i cant wait to install those in myself.

    Its so funny to think that all my friends are spending hundrends and thousands of dollars upgrading their cars with new mufflers and spoilers and stuff, and im at home upgrading my "bicycle". I must be a crazy freak or something but oh well i can live with that. At least im a freak with a lot of money left over and a pretty sweet looking bike!

    Well off to the bike shop to see what other odd (cheap!) crap i can put on my bike to really make it customized. Maybe some cool stickers..........................NOT!

    Keep up to good work!

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    We have a couple of the 2004 Coil's at work (might even have a 2003 left). Not bad for the price at all.

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    I know this is an older thread, but what kind of "more sophisticated" bike? With an SPV rear shock, frame design is not that important. Diamondback makes solid frames though usually specs them fairly low to meet pricepoints. With your upgraded parts, your bike is comparable with almost any other single pivot. And on that, who needs more pivots to worry about with modern shocks. Frame design is not dead, but nor is it nearly as important as it has been.

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    I agree

    Wow. I thought this thread was dead. I don't check the DB forum much anymore but stumbled across this reply checking out another thread. It was nice to see this thread still active.

    I couldn't hold out till next year as I stated above. I bought a 04 Enduro Expert. A "more sophisticated" designed Horst link bike. I upgraded the fork to a Marzocchi Z1 FR SL, the LX shifters to XT at the LBS. I also switch the WTB MotoRaptors from the DB with the stock Specialized Enduro Pro tires.

    Either bike has thier own advantages over the other. Here are main differences between the two bikes;

    Suspension
    I found that the Diamondback Coil SS with the Manitou SPV 4-way has better pedaling & small bump sensitivity than the Enduro's Fox Talas w/ Propedal. This is because the pedaling platform and progressivity is adjustable to preference. The Fox does not have any adjustment aside from the air preload & rebound. The Marathon SL is more plush and smooths out small roots/rocks better then the Z1 FR SL. However, I use to bottom out the DB all the time (front & rear) light free riding and on really aggressive trails. The Enduro can take much bigger hits than the DB and I rarely bottom it. I've also found that the Enduro's rear suspension to be more active in braking and I experience less rear wheel skidding. There is also a bit more pedal kick-back on the DB. When it comes time for servicing, I'm sure I will like the simplicity of a single pivot.

    Geometry
    The Enduro is definatly better on steep decents with its slacker head tube angle. I'm running just less than 70 degrees with the Z1 FR SL. The DB, with a head tube angle of 71, feels like it is going to throw me over the bars in comparison. This is also enhance by the fact that the Marathon produces much more brake dive than the Z1 FR SL. The DB has faster steering and I experience less wheel lift on steep climbs.

    Components
    This cannot be compared as the parts on the Enduro are predominatly LX XT XTR vs. Acera Deore. There is a noticble improvement so the phrase "you get what you pay for" is true. I experience no ghost shifting on the Enduro. The DB had hauntings of all sorts when going over big bumps.

    At ~30 lbs, I will use the DB as my "chubby" XC bike until I figure out what to do with it. The Enduro is my main stay, hard hitting trail bike.

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    I see this is an older thread but it asks the same question that I've been asking. Does changing the rear shock mount location make a difference?

    I was at my local LBS and they had a few of the 04 coils in stock and it got me thinking about a second FS bike to build up for light XC riding. The salesperson couldn't answer that question for me so I decided to search here to see if anyone had done it or knew the answer.

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