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    The DBR V8: The Best Diamondback Ever?

    I rode/raced this bike for 5 full seasons before finally selling it this past fall. In my opinion, the V8 was the pinnacle of Diamondback's (DBR's) creations. This was a great XC race/trail bike that climbed like a rocket, had quick and responsive steering, and descended like it had more than it's advertized 3.5" of rear travel. My large sized bike weighed in at just over 25lbs. That's pretty light! Notice how it looks a lot like the Specialized FSR XC design? This bike hit the market about 6 months before FSR XC was released! This was a great bike that should have gotten more press than it did. Beginning with the XR-8 design, which came out the following year, Diamomdback began a trend toward making heavier bikes, with little to no advantage over the original V-link design of the V8. What do you guys think?
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    Nice bike.

    The Diamondbacks of today are definatly not the same as the Diamondbacks of yesteryears. However, I think Raliegh is starting to turn it around with thier 2004 DBR line of SL Supers & XTS Moto but the choice is limited to only the two with the XTS in 3 flavors. The XSL line looks like it's coming along but isn't quite there yet in design or spec.

    IMHO Diamondback can do a lot for thier product/sales if they develop a 5" lightwieght trail bike with a decent spec.

    Tequila!

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    Nice ride, and it was a bargain at the time. I'm glad yours made it 5 seasons. I got mine on pre-order and it made it 2 years with 4 or 5 cracked rear stays and then another 6 months until the front cracked at the pivot. Unfortunately, DBR abandoned the light weight FS market for a couple of years. The XR8 was a nice improvement with a cartridge front pivot instead of a cinch bolt pivot. However, the extra section of top tube added an extra .5lb. Hopefully they can return to the market with light weight, Race FS, that has a bit more durability.

    If anyone needs any hangers for the V8, I have a box full.

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