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    Which diamond back?

    Are diamondbacks any good? I am a xc type rider with under 3grand to spend. I ride colorado with occational trips to moab/fruita so I need a xc type bike with decent travel. thought that they were **** but then I did some poking around and it sounds like they might be a decent bike for the $$. Do any come with a thru axle fork? Which model do you suggest?

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    I have a 2012 Sortie 29er and love it!!! It's a great bike...

    answer is yes!

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    As someone who has been riding Diamondbacks since the early 1990's, I'll vouch for the quality of their bikes. Like a lot of bike makers (GT, Mongoose, Litespeed, Schwinn, Nishiki, Univega, Chance, ProFlex, etc.) who were doing great things in the 1990's-- the early 2000's were hard on Diamondback. But DB is back to making some really great bikes.
    I can personally vouch for the Sortie series as a really nice XC/Trail rig, and an outstanding value.

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    DB overdrive , lovin it
    the weather is here wish you were beautiful

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    I used to have a db mission as a heavy duty AM rig, and that was one of the best bikes I've ever ridden. Especially the geometry and suspension. I've spent time on the sortie, and that's a great bike for trail riding. Both have TA forks.

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    I have Diamondback Coil and it is great as a beginner. Hard to find those anymore though but look into Diamondback recoil if you are looking for value

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    Quote Originally Posted by trucha View Post
    Are diamondbacks any good? I am a xc type rider with under 3grand to spend. I ride colorado with occational trips to moab/fruita so I need a xc type bike with decent travel. thought that they were **** but then I did some poking around and it sounds like they might be a decent bike for the $$. Do any come with a thru axle fork? Which model do you suggest?

    Where in Colorado? I have a 2010 Sortie Black size medium. If you live near Castle Rock we could swap bikes while riding at Ridgeline.

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    The sortie29 1 is setup really good for a sub-2k bike. Looks awesome as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xizang11 View Post
    As someone who has been riding Diamondbacks since the early 1990's, I'll vouch for the quality of their bikes. Like a lot of bike makers (GT, Mongoose, Litespeed, Schwinn, Nishiki, Univega, Chance, ProFlex, etc.) who were doing great things in the 1990's-- the early 2000's were hard on Diamondback. But DB is back to making some really great bikes.
    I can personally vouch for the Sortie series as a really nice XC/Trail rig, and an outstanding value.
    You've ridden DB'S since the early 90s too? great to see another old school DBEr of the 90s I did take my breaks from mtb riding from 98-2010 now I'm back with recoil comp!

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    Mission or Sortie will fit the bill for ya. And the new Missions and Sortie 3 or Black have 142mm rear thru axles too!!!

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    overdrive!!!!!!!!!

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    loving my 2012 Overdrive Comp. Best value ever!

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    i just sold my old axis, looking another another DB, maybe a Sortie - not sure how it compares to Trek Fuel EX6?

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    All the reviews I have seen on the sortie says its great, except for the super flexy rear end.

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    I admit I'm not the best person to comment since I usually don't have issues with flex, but I think the Sortie is stiffer than most 5" trail bikes.

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    Overdrive here but I am a newb with nothing really to compare it too.

    No complaints though.

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    ^ Im with you..Ive got a '12 recoil and im loving it, but its my first one so i dont have much to go off of.
    2012 Diamondback Recoil

    -I keep finding more bikes I "need"

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    I've had a Vertec Pro since 2001, i still love it. i am upgrading though but not selling the Diamondback.

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