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    Why did you buy a Diamondback?

    I have to admit that the reason I bought my Overdrive was it seemed to be the best bang for the buck locally. I was able to get it for $459 at REI through and internet deal and had it shipped to the store for free. It was the cheapest 29er with disk brakes I could find that seemed to be decent quality and rate well. Also, REI's life time satisfaction guarantee and liberal return policy on things was a reason I chose to buy first bike from them. Not that I will take advantage of that but their customer service is top notch.

    Basically the Overdrive was something to get me in the sport cheaply but next year, I would like to get a FS 29er and am looking to spend between $2k and $3k

    That being said, it opens my choices way up to most brands.
    Why would I want to stick to Diamondback?

    Reason I ask, as I see no high end DB's on the trails.
    In fact, I see no DB's on the trails other than a couple who has a his and hers and they are basic 26" v-brake bikes so I know they probably based their decision on price.

    Not that having the same bike as everyone else matters to me, but there is something to say about popularity and quality. If all your serious riders are choosing particular brands, there is an obvious reason for it.

    So why did you buy your first and/or last DB?

    Was it price, comfort, brand loyalty, you liked the color, or some other reason all together?

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    I don't own a Diamondback, but I've considered it. I can get one cheap, I work at a store that sells the brand. And the price is VERY tempting. But I've yet to find one anywhere that I can demo one. We never get the Mission in stock, and that's the bike I'm most interested in. The Overdrive is our big seller, it and the Response XE (budget hardtail). I have a tendency to ride a bike for a while, and if I don't absolutely love it, sell it and move along. And I have to admit that reselling a Diamondback worries me. People generally associate the name with sub $500 bikes as that's what most retailers seem to carry and sell the most of (REI, Performance, *****). So I worry I would not be able to sell the bike, even after buying it at a huge discount. That may seem petty, but it's MY concern. Otherwise, I don't have many doubts about the bikes themselves. I just want to demo one fist.

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    I bought my Mission based on the component spec it came with for the price. 2 test rides sealed the deal for me.

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    I think BigKahuna and Stonebreaker make really good points. I bought my M4 because of the price, and after riding the bike for awhile I love it. Which is good because selling it is impossible. Resale value on bikes is typically really bad, on Diamondback's its even worse. I'd say that if you get one, plan on keeping it for awhile.
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    Growing up I never had a killer BMX bike, it was usually something from the PX that weighed a ton. One day my older brother took the city bus to Allen's Schwinn Cyclery on Hill St and a few hours later arrived home on a shinny new Diamond Back Viper (circa 1984). That bike was a work of art, two finger break lever, skinny rear tire, Haro plate (you know the one) kicks ass black and chrome colorway.

    A few years later my brother was leaving for the military. On Christmas morning he said to me, "your present is in the garage where my bike used to be". Without delay I flew to the garage and guess what was there...my brother's DB Viper, which obviously had just become my DB Viper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomac18 View Post
    I think BigKahuna and Stonebreaker make really good points. I bought my M4 because of the price, and after riding the bike for awhile I love it. Which is good because selling it is impossible. Resale value on bikes is typically really bad, on Diamondback's its even worse. I'd say that if you get one, plan on keeping it for awhile.
    Wasn't too concerned with the resale value of the overdrive since at $460 it can't tank too badly. lol

    Even though I am not one to buy and sell, good warning on future purchases resale value.

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    The lack of available demos in my area and the problem with resale value are the things keeping me from otherwise strongly considering a Sortie 29er. My wife has a Mission 2 and really likes it, but she also wouldn't be able to get anything for it if she tried to sell. Good thing one of the kids will probably start riding it soon.

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    I got my 2012 DB Response XE on CL for a bargain $235 at the start of the season, but even as a newb to trail riding, after a few months it's showing it's limitations.

    It's been a great introduction to the sport, but when I decided to build a new bike, a DB frame was last on the list.

    Will make a good 2nd bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niner_Boy View Post
    I got my 2012 DB Response XE on CL for a bargain $235 at the start of the season, but even as a newb to trail riding, after a few months it's showing it's limitations.

    It's been a great introduction to the sport, but when I decided to build a new bike, a DB frame was last on the list.

    Will make a good 2nd bike.
    Well, the limitations are due to the response being a very entry level bike not to it being a diamondback.

    The overdrive made the top 10 bikes under $1000 list.
    It too is still limited.
    I also guarantee every single one of the bikes on that list are limited as they are all entry level.

    That being said, I still plan on keeping it after I get a FS bike and doing a few minor upgrades.

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    Because I get 60% off on DB's. Speaking of which... I just ordered a 2013 Mission. Should be here in a couple of weeks. :-)

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    Because the cost of the bike with a particular component group is almost unbeatable. I love my 2012 Sortie 29er 3. The components are amazing and the frame is awesome as well. and for the price I paid, it was a no brainer. I'm not a brand geek so wasn't after a big brand, but a good bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mg2380 View Post
    Because I get 60% off on DB's. Speaking of which... I just ordered a 2013 Mission. Should be here in a couple of weeks. :-)

    The 3.5 prices are very tempting. I haven't seen a pro-deal price list in 2 years...but those prices back then were VERY tempting as well.

    I've been watching every week for them to get a stock of Missions in...they had them last week, and are down to a smaller frame size again.

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    I went with my Recoil because its hard to beat a $599 FS bike. I know that I can upgrade things on it and it will still be cheaper since im fresh to the sport.
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    At 60% I couldn't find a bike with comparable spec. I've got a 2011 Mission 4 for all mountain riding and ended up loving the damn thing. The latest pinkbike review is very accurate and paints a great picture of its abilities.

    Who cares what other people are riding on the trails. In any given location that's probably going to be the big three or four companies, especially if they have dealers nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigKahuna View Post
    The 3.5 prices are very tempting. I haven't seen a pro-deal price list in 2 years...but those prices back then were VERY tempting as well.

    I've been watching every week for them to get a stock of Missions in...they had them last week, and are down to a smaller frame size again.
    Yep, that's the unfortunate thing about 3.5... Once they get a product in, you better buy ASAP.

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    I had an OLD Topanga DB that I loved still worked well for an old bike, but I was ready to upgrade, I got a overdrive expert 29er, I looked at out LBS and I couldn't get the same features on there bikes for less than 750 I picked up by new DB for 450.00. I not a crazy rider more light trails parks and possible commuter, so I think it will do just fine. So far I absolutely love it, my hubby has a specialized demo 9 and I prefer mine over his, I know they are different platforms but I'm glad I didn't go w something like he has.

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    I bought my OD based on price , I was looking at spending $1200.00 on a Scott Scale 29er , I just couldn't pull the trigger , then I came across a DB on craigslist , guy wanted $300.00 , got him down to $260.00 , it was basically new , he bought a closeout model , so I saved a few bucks , plus its a great entry level bike

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    i must admit i bought my Vertec Pro by mistake, well not really a mistake, i saved up some cash went out too get a bike, saw it reduced as it was last years model. So i bought it, im upgrading too a new bike and the only reason i didn't go for a new diamondback is A: because i wanted too try something different B: i couldn't afford the one i wanted.

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    I always had Diamondback MTB and with a BMX background I stuck with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I have to admit that the reason I bought my Overdrive was it seemed to be the best bang for the buck locally. I was able to get it for $459 at REI through and internet deal and had it shipped to the store for free. It was the cheapest 29er with disk brakes I could find that seemed to be decent quality and rate well. Also, REI's life time satisfaction guarantee and liberal return policy on things was a reason I chose to buy first bike from them. Not that I will take advantage of that but their customer service is top notch.

    Basically the Overdrive was something to get me in the sport cheaply but next year, I would like to get a FS 29er and am looking to spend between $2k and $3k

    That being said, it opens my choices way up to most brands.
    Why would I want to stick to Diamondback?

    Reason I ask, as I see no high end DB's on the trails.
    In fact, I see no DB's on the trails other than a couple who has a his and hers and they are basic 26" v-brake bikes so I know they probably based their decision on price.

    Not that having the same bike as everyone else matters to me, but there is something to say about popularity and quality. If all your serious riders are choosing particular brands, there is an obvious reason for it.

    So why did you buy your first and/or last DB?

    Was it price, comfort, brand loyalty, you liked the color, or some other reason all together?

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    I bought one way BITD because Harry Leary raced them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamSparkyradRacing View Post
    I bought one way BITD because Harry Leary raced them.
    What ever happened to that guy??

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    because it was cheap! (isnt that the only reason why anyone would be caught dead on a diamondback?) I bought the frame, headset, stem, fork and crank off of craigslisr for $150 which is still probably too much since the trace can be had for about $300 from nashbar, but I already had a few good parts already.

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    Back in 2007 I decided I wanted a bicycle to just have it and ride around like I did in my teens. I enitialy went to Wal-Mart to see bikes, because that is all I knew....I knew nothing of Speacialized, DB or any of the top brands, all I know was "want a bike go to Wal-Mart" in fact I knew nothing of the mountain biking community and how awesome it is.

    I went to ***** at our mall because I remember seeing bikes there once. I saw the Sorrentos and immediatley was interested because it looked beefier and racier, color was nice and all that. I asked the guy if they are better than Wal-Mart bikes and he said yes, by far. He asked me how I wanted to ride and I said road and quite a bit of offroad, so he set me up with a Sorrento .

    As I walked around I saw this off yellow bike with disc brakes on it and it looked mean. It would be cheaper to get than the Sorrento, because it had a left-over discount. I sat on it and felt really good on it and liked the mean stance of it. I went on the internet to check the reviews for it and all of them were great as a perfect bike to get into serious MT biking without spending a ton....

    I decided it would be a better value to spend a hundred more for a DB than a Wal-Mart bike because of the horror stories I read about Wal-Mart bikes plus I just really liked how beefy the DB was... So I bought it.

    He pointed me to some trails around town and I took it up there and started riding trails. I couldn't believe how awesome that bike rolled down the trails and I didn't strain to pedal...it was almost effortless and I was cruising going over some small jumps. I rode for about three hours back there and I got hooked on MT biking. from there on I tried to learn more about MT biking, bikes and everything.....

    Now I am more educated, know of the top brands and a lot better at knowing what bike I need to get.... Right now I'm thinking about a Crosstrail, but I am still riding my DB almost daily.

    Diamondback is a great make, don't let people say it's a wal-mart bike....oh they are not.

    I've seen cheaper components on hardrocks and rock-hoppers these days than Response Sports at *****....

    I'll never part with my old Response....I oh it a good retirement, but that will be far away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpfitness View Post
    because it was cheap! (isnt that the only reason why anyone would be caught dead on a diamondback?)

    I'll put my 2006 Response Sport up against any Rock-Hopper class MT bike....anywhere anytime


    Put on a better fork and lighter wheels....I'll go up against a pack of Stumpies!!!

    bring it!!!

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    I bought my 2006 Diamondback Sorrento of the local sporting goods store for two hundred some dollars. I had remembered seeing soemthing in a bike magazine many years before naming a Diamondback mountain bike as the best value. Obviously it was a different bike. It was an okay bike for the money. If I had it to do over again, I would have bought a higherend used Trek or Specialized, etc, and cleaned it up. Oh well. I rode/raced the Diamondback for a few years till I bought a better bike, and then sold the Diamondback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollingAround View Post
    I'll put my 2006 Response Sport up against any Rock-Hopper class MT bike....anywhere anytime


    Put on a better fork and lighter wheels....I'll go up against a pack of Stumpies!!!

    bring it!!!
    My dback is now fully pimped. Slx shifters and cranks, xt deraileurs and brakes not pictured is a tower pro 120mm fork. All of that and more 1200 bucks

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    For me, never had one fail me, always a good component group on them and I've always just like the fit, finish and frame designs.
    If your seat post is sticking out of your frame further then 6 inches, you need a bigger bike.

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    1. Price. I'm new to this sport and have no idea if I'm going to love it or hate it, or if I'm going to kill myself the first time out on the trails. I rode a ton of bikes at the LBS's ranging from $500-$1k, really couldn't tell all that much difference from one to the other outside of 29ers vs 26. I had planned to buy a bike locally after Christmas but saw the Overdrive 29er on Amazon for $349 shipped and couldn't pass it up given the reviews I had read. Got an Avenir 100 saddle, a set of Shimano clipless pedals and have been riding the heck out of it ever since.

    2. I plan to give the bike to my son once I upgrade. If this hobby sticks, I'm going to want to upgrade soon, then I can give the bike to him and have him join me on the trails.

    3. I kind of wanted to at least partially assemble my first bike so I'd have a better idea of how to repair and tune it. Got the Overdrive fully assembled and tuned in about 1.5 hours and learned a LOT about how everything works.

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    for the parts. honestly. Got a scorching deal on a mission pro, decided it was worth giving a shot. If I dont like the knucklebox, sell frame for a couple hundred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigKahuna View Post
    I don't own a Diamondback, but I've considered it. I can get one cheap, I work at a store that sells the brand. And the price is VERY tempting. But I've yet to find one anywhere that I can demo one. We never get the Mission in stock, and that's the bike I'm most interested in. The Overdrive is our big seller, it and the Response XE (budget hardtail). I have a tendency to ride a bike for a while, and if I don't absolutely love it, sell it and move along. And I have to admit that reselling a Diamondback worries me. People generally associate the name with sub $500 bikes as that's what most retailers seem to carry and sell the most of (REI, Performance, *****). So I worry I would not be able to sell the bike, even after buying it at a huge discount. That may seem petty, but it's MY concern. Otherwise, I don't have many doubts about the bikes themselves. I just want to demo one fist.
    lol, your a ***** guy. response XE is exclusive to them. Anyways I assure you that the Mission is b****in'! And reselling a Mission, Goat, Sortie or Mason is easier on a place like Pinkbike.Becouse THOSE are the DB's that get the praise in Bike, Mountain Bike Action, and Dirt Rag etc.I dont know where you live, but do consider that the Mission IS an AM sled.long XC rides will become a hefty work out.Maye also consider the Sortie, Sortie 29, or Overdrive Pro. ( other Overdrive models aren't much better than the Responses).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpfitness View Post
    because it was cheap! (isnt that the only reason why anyone would be caught dead on a diamondback?) I bought the frame, headset, stem, fork and crank off of craigslisr for $150 which is still probably too much since the trace can be had for about $300 from nashbar, but I already had a few good parts already.
    have NO problem being caught on a DB Sortie 3. or for that matter Mission, or scape goat. it \the cheap a** Recoils and Response that are that bad for a entry level.But then we all start somewhere.BTW the Trace isnt a Mountain bike.lol

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    DiamondBike used to make great bikes. The Axis TT is acknowledged as one of the best bikes of its time. But in 99 the got bought by Raleigh owners and became "Walmart" bikes. I wouldn't touch one. However, I think they have finally got their act together and producing good bikes again. I own 4 DBs, but none newer than 96. Will consider a new one, but really looking for an Axis TT

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpfitness View Post
    My dback is now fully pimped. Slx shifters and cranks, xt deraileurs and brakes not pictured is a tower pro 120mm fork. All of that and more 1200 bucks

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    What is that??? thats not an Overdrive...or a mountain bike,the welds are wrong.That looks like a Trace hybrid.Thats not a Manitou Tower Pro either, its Trace's stock Suntour pogo fork! LOL!!!! Perhaps your pix should match your description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witchdr77 View Post
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    What is that??? thats not an Overdrive...or a mountain bike,the welds are wrong.That looks like a Trace hybrid.Thats not a Manitou Tower Pro either, its Trace's stock Suntour pogo fork! LOL!!!! Perhaps your pix should match your description.
    Can u read? I stated that not pictured was the tower pro fork. Everything else i said is on the bike is pictured. Yes its a trace. 29" by 2.1 tubeless wheels and tower pro = a lot more than a hybrid! My first foray into mtb to see if i would like it. Its already been torn down and rebuilt into a yelli screamy. Bye bye dback!

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    Hahaha value for the money you pay does not equate to cheap. Unless you buy a bottom tier Diamondback.

    DB has in the last 3-4 years really put together some well built, well equipped bikes at good prices. Their full suspension line (SG, Mission and Sortie) are awesome. I have heard some people say for the price you can get this or that bike so why not get this or that bike? Simple enough- I don't want the same bike every Tom Dick and Harry is riding around on. DB is rare enough that I get people stopping me all the time asking what bike that is I am riding. I broke my 2010 Mission and am on a 2011 GT Force- been a great bike and I will be building it into a light weight trail bike.

    I am coming back to DB and getting a 2012 Scapegoat frameset which is a smokin frame built for some burly riding.

    If I could afford it I would pick up the DB Mason HT as well- aggressive HT 29er? Oh yeah. I think both Speshy, Trekkie and Cdale have yet to offer a slack, aggressive 29er HT to date. And if they did it would be priced out the wazoo.

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    I just bought a '96 DB Topanga on CL for $45. Besides the price, I like the classic geometry and bought it because I know the DB bikes of that era (even the base models like this one) were quality machines, and I wanted something nicer than my 15-y/o dept. store Huffy offshoot (FS Elite) for family toting duty on the local rail trail. Plus, just pulling the baby seat off and swapping rubber for something more grippy instantly gives me a capable full rigid for some classic offroad fun. It shifts and brakes competently and is supple like an old CroMo frame should be.

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    Just bought my son a Small 2013 DB Sortie 29 1 and he loves it. great stock set up with fox fork and rear shock, the knuckle box rear suspension is really sweet, he tore the trails up with it this week. Yes we did get this at 60% off retail on Promotive, but I couldnt pass that up as he really need a new bike and 29 was what he wanted... Very impressed with it so far, came with shock pump as well.. Diamondback Bicycles - Sortie 1 29
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    In my BMX days I rode a Reactor and had some great times with it. Always loved the pricepoint of Diamondback...I never keep my bikes stock so I usually just bought whatever frame I liked and slowly customized.

    I got my response from my brother who got it dirt cheap from a sports authority. It was sitting in the back...i guess it came missing some parts. For a cross-country bike...this little hardtail has been great to me.

    My next bike will be a used Mission once I get the funds. Need a full suspension bike to go along with my hardtail.

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    We have a small 2008 Mission 2 that we're interested in selling. Lots of cosmetic scratches, but otherwise great. Fork was just overhauled with new seals, etc. PM me if interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progfan1 View Post
    We have a small 2008 Mission 2 that we're interested in selling. Lots of cosmetic scratches, but otherwise great. Fork was just overhauled with new seals, etc. PM me if interested.
    Need a large frame! Let me know if you see one!

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    Bought a '12 Overdrive from Amazon as an entry 29er with good components. Getting back on the horse and moving on from a 2005 FS Walgoose. It functions very well for what it was supposed to be - a pure mountain bike. However, I had a little more utility in mind and am finding it limited when it comes to rack and fender mounting. Not sure whether I should do a frame swap or something else. Considering seeing this summer if I deserve a dedicated mountain bike. If so, I might strip it back to stock and enjoy it in its purest form.

    Do other people consider them relatively light? I think it's quite light, while ironically I care very little for light weight. Every ounce of bike is that many more calories to burn for me...

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    Why did you buy a Diamondback?

    Just purchase the 2013 Sortie Comp. I get a pro discount (60% off). But even without it I think the components and bike are worth the $2800 MSRP. Where else will you get fox ctd 32 fork, fox ctd rear, xt rear mech, Deore front mech, hydraulic shimano brakes for that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHart94949 View Post
    Just purchase the 2013 Sortie Comp. I get a pro discount (60% off). But even without it I think the components and bike are worth the $2800 MSRP. Where else will you get fox ctd 32 fork, fox ctd rear, xt rear mech, Deore front mech, hydraulic shimano brakes for that price.
    +1, thats a might fine ride!
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    Why did you buy a Diamondback?

    Here she is. Nothing cheap about it!!

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    What's a "pro discount"? How are people getting 60% off on brand new bikes? I got my sortie 29er at a good price, but nowhere near 60% off... I'd probably have the Mission too if I can get a deal like that.

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    A "Pro Discount" is reserved for those who work in the industry, retail or Government Service.
    For the Retail side for example, if you work for an LBS, Performance Bike, Nashbar, Dick's Sporting Goods or Sports Authority, you will need to take an on line coarse by a 3rd party.
    Expertcity, is the parent company of 3Point5 and Promotive.The Training criteria is set up by Diamondback.Once you pass that training that covers the Brand/company History and focus,Technologies like DB's Knuckle Box suspension for example.Then how to qualifiy the proper ride to your customer,you recieve FAT discounts, sometimes off of the wholesale or at cost price as well not just the MSRP.I get this discount off of four other bike brands and many others too like Mountain Hardwear, Pearl Izumi, the North Face and Keen etc. If you pass with a close to perfect score you may get even more than off wholesale, not just retail.The more you learn the igger the discount.The tests are timed also. So, to get that nice discount you have to get all questions right and in the fastest time possible.
    Unfortinately, some companies look down on this 3rd party training and their customers suffer. For example Dick's Sporting Goods prefer the employees dont use this training, nor make purchases from there... depending on the manager they feel it takes away from their own discounted sales, interupts incoming shippments of regular stock, and becouse they do not allow you to complete this training on the clock, is a form of working off the time clock.
    If you cross shop a Diamondback Overdrive from Dick's or Sports authority to Performance, REI or an LBS you will see the BIG differance that comes trained and not trained by this quality incentive.
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    I just bought the sortie 2 29er on pro deal for 1800. For the price it blew away anything else for that price. I haven't ridden many other FS 29ers but I do like the knucklebox suspension for what I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigKahuna View Post
    The 3.5 prices are very tempting. I haven't seen a pro-deal price list in 2 years...but those prices back then were VERY tempting as well.

    I've been watching every week for them to get a stock of Missions in...they had them last week, and are down to a smaller frame size again.
    what are 3.5 prices ?

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    Re: Why did you buy a Diamondback?

    3 point 5 is a professional discount offered to people who work in retail. It is actually part of promotive which expands the pro discount out to others such as military, police, and other professionals who might use the product more than your average person. It is how a lot of company's get their product "tested and approved" by military and police.

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    I choose Diamondback because it's all ive ever ridden for a mountain bike! My first was a 97 DBR Vlink 3.2, Then I had an 03 XTS moto both of which I bought used for cheap and have sold. and I just got an 01 XSL Race also bough used for a great price!! cant wait to tear up some trails on it!
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    I got my because the overall quality in my opinion was better than what other models were in it's class. The frame build was what sold me I know the components aren't meant for hard riding which was perfect for me cause it's more of a commuter bike than trail bike. And if your patient and look you can find upgraded components at great prices.

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    I bought mine because it was cheap. I don't care about bells and whistles. Whatever breaks gets replaced with better spec. The frame welds were perfect. I've seen other bikes more expensive with worse welds. I admit I did everything possible not to buy one but for the price I couldn't pass it up. I've changed everything but the wheels and frame and it's a great bike. Besides like everything else now a days the bikes are all made in the same factory most likely so it didn't really matter to me.

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    Re: Why did you buy a Diamondback?

    Bought my Overdrive because it was cheap & I was broke. Wanted something to ride. Rode it for awile then parked it. Didn't live in a area good gor cycling.
    last year I moved. MUCH better area for cycling & mtb riding.

    I cracked the frame on that bike. My Warranty thread. This is the bike Diamondback replaced with.

    I do like the new bike but wish it had SRAM instead of Shimano. Mostly I do not like integrated shifters and brake levers. Entry level SRAM X4 just seemed to work better shifting than Acera.

    But it gets me on the trails grinning like a lunatic.

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    Are you going to swap out the shimano for sram?

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    Maybe. Just going to ride the snot out of it. Need to pay a few bills off then change the fork.

    Oh, the brakes are Promax not the Tektro speced on website. Still does the job and I do have a new set of BB7s to swap out

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    Oh ok got ya I hear you on the paying bills part!

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    I bought my 2011 Recoil Comp as my first real mountain bike, with full suspension at that. Its a good frame to slowly upgrade on, and not a lot of people own them either, so it is slightly unique. I haven't been riding all too much this summer, because I needed money to upgrade the pogo stick of death fork. Have a SR Suntour Epicon in the mail which I plan on using 120mm travel. I'll hopefully live in Utah next year, which is going to be some really good riding (I'll just have to watch for those pesky rattlers). Eventually I plan on having a nice little 1x10 trail bike that would probably retail for around $1,200-1500

    Eventually I'd love to get into downhill/freeride style riding (I already pretty much the down parts of trails) and I would love to buy a upper Mission or Scapegoat once my riding abilities of that type riding outgrow my Recoil Comp (so, after I master beginner trails basically)

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    Because $500 for brand new 2011 Scapegoat frame.....

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    Money

    I bought my used 2011 sortie 29er 1 frame/fox fork/+ a few extras off ebay for the same price I would have paid just for a comparable frame from one of the big names. I've had it for 2 years now and it is still joy to ride. 75% of the bikes around here a Trek, specialized, or cannondale so it is kind of cool to have something different.

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    Why did you buy a Diamondback?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whacked View Post
    Bought my Overdrive because it was cheap & I was broke. Wanted something to ride. Rode it for awile then parked it. Didn't live in a area good gor cycling.
    last year I moved. MUCH better area for cycling & mtb riding.

    I cracked the frame on that bike. My Warranty thread. This is the bike Diamondback replaced with.

    I do like the new bike but wish it had SRAM instead of Shimano. Mostly I do not like integrated shifters and brake levers. Entry level SRAM X4 just seemed to work better shifting than Acera.

    But it gets me on the trails grinning like a lunatic.

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    Totally agree with you on the sram stuff...I switched out my Altus stuff to all sram x4 components, it's like night and day, and I know the x4 stuff is entry level, but I haven't had an issue with it yet, and I've romped it pretty hard lol

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    I bought my overdrive sport because it was the first "like new" condition bike that came available within my price range on craigslist. I wanted 29er/27.5er, hydro discs, and lockout fork for under $400.00. Looking back I could have done without the LO fork as I never use that feature.

    No regrets whatsoever. This bike got me back into a sport I forgot I loved. Sometimes I wish I was on a full suspension, sometimes I want more slack, sometimes I miss my old 26er, but sometimes this bike is nearly perfect. Just depends on where I ride and which lines I choose. I probably wont buy another Diamondback anytime soon because my next bike will be a 26er full squish AM bike and I plan to keep this 29er my lighter duty bike.

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    bought mine because i got 40 percent off of it through Apple.
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    I bought my 2014 Sortie because I had a considerable discount. Nothing could come close spec - wise for the money. Most folks seemed to speak highly of the Knuckebox design so I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did, I absolutely love the bike. The welds on the frame are well done and all else is good quality. I wouldn't hesitate to buy Diamondback again.

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    I think DB gets a bad rap is because they make low end bikes, but they also make High end bikes. I bought mine as a leftover waaaaaay back in 1998, beautiful black sorrento. I am a cheap @$$ by nature so it was a struggle to spend $300+ on a bicycle, but I did it, that bike is still in my garage I just put another 23 miles on it yesterday. I think DB changed ownership shortly after that, and the started selling bikes at dept stores I think I saw one at Target even. That has a way of setting a tone for "walmart bikes", I think though that the good ones are as good as any others in their price point. I just found out that I get 40% off DB through work. so as soon as I get the money togeather I think I am going to drop some cash on DB axis comp or overdrive comp. I hope I am right and not setting myself up for failure, but I just cant cut loose with $1000+ for a bike right now.

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    Long story short I use to really enjoy mountain biking when I was younger before college. Now after a few years of college, a few beers and a few pounds later I wanted to get back into shape. I figured why not combine my health goals with a past love. This led to me ordering a 2015 Diamondback Mission 2.0 (size large). My last bike was a hard tail with a cheapo RockShox. It's been a hell of a learning curve but I've loved every minute of it so far! One of the main reasons I chose diamondback is I work at an outdoor store and was able to order my bike brand new for $1840 shipped to my work. Not bad for a $3800 bike I gotta say lol.


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    I always wanted to try mountain biking so I bought an end of the year 2012 Recoil for $300. Rode it stock for two years until a month ago when I did my first upgrade. A set of Answer Rove pedals. For my style of riding, the heavy 35 lbs weight, the so called "pogo" stick suspensions that every talked about didn't bothered me at all. I made do with what I had for 2 years. Now, slowly but surely, I started eyeing a new rear shock. Looking into a Manitou Radium, a DVM or maybe even an X-Fusion. The annoucement of the new Shimano XT 8000 seems interesting and reasonably priced. Will wait and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafferty View Post
    Long story short I use to really enjoy mountain biking when I was younger before college. Now after a few years of college, a few beers and a few pounds later I wanted to get back into shape. I figured why not combine my health goals with a past love. This led to me ordering a 2015 Diamondback Mission 2.0 (size large). My last bike was a hard tail with a cheapo RockShox. It's been a hell of a learning curve but I've loved every minute of it so far! One of the main reasons I chose diamondback is I work at an outdoor store and was able to order my bike brand new for $1840 shipped to my work. Not bad for a $3800 bike I gotta say lol.

    Same exact reason for me. I will do it again in heart beat. I got a mission one 27.5 but pretty much upgraded everything besides the brakes, rear shock and crank haha. The bike is so pimp now and rides like a monster truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strife21 View Post
    Same exact reason for me. I will do it again in heart beat. I got a mission one 27.5 but pretty much upgraded everything besides the brakes, rear shock and crank haha. The bike is so pimp now and rides like a monster truck.
    Post up a picture of this bad boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafferty View Post
    Post up a picture of this bad boy!
    Here she is:

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    Upgrades:

    2015 Fox Factory Float 34 160mm FIT CTD w/ trail adjust
    Race Face Atlas Kash Money Handlebars cut down to 760mm
    Race Face Atlas 50mm Stem
    Ergon GE1 Grips
    Cane Creek 40 Series Headset
    Thomson Elite 367mm Seatpost
    Chromag QR Seatpost Collar
    Spank Oozy Trail 295 Beadbite Wheelset
    Maxxis Minion DHF and Maxxis Minion DHR II tires running tubless
    Nukeproof Electron Pedals

    Total Weight is 31.69 pounds

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    Bike looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafferty View Post
    Bike looks great!
    Thanks man. How do you like your Mission 2? I was a bit worried about the 1x10 drive train but my legs have adapted pretty well and just gotten stronger so I suppose thats a win win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strife21 View Post
    Thanks man. How do you like your Mission 2? I was a bit worried about the 1x10 drive train but my legs have adapted pretty well and just gotten stronger so I suppose thats a win win.
    The more I ride the more I like the 1x10. It is taking some getting use to though. I love having a dropper post now too. It comes in handy so often especially since I'm rusty and have more "oh s!&#" moments than most probably.

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    Why did you buy a Diamondback?

    I just ordered a DB Overdrive Pro online. I came across a deal too good to miss. $1,015 shipped for the bike. I was hesitant at first, so I went to REI to check out the comp model, and really liked what I saw. For the same price, I got the Pro model, with Fox Float 32 fork and a mix of SLX and XT components. I can't wait for it to get to me later this week.


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    I was looking for something that got a decent bang for the buck. I'm 53 years old, and a fairly new mtn bike rider. So I think this bike will do pretty well. I heard the forks are so so. I will ride it and see how I like the fork, and maybe upgrade later.

    I got my Diamondback Axis sport 27.5" bike with an online coupon $560 + $20 + for 1 year membership + tax = $632 MSRP is $800. You can have it shipped to you with assembly required. I ordered it to be delivered to the REI near me where it was assembled by them. I have not even rode it in the dirt yet. Came close to buying a bike on Bikes direct. But I feel I got a decent deal.

    Hydraulic brakes to boot. I'm going to put some clear plastic on some of the frame parts to protect the paint. Pretty good bang for the buck. I have an old 1994 Diamondback Axis TR I've been using over the last few years. I have only been on a real trail 1 time. Forgot about taking it camping, and riding it a few times there. Pretty sad. That is going to change.
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    I got my Overdrive Carbon Sport because the complete bike build put a lot of the more expensive entry level carbon framed XC HT bikes to shame. Specced with WTB Wolverine Tires out of the box is a huge plus, and smartly chosen wheels/fork/cockpit parts for ruggedness over a cumulative 1lb weight savings on my XL/22" model was brilliant decision making.

    Basically, for the price of buying a cheap chinese no-name frame, finding a fork, and buying a discount grouppo, I was able to get a complete bike with warranty support, and a setup I already knew and liked. Even more impressively, the frame itself and graphics package were so well executed, I've only encountered a scant few bikes that are equally or more impressive in terms of finish detail and graphics styling for stealthy/subdued stuff, and all of those bikes are an order of magnitude pricier.





    I'll start tricking some fancier parts over, but in stock form it's really an impressive bike.

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    Nice Overdrive Carbon.

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    Before my WY and UT spring trip i found great online deal for DB Mason Comp.Why did you buy a Diamondback?-img_20150421_172237.jpg

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    Cheaper Price tag

    Growing up I rode BMX a little and back then (at least in my area) you either rode a Diamondback or a Trek... Everything else wasn't cool enough. I was fortunate enough to own both and I loved them. Over the years Trek has definitely become the more premier brand and diamondback seems like they sold out somewhere down the line and the brand never gained back the popularity it once had. With that said I just got back into riding and I was dead set on buying an entry level ($500-$700) Trek but last minute I saw a Diamondback Axis on sale for $350 and jumped on that. My cousin has a Trek Marlin 5 ($500 bike) and we went riding this past weekend and our bikes seemed to perform pretty equally. However, my DB has an upgraded suspension fork and a 1x8 conversion using a raceface 32t chainring whereas his Trek is stock. His Marlin 5 has waaayyyy better brakes tho. Tekro Mechanical Discs suck!

    Anyways.... Diamondback is a good brand and like all brands, if you want a really good Hardtail then you need to spend $1000+ and for a good FS at least $2500+. For me I couldn't afford that kind of pricetag up front so a $350 DB with upgrades as time goes along will have to do (and honestly I'm having a blast on my budget DB)

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    It was $250.00.

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    I believe Diamondback has a good quality product line, at a good price. The deal got better for me when I found mine on sale. I could have bought 2 for the price of a similar equipped bike.

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    I just decided to back into mountain biking and I used to use and abuse my old Diamondback.

    On my new bike I got a great deal. Paid $400 for an Axis XE, down from $600. I figure it's a great frame and I can run it hard until something breaks. When it does I'll upgrade with better parts. Not really interested in a full suspension frame just yet. I have a lot to learn and I think a hardtail is the best place to start.

    I've been reading this forum for quite awhile but I decided it was time to chime in.

    Hans is inspirational to me. It's a great frame, beyond that, it becomes a custom. Doesn't get better than that.

    I've no intention of ever going pro. I just want to ride to work, to the gym, and hit the trails with my friends.

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    I wanted to get back into riding. I saw on an online retailer, a DB Overdrive Pro for $1299, plus an additional 20% off, end price was $1014 shipped. I pulled the trigger. Seems the spec on this bike would push other manufacturers into the near $3K range. So far, it's doing me really well.


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    Was shopping around for a large frame hardtail when I walked into a shop, and the owner said he had one at his house he just bought from a kid that didn't really ride it. It was a 2012 black Overdrive. He said $250.00, and I grabbed it. Still my daily rider to this day. Added a 3" riser bar, and a vetta padded seat that was actually bought for the seat post at a thrift store, but the seat was on it. Had no intentions of using the seat at all, but its the most comfortable seat so far. Never have used the seat post that it was on.

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    I Bought a few Diamondbacks over Q4 2015. Did a few upgrades to them to get them where I want and they are great bikes for the money. This is exactly why I bought them, because they are a deal. I purchased my Sync'r Pro from promotive at 40% off and then I bought a Overdrive and Lux from Sports Authority when they were on sale for Black Friday. Got them for $250 each and then got some points back for running shoes. The Sync'r is my ride and I got the Lux and overdrive (both 27.5) for loaners. Upgraded the Sync'r tires, wheels, brakes, Fork and cockpit, then moved those parts over to the Overdrive. Lux got new cockpit, brakes and tires. Less than $450 put into each the Overdrive and Lux to have Hyrdos, better tires, wider bars, new Cranks, and tires. Amazing deals is why I bought them plus they look really nice and while a little heavy are very solid!
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    bought mine because it was by FAR the best value I could find. MSRP is 1700 on the DB atroz comp and picked mine up through nashbar.com for 950. so far really like the bike. for the price you really cant complain.

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    I bought a regular 2015 Atroz from Nashbar. I did not buy the Comp model. Total came to about $600 after their 20% coupon.

    Pros:
    - Good looking frame that works well based on what I've read.
    - Rock Shox Monarch R rear shock, which I don't have to upgrade.
    - Hydraulic brakes. It drags a little now since it's new, but should be better later.
    - SRAM X5 9-speed system, which I don't need to upgrade.
    - Simplicity of 1X front drivetrain.

    Cons:
    - Sungour XCM fork even worse than I could imagine.
    - Not tapered headtube - jealous of the 2016s.
    - Heavy at just under 34 pounds, due to the fork and the wheels/tires.
    - Chainguide is a little noisy.

    Future plans:
    - I am cutting the bar down to about 680mm. It's just too wide stock.
    - Air fork of some sort, but aiming for lighter weight of 1700 grams or less. Considering the SR EPIXON for $200, or a Reba for $300
    - Depending on the fork, may go for a set of 4 pound or less wheels, and run tubeless. This together with the fork may bring the bike down to close to 30 pounds. Budgeting maybe $200 for the wheels, looking out for deals.
    - I really don't need to upgrade anything else, but if good deals comes along for other quality components like seatposts, stems, or bars, I would swap those out.

    So for maybe $1100 total, I would have a pretty good and reasonably light FS bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneupme View Post
    I bought a regular 2015 Atroz from Nashbar. I did not buy the Comp model. Total came to about $600 after their 20% coupon.

    Pros:
    - Good looking frame that works well based on what I've read.
    - Rock Shox Monarch R rear shock, which I don't have to upgrade.
    - Hydraulic brakes. It drags a little now since it's new, but should be better later.
    - SRAM X5 9-speed system, which I don't need to upgrade.
    - Simplicity of 1X front drivetrain.

    Cons:
    - Sungour XCM fork even worse than I could imagine.
    - Not tapered headtube - jealous of the 2016s.
    - Heavy at just under 34 pounds, due to the fork and the wheels/tires.
    - Chainguide is a little noisy.

    Future plans:
    - I am cutting the bar down to about 680mm. It's just too wide stock.
    - Air fork of some sort, but aiming for lighter weight of 1700 grams or less. Considering the SR EPIXON for $200, or a Reba for $300
    - Depending on the fork, may go for a set of 4 pound or less wheels, and run tubeless. This together with the fork may bring the bike down to close to 30 pounds. Budgeting maybe $200 for the wheels, looking out for deals.
    - I really don't need to upgrade anything else, but if good deals comes along for other quality components like seatposts, stems, or bars, I would swap those out.

    So for maybe $1100 total, I would have a pretty good and reasonably light FS bike.

    yea I'm bummed on not having a tapered head tube. but they do have headsets that will allow you to use a tapered fork. and I would suggest the SR epixon. have it on my old XC bike and it seems to be good and is very light. I might like it more than the XC30 rockshox that came on my atroz comp. I have never rode the reba but I have friends that have it and they don't like it.

    I'm satisfied with the weight of the Comp. if I can shave weight off for bargain prices I will. I can imagine an air fork will do wonders for yours.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I saw some tapered forks for cheap on Merlin Cycles. A 2014 SID tapered 100mm fork for only $236. That's a heck of a price. But I'd have to add in $40 for the tapered bottom headset adapter from Canecreek. I am not sure if a 120mm fork is a good idea. The stock fork is 120mm, but the rear suspension travel is "only" about 100mm. So would a 100mm front fork also be a good fit?

    I would love to find a 1/8 straight steerer 120mm Reba or SID with 15mm axle for $250.

    Merlin Cycles also had some Mavic Crossride wheels for like $150 but I missed out on that one. That's a 4.25 pound wheelset with decent reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneupme View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. I saw some tapered forks for cheap on Merlin Cycles. A 2014 SID tapered 100mm fork for only $236. That's a heck of a price. But I'd have to add in $40 for the tapered bottom headset adapter from Canecreek. I am not sure if a 120mm fork is a good idea. The stock fork is 120mm, but the rear suspension travel is "only" about 100mm. So would a 100mm front fork also be a good fit?

    I would love to find a 1/8 straight steerer 120mm Reba or SID with 15mm axle for $250.

    Merlin Cycles also had some Mavic Crossride wheels for like $150 but I missed out on that one. That's a 4.25 pound wheelset with decent reviews.
    personally I would stick with 120mm front fork. 100mm would work but that would give it more of a XC feel. most all mountain style bikes come with a fork that is 10-20mm more travel than the shock. check ebay for forks. I always seem to find decent deals on there. I'm looking at getting a 130mm rockshox sector for my atroz.

    and I have also looked at that mavic wheelset. seems like they go on sale a lot. might get them in the future. but first ill see how well the stock wheels old up.

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    Hi guys. What do you think about this one and the price? The nashbar ones or this. Thanks in advanced. Danny

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagmac View Post
    Hi guys. What do you think about this one and the price? The nashbar ones or this. Thanks in advanced. Danny

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    I cant exactly speak for the 2016 model at sports authority but the nashbar exclusives are 2015 versions and I bought one in December. I love it so far. I got the Comp version for 950. if you sign up for their email list you get bike discounts weekly.

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    Cbuth387 I like a lot the one that you have. But the 2016 has a different geometry frame suspension and tapered for the same 1000 around it.

    My only afraid it is spend 1000 in a "walmart" bike. For 200 or 300 more are selling the Scott Spark 760 from 2015. But I don't know this is only paying just for the brand.

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    The frame geometry change is minor, IMO. Sure, it would be nice to have tapered steerer, but the Cane Creek heaset is only $55, and there are decent quality Chinese adapter headsets for $20. The rear is 12x142, but I am not sure it's that big of a deal. The mounting point for the shock is different, and again, is it a dramatic improvement?

    The rest of the component mix is more or less the same between the 2015 and 2016, so your question comes down to whether you want to spend $300-$400 more for a frame with tapered steerer, 12x142, and different rear shock attachment points.

    For me the answer was an easy no. I'd put that money towards a nice fork or wheels.

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    Additional comment. I don't think the Atroz is worth it at $1k, but it's not a Walmart bike either. I rode the 2015 one I bought for less than $600 new and it's not all that bad bone stock. The XCM shock is cheesy but it is functional. My biggest gripe out of the whole bike is actually the handlebar, which is an easy fix. The Scott you mentioned looks about par for the price vs what you get. It's roughly equivalent to the bike that cbuth387 got for $950, The Scott is a 3x9, however, whereas the Atroz Comp is a 1x10. This is something you'll need to consider.

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    Thank you very much oneupme for your both answers. I am really appreciate.

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    Hello

    Just FYI sports authority has a coupon MARCH30 with this discount the Diamondback Atroz 2016 shipped is 699$.

    Thanks

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    No need to spend hundreds extra for some different stickers with another brand on them. My Atroz rocks.

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    Got a sweet deal on bikes for me and my wife. Line for me and Lux Sport for my wife, just under $1000 total for both. I'm happy with it, just want it to get here so I can ride it now.

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    Recently picked up a Catch 2. It's awesome.

    Purchased because I wanted a full suspension 27.5+, and the price and overall package was too good to pass up. It's my first Diamondback, which I previously associated with big box stores, but people seemed to give the brand decent reviews so I thought I'd give them a shot.

    After getting it, I had a friendly chat with Diamondback online and came away impressed with their support. One of my questions was if I could buy a derailleur hanger (I like to carry a spare, and didn't see any available on their site). They offered to ship one at no charge.

    That's a good way to win over customers... this morning I ordered another Diamondback: an Interval Carbon (found a 2015 on closeout for $1099).

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    Hello Deslock. Where you buy ityour Diamondbacks? On line?

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