As a lifelong bike rider and enthusiast, there are a few brand names that come to mind when you hear the word “bike”. One of those brand names is undoubtedly Diamondback Bicycles.
Whether it be road bikes, off-road, BMX, electric,JF or a groundbreaking hybrid, Diamondback has gained the trust of bike riders over the years. And that comes with a few good reasons including their delivery, customer care, offered warranties, product development, and simply making great products.
I have always found Diamondback bikes to be at the top of the game, whether it be from demos of their newest products to their marketing and pro teams, to the reliability of the bike I keep in the back of my pickup for the weekends.
In this article, we will look at why Diamondback bikes have their reputation, and unravel what makes them such good products to explain why their price tags are so expensive compared to their competitors.
Now, let’s take a look at the products that Diamondback makes.
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Founded in 1977 in Newbury, Park California, Diamondback originally sold only mountain bikes and road bikes. In the 1990s they expanded that line to BMX and racing bikes. Through athlete sponsorship, Diamondback was able to make a name for itself as a winning brand over the decades.
Since the ‘90s Diamondback has focused a bit less on BMX and race bikes, to put their efforts into what they do best: building mountain, road, and gravel bikes. They have also added electric bicycles to their product lineup.
Pros of Diamondback
Diamondback’s designs are known for their durable frames with heavy load capacities. They have top-end mechanics and various frame sizes and price points. Also, the company is known for accessible and easy repairs.
Diamondbacks are notorious for durability, speed, and agility. But with all of these positives, there’s always a tradeoff.
Calling these tradeoffs ‘cons’ feels extreme already, but some of these include Diamondback bikes’ non-customizable nature. The brand makes a tight product and a by-product of that is that each bike is designed to stay how it was intended by the manufacturer. Even this is a pro in some ways, as it prevents long-term problems.
The next critique of Diamondback is that the bikes come unassembled, which means that either your bike shop or you (if you have the technical know-how) will need to put them together. I would recommend leaving this to the pros.
The last critique is that Diamondback bikes are typically heavier than their competitors. But with the weight, comes strength.
Now that we’ve addressed the generals of Diamondback, let’s take a look at their bike categories.
Mountain bikers seek adventure in a fun and mobile way. Diamondback has been on the job for creating the most high-end and cutting edge bikes on the market since ‘77—in other words, they know what they are doing.
And whether you’re a beginner on a flat trail, or an expert leaping through ravines, Diamondback has the bike for you.
But with quality, comes cost.
A full-suspension mountain bike has shock absorption in both its front fork, as well as its rear tire. Diamondback offers many full-suspension options, which are the highest-end choices on the market.
The extra suspension in the rear adds extra comfort while riding rough terrain and can give a rider an edge for efficiency throughout a long day of riding.
If you plan to ride the most difficult terrain, you’ll want to consider a full-suspension bike.
The current models of full-suspension bikes that Diamondback make include:
- RELEASE 29 3
- RELEASE 29 2
- RELEASE 4C
- CATCH 1
- RELEASE 29
- CATCH 2
- ATROZ 1
- ATROZ 3
- ATROZ 2
- RELEASE 5C
- MISSION 2 CARBON
- MISSION 1 CARBON
Full suspension bikes offer parts from top makers. Each part is specifically designed to do its job to its best ability, and when put all together these bikes work as one large network to deliver the best experience mountain biking has to offer.
With a shortage of good full-suspension mountain bikes on the market these days, here are a few alternative options.
The Mongoose Impasse is a full-suspension option for a budget. It has an 18-Inch aluminum frame and its Element suspension fork makes your ride smooth over bumps. It has a 21-speed rear derailleur and alloy wheels.
The Giant ANTHEM ADVANCED PRO 29 1 is closer to Diamondback’s full-suspension options, yet features a cheaper price point and offers an aluminum frame. This is optimized for larger tubeless-tire wheels as well.
Santa Cruz has been the lead competitor to Diamondback over the past few years. They have similar price points and continuously top each other in the R&D departments.
The Bronson is a perfect example of a bike that can give Diamondback a run for its money and make shoppers look at every aspect of their designs.
Hardtail mountain bikes are a cheaper option that doesn’t include rear suspensions. This will result in a bumpier ride unless you are experienced. But if gnarly off-road terrain isn’t your daily goal, you can get away with a hardtail. Though beware: I mean it when I say the ride is bumpier.
This will also affect your speed and skill-set development in the end. So if you are trying to take mountain biking seriously, I would recommend Diamondback’s full-suspension options, as it will save you time and a beating to your body.
You’ll see by the variation in price points that a hardtail comes with significantly fewer features, yet some mountain bike purists would argue that riding a hardtail makes you a smoother rider overall and can increase your efficiency while riding uphill.
Most Diamondback hardtail models offer a better front fork as well, so you are still getting great quality for less cost.
The current models of hardtail bikes that Diamondback makes include:
- SYNC’R CARBON 29
- OVERDRIVE 29 3
- OVERDRIVE 29 2
- OVERDRIVE 29 1
- MASON 2
- MASON 1
- LUX 3
- LUX 2
- LUX 1
Schwinn offers a base model hardtail for a great price. It still comes with 24-speeds and an aluminum frame for light handling. If you’re just getting started, this is a simple entry into the sport.
As there are different builds and heights for women’s bikes, let’s take a look at one. The Cannondale Trail 6 offers micro-suspension and an aluminum frame, as well as Shimano parts.
- Co-op Cycles DRT 2.2 Bike $1,899
The Co-op cycles are another middle-of-the-road line to look into. Their bikes offer Shimano parts, 27.5-inch wheels, and the industry-standard aluminum frame with hydraulic disk brakes. If you’re looking for the next step up to your riding, this is a good option to demo.
It could be said, this is the specialty of Diamondback Bikes.
Adventure and Gravel
Adventure and gravel bikes are built to attack terrains of all sorts. These might look like a road, mild dirt trails, grass, and all combo rides in between.
Adventure and gravel bikes are not built to be as durable as mountain bikes to give riders a lighter and smoother ride where possible.
Also, their wheelbases are thinner than mountain bike tires. But don’t let that fool you into thinking these are weak, they’re just built for easier day-to-day mobility.
Diamondback builds their adventure/gravel bikes by hand, giving them an incomparable ride to competitors. This increases not only the durability and strength of the frame but gives it an unmatched quality.
Like their mountain bikes, Diamondback includes products from master builders of hubs, brakes, etc.
Diamondback makes many models of Road and Gravel Bikes. Here are some of their most popular models today.
Some alternative options to the Diamondbacks include:
The Tommaso is a 16-speed with a steel frame. It includes Shimano parts and even with a steel frame, this bike is light in weight.
The Vilano is a 14-speed versatile machine. These, like the Diamondbacks, are unassembled, so you’ll need a shop to put it together and tune it properly. They have aluminum frames and 700c wheels, a standard for this bike type.
Another steel frame, the Giordano is a 16-speed that can get you through the road to light trails effortlessly. One great benefit to the Giordano is its lifetime warranty.
City bikes specialize in smooth rides on the road, mainly pavement surfaces. They are designed for speed and efficiency. These, like all bikes, are great methods of exercise for those stuck in the (you guessed it) city.
Their tires are typically very thin, and their handlebars are referred to as “drop” bars, such as you would see on the bikes in professional races like the Tour de France. City bike frames are designed to be light, and while durable, this is not the priority as it would be on mountain bikes.
City bikes can be taken on dirt trails, though you risk a bumpy ride and puncturing the thin tires. In general, it’s best to stay on the pavement.
Like all of the bike types, Diamondback road bikes stand out for their high-quality frames and parts. They make a frame for all skill levels and a price point to match it from class to class.
Diamondback makes many models of Road and Gravel Bike options. Some of their most popular models today are:
This is a mid-sized Schwinn road bike option. With 16 speeds and Shimano parts, this bike will last just like its namesake.
Tommaso’s are comfortable and affordable options in all classes. Their construction of lightweight aluminum and 24-gears adds up, creating a bike that any casual rider will be happy with.
The Phocus offers an aluminum frame, flat bar or drop bar alternatives, multi-speed drivetrains, and carbon fiber forks for an efficient and cost-effective road bike option.
Whether you are environmentally conscious or simply need an easy and clean form of transportation, an E-bike might be what you’re looking for.
With an efficient motor that engages only when you pedal, Diamondback has developed a cutting-edge electronic set of bikes. These are easily controlled based on your peddling and will suit your speed comforts, even if they vary throughout your ride.
Composed of this intuitive drive unit, a safe, high-quality battery (with exchangeable battery packs for longer rides), a visual display, and a user interface. This option will be the most synchronized biking method you’ll ever come across, but the pocketbook might notice.
Diamondback’s display and user interface on their electric bikes supply all of the data you’ll need to control your bicycle. For instance, if your bike is assisting too much, you can easily roll it back and vice versa. You’ll be able to see speed and distance as you go. Just don’t get caught up in watching the pot boil and enjoy the ride!
If you prefer to use your E-bike as simply a transportation method, the machine can do all of the work with an adjustment at your fingertips.
The higher-end E-bike models have upgraded display units as well and are compatible with your phone, apps, and other mobile devices.
Another benefit to Diamondback E-bikes is their partnership with People for Bikes and Call2Recycle, which give customers the option to recycle their old batteries. This is the first program like this in the United States.
The battery packs range in size. You have the option to buy a larger battery for longer rides. But keep in mind this is variable, and your battery’s power is only as good as how much you use it. In other words: the more work your bike is doing, the shorter the battery life.
Diamondback is at the forefront of the E-bike revolution. They make many models, some of the most popular today include:
The addsfit adult E-bike folds when you are not riding it. It has a 20” fat-tire base for biking through the city or countryside. It also has an aluminum frame and a 7-speed gearbox. The addsfit has a detachable Lithium Battery and can reach speeds of up to 20mph.
This option is cheaper than Diamondback’s electric bikes. It also looks much bulkier due to its fold-up design. It is a very practical E-bike for simple mobility and it runs around $700.
The Ancheer Electric Bike has a sleeker body style than the addsfit. It looks more similar to the Diamondback but for a fraction of the cost.
It is a 26” wheel-based bike that reaches 20mph, which is slower than Diamondbacks E-models. It also includes a removable battery and has a 21-speed gearbox.
Schwinn’s version of the E-bike costs a bit more than the Ancheer and addsfit but comes in Step-Thru as well as Step-Over aluminum frames. Like the Ancheer, it can also reach up to 20mph.
The integrated downtube battery lasts up to 45 miles with a single charge. It recharges in approximately 5 hours.
So, Are Diamondback Bikes Worth the Money?
By now, I think it’s clear to see that Diamondback Bikes live up to their reputation. There’s a reason they have been in the game for as long as they have (4 decades!) and their construction and identity prove why. Just look for one of their top-selling models online and you’ll notice that they’re not easy to get ahold of, especially on a mainstream site like Amazon or REI.
From beginners to the best in the world, Diamondback has a model and price point for you.
If Diamondback sounds like an option that might suit your needs based on its history, quality, and culture of innovation, you can find them at many local bike shops or online at sellers like Amazon or REI.