Product DescriptionGreat for cross country,The Overdrive 29er features large 29" wheels and a 100mm Suntour fork. Frame: Overdrive 29" Butted 6061-T6 Aluminum w/ FormedTop / DownTube, machined headtube, forged drop outs w/replaceable hanger, disc only Fork: SR Suntour XCT 100mmTravel, 28.6mm stanchions Cranks: SR Suntour XCT 22/32/42t Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge F. Derailleur:ShimanoTX50 dual pull,Top swing, 34.9 R. Derailleur: SRAM X-4 8spd Shifter: SRAM X-4Trigger 8spd Brake Levers:Tektro Alloy w/ reach Adj
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Date Reviewed: March 27, 2015
Strengths: I have ridden this bike pretty hard for 5 months. The frame has held up just fine, all of the Diamondback parts are of high quality, well designed, well built, and sturdy. Low bottom bracket height and steep head tube angle make for a great ride on flat flowy courses and a good climber. The XCR is a good fork as long as it is stripped and cleaned every couple of months. It really does track quite well after a good cleaning. The brakes, while they have some minor quality issues they stop the bike a hole lot better than any V brake I have ever tried. The wheels convert to tubeless pretty easily and honestly have not caused me any troubles. I liked the original saddle but it wore in about 2 months.
Weaknesses: If you ride as much and as hard as I do than almost all of the 3rd party components are weaknesses. Especially the drive train. My bike was mixed and matched with low end Shimano and Sram parts which is normal for this price range. The 3x8 Altus/Acera setup never shifted smoothly. Even after a tune-up. In 5 months I have replaced every single drive-train component on the bike. I will tell you that the crankset was torqued on so hard that it had to be skinny wheeled in half to get off. The M395 brakes are cheaply made but functional.
The geometry is a little awkward, to clear the big rear 29er tire and achieve the low BB height they put your seat tube way too far forward. The seatpost has a rear offset to help but its not enough. Downhill riding will wear you out pretty fast on this bike.
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2014
Strengths: Cheap intro to XC biking, good brakes (on Sport model), good tires.
Weaknesses: Terrible saddle, XCR fork is a bit dodgy, rear derailleur needs readjustment pretty often
The bad: Fork is advertised at 100mm of travel, but I get maybe 60mm, and it's dog-slow to react to changes in terrain- I need to be basically airborne for the thing to actually get any travel. The saddle is an absolute killer. Even with a padded cover and bike shorts, it's a real bruiser and probably the biggest thing limiting the time I can spend on the bike. Rear derailleur (Shimano Acera) needs to be readjusted about every 10 km of off-road riding, which is definitely not a plus. Also, there's a mysterious clicking noise that only occurs sometimes; I can't figure out what it is.
The good: Hydraulic brakes! Wow, what fun! The tires are nice and grippy, the wheels have stayed true thus far. I do a lot of riding on the roads to get to/from trails, and it's capable on pavement as well. People who don't know much about bikes are very impressed with it, which depending on your personality may or may not be a plus. The frame fits me pretty nicely, and with the exception of that rear derailleur, all the components do their job well and don't slide, rattle, or loosen up with time. I have a blast with it, warts and all.
Purchased At: Nashbar
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2014
Strengths: Light frame, great price
Weaknesses: Seat sucks, front shock is soft
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2014
Strengths: Solid intro into the 29er world IF you choose to purchase the Comp or Pro.
Weaknesses: Where do I start, SR Suntour is a good brand for high end forks unfortunately, this is their mass production lowest quality component. Tektro mech brakes require constant adjustment but are solid. Seat post is heavy and the seat is uncomfortable beyond anything than a quick ride.
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2013
Strengths: Large size frame fits my 6 ft body very well.Heavy frame also absorbs vibration.Solid wheels have taken a proper beating without distortion.Bottom bracket not creaking even after pedaling thousands of kilometers.
Weaknesses: Suntour fork was not very smooth due to insufficient lubrication.Easy disassembly of fork,cleaning and greasing resulted in plush performance.Gearing way too high for a entry level 29er.Installation of a 38 tooth cog behind cassete solved problem.Brakes were squeeling like a herd of pigs from hell.Installation of old set shimano brakes with cool stop pads ended the madness.WTB wolverine tires slipped on rims with low psi,replacing tires with wire beaded CST and Serfas tires fixed it.Seat was antagonistic to my anus and was cruelly donated to a charitable organization.
Duration Product Used: 2 years
Price Paid: $450.00
Purchased At: Dicks sporting goods
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2013
Strengths: Low price, with good brakes and a better fork.
The Suntour XCR is plush, don't listen to the haters. It is not an $800 fork, or a $350 fork for that matter, but it is surprisingly plush and controllable, even for a big boy.
Weaknesses: Drive Train - Really low level stuff, Acera front and rear derailleur. They will grind. They will get the job done, but they will complain.
I've been looking for an entry level bike, and feel like I've looked at everything out there. I will say that there are other bikes at this price point and about $150 higher that do have a better overall component quality, and in particular drive train, but they have lower quality front suspension. In my analysis, I'd prefer a lower quality drive train, and a higher quality fork, none of the entry level bikes were set up in this manner. They were either equal across the board with like Shimano Alivio components and low end Suntour fork, or even higher end drive train, but still with a low end Suntour fork.
I'm a big guy, and not an experienced rider, so I feel that the Suntour XCR front suspension really helps me from going over the bars while rolling over the rough stuff, as I learn to manage my weight/center of gravity around the bike. This fork does eat rocks, roots, and logs like some starved mythical Greek creature, and it does it smoothly. It does not have adjustable rebound, but the rebound felt very good to me, was not springy, and absolutely no pogo stick effect. I am very happy with the Suntour XCR, and really is the reason I purchased this bike.
The derailleurs on this bike are low end, no denying that fact, they will complain if you shift under load, which I'm still learning to avoid, but when you're on a gnarly climb with increasing grades, pretty hard to shift while not under load. The rear Acera derailleur will grind noisily under load, but the upside is that if it breaks, you can upgrade to a more quality Deore level component. The shifters on this bike are awesome, easy to use, and feel quality. No troubles at all. A real step up from grip shifters.
The Shimano hydraulic brakes are very impressive so far. I was on some downhills today that were long, steep and gravely, i.e. well beyond my comfort level, and I never felt that the breaks couldn't handle it. The front 180mm rotor is powerful, and WILL manage your speed.
Bottom line, low level drive train, quality hydraulic breaks, and really plush front fork. The large size fits a big guy, doesn't complain when you bounce in the attack position, and overall feels good.
Maybe the magical economy fairy is going to come down and restore the western world to prosperity thus allowing the purchase of multithousand dollar bikes, but I don't see that happening in the coming century, so stop the analysis paralysis, pick up an Overdrive Sport and have some fun staying fit.
Life is too short to spend it being a bike nerd on the internet.
Price Paid: $550.00
Purchased At: Performance
Similar Products Used: Specialized Ground Control
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2013
Strengths: Good components for the money, looks like a nice bike (to people who aren't really into mountain bikes). Frame seems solid. Brakes are great, decent controls.
Weaknesses: Budget front suspension. Like a pogo stick, but what do you expect at this price point?
If I had it all to do over again I would probably just drop 200$ more on something with a better front suspension and a more reputable name (Specialized, Trek, Giant) but after I upgrade I will be in the same spot as far as cash outlay. Alot of the threads on this forum make you feel like you cant do anything but ride around in a circle in a parking lot with anything but a top tier bike but really the most important thing is to get something that gets you on the trail, and this bike has accomplished that for me so I love it. All I can suggest if you want this or a similarly priced bike is to buy it at a bike shop so you know it is put together correctly and you take take it in for free adjustments (I had to adjust the front derailleur once already)
Duration Product Used: 4 months
Price Paid: $599.00
Purchased At: Preformance Bike, Ta
Similar Products Used: GT's of similar price points.
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2013
Strengths: Component group
Weaknesses: Wheel set
I was able to get a good deal on this bike at around $1200. There was nothing else remotely close at this price point. I was a little concerned about its weight prior to ordering. After assembly it weighed in at 30.5 lbs with my eggbeater pedals. Knowing that the wheelset was pretty much crap i switched that out immediately to a sun ringle black flag comp wheelset with an XT cassette and discs running tubeless 2.2 continental xking. Huge difference. Bike weighs in at 27.5 now.
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2013
Strengths: This bike is great for the price. It climbs well and will pretty much roll over anything on the trail. It's quick and grips the trail on those fast turns. I took a gamble purchasing this bike because I have only heard bad things about Diamondbacks but I must say, I am very pleased with this bike. I have been riding trails for about 3 years and I am finally comfortable and confident. This bike has boosted my time and performance. You can waste your money on one of those big fancy Specialized bikes or save a grand and buy the Overdrive Comp and make a few minor upgrades.
Weaknesses: pedals and headset
Handlebars are so wide, you will clip almost every tree on a narrow trail. I changed them after the first ride. The breaks can be a bit noisy.
Duration Product Used: 6m
Price Paid: $755.00
Purchased At: Pedlers - Austin, Tx
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2013
Strengths: Im 6'8", was 425 pounds when i bought the overdrive 29er XL22" frame. I was told i was too big to ride any bike, but the point for this bike was to lose weight. 5 weeks in 390 pounds now, and probably 200 miles on the bike at least. Its held up to my weight and my riding it through mountain single track, regular dirt road, sand, street the double wall rims really help being my size i still havent bent a rim from diamondback which i was told would "taco" on me in a week easy its definitely taken a good beating from me and its really held up
Weaknesses: i dont really have any complaints
Date Reviewed: February 25, 2013
Strengths: More bang for your buck
Weaknesses: Terrible peddles
Duration Product Used: 14 nonths
Price Paid: $900.00
Purchased At: Amazon
Date Reviewed: February 6, 2013
Strengths: Components, value, strong frame
Weaknesses: wheelset, on the heavy side
Date Reviewed: November 29, 2012
Strengths: Nice frame layout and paint,top class fox fork.
Shimano SLX components are bullet proof.
Weaknesses: 3x10 drive train instead of 2x10 ( easy fix)
Date Reviewed: November 6, 2012
Strengths: Price! Wheels & Tires!
Purchased At: Performance
Date Reviewed: October 17, 2012
Weaknesses: frame and components
The crash was not hard but the frame bent.
The Suntour XCT forks that came on the bike was nothing but a glorified pogo stick not even suitable for any type of mountain riding.
All in all, the bike is good for trail and light mountain riding but not the bike you want if you plan on doing anything serious. By the time you finish upgrading the bike, you will have more in to it then a better bike would cost and still have a week frame.
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