Diamondback XSL Elite '05 All Mountain Full Suspension

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)


Product Description

  • XSL 7005 All-Mountain Frame
  • Fox Float R Air Rear Shock
  • Fox Float R 130mm Fork
  • Hayes HMX-9 Hydraulic Brakes
  • SRAM X.7 9-spd Trigger Shifters


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Farmhero a Weekend Warrior from Corry, PA USA`

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2010

Strengths:    Great downhill, handles jump well, very responsive! great on rough terrain. fairly light

Weaknesses:    could be better up steep climbs.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike! i think its a great ride, it was my first higher end mountain bike, and hasn't ever really let me down. i may only be 19, but i have put it through the pases, with about 4K on it! just now i need to replace the hubs, but i expected that i long long time ago! came with great components, and was a great value! A++ for one diamondbacks first high end bikes

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Favorite Trail:   still looking

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   1600

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

Bike Setup:   upgraded truevativ crank, sram XO, some other subtle things

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by loosespoke a Weekend Warrior from Redding Ca. USA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2009

Strengths:    Good components. The fox suspension works great, very plush.The hayes nine brakes work good and brake pads seem to hold up great.The sram shifters work even better than the shimano xt on my previous bike. Frame does not creak or make noise when peddling uphill.

Weaknesses:    The swingarm pivot seems anemic, it cracked after only a few rides. I don't do any big drops or jumps. I ride mostly x-country and i only weigh 130 lbs. It doesen't give me that warm fuzzy feeling when doing 30+ mph down hills, that's for sure! Manufacturer does not consider swingarm as part of the frame. (lame)

Bottom Line:   
This bike comes with good components on it. It peddles uphills good and doesn't have any annoying creaking noises. However, i am not very impressed with the the frame strength. I have never had another bike crack for no apparent reason before. To make things worse, diamondback does not consider the swingarm as part of the frame, they say it is part of the suspension so it is has a seperate warranty from the frame.Luckily my bike shop stood up for me and got the swingarm for me at no cost.(they paid for it since diamondback wouldn't stand behind thier own product) The bottom line? It wasn't super expensive and had some great parts on it for the money, but i can't give this bike more chilis because the manufacturer should have better customer service. I mean, when you buy a frame it comes with the swingarm so why do they not consider it part of the frame?

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Bikes ETC.

Similar Products Used:   Specialized fsr sport

Bike Setup:   Fox float R forks and shock,Hayes nine brakes,Sram x-7,WTB speedisc rims,Truvative stylo cranks.

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