Diamondback 2000 Apex Hardtail Bike

4.2/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $825.00


Product Description

mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Judy XC, 2.5"-4.0" adjustable travel fork


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bill a Cross Country Rider from nh

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2001

Strengths:    Good frame construction, decent parts for the price, cheap.

Weaknesses:    Kind of heavy, some crappy parts such as wheels and seatpost.

Bottom Line:   
For the price a pretty decent bike. Climbs okay, and decends pretty fast. okay components too, if you upgraded you could have a pretty nice free ride bike but if you have the money get a better bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Stock so far, other than new pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Blair a Weekend Warrior from Charlotte, N.C.

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2001

Strengths:    bike is still together!! and i have burned it pretty bad. clips and breaks almost gone but everything as durable as expected.

Weaknesses:    supsension seat....

Bottom Line:   
if you can ride but don't feel like paying for all of the BS this is your bike. i owned it for a month before entering my first race and won!! since, i have entered 2 more taking 2nd on my last. i spent more than twice as much on my last bike and can't tell the difference. don't let anyone (shop employee) talk you onto another ride. definitely the fastest downhiller i have ever owned.

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Favorite Trail:   Brown Mountain

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $675.00

Purchased At:   Local Shop

Similar Products Used:   specialized stumpjumper, bridgestone mb5

Bike Setup:   currently everything stretched

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will Lyons from Lexington, Ky

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2001

Strengths:    I'm a pretty new biker, but I got a good deal on this bike, and so far am really pleased. It climbs well, and is fast downhill, and takes small jumps pretty well. I like the fork, but would prefer something a little lighter. Pretty good components for its price.

Weaknesses:    I think the wheels suck, my rims are bent, the tires are bad, and the hubs aren't great. Apart from this I havn't had any problems, accept that the rear derailler hanger is a little bent, and the bottom cog wheel on it broke.

Bottom Line:   
For the price, a great bike, especially if you get it a little cheaper. I havn't been biking for long and this is my first decent bike, and I love it. I have a friend who used to race and he said he'd take it over most other hard tails anytime (especially since its cheap). Sure there are better bikes out there for higher prices, but this bike is a lot for your money. I don't know how this would do for racing or anything (I havn't gotten that far yet) but its sure great for bombin around trails, both uphill and down. The 4 is just becase the wheels suck so much.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Similar Products Used:   couple other bikes, trek 6500, schwinn moab

Bike Setup:   All original parts but I'm gonna get new wheelsets.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Barclay Yates a Weekend Warrior from Hendersonville, NC

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
3 months after purchase and 15-20 rides I am getting used to what the bike can and can't do. Fast downhill with very good control. Takes drops of a few feet well. Climbs good.

Wears thru brakes fairly quickly due to fast tendancies of the bike on downhills.

So far everything is holding up well.

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Favorite Trail:   Dupont, Cascade Lake Area

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Bikeways, Hendersonville, NC

Bike Setup:   Changed to quick release seat post and a pair of extended toe clips, due to my bad foot bones.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Barclay Yates a Weekend Warrior from Hendersonville, NC

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2001

Strengths:    I like the rock shock and I have found the travel is a little much for my riding style so I have lessened it with the adjustable shock dials. Weight transfer on the frame is good for climbing if the shock is stiff. Like the shifters.

Weaknesses:    Wheels weren't true when I got the bike, not bad off but not true. Stem feels low on steep decents.

Bottom Line:   
Overall I really do like the bike. I have been out on 4-5 rides in the last month and am still tinkering with components. Example, seat shock is nice but when you need it you usually aren't on the seat anyway. My old bike is a Yokota. Climbs like a son of something but doesn't have a front shock and is 10 years old.

I do like the Apex and the price is very reasonable. Some of the spec parts are not great but they can be replacd as they break. The price I paid was way under the usual retail.

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Favorite Trail:   Dupont, Cascade Lake Area

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Bikeways, Hendersonville, NC

Similar Products Used:   Looked at Univega.

Bike Setup:   Changed out the stem for a slightly higher rise stem to help in the descent department. Changed the clipless pedals for toe clips. Clipless just doesn't fit quite right.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ramsés a Weekend Warrior from Las Vegas, NV, USA

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2000

Strengths:    STIFF/FAST frame, AVID brakes, suspension seatpost, Shimano drivetrain, riser bars, worthy components for its price range.


Weaknesses:    Heavy Judy XC, cheap/heavy seatpost IF you don´t care for a suspension post.

Bottom Line:   
Apex is fast and stiff. I couldn´t afford a worthy steel bike around $800, so I went all out for the fastest/stiffest bike in that range and upgraded the suspension. The World Cup Geometry frame from Diamondback outdoes its competition (Trek, Schwinn, and other top names) in speed and stiffness, yet still under $1k for a whole bike. The rise bars are a plus, though the lengthy top tube might make you want to get a shorter stem. The WTB Raptor tires are alright around the desert here, but I know the wheels will need changing soon, but that´s okay because this bike is worthy of some Mavic Crossrides or something alike. Though there are some components that are not too great, this is the best bike to get to upgrade because of the price. The Apex´s long-tubed frame and geometry plus its long riser bars are reminiscent of BMX, which is why I bought this. If you like Diamondback´s BMX and are looking for their philosophy of fun/fast bikes, get one of these! If you´re looking for more cross country type of bike, concentrating on climbing and long stretches of constant cycling and no fun, go for a Trek or Schwinn.

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Favorite Trail:   wherever i can avoid cactuses and rattle snakes from southern nevada to northern mexico =)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   bikeshop website with promotional offer/code

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh M600, Schwinn Moab 2,3, Trek 6500, 7000.

Bike Setup:   Stock plus Manitou SX-R with anti-bob lever and Cane Creek C-2 headset.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Justin Brown a Cross Country Rider from Springfield, MO

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2000

Strengths:    Solid component mix. Good fork and drivetrain for the money.

Weaknesses:    Weak wheelset. Hubs and rims are sub-par for its class. Tires are useless.

Bottom Line:   
This is my roommates bike. He got a great deal on it so it was an A+ for value. My roommate is not a heavyweight at 165lbs., and does not torture his bike like some. But after only five months the wheels are way out of true. The tires are the biggest downside though. The ones his bike came with (some Sedona crap) can barely grip pavement. Overall I would say buy this bike and slap on a new wheelset and you will have a great intermediate level ride.
Four flamers for value if you paid $850.00. My roommate gets 6 for paying $500.00

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Galyans in KC

Similar Products Used:   Rockhopper, Stumpjumper, Giant Iguana, and too many Schwinns

Bike Setup:   Rockhopper with King headset, Manitou SX shock, Grip shifters.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Jack a Weekend Warrior from Worthington Pa.

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2000

Strengths:    solid frame & enjoying judy xc,nice components for the price. avid brakes are excellent & suspension seatpost is a surprising + (i didn't think i would like it.)

Weaknesses:    nothing to report so far, keeping an eye on the rims.

Bottom Line:   
Very pleased with the performance & price. i tend to be hard on bikes & in the month and a half that i have had this bike it feels like a keeper. if you you ride serious and have to stay under a grand this bike is worth buying.

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Favorite Trail:   moraine/deer lakes

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   schwinn badlands (owned)
schwinn moab elite (ridden a few times)
giant 800 (ridden a few times)
specialized stumpjumper (ridden a few times)
i went from old schwinn badlands with bottom line components & supension to the apex (feels like i traded in a yugo for a corvette!!)


Bike Setup:   all original so far. rock shox judy xc, shimano deore crank & front derailler, lx rear derailler, avid brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Weekend Warrior from Aptos, CA

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2000

Strengths:    Frame, fork, drivetrain, good components for price

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I just ride on weekends and didn't want to spend over 700. This was the best bike I could find in that range. It has all good components and is very rigid. This is a very decent machine.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Bolen a Cross Country Rider from Pittsburgh

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2000

Strengths:    Brakes, Drivetrain, Fork, Frame

Weaknesses:    None found yet

Bottom Line:   
This bike was a gift so I'm not sure what it cost. Overall it is an excellent Cross Country bike. The components are solid and the frame geometry gives the rider a good postion. The WTB tires do not clear mud as well as my IRC Mythos so that will be one change. Overall I'm very happy with the bikes performance and set up.

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Favorite Trail:   Bavington State Game Lands

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Giant Boulder (1991)


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