Weaknesses: This frame flat out sucks. It has a factory defect, the rear tire bottoms out on the seat stay or your ass which ever is closest. The frame sits very high and is tipsy going into corners. Not easy on the scale weighing in at 40 LBS. Complete build.
If you are interest in this frame you will be sorry. Worst investment i have ever made. Considering chopping off the seat stay and changing the geometry then maybe it will work.
Bike Setup: Chris King Headset, Romic rear Shock, Kenda Stick-E tires 2.6, Marzocchi 888, Race Face Evo Dh Cranks, Fsa Sprocket, Mrp Party Boy Chain Guide, Easton Ea50 Stem,Rhino Lite Wheels, Azonic A-frame Pedals,Thompson Seat Post, SDG Seat, Hayes Brakes.
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2007
Strengths: extremely fast, jumps great, sucks up impacts, easy barspins, rails corners and flies
Weaknesses: HORRIBLE brake jack. seat hits tires during bottom out,come w/o single crowns,not a real great pedaller ( it can go uphill htough i rode a 2 mile ascent on mine)
My bike is really heavy but this frame will build up way light. I have a lot of trouble with brake jack but i dont use front brakes hardly at all. super fast, wins a lot of races here.
its a good dh/fr bike. thats it. not a climber or dirt jumper but sweet for intended purposes
Favorite Trail: a-LINE, SCHLEYER, beacon hill, fod
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: WHEEL SPORT EAST
Similar Products Used: kona Stinky, Iron horse sunday, intense m3 (tested them all and:) iron horse yakuza, giant ac(own)
Bike Setup: marz 66, saint brakes, sun S-type wheels, maxxis highroller/minion
from Barrie, Ontario
Date Reviewed: May 26, 2007
Strengths: Very mobile, you can send this bike where you'd like it to go.
Weaknesses: The seat can often hit the tire when you go through the suspension.
Got the frame off of Ebay, tossed the parts from my old norco onto it. This bike is fast for the price. I have a dhx 3.0 on it, with a slightly shorter eye-to-eye length. This puts the front out a bit by slackening the head angle. You'll hit the seat more often, but it'll be worth it. The bike will fly. I've tried a few different bikes up where I ride, this one is possibly the most agile DH bike I've ever sat on.
Similar Products Used: Some random norcos, a kona, just low end, often seen stuff.
from Mystic, Connecticut, USA
Date Reviewed: September 28, 2006
Strengths: The best part about this rig is the ability to adjust the propedal to a slow stiff rebound for flat sections.Fork is very plush.
Weaknesses: The El caminos become unaligned easily but only squeeks at slow speeds.No uphills on this bike.(It is a DH bike)
I like it a lot for the price I paid you could buy the fork, shock, and wheels new so I think it was well worth the investment.Ive heard bad things about this frame but I like the feel of it a lot. People say "toothpaste welds". But I have to disagree
from Centennial, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006
Strengths: Adjustable travel between 7.9 and 8.7 inches. Solid 12mm x 150mm rear hub that feels stiff at high and low speed.
Weaknesses: None yet.
This bike is really underrated. It preforms like a bike that costs twice as much. Anyone that is not a believer find me at a MSC race and take it for a spin. Diamondback has put a lot of work into development of this bike and it shows. If your on a budget but still want to ride or race DH this bike is for you, no question about it. Because of their absence from racing in the past few years this bike sells for close to what some top shelf frames cost, plus you get all the components to boot. Check it out...you won't be dissappointed.
I have never had this issue on any other steed I have spent a lot of time on ( except the stokers pedals on my Mtb. tandem, but thats different). Frustrated, it is probably time to move on to a different frame. Yes, the sag is set proper. Enjoy the way it rides in all other ways but t ... Read More »
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Just curious if anybody else has encountered this... Running Avid BB7 mountain calipers (before you jump on me I'm also running compatible Tektro levers). Size 58 frame, size 46 sidi dominator.
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Hey There !! I new this day would come just didn't know when ,, Last week out on a section of rough rooty down hill , i guess my rear shock had lost some air and i was sitting lower then normal,, i happen to hit hard on a root or rock and there was a big jolt and loud crack noise , i just thought i ... Read More »