Bike Setup: drop off triples,avid juciy 5 brakes,manitou metal rear,sram x-9 rear deh 8 inch rotors.... dam its a wicked setup
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 21, 2008
Strengths: Beefy frame, wont break, the components do the job (but they are a lil basic), everything works
Weaknesses: the x-5 rear shifter on mine broke relatively fast, but other than that, not much
This is a great bike that will not let you down. the frame will NEVER break, and the components are simple enought that they either will not break or will take like 5 mins to fix max. Great for all around freeride, and works great on downhill courses (i.e. keystone and winter park).
Weaknesses: wheels are soft, fork is very basic, rear shock is just ok, still pretty heavy
THIS REVIEW IS FOR A 2007 DIABLO
I bought this as an upgrade to my 2004 Brodie Thumper with a Jr T fork. I tend to ride up and down, so I was looking for a better climber than what I had, but also a bike that can take some pretty serious days on the Shore and Whistler. Surprisingly, this bike climbs pretty well. I love the 1.5" headset with single crown fork which lightens the front, but doesn't sacrifice stiffness. It is a great decender too.
My only issues with the bike are some of the components. The Rockshox Domain fork 302 is very basic and would be better if it were a higher model with U-Turn and Mission Control. The Alex Rims are way too soft and weak. I taco'd my front rim on a warmup run in Whistler and the shop tech who salvaged it said it is way too soft for that type of riding (took alarmingly little effort to straighten). The Nevagal tires are great for the Shore, but they are too weak for Whistler (I've had way too many flats for my liking).
I'm very happy with my Diablo; I just wish it had a few better components for my type of riding. My suggestion, if you have the extra cash, is to go for the Damian model. If this is all you can afford, then enjoy... I sure am.
Trails ridden: CBC, Corkscrew, Pingu, Pangor, Severed D, Neds, Whistler (all blues, blacks and some double blacks), Galbraith Mtn in Bellingham.
Similar Products Used: kona stinky, kona coiler, norco shore
Bike Setup: 2006 7 inch back 7 inch frount
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2007
Strengths: The frame is very solid and doesnt flex. Takes a beating
Weaknesses: my diablo is an 03 so its kinda getting older. the bike is a little heavier than i would like.
this is a great bike that lets you huck big drops and fly down a downhill trail. By one and ride it like you stole and you wont have problems. if you ride xc dont buy it. if your a dirt jumper, this bike will work but theres better out there. this bike is for some downhilling and hardcore freeride. anyone looking to buy it in spring 2008? email me...
Similar Products Used: kona stinky, cannondale gemini dh, norco 63
Bike Setup: the bike has a woodman rear hub with an american racing rim, stock front hub with single track, junior t fork, fox vanilla R shock, with a nokian gazzi on the rear and a maxxis minnion dh r on the front
from portland oregon usa
Date Reviewed: December 24, 2006
Strengths: EVERYTHING! This has been the meanest horse I have EVER mounted! Begs to be beaten...... Gets more stable the faster you bomb through technical sections.... eats big drops for breakfast lunch & dinner, once in a while a midnight snack!
Weaknesses: Did you read what I read above? If I HAD to pick something? Yeah, no, I really can't.
Oh, I just thought of one. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH OF THESE IN THE U.S!!!
If you are ready to go from light FR to full on DH, and still have a bike to suck up the skinnies and ride on walls with relative ease, this bike is taunting you to beat it. BUY ARMOR.
YOUR RIDING STYLE WILL CHANGE, YOUR BALLS WILL GROW & PEOPLE WHO DO NOT RIDE WILL STARE AS YOU ROLL PAST WONDERING WHERE THE ENGINE WENT.
I gave it a 4 chili value rating if you can score one for under $1500.... but upgrade your fork to a shiver or similar!
I am hoping to visit the Bay Area in a few weeks with my CrossCheck.
Does anyone have a route from Walnut Creek (off Yngacio Vlly and Marchbanks) to Mt Diablo. I am looking for a nice mix of road and dirt. Preferably, the least sketchy road and the least techy dirt!!Read More »
Public Service Anouncement: Ride your MTB UP Mount Diablo, Watch Tour of California. It's A Hoot!
There were thousands of people up there last year. It was a party. And the riders only went 1/2 way up the mountain.
This year, they're going all the way up. That's what I call "all mountain."
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Soooo, I think this year's Tour of California at Mount Diablo is offering up the opportunity to view a decisive stage finish and get in decent mountain bike ride, all in the same block of time.
Since I have no familiarity with the Mt Diablo area, trails, trailheads, viewing spots, etc., I'm goin ... Read More »
The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay is leading a Gala Ride for all skill levels on Diablo this Saturday. We split into numerous groups to support skill and stamina levels, each lead by an expert local guide. We ride from about 9:30 to around noon.
After the ride we hang out for a bit of so ... Read More »
Registration opens today. 15 and 18 mile loops available and it sounds like both have "trails normally not open to bikes" aka single track.
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