Same hard-working, overbuilt aluminum chassis as the Diablo 2.0, but decked out with Manitou’s Swinger 4-way coil shock and the Manitou Stance Blunt fork for 175mm of rear travel and 170mm up front. Maxxis 2.7” front and 2.5” rear High Rollers provide total traction, with a bulletproof SRAM X-7 rear derailleur and matching X-7 triggers calling the gear changes, and a TruVativ Hussefelt 36/24 crank for motive power. Big, powerful Hayes HFX-9HD discs with 8” rotors puts you in control on smoking descents.
Strengths: the frame is realy strong,comes with good forks, also with a great rear shock and a telescopic seat.i ride a 15.5 size frame and it works great im around 5 foot 5 and its perfect.works great on gnarly rocky steep trails, and everything else
Weaknesses: the deraiuler hanger on the bike is not the best but can easily be replaced.
this is a great bike and is good for racing and your every weekend dh ride
Similar Products Used: kona stinky deluxe,norco shore, specialized big hit,iron horse 7 points
Bike Setup: 15 inch frame, juicy sevens, marzochii 888 dual crown forks, tag metals bars
a Weekend Warrior
from Norfolk, VA, USA
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2009
Strengths: All specs are more than decent: HFX9, X-7, Hussefelt, Laserdisc FRs, Higher Roller 2.7/2.5, Power V DH, Swinger X4, 5050X. Not a single weak link.
Reading other comments on this bike, I was a bit anxious to get the bike and see how good the Manitou Stance Blunt 170 fork performed. Yeah, not too many things to set-up in it. But it is solid, with little flex and good travel. I used to ride with a Travis Single 180 and this fork is not too far from the Travis's performance.
Highlight is the frame, for sure. It is fantastic, with incredible welding and very little lateral flex. I was afraid a 15.5 would be too small, but it's good for my 5'7" 160 lbs built, and I'm actually using the telescopic seatpost at the lowest possible position. Nice and tight, yet not too small. 1.5 headcups are great. Perfect angles for freeriding.
Weaknesses: Cable routing is badly planned. Had to re-think rear cable routing and cable-tie it.
Great bike, I am very happy with this bike, its not super heavy and can go anywhere, the Geometry is great, I am 6' and ride a 15.5, which in measurements is comparable to other medium bikes, they run big, and this size is perfect for me
Strengths: looks gnarly, handels pretty good, super plush, pretty easy to pedel, not to heavy, and hits jumps pretty well. tires are sweet. The price is also very good for the bike.
Weaknesses: their is very little adjustments on the fork, fork blows out real easy(dont bother getting it fixed it will just blow out again, and it still rides fine with the blown out seals.). i snaped the rear shock in two places because the psi was set 10 below my weight. derailer hanger will snap if you ride it hard. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN LOWER STANTION THRU-AXEL CLAMPS ON FORK, they WILL snap.
If you are an intermediate rider this is a great bike, because their is enough suspention to take the bigger jumps, and it is light enough to whip around and trick. the price is great for the parts and everything else. If you are an expert rider you will thrash the bike. It sucks up rocks and ditches very well, but gets thrashed on the big drops and hard hits.(if you 360 it you will also thrash it =). Get this bike if you are proggressing from begginer to an intermediate rider and go to town on it.
Bike Setup: stock exept for x-9 trigger shifters and derailers.
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2008
Strengths: Durability, price, rear shock, good components for the $
Weaknesses: fork is quite basic but will suffice, bb height is low so keep the pedals level through any type of rock garden
badass freeride bike for $1400, Jamis has a great warranty on their products so this makes this an awesome toy and a great investment. Two gears in front and the scoping seatpost make it possible to climb when needed. Awesome ride.
Bike Setup: stock for now except for the Crank Brothers Acid 1 pedals that I alternate with the platforms depending on the ride
from Reno, NV, United States
Date Reviewed: June 23, 2008
Strengths: Beefy build. Components are solid for the price
Weaknesses: Fork, derailleur hanger.
Solid bike for the price. Upgrade the fork and you will have a strong budget freerider. The BB is a little bit lower than what I am used to, but I will adapt. The hanger broke on my 3rd ride, so that is frustrating
from St George UTAH
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2008
Strengths: Most of the components are excellent.
Weaknesses: Pedals and forks suck.
This bike takes the pain. If you are considering buying one, buy it now from Jenson USA for about $1300. The components alone are worth that price. You can put some really good front suspension on it and still be under 2 grand.
Bike Setup: Stock set up except new Brooklyn Veggie Burger pedals and Marz 888 dual crowns.
a Weekend Warrior
from Temecula, CA
Date Reviewed: April 29, 2008
Strengths: Burly build, good fit, and this beast inspires more confidence everytime you ride.
Weaknesses: Other than the stock fork, I would say NONE!!
The Diablo is an amazing rig for the price. Are there better--sure, but not at such a sweet deal. The Diablos Bottom Bracket IS low, so you have to watch pedal placement in technical areas(if pedaling), and in deep turns, but if you're flying through a rock garden, even the pedals out, lean back and let the Diablo do the rest! And amazingly, despite the bike being 43lbs, it still pedals well and powers up hills like a freak. The size of this bike kicks a$$ too. I am 6'5", 230lbs, and the 19.5" fits me like a glove--even my Large Ellsworth and XL Banshee didnt fit like this. This rig is sweet, all the way around. If you are on the edge, dont think about it, just buy it, you definitely wont regret it!
Bike Setup: Basically stock, except for handlebars, I put on Spank Lounge bars, and XO trigger shifters, ODI Rogue grips, Crank Bros Acid pedals, and soon a Chris King reducer and Marzocchi Super T.
from Titusville N.J. U.S.
Date Reviewed: April 8, 2008
Strengths: Well built frame, its sturdy and handles anything you can throw at it. I'm sure the manitou stance blunt works fine, I switched it out with a marzocchi super T and a 1.5 in reducer cup which is sick by the way.
Weaknesses: There were only two weaknesses with my bike and one (well possibly both were due to a mechanic error, not mechanical, a mechanic)was due to someone who didn't know too much about bikes, despite him working in a bike shop. The first problem was the wireing (wiring, wyring, whatever)its a little wierd. wires going here there and everywhere and the one that connected to the back brake actually kinked because it wasn't pulled taught enough, however after a new wire and some electrical tape we solved that problem. The other problem I am to believe was partially due to poor product quality (due to the reviews)and a mechanic error (mind you its a person not a part, the same person that is now my mechanic and will be working on my bike before I go bombing down hills this summer at races... awesome.) he basically dismembered the rear swinger 4 way shock to put the new spring on when all you had to do was take off the top piece and slip off the old one off. well never the less the seals blew and it began to leak. who knows when I'll get that back but I'm planning on ordering a revox isx due to the great reviews (it seems as though manitou finally got their sh!t straight,(strait,strayte, what f*cking ever)
This bike despite wiring, wireing, wyering (still can't figure out how to spell that stupid f*cking word)and rear shock in my case is phenominal, I got the smallest (15.5 in) and because its got an almost rediculously low center of gravity, it corners like god himself decendeded from the heavens and sits on you handlebars smiling pleasantly as you blast through corners, leaving others wondering how you did it and who the F*CK that old man sitting on your handlebars was. If your not sure if you want to get into freeriding or downhilling, but know that you want to do something stupid on a mountain bike, you can't go wrong with the diablo, its incredibly priced right now at jensonusa.com and depending what way you choose you can adjust the bike to better suit your path.
Similar Products Used: none in this category, I had a Giant pistol 1 which I beat the hell out of but that was so I could see what direction of MTBiking I wanted to take...
Bike Setup: Stock 1.0 except for the Supert T up front and hopefully the new revox in the back
from El Centro CA,
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2007
Strengths: A nice even break between too much, and too little. nicely overbuilt, still pretty light for what it is, I like the 12mm x 150mm rear spacing on it; it makes it more compatible with DH set ups. has oversized bearings at the pivot, and a drop it for a floating brake mount, should you ever want one...
Weaknesses: bottom brackett is a little low for a freeride/ Dh hibrid bike,and you can't adjust the high/low speed compression properly without taking the shock off because its hidden in the frame... sucks! should have welded drop-ins for complete cable mounts instead of segmented spots where you have to cut and size the cable; due to the high strain, put on bikes like these, segmented cables often blow with a quickness... but what ever.
This bike is truly underated! I've ether owned or tried just about every bike in its class,( new age 7 inch travel 1.5 standard FREERIDE) and with the exeption the Haro Werx 7 and the Santa cruz Bullit, This bike pretty much beats em all in feeling, hucks, and jumps. It pedals pretty nice as well for what it is... it is very nicely spec'd nothing cheap, all very nice... Oh, and not that this bike was made to climb or anything, but it doesn't do a bad job...
I mean think about it, you don't want to over-pay for a garbage trek session 77, or something like that... definately look into this... its worth a try if anything.
I live in the Socal area, and hit a lot of these high-end enduro/ entry-level DH trails, and this bike is perfect for all of it,, its travel( which feels like a little more then 7 inches) is very nicely tuned, comes with manitou's most high-end Ti shock, unbeatable... you can run this bike, thrash it, crash it, and it still keeps going.
I did, however, break the seat tube completely off, which, if I may add, Jamis has a Superb warranty coverage... returned the frame within a week! All I had to do was send em some pic's of the damage. And I believe the seatpost issue to be an anomoly or factory defect on that frame, have had no problems with the new one.
Can't go wrong if you want a slightly heavy, but very agressive do-it-all Mountain bike that you can thrash, and not have to worry about completely re-tuning the bike when you get home...
Similar Products Used: I used to have a Schwinn Mesa GS.
Bike Setup: Stock except for the pedals, Perfect for me
a Cross Country Rider
from Williams Lake BC
Date Reviewed: June 11, 2006
Strengths: Stable platform on the rear, a double ring chainset and a teloscoping seat post means you can actually ride up hill on this bike! Chain guide works well at keeping the chain on the rings. Perfect geometry for free ride! and great bump eating suspension! Everything on this bike is overbuilt and should take years of abuse!
Weaknesses: Manitou stance is ok for medium sized drops and jumps, but flexes wildly on very high speed bumpy descents.
I would buy this bike again in a heart beat! Works so well at what it is intended to do. Its well equiped for the price. The only thing I might change is the fork, it works well for free riding but I wouldn,t want to race downhill with it. This bike wasn,t intended to race so its not really a fault, just an obsevation. Id highly recomend this bike to anyone who wants big hit capability but also likes to ride to the top!
I have found a '08 Jamis Diablo 1.0 for sale in my area. The bike looks like it has never been ridden, it is pretty much stock. The seller is asking $800 firm. I currently ride a Diamondback Mission and would like to get into some light freeriding/light DH action. Does anyone believe this would be a ... Read More »
Hey, I just wanted to see if I could sell my '05 Gary Fisher Kingfisher, and someone offered me 1400, which is $11 more than what I could buy a new '06 Jamis Diablo 1.0 since it is $911 dollars off on sale.
They are both 2300-2500 stock.
I do mainly freeride in local woods and around town, jus ... Read More »
I have been eyeing the Diablo for a while now but my bike shop guy says that a Faith 1 or 2 would be a lot better for me. I think he just wants to up the price.;) So what do you guys think?
I want a stong bike that can do both downhill and free ride plus I need the speed when I ride it in the city ... Read More »