Diamondback Response Sport XC Hardtail

4.09/5 (81 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Indy1380

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2013

Strengths:    - Sturdy frame, no issues
- Feels big, with wide handlebars.

Weaknesses:    - chain, rear gears

Bottom Line:   
I am by no means an expert but I believe this is a good bike, I had one for 6 months before it was stolen. Decided to buy another. While it has it's weaknesses they can be overcome easily enough.

Being 6ft 3 I found this bike very comfortable to ride and used it often for commuting (with slicks). I would often find myself walking into uni covered in mud because I was unable to resist a trail on the way in.

The rear gears began to ghost-shift after a while and it took forever for me to realise the rear hub had worn. The chain went once too but I am under the impression this is meant to be a disposable part anyway.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tulok a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2012

Strengths:    I have a 2011 Response Sport.
Great frame
Strong Wheels, but heavy
Wide Bars
120mm Travel
Beautiful looking
Good tires
good chain

Weaknesses:    Heavy fork
cruddy square taper BB
brake discs are cheap and warp easily
hard grips and seat
Heavy Cranks
Heavy pedals
Heavy fork

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike for a killer deal on black friday, only $299 out the door (550 retail)!

If your new to MTB, its a great climber the frame is stiff and certainly a bargain here. If you love hardtails like me, you might be surprised by the bikes potential right out of the box. Its slack geometry means the front end is light, and it pushes in turns unless you do something to get the weight forward.

The cranks bent on the spindle pretty much immediately, the fork seal leaked out disgusting black grease and grew more and more sticky with every ride, the brakes never seemed to bed in, and the rear cassette never seemed to shift fast enough.

After getting the fork warrantied, the front pads had been ruined by grease, but I could tell after the long hard break in the bike was really coming into its own...
I cleaned the cables, readjusted the derailers, did a sandpaper and cook job on the brake pads and the bike seemed to be getting better.
and here is the most important thing:
I disassembled the fork (just remove the 2 bottom nuts, it doesnt fly apart), wiped out every spec of cruddy black grease, used 000 steel wool on the fork tubes with PB blaster. then I slid the fork lowers on halfway and added 1.5 tbsp of lightweight oil to each fork leg and sealed it back up with a little threadlocker.
The reduced stiction allowed me (165lbs) to back off the preload totally and get the sag correct, the stiction was all but elimanted! no more black greez on the fork tubes, no more chattering over little rocks and ruts. the bikes handling truly came to life as it soaked up the trail like never before.

Overall, Adjust the bars forward quite a bit, do the fork oil switch, tighten the Cranks before you ride it the first few times, and get tires suited to your terrain and the bike will not let you down. I've since soared over 40ft jumps and 5ft drops without a hitch, the cranks arent going to last the abuse, but the wheels and fork are not going to break, if you get it for a good deal, buy it!
The only things I would change now would be the cranks, the fork for a marzocchi marathon r, and the stem and bars for light carbon ones!
Enjoy :)

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Duration Product Used:   1 yr

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek 3700, 4500.
Ironhorse Maverick Team
Cannondale Jekyl

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock just re adjusted.
I replaced the wheels with some lighter black wheels, this had the advantage of looking better and performing better in shapr turns.
I rotated the bars forward, and that helped a ton with front end grip as it allowed me to weight the front end a lot more.
I replaced the rear tire with a kenda that is a lot more focused towards climbing with a squarer tread.
I replaced the rear derailer with SRAM, huge improvement!
I Got squishy wide grips, and replaced the seat and post for lighter ones.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hunter a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2012

Strengths:    frame, brakes, handle bars

Weaknesses:    nothing stands out

Bottom Line:   
Great entry level bike i came from a no suspension bike and went to this and it was so much better. It is good for downhills and up hills. The bike is great but, the fork isnt the best for jumping but it is great for mountain biking. It absorbs a lot

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Favorite Trail:   north park

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   dunhams

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kdub420 a Racer from Indianapolis, IN, USA

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2011

Strengths:    Frame frame frame. Really awesome, sturdy, lightweight frame. Very solid on the trails. Can definately feel flexing on the pavement, but that doesnt bother me. Great base to a bike.. Wheels are alright, came stock double wall rims

Weaknesses:    Stock suspension (SR Suntour XCT) steerer tube bent the first time I hit a tree. Upgraded to Marzocchi DJ3. Wanted to keep it stalky and bulky to withstand slams. Also replaced the horrible stock headset, handlebars, added bar ends, neck, pedals and crank set/bottom bracket. All of these components stock were absolutely unreliable. This beauty is actually starting to show the possibilities I saw in it when I bought it.

Bottom Line:   
The best bicycle purchase I have ever made. SO fun finding parts and taking the old ones off and installing the new ones. No greater feeling than a self-customized bike. Really awesome frame for a low-budget college student

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Favorite Trail:   Urban/Any Dirt will do

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Dick's

Similar Products Used:   This is my first mountain bike. Used to ride 20s

Bike Setup:   Azonic double wall handle bars
Azonic Shorty Deluxe Stem
Snafu gold bar ends
Lock gribs
Gold Odyssey platform pedals
Bontrager Howitzer Big Earl crank set
Howitzer Bottom bracket
howitzer bash guard
Animal conspiracy seat
Mazocchi DJ3 forks
Cane Creek low grade headset (hoping to get bmx headset on there)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pakpal73 a Weekend Warrior from Ottawa, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2011

Strengths:    Well built, strong, relative to price paid. Came stock with Rockshok Toras from the store.

Weaknesses:    Super Heavy front end.

Bottom Line:   
Price paid should be $489 CAD not USD.

Great bike for the begginer with a small budget. Works as intended. The stock equipment that came on the bike work ok for a begginer and once you are more comfortable on the trails you can easily upgrade the parts as and when you need them. Depending on the store you get yours from take some time to check over the bike prior to a ride to make sure that everything is tight and not loose. The cassette was loose on mine before I rode it but thats an easy enough fix.

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Favorite Trail:   Various

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $489.00

Purchased At:   Sport Chek

Similar Products Used:   GT, Rocky Mountain, Giant

Bike Setup:   Changed stock derailers ( Alivio ) to Deore and haven't looked back. Also changed stock wheels to Mavic Crossrides and shaved a lot of weight.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by frankie_boy a Racer from Baltimore

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2011

Strengths:    Unbelievable PRICE! Regular MSRP is $750.00 but on sale for $349.00 it is a great platform to build a really great bike; solid, light, balanced, great welds, and easy to work on. Disk Brakes are rock solid and incredibly easy to dial in.

Weaknesses:    Heavy front suspension and heavy front end in general, I plan or rebuilding entire front-end probably with a Klein one piece headset and bars, as well as the inner bracket, and most likely a ridged Ritchie Pro-Logic fork. I think that alone would take 3-4 lbs off the total weight. The rear casset's bottom cog is a 14, fine for the trail but when I switch to slicks for city riding it seriously limits downhill speeds; with a 44 tooth outer ring unbalenced spinning begins in the low to mid 20ies. Running a 44 to 11 ratio you get up and over 30mph before that happens. So I simply plan on getting a new set of lighter wheels for the road

Bottom Line:   
A great investment! As they say everything begins with a strong foundation and this frame is amazing for the price! Six or seven years ago you'd pay at least a grand for a similar frame.
It's a great starter bike for the trail and a cheap base for a fast reliable messenger bike or a mix of the two for an adrenalin seeking weekender.

Great for running high pressure 80-100lbs. of pressure in 1.25" or 1.5" slicks straight out of the box; coupled with the stiff aluminum frame the combo makes for hyper-fast riding on pavement; but traditionally the heavier & more flexible chrome-molly frames were the only frames that could take that type of beating for more than say 3000 to 6000 miles pending skills of riders, more dexterous riding skills can suck up the bumps & landings rather than the bike giving the frame a much longer life.

I think the thick welds will hold and not crack as easily as the lighter weight and thinner tubing and welds of the high end Aluminum frames like Cannondale's, Klein's etc. which most often crack at the bottom bracket or under the head-set after such riding. Luckily most of those frames are guaranteed for life.

It can't compete with the one to three grand racers but over time with the right replacement parts it will run with the best of them!

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Favorite Trail:   Loch Raven

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Dicks

Similar Products Used:   Specialized: Rock Hopper, Stump Jumper
Gary Fisher; Tassajera & Marlin

Bike Setup:   A Fast City Road Bike with a quick switch to Trail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jurell a Downhiller from Belmont, Nh, USA

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2011

Strengths:    Everything but the pedals!

Weaknesses:    the pedals and the grips suck on hot days.

Bottom Line:   
the best bike for under $400!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   Dicks Sportingoods

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by deadlung a Weekend Warrior from burbank ca

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2011

Strengths:    amazing frame and is super fast even uphill .

Weaknesses:    i did have a problem with the derailuer but they replaced it from dimond back so no problem peddles also we horrible first thing i changed

Bottom Line:   
for the price the best hardtail iv seed thusfar hope i can get a foes oneday lol

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Favorite Trail:   n/a

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   spotrs chalet

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MannyV a Weekend Warrior from Lehigh Acres, Florida, Lee County

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2011

Strengths:    Great frame, decent entry level parts

Weaknesses:    Intergrated brake and shifter levers

Bottom Line:   
I got a great starter bike for what I paid. This entry level Diamondback goes on sale for most holidays and events at Dick's Sporting Goods.

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Favorite Trail:   Alva so far

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $279.00

Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Good

Similar Products Used:   GT

Bike Setup:   Stock right now. Pedals will be first upgrade. Down the road, new fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Littlefelt a Weekend Warrior from Cottonwood Heights, UT, USA

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2011

Strengths:    Great frame with the higher end base components that should be the standard for riding. Perfect entry level bike to get serious into mountain/trail biking. No squeaking frame after a year of hard riding, and only the fork has worn out on me.

Weaknesses:    The stock Hayes MX-4 Disc Brakes were disappointing. The Spinner Edge Fork was a piece of junk that leaked black oil/grease within a few rides.

Bottom Line:   
The best bike to get on and have a blast with friends on the weekend. It has an extremely sturdy frame! There have been no frame squeaks or any odd noises after a year of hard riding throughout the United States! The only way I can see problems happening to a bike as strong as this is if you don't take care of it. Other reviewers talk about chain problems and what not... Well... Lubricate your bike and take care of it properly! I am no bike specialist and I am more than pleased with this machine. It's an animal!

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Favorite Trail:   Slickrock (Moab UT) or The Wasatch Crest Region (Between Big Cottonwood and Millcreek Canyons)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Sports Authority

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper

Bike Setup:   '10 Model, Avid BB7 F&R Disc Brakes (185mm Front, 160mm Rear), Rock Shox Sector RL Suspension Fork, SRAM X-7 Drivetrain components, and mud fenders (for those muddy trails here in the Wasatch Range!)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DB ridr a Racer from murfreesboro,Tn

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2011

Strengths:    tires frame handle bars and seat

Weaknesses:    rims gears brakes forks hub pedals and grips

Bottom Line:   
if your a begginer at mtbing you should get this bike but if your a DH/FR/XC rider i highly dont recomend this bike to you

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Favorite Trail:   n/a

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   dicks sporting goods

Similar Products Used:   crappy walmart mongoose

Bike Setup:   im more of a jumping person so the first time i ever really rode my bike i started hearing the gears clicking and the forks are crap and the pedals just broke so i just said f*** gears so i made it a single gear bike but so far that has been the only part of my bike that works the way it is suposed to and i think im just gonna go and buy some fox shox and never have to worry about the forks any longer also the bolts on the stem are stripped so now i have to go and buy a new stem

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Yeahcomp a Cross Country Rider from Buena Park, CA

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2010

Strengths:    Fast bike,strong.

Weaknesses:    Shifter and brakes need some adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
Bike is perfect for the price

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Favorite Trail:   Hidden Springs way

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Dick's

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by taletotell a Weekend Warrior from Binghamton, NY USA

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2010

Strengths:    The 2011 frame is strong and the head tube fits a 1.5 so you could put an adjustable headtube in it to slacken the angle. Comes with a strong handlebar and stem.

Weaknesses:    The rest of this bike is crap. The fork is a Spinner which is hard to get parts for. The rest of the components are low end to keep the price down.

Bottom Line:   
If you spend a little more and buy the comp model (2010 only if you want a good fork and good frame) your whole bike is a lot better. The Avid BB5 brakes are worth the time. The Rockshox Tora fork is good, adjustable, responsive and is backed by Rockshox. Sram x5 is still not great but it is deore level.
4 value chili's because you are getting exactly what you pay for.
3 Flamin' chilis for a good frame with crappy compnents.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Good

Similar Products Used:   Hard tails: Trek 4300, Nishiki Manitoba, Specialized Hardrock

Bike Setup:   Stock, unfortunately

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by shorty324 a Racer from danville vt

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2010

Strengths:    frame, brakes

Weaknesses:    fork, shifters, derailer, rims, seat post.

Bottom Line:   
this bike has been the worst bike that i have ever owned, i have only had it for around 2 1/2 months and i have had to bring it into the shop 4 times or more. within the first week my gears were clicking, overshifting and popping out. also the chain would constantly fall off. then i pretzeled the rear rim by hitting a very small jump. (had to get it replaced). shortly after that i went to a skate park hit a jump and blew a fork seal. now the gears are completely gone and the bike goes like sh*t so the bottom line is its a P.O.S.

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Favorite Trail:   burke mountain pump track

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   chucks bikes

Similar Products Used:   kona explosif, cannondale m300

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Blupercio a Downhiller from San Diego, Ca, United States

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2010

Strengths:    Great Frame, Durable front stock suspension, Came with good Db product.

Weaknesses:    had to upgrade the pedals to alluminum bear claws. Chain and derailer sucked.

Bottom Line:   
GREAT hardtail bike, this bike will mash up downhill believe or not. Before you invest into a 8inch travel bike get one of these. These test your skill level with a hardtail and learning whats below you. Unless you cheat and get a full suspension! But either way great trail bike and down hill. Took it to Big Bear and the only negative part was wishing i had hydraulic brakes! Buy any response after 08 and make sure its a sport. has a little better extra stuff

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Favorite Trail:   Los Pensquitos trails, Big Bear Mt summit

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   craiglist

Similar Products Used:   Konas,Iron Horse,GT

Bike Setup:   Upgraded pedals, Grips WTB, AVID Rotors, Downhill Tubes, Derailur integra

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Luv my new DB Response sport but.....

My next bike I will want the option to lock out the front fork! When I'm gettin it up a steep hill, my 265lbs of ass puts to much force on the front fork, and not enough to the pavement. Funny, I was looking on DB's website just the other day and in 2012 they made a response, response sport, ... Read More »

New db response sport....weight??

Can't seem to find out how much my bike weighs.....without weighing it myself. Any one know where i can find this info? Its a 2012 Sent from my SPH-D710 using Tapatalk 2Read More »

specialized hardrock disc 2013 Vs diamondback response sport 2012

I am totally new about mountain bikes. Recently I want to buy an entry-level one to start with. Now I am hesitating over two models: hardrock disc 2013 and response sport 2012. Could anyone tell me which one is better from the technical pointview? Besides the technical points, the other compariso ... Read More »

fox float and response sport frame

I have a fox float r rear shock from an 08 mission if anyone is interested. also i have a 2009 response sport frame i need to let go of. pm me if interested.Read More »

Response Sport weight ???

my Response Sport certainly looks, beefy, burley, and WELL heavy!. has anyone weighed this bike and if so how is its weight compared to other XC bikes?Read More »

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