Diamondback XSL Comp XC Full Suspension

4.2/5 (10 Reviews)


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Will a Cross Country Rider from Hinsdale

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2007

Strengths:    Decent value for the price. Not a bad beginner full suspension.

Weaknesses:    I've had mine for two seasons now and three days ago while riding some local trails the lower swing arm snapped. I had been treating it as more of an All Mountain bike than strictly cross country but I still think the frame shouldn't break. The rear shock is stock and useless.

Bottom Line:   
If all you can afford is a biker under $700, it'll do. But I wish I had just saved my money and gone with a better bike.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $650.00

Similar Products Used:   Walmart Special and 90's rigid Schwinn rock hopper (whose frame is still intact)

Bike Setup:   Tore off Deore and put on SRAM X7 rear derailuer and X9 gripshifters.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Adam a Weekend Warrior from aurora co us

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2007

Strengths:    frame, rims, durability

Weaknesses:    Weight, suspension,

Bottom Line:   
I am dissapointed by this bike, the frame seems indestructable causing a much higher weight. The rear shock is really just a spring, and the suspension has a lot of side to side play. The front is real but not a high quality shock. Their are some decent components on this bike, the rims are durable the brakes are good but not much better than v brakes so dont be sold on that as I was. This bike gets buyers because of name brand components, the components themselves are low end. I wish I would have spent more around $1200 for a better quality bike overall. Buy this used if You only have $400. If You want a better overall bike expect to pay close to a thousand for a hardtail and $1200+ for a full suspension.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Gart bros

Similar Products Used:   much cheaper full suspension bikes

Bike Setup:   All stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike a Weekend Warrior from greensboro nc usa

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2006

Strengths:    hayes disc brakes, shimano deore drivetrain with rapid shifters, alex rim are tough and stay true, manitou splice 130 mm,fork, black is awesome color. great frame design easy to upgrade. good climber and floats over roots, logs, and travels thru mud with ease

Weaknesses:    spinner sus air shock which cannot be rebuilt no lock out on fork some pinch flats broken chain

Bottom Line:   
2005 xsl comp wanted a full suspension. i did my reaseach and discover that the frame design is based on the specialized fsr 4.5 -5 in travel. i also found that there are plenty of good deals on ebay then i had a LBS put mine together,highly recomemded. in short, a go anywhere 2 to 3 hour trail ride reliable bike which is way better than my harttail. i replaced the rear shock and now have very little petal bob and bike is amazing and at the price i paid an amazing deal compared to other brands. the bike is great off trail bike but not a freeride or downhill or race bike. however it is lots and lots of fun. recommended for weekend warriors looking for full suspension and nice components

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Favorite Trail:   bald eagle

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   stock k2 hardtail still have and is very good bike

Bike Setup:   stock with new rear shock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jonathan a Weekend Warrior from Norfolk, Va

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2006

Strengths:    Good bang for your buck. I can't complain about the price for which I paid for it, especially with all the components. I wanted to get a full suspension bike but not have to spend over $1000. Front shocks work great and I enjoy the 130mm travel. Handles great and soaks up the bumps well.

Weaknesses:    Well I had only had the bike for about two months and less than 4 rides when the Spinner rear air shock would not hold air for over 10 mins. So tried to get it replaced under warranty. To find out the warranty is void if you buy the bike off the internet or from a non-authorized dealer. Both of which I did. So thought I was screwed. Called/E-mailed Spinner multiple times got no where. So went out and bought a Fox Ava shock. Which of course works great. As of now Spinner said they will send me a new shock but they are currently out of my size. I will not hold my breath.
The Shimano Deore derailers are okay but I am always adjusting them.
The Manitou Splice Comp has no adjustment features although if you buy it aftermark then it comes with the ability to make adjustments
Little on the heavy side


Bottom Line:   
If you want to a FS w/out spending a ton of money then this is the bike for you. Frame is decent and you can upgrade as you see fit. Would from the start get rid of the rear shcok, it's okay but will Fox Shocks are so much better. Still enjoying the ride and plan on riding this one for awhile.

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Favorite Trail:   Freedom Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   hardtails - Diamondback, GT, Ironhorse
FS - Ironhorse, GT, Trek


Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock except for New Fox Ava rear air shock s/lock out which works great. I enjoy the lockout feature especially on the long up hills.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matthew a Weekend Warrior from Poplar Branch, NC. USA

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2006

Strengths:    will go over anything in it way and soaks up the bumps. Rear air shock is what finally sold me

Weaknesses:    Diamondback lists this bike as haveing a deore front deralluir for the 05 but comes with the even cheeper alivio and has a really hard seat. Other than that its not bad

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the best I have ever owned and being all black its a looker too. Once u put some upgrades on it it goes for a good bike to a great one. This bike has been handling 5 and 6 foot drops from the day I owned it and still has NO problems. What more can you ask for?

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $827.00

Purchased At:   local bikebarn

Similar Products Used:   biamondback coil ex(05 and 06), 04 mongoose wing comp

Bike Setup:   05 diamondback xsl,hope wheel sets,wtb weirwolf 2.1 race tire, candy sl pedals,carbon fiber handle bar and seat post,05 minute 3:00 fork,xtr deralluirs,xtr shifters, xt cogg set, fsa carbon pro crank,hayes mx2 disc brakes.XTR CABLES

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rolando Espino a Weekend Warrior from El Paso,Texas,USA

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2006

Strengths:    It looks cool,quality components,strong

Weaknesses:    none!

Bottom Line:   
The bike is very good for its price and it is very strong

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Favorite Trail:   El Bordo

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Revolution Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   voodoo Canzo Al,trek 4300

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Seth Diehl a Weekend Warrior from Glendale, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2005

Strengths:    Bike handles great and looks cool. Bike can take a beating, I crashed at 30 mph once, and did way more damage to myself than the bike, the bike had one scuff on the grip! Solid factory drivetrain. Factory tires are pretty good and sound cool when accelerating. The price! Got mine for $500 as a last year model since the 2005's just came out. Regular price for this bike is about $800.00. And with about $1,000.00 extra in upgrades this bike is the shiznit.

Weaknesses:    Factory crank is sound but the bottom of the line Truvativ. Front fork is a POS (I have a Manitou Skareb Super on its way to me in a few days). Bike is a little on the heavy side at 33 lbs when we weighed it at the store. I hope to get mine down to 28 lbs with upgrades. Factory seat sucks, but then again that is every bike for you. Alivio is a cheap front der, ditch that too.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price. I chose the cheaper of the XSL line so I could upgrade it how I wanted. The XSL Elite has decent components but it sells for 1,600 to 1,800. For that price I would rather upgrade the cheaper model with even nicer parts. This bike handles great and the factory drivetrain is solid, I am just one of those people who likes to get even nicer stuff. The factory Deore setup did great on its own. The dark gun metal gray color of the bike looks good too. The pictures make it look like it is bright silver, but it is not. The bike climbs well even though it is a little heavy. I opted for more sticky tires so I could climb really steep mountains. The bike has held up well so far and I am having a blast modifying it as I go. I have always loved Diamondbacks, even though a lot of people do not buy them. This one I recommend, just go out and buy a sweet fork afterwords to fully enjoy it! I recommend this bike for people who love to offroad and climb mountains. If you are into downhilling, then I would not feel confident on this bike. Some easy to moderate downhill would be ok, and the bike feels good at speed downhill on roads, but not on rocks or rough terrain. But for climbing steep mountains with lots of crap in your way, I love it. 5 flamin turds all the way.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Airpark Bikes in Snottsdale

Similar Products Used:   Just store bought crap like Huffy that is dirt cheap and not worth upgrading.

Bike Setup:   SRAM X.0 rear der, X.9 trigger shifters (2005) models, Shimano XT front der, XT cogset, Maxxis High Roller 2.35 Super Tacky tires, and soon to upgrade front fork and crankset!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Walter Hart a Downhiller from Victorville,California,USA

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2004

Strengths:    light, strong, quality components,disk brakes, good wheels.

Weaknesses:    rear shock retaining bolt is wimpy. us a grade 8. the crankset, square taper bottom bracket

Bottom Line:   
The best for your buck, i love this bike! It takes all I throw at it! I'm not what you call a gentile rider and this thing just keeps on going. If you like rough fire roads or single track this is the bike for you. It's not much of a downhill bike, stock that is, a longer travel fork and rear shock would do the trick.

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Favorite Trail:   any in Beaver Creak

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   J&K Bikes

Similar Products Used:   GT Timberline, Trek 4300

Bike Setup:   Splined bottom bracket and shimano deore LX Hollowtech crankset and a grade 8 rear shock bolt. I bent the stock one in half.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian Eddy a Downhiller from San Mateo, CA

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2004

Strengths:    Very Light and strong frame, Adjustable rear shock geometry, comfortablity.

Weaknesses:    None!

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the bomb and once I get some true perfomance parts on it, it will be ready to tear some stuff up! This is a great high performance bike for any one looking to do some great off roading or single track out of the box.

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Favorite Trail:   Water Dog Lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:   Sportmart

Similar Products Used:   Highly Modified and Customized Royce Union!

Bike Setup:   Still stock minus a cut seat post and tightening the rear caliper because I guess Sportmart didn't think it would matter if it was wobbling around and about to fall off the bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gator Ray a Weekend Warrior from Merced, CA

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2004

Strengths:    Solid Frame, Burly welds, HD dropouts

Bottom Line:   
for the lower price, the bike rides great!!!! my bro has a $1500 specialized and I can't really tell that much of a difference in the rides, especially when hitting some gaps!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $730.00

Purchased At:   Kevin's Bikes

Similar Products Used:   mongoose store bike


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