Diamondback Response 2002 Hardtail

4.17/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $299.99


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carlos Barrantes a Cross Country Rider from Costa Rica

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2006

Strengths:    The price, looks and weight.

Weaknesses:    Paint scratches easily

Bottom Line:   
I bought everything apart, the frame was very cheap yet very reliable, it has a good performance, its a basic frame for short rides, basic crosscountry. Not recommended for freestyle or downhill.

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Favorite Trail:   Cross country

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Costa Rica

Bike Setup:   Diamondback Response 05 Frame, Mavic Rims, Michelin All terrain tires (front)-Maxxis (back), Rock Shox Tora 302 U-Turn 130mm Fork, Component Group: Shimano LX, AZONIC WF SW Riser Bar,Seatpost: Pazzaz, Thomson elite stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd Nappi a Weekend Warrior from West Berlin, NJ

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2003

Strengths:    Holds up well over time.

Weaknesses:    None really, considering price.

Bottom Line:   
I really like this bike, I have ridden it about 3000 miles in 3 years around town and it has held up good with all the abuse. I would recommend it to beginner/novice riders. I'm not sure if Diamondback is currently making a lower priced model but it was definately better than my friend's $300 Mongoose.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   Dick's

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Buffalo, NY

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2003

Strengths:    Great price, nice look, and not to heavy. The frame, gears, and gear changers are very reliable.

Weaknesses:    The hoop for the tires is weak and the breaks I have to constantly adjust. The front shocks are damaged. The spring is only secured in place by a hard plastic cap. The screw threads on the cap, that adjusts the tension of the shock, strip easily. I am 205 lbs. and I thought that the bike could support my weight but it has trouble doing that. The wheels constantly bend. I mostly use the bike on trails and roads, no extreme mountain biking

Bottom Line:   
I have been mountain biking on and off since 1989 with a Trek and a Nishiki mountain bike. I decided to get a new mountain bike that would fit my budget in the spring of 2002. It was a great price, but it is a little weak for my weight and for what I use it for. I could easily do 60 miles on a weekend of just trail or street riding. Don't get me wrong, this is a GREAT bike for a beginner or a novice biker. This bike, I believe, is not exactly for someone with intermediate mountain biking experience. If you are considering this bike, please consider your weight, how often you plan on using it and what kind of riding you plan on doing with it. This bike, in my opinion, is mostly for casual recreational riding, which it is well suited for.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Goods

Similar Products Used:   Trek and Nishiki.

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock with some other manufacture upgrades.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by luis lajara a Cross Country Rider from utuado,P.R.

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2003

Strengths:    all,but,the paint scratch easily.

Weaknesses:    nothing,hard im PR we ride at extreme conditions.

Bottom Line:   
Better than i spect when i bought it,great climb,nice descent,easy sprint,strong frame 7005 aluminum,im a little destroyer why i cant say its prove by a pro hehehe.
nice rides

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Favorite Trail:   everyone

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Chevys pro bike

Similar Products Used:   rockhopper,hardrock,hoo_koo_e_koo,cannondale 600

Bike Setup:   fsa v_drive,xt derailers,original shifters,sid RS,ritchey rock pro wheels,ritchey handle bar setm and seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hardcore Habon N/A a Weekend Warrior from River Grove, IL

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2003

Strengths:    Stiff and burly frame

Weaknesses:    component selection

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow up to the one I posted back in April. It's been about a year that I've had my D-Back in service and it is still rolling strong. Once again, plenty of upgraded parts make the bike much better than stock. Still doing the drop-offs. Biggest was six-footer to flat without trouble anywhere. Much better handling due to the new stem and bar combo. Pretty sure the bike will hold up for another season or two. Great frame that is good to work with. Not worth racing with but good with light freeride and aggressive trail riding and urban assault.

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Favorite Trail:   8-Ball

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   Galyans

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh M60 (served me well)

Bike Setup:   16', '02 Response frame, Marzocchi Bomber 3.5 up front, Sun Ditch Witch wheelset, STX-RC shifters paired to XT med. cage rear and Acera front derailleurs. Changed stem and bars (again) to 75mm. w/5 degree rise and 1 inch rise Kore Lite handlebars. Rockshox suspension seatpost under my butt. All on top of Tioga DH 2.1 tires

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jose a Cross Country Rider from San Juan, PR

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2002

Strengths:    Light and strong frame.

Weaknesses:    Noisy BB, rims bend easily, gear shift noisy

Bottom Line:   
Is a good bike for the price. If you are a beginner this is a great deal...

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $395.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Stop - PR

Bike Setup:   Rithcey WCS stem & seatpost, Specialized Comp saddle and FSA XC Handlebar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Downhill Demon Dan a Downhiller from Crystal Lake Illinois

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2002

Strengths:    very stiff frame, Rst fork takes huge hits well, Stiff handle bar.

Weaknesses:    RST fork takes small hits not the best, kinda heavy ( good for downhill, but crappy for climbs but not to many bad things about it overall.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awsome for the price, you can't beat it. It is good for begginers and intermediate riders of all ages. I highly recomend it if you want to get a kickin bike for kickin deal.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Vilage Pedal

Similar Products Used:   2002 TREK 4300 Disc

Bike Setup:   Stock for now but going to upgrade to RockShox DUKE C100's and Nokian 2.1 tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan Meeker a Weekend Warrior from Travis AFB, CA, US

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2002

Strengths:    The frame is light and very strong for the price. The gear shift is asome and is very durable

Weaknesses:    The rims bend to easily

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the best bikes I've ever purchased and if you don't want to spend a whole bunch of money but get a good deal this is a pretty good bike

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Favorite Trail:   Rockville

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   B.X. On The Base

Similar Products Used:   N/A


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bobby a Cross Country Rider from Crystal Lake Illinois U.S.A

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2002

Strengths:    Very durable and stable on rough terrain. It doesn't weigh a lot (26lbs). It is very well built bike and is made for serious crap.

Weaknesses:    Fork is really good on huge drops and not little 4 footers.

Bottom Line:   
Lookin for a killer bike for a killer deal, this is the bike for you, I have been riding it for 7 months now and I love it.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $345.00

Similar Products Used:   Simolar to a KONA Stuff bu cheaper

Bike Setup:   All components are excellent for the price and is disc brake ready.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hardcore Habon a Weekend Warrior from Chicago, IL - USA

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2002

Strengths:    Probably the only thing that is good on this bike is the frame. It is built w/pretty large diameter 7005, heat treated aluminum. It is also gusseted at the head tube. All this makes for a solid and stiff frame.

Weaknesses:    The component spec is cheesy at best.

Bottom Line:   
I ride plenty of urban assault and trail riding. Do plenty of 5ft+ drops and jumps. Frame heavy and solid. I guess that's a good thing. Did plenty of part swaps, and only thing left was the OEM crank set and front derailleur. Overall, the bike handles very well once you upgrade the original parts. Get a suspension seatpost cause the stiff frame will put all the trail shock into your "arse". Good bike for what you pay, frame worth working with. Better bike once you upgrade.

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Favorite Trail:   8-ball

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   Galyans

Similar Products Used:   2000 raleigh m60 (served me very well)

Bike Setup:   16','02 Response frame, Marzocchi Bomber 3.5 up front, Sun Ditch Witch wheels, STX-RC shifters paired to XT med. cage rear, and Acera front derailleurs. Changed stem to 90mm w/20 degree rise and a flat bar. Rock Shox sus. seatpost under my butt. All on top of Michellin DH 2.2 tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jameson hinkle a Weekend Warrior from Roanoke, VA, United States

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2002

Strengths:    there's enought travel on the shock to hit some small jumps and large bumps, pretty light, seat is comfortable for long rides

Weaknesses:    rear rims bend to easily

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is, if this is your first or second bike, it's the thing to to get because it rides well and will probably last you a long time.

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Favorite Trail:   explore park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Peddler bike shop

Similar Products Used:   raleigh m50

Bike Setup:   softest it can go on shock, tight rear brakes, light fronts

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by crash a Weekend Warrior from georgia

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2001

Strengths:    the rst fork had enough travel for some jumps and hits
the crank arms were stiff
the frame was stiff


Weaknesses:    it was a little heavy

Bottom Line:   
it is recomended if you don't want to spend much but you don't want a big investment. it felt pretty good.

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Favorite Trail:   the one i built

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   galyans

Similar Products Used:   shwinn high plains


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