Diamondback Topanga 2002 Hardtail

4.29/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $399.99


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by taylorchris a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2009

Strengths:    Disk breaks all around, light frame

Weaknesses:    Can't really think of any...could have been cheaper maybe

Bottom Line:   
Great bike great price...did alot of research on other bikes such as Gary fisher,FHS,Trek and Giant...this bike has all the others have and then some..

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   sport check

Similar Products Used:   Bianci-Thin Blue Line

Bike Setup:   Have slicks on it as I do alot of city riding

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joseph a Weekend Warrior from Athens, GA

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2004

Strengths:    Bang for the buck. Solid, easy and responsive. Other brands a bit more expensive with similar attributes. Reliable shifting and drivetrain.

Weaknesses:    Bottom bracket needed work from squeaking, but only lubercation. V brakes didn't work well on muddy trails; they had trouble stopping on downhills. Frame a bit heavier than others.

Bottom Line:   
Kick butt setup. For those not so nimble the disc brakes provide a great range of stopping power in any conditions (including mud, water, and blood). The frame is solid and with MANY wrecks holds well and nothing breaks that shouldn't. I highly reccommend a disc break setup if you can upgrade to it. The frame is a bit heavier than others, but hey... can't have it all, right?

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Favorite Trail:   N. GA.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Athens Cycling

Similar Products Used:   Giant Yukon

Bike Setup:   Replaced seat post due to massive wreck (bike ok!)with shock post (just ok). Replaced stock rims with Sun Ringle Disc Jockey wheels and mechanical Avid disc brakes. Replaced foot cages with power straps.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mitch Kruger a Weekend Warrior from Gillette, Wyoming

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2004

Strengths:    very lightweight, has good suspension. I like the geometry of it. The components are great

Weaknesses:    a very, very minor clicking in the highest gear might need adjusted again.

Bottom Line:   
I like this bike, I took it up a 3 mile 10% grade highway the second after i bought it, and i made it alive
great light weight frame ,

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Favorite Trail:   Hazelton Road

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   ACME Bicyles

Similar Products Used:   trek 900, diamondback sorento, diamondback ascent

Bike Setup:   front suspension the Judy II 3 inches of travel

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Ragan a Cross Country Rider from portsmouth, va

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2003

Strengths:    The adjustable Judy TT shock, alivio components, light-weight, strong frame.

Weaknesses:    break levers and gear shifters are all one piece. Diamond back headset and handlebars. Chain ring is one solid piece.

Bottom Line:   
So far the Topanga has been an excellent bike for the money. It has given me no problems on long rides and is extremely light weight compared to what I am used to. Anyone looking for a nice, solid, midrange bike should definitely consider the Topanga.

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Favorite Trail:   street and paths around my house

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Scat Bikes

Bike Setup:   Factory components, added profile design bar ends and panaracer smoke / dart tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shane a Weekend Warrior from Germany

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2003

Strengths:    Frame geometery upgrade capability OUTSTANDING PRICE!!

Weaknesses:    One piece chainring set, shifters brake levers one unit. If one goes out you have to replace all/both.

Bottom Line:   
I have been mountain biking for 16 years, sometimes near professional levels. I bought the Topanga because I was limited on choices being overseas in the US military. However this is by far the most responsive, comfortable, and well built bike I have ever ridden or owned. As components wear out I will upgrade but no need to change anything until it goes out. This alluminum frame and fork set up is far more responsive and comfortable than even my Cannondale. I reccomend this bike for anyone entry level to borderline obsessed, short of a sponsorship there are few better values.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I am riding

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Military Exchange

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale M300 (twice), Trek 950 Single track, KHS Montana comp.

Bike Setup:   Factory

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh Fithian a Weekend Warrior from Kansas City, MO, U.S.

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2002

Strengths:    Great geometry, strong frame, sharp colors

Weaknesses:    Broke a lever but that's a good reason for upgrades

Bottom Line:   
Bottom of the line parts are gonna break so this bike is perfect for the daily rider who likes make anything better.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Dicks

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Gary Fisher

Bike Setup:   Easton EC70 carbon flat bar, Kore Lite3 stem, XT shifters, Mavic X317's with Deore discs, Avid mech. discs, soon to be XTR deailleurs & cranks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PR a Weekend Warrior from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2002

Strengths:    Light weight bike for the money. Good components. Great bike for the serious weekend rider who rides trail/pavement. Sharp looking bike.

Weaknesses:    None yet. Only had bike one month.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike overall! Handels well on trails. I looked at other bikes with similar components, and the price was $50-$100 higher.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Dick's

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Giant.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Cross Country Rider from Wrightwood, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2002

Strengths:    Forgiving and easy to ride with an excellent upgradeable frame and more than adequate components. A true value for the MRP of $399.99 for an entry level bike. The brakes will stop on a dime.

Weaknesses:    None found so far. However I would like to see it with clipless pedals.

Bottom Line:   
I'd do it again in a heart beat. It's perfect for the recreational/sport mountain biker wanting to get away from it all without leaving an empty wallet or melted plastic at the bike shop. For the money, it's a great way to enter the world of mountain biking without a heavy investment. I've got a new friend.

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Favorite Trail:   San Gabriel Mountains

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   factory

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mikeski a Weekend Warrior from Cary, NC

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2002

Strengths:    Great components for the price.

Weaknesses:    None found yet.

Bottom Line:   
This bike has many of the same compenents as the 4500/Comp A1 machines.
Topanga - $299
4300, A1 - $375
4500, Comp A1 - $425
You make the call.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Dick's

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300, 4500
Specialized Hardrock A1, Comp A1


Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom a Cross Country Rider from Wilmington, NC USA

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2002

Strengths:    Light frame, good components.

Weaknesses:    Stock stem and handlebars, hubs, Tektro brakes.

Bottom Line:   
I came from a heavy steel framed bike. The aluminum was noticeably lighter. The Rock Shock Judy TT easily handled all the roots and ruts that the coastal NC trails can throw at it. I will post more when I have ridden more.

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Favorite Trail:   I live on the coast...

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $318.00

Purchased At:   Dick's

Similar Products Used:   Dept. Store bike upgraded with Alivio components.

Bike Setup:   Stock except Alivio brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matthew Garrett a Cross Country Rider from Jacksonville, AR, USA

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2002

Strengths:    Stong aluminum frame stands up to the day to day abuises of my life. Set up is perfect componants wise. Fork is ok for the price.

Bottom Line:   
AWESOME is the only words that can describe is bike. Everything down to the colors is perfect. I would recomend this mountain bike to any and everyone that is considering on buying a new hardtail for a low and descent price.

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Favorite Trail:   Potowatami

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Galyans

Bike Setup:   Factory

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Hoefer a Weekend Warrior from Schenectady Ny USA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2002

Strengths:    Frame is tough handles on a dime worthy to keep a few years and if you want to upgrade it its easy to do so.

Weaknesses:    The fork that came with it was kinda blah. (mine came with a rock shox jett)

Bottom Line:   
I Love it couldnt be any more than i wanted in a beginner intermediate bike. I got to do many upgrades rather than buy a new bike. this saved a lot of money for me. bottom line well worth the money paid.

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Favorite Trail:   Woods behind my house

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $465.00

Purchased At:   dicks sporting goods

Similar Products Used:   None yet

Bike Setup:   Topanga with Rock Shox Psylo xc titec hellbent flat tracker bars titec big al stem titec Carbon seatpost Rockwerks clipless SPD pedals Hutchinson mosquito front tire and a Performance topo semislick rear tire.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Trevor Motzny a Cross Country Rider from Illinois

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2002

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    Too heavy, non responsive fork, they use 7000 series aluminium which should not be welded therefor making a very unsafe frame

Bottom Line:   
stay away from any aluminium frame diamondback, i've looked around for a different hardtail and found much better values in other brands for the same price.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Giant Yukon


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Alabaster,Al

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2002

Strengths:    Rockshoxx Judy TT is great compared to what I have been on,Alivio components are excellent,Kenda tires have yet to let me down.

Weaknesses:    None as of yet

Bottom Line:   
For the money,a great ride for cross country,o.k. for downhill. Money well spent.

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Favorite Trail:   Oak Mtn State Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Bike Setup:   Factory

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