Diamondback Topanga Comp Disc 2003 Hardtail

4.33/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $549.99


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick a Racer from Ridgefield, connecticut, usa

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2004

Strengths:    Great frame, good brakes if you keep them out of the mud, tires,

Weaknesses:    judy fork, the pedals are crap the cage fell off, just get clipless pedals when you buy the bike.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the bike knowing that i wanted to upgrade gradually instead of buying a new bike in two or three years and i liked the frame so i thought that it would be a good choice and i was really surprised at how well it performed stock. If you want to keep the bike stock buy a haro, they have the best stock components for their bikes, if you want to upgrade get this bike the frame is great.
fork and pedals aside it is the best bike under $600

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $519.00

Purchased At:   smart cycles

Similar Products Used:   raliegh m20

Bike Setup:   Fox forx vanilla 125, ea 70 stem, m540 pedals, the rest is stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Hartwell a Weekend Warrior from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2003

Strengths:    great brakes and excellent frame

Weaknesses:    the judy fork

Bottom Line:   
great bike, worth every penny. if I had had more money when i had bought it, I wouldnt have changed anything. it definitely gets the five flaming chilies. It is a very good bike for the money. However, if I get some more money i would probably chang the fork, but everything else is staying. This bike is for the weekend warior who wants to have a lot of fun, but still wants to have money left over. I can do almost any trail at Palmer Park with it and I am not one of the best riders. If you have even considered buying this bike, go for it. You wont be disapointed.

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Favorite Trail:   Bona Mae

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Cycle therapy

Similar Products Used:   GF Tassajara

Bike Setup:   judy TT forks, shimano equipped

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Troy Frazier a Weekend Warrior from Milltown, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2003

Strengths:    I am a newbie to this sport and can only speak on my limited experience of less than 3 months. I beat the crap out of this bike, have taken about 4 good falls and the bike has not suffered from it, only my knees and elbows. The bike seems to be tough and has good components for the money. I bent the seat somehow and got a good deal on a titanium replacement for $30 from somerville cyclery (thanks), good deal. The wheels are tough and tires are good. Shifting is responsive and brakes are great. Climbs great over mudd, rocks and logs.
Haven't taken any big drops, not ready for that yet.


Weaknesses:    Paint chips easily ( no biggy to me ), the derailers have been giving me problems with the chain slipping off the rear on the high gear. Might be mudd related? Got to drop it off at the shop.

Bottom Line:   
I am pleased with this bike, I have ridden a few dozen times now and have very few complaints. Great bang for the buck.

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Favorite Trail:   Chimney Rock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $525.00

Purchased At:   Somerville Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   This is my first MTB.

Bike Setup:   stock except for titanium seat and toe clips.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from North, NJ

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2003

Strengths:    Great value

Weaknesses:    Too much frame flex when cranking up hill, bad to the point of throwing chain to next lower sprocket or off. Same with the the stem and front handle bars, you can hear them sqeek when you are mashing hard.

Bottom Line:   
I really like the bike for in the saddle riding and still thing that it was worth the money. Great bike for smaller person (I'm 230lbs) or less aggresive rider, but I get outta the seat too much and am replacing the frame with something stiffer.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   dick's sporting goods

Bike Setup:   LX with Judy forks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben Jammin a Cross Country Rider from Rochester, NY

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2003

Strengths:    Great components for the $.

Weaknesses:    Slightly heavy at first, but came to life with a more upright stem.

Seat staples pulled out after 3 rides!
Pedals are complete junk.


Bottom Line:   
My main goal purchasing a new bike was to find one that wheelies very easily. I tried this bike out and it was very stable in the wheelie position, but not the best I have ever tried. But the bang for the buck convinced me to buy it and I just hoped that a more upright stem would do the trick. Boy did it ever! This bike wheelies as well as any Mtn Bike I have tried. The bike loves to do squeakers as well (going backwards on the front wheel by kicking the front tire -- a wheelie in reverse.)

For an ex-flatland freestyler, this bike provides me the opportunity to do some tricks, while still have a good all around trail bike with decent components.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   GF Tassajara, Jamis Dakota SX

Bike Setup:   Stock, except more upright stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Johnson Johnson from Spokane

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2003

Strengths:    Decent components for a good price, disc brakes, and the fact that bike cops use them

Weaknesses:    It isn't a downhill freeride bike, but it isn't that intentionally so i really think there is nothing wrong with it

Bottom Line:   
It all works for a reasonalble price. It's an excellent entry level bike. Nothing is bottom of the line, or top of the line, and it's relatively inexpensive, so it was perfect for me. If you want a bike that works good, without paying a kajillzon dollars then get this bike

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Favorite Trail:   Priest Lake area

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Wheel sport

Similar Products Used:   GT avalanch, Specialized Hardrock pro

Bike Setup:   disc brakes, deore LX front and back, Judy shock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Peruzzi a Cross Country Rider from Tacoma

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2003

Strengths:    Quality components for a good entry level price. The 7005 aluminum is as light as it needs to be. Strong well built bike. Good Price!!!!!!!

Weaknesses:    Some mid to low end components. But with a MSRP of $550, what do you want?

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that its a good entry priced disc brake bike that won't break your pocketbook. I would highly recommend for novices, and kids just becuase the price is close to what you might pay in department stores for a much lower class bike. The weakness of this bike is the components, but with patience you can watch local bike shop sales, ebay, and other internet sales, and upgrade this bike to a higher level with an XT setup for about $150. And in my opinion that puts this bike at the front of the line for hardtail XC bikes. Also if you are going to get serious about upgrades, the Judy fork will have to go. I had a 2002 Psylo SL that lets me pretty much go where I want when I want. I will definatly look at Diamondback for my next bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Sun Top Lookout

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $499.00

Purchased At:   BNI Sports

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper/ Kona NUNU

Bike Setup:   Mostly LX with a Rock Shox Judy fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by george a Cross Country Rider from melbourne

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2003

Strengths:    Quality of componentry for price, only afew ordinary parts. Overall feel of bike. Quality of finish. Diamondback lugs look cool waith the "D" stamped into them.

Weaknesses:    Cheapish pedals,seat and post

Bottom Line:   
Nowhere in Aus is a better bike available for the price.
The components speak for themselves. The only cheapish parts are the resin body pedals, Kalin seatpost and Dback seat(which I have found extremely comfortable even if it doesn't look like a quality seat). These items could be upgraded at low cost.
The EXR's are ace - easy to adjust and provide great feel. They recieve some good reviews on this site for low flex and durability.
The Hayes hydros have great stopping power
The grey and black paint scheme looks the part and the frame material and welds are top notch. Only area of concern here is the squash zone on the chain stay that seems to flatten the stay out considerably - it can't be doing lateral flex any good, but the frame seems pretty stiff all the same.
MBC were recently offering a special order KHS Alite 1000 for the same price, also with substantial spec upgrade from standard. I'm happy I didn't purchase the KHS as came with a Pilot C fork (there are some difinitive reviews of Rock Shocks regards reliability and service on this site); the Tektro hydro's it came with are not up to the Hayes ones and the truvative cranks have some durability probs also.
The bike is super if only a touch heavy

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Favorite Trail:   local

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Melb Bicycle Centre(MBC)

Similar Products Used:   nil

Bike Setup:   The T-Comp Disc I am reviewing is substantially differet from the one in the Diamondback website. These are the specs:
7005 hardtail frame
Bomber EXR.03 fork
Deore XT gearing, sealed BB
Deore Crank
Hayes hfx9 xc hydro brakes
Formula sealed hubs, cheap but good.
Alex 2100 dual wall rims
DBack riser bar and stem
This bike is a special order by MBC to Diamondback. Approx 50 of these were available at $1000.00 Aus

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Enrique a Weekend Warrior from Stillwater, OK

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2003

Strengths:    great bike, very responsive, i can't tell the frame is heavier then my old specialized. The component group is great for people that just want to have fun, considering the deal and the disc brakes. Plus it look's sweet in blak and yellow.

Weaknesses:    heavy? but only if your a weight freak.

Bottom Line:   
awesome bike for people that want a good bike but aren't wanting to spend a lot of money. it has the best component group at this price point.

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Favorite Trail:   McMurtry NW

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $590.00

Purchased At:   Tanner Bike

Similar Products Used:   specialized rockhopper, giant iguana

Bike Setup:   all LX with shimano disc brakes, velociraptor tires and wellgo pedals

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