Diamondback Topanga SE Bike 1998 or Older

3.67/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

Diamondback Topanga SE


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by currybarclay@yahoo.com a Weekend Warrior from paso robles ca usa

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2010

Strengths:    LIKED THE TIRES FAT FRAME IS WAY COOL

Weaknesses:    drive shaft snapped first time i used it

Bottom Line:   
dont know liked the bike until this happened see how it holds up with new drive shaft

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   sports authority

Similar Products Used:   diamond baCK, GT


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Casey a Cross Country Rider from New York, NY USA

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2000

Strengths:    affordable ($500 in 97); durable; upgradeable; came with Rockshox;

Weaknesses:    "low end" components (shimano alivio) ; original wheels (weinmann) not that strong; frame made in china

Bottom Line:   
they sell the topanga as a "recreational" type mountain bike, so it's not tricked out with all the higher end "race ready" components you read about in magazines; though i have to say everything held up fine except for the rims. this was the first brand-new bike i ever bought (at age 26, go figure) and i use it more now than i did the first two years i had it. this spring i got new wheels, brakes and drivetrain (wtb laserbeam wheels, xt hubs/crankset/8sp cassette/rear der., lx front der, sram plasma shifters, avid ar50 brakes). i'll probably get a new seatpost, saddle, and bar/stem later this year. i ride more trails than i used to and this thing is holding up pretty well. i commute a few miles a day and ride trails whenever i can. a good bike if you can't blow a lot of cash-- though you can make it even better if you upgrade it later on. i think the new topanga frames are aluminum. i've definitely gotten more than my $500 worth of fun out of it, so i'll go with a 5 for value. keep in mind the "weaknesses" stated above are also what made it lower-priced in the first place. overall, i'd be happier if it was made in usa, if it had threadless fork/headset, and if it didn't have that silly nameplate thing on the front of the head tube. i'd recommend it for someone who isn't in a position to plunk down a butt load of cash on a bike they're afraid they won't get enough use out of. then if you become a bike nut like i have, you can make it into a respectable xc machine while becoming a respectable bike mechanic yourself.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Mountain, Peekskill

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   previous bike was an L.L. Bean "Approach" which was too small for me


Overall Rating:3
Submitted by lewis a Weekend Warrior from perth western australia

Date Reviewed: December 10, 1999

Strengths:    
great frame fairly even equipment on bike.


Weaknesses:    
poor front standard fork only seven speed rear derailer and weak brakes.


Bottom Line:   
great hardtail but needs better equipment for hard riding.

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Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
barrracuda a2fs,giant rincon se,


Bike Setup:   
now marz z2 bam fork,lx levers, stx rc v brakes,azonic love seat.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mikey D a Cross-Country Rider from Highland Mills

Date Reviewed: July 5, 1999

Strengths:    
Good Price, Strong Frame , Nice components for the price.


Weaknesses:    
Crank set bottom bracket replaced twice


Bottom Line:   
I like the Bike alot from when I was 14 I owned a Diamond Back Silver Streak and 16 years later still have it and still ride it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   
WEST POINT

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
trekj and Nishiki



Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew Shannon a Racer from Ch'Town P.E.I

Date Reviewed: June 27, 1999

Strengths:    
NIce strong frame with dependable components.Rock shock.


Weaknesses:    
Could use some lighter components and a more race ready fork.


Bottom Line:   
Great for the young racers out there.

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Favorite Trail:   
PolyMountain

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
you nam it i tried it.


Bike Setup:   
Iadded spd pedals And a more race style seat.I also upgraded the crank.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by andrew a Racer from p.e.i

Date Reviewed: June 27, 1999

Strengths:    
looks and rides great


Weaknesses:    
not good for a racer


Bottom Line:   
WWOWW

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Favorite Trail:   
polly mountain

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
all


Bike Setup:   
stock added spd's & lighter and post

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