Diamondback XSL Race 2002 Full Suspension

XSL Race

User Reviews (7)

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run on   Weekend Warrior [Apr 04, 2006]
Strength:

Everything is awesome. good shocks. good frame

Weakness:

none that i know of yet

so far so good this bike rocks. i took it downhill and it rode like a champ. i hardly felt a thing. i didnt use the brakes much going downhill though so i hope they work.....

Similar Products Used: gary fisher joshua
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Paul Marquez   Weekend Warrior [Dec 11, 2001]
Strength:

Light weight, ( 28lbs ) supple or agressive to suite terrain. Great components and very agile in the tight stuff. The bike is perfect for fast, rocky downhills. The rear shock is the star of this frame with multiple settings to maintain utmost control of the bike . XT shifters quick light action. Frame is finished very well with eye catching bright yellow and black graphics. Great brakes and easy tuned to riders liking. I prefer mine with a long pull on the rear and short on front.

Weakness:

Rear derailer needs to be upgraded ASAP and OEM tires are weak for the terrain I like. I had to replace with Panaracers by the second ride. Replaced chain once.

Great value and not much to upgrade, unlike most of my riding buddies. Spend a little more for the dual suspension with the good mix of components and you will be happier in the long run. The only thing to upgrade might be rear derailer.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
Jerry Gerent   Cross Country Rider [Dec 15, 2001]
Strength:

Awsome Handling, fast tight turning, single track and fast down hill runs, after upgrades below...frame geometry very close to Intense Uzzi SL, now I no why,....

Weakness:

Pivot points need bearings, smooth for now but could be so plush with the bearings, regular cleaning and greaseing provides smooth action...front derailer could be better, XT ????

This bike for the price cant be over looked, handling over rocks and ruts is nice, fast, quick turning and cofindence that you are in control....upgrade as noted, loctite all hardware on the crank or you will loose some screws, all others keep tight, pedal hard and enjoy...

Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Sugar 3+, GT 3.0, Specialized FSR Comp and Enduro
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4
VALUE
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4
Jody Hershbine   Cross Country Rider [Sep 21, 2002]
Strength:

Light, Strong, and just feels balanced. Black and Silver frame only package (complete bikes were Red, white & silver)

Weakness:

None

I know this is not a fair evaluation since I built this frame up the way I think Diamondback should have. The reason I chose the XSL frame was the same as most here at MTBR, it had the same frame geometry as the Intense Tracer (The "Top Dog" XC rig at the time) that had me drooling over it. Yet with a new baby on the way, an Intense was not going to happen. So I built this whole bike for $100 more than just the Intense frame would have cost me, and I'm just as pleased.

Similar Products Used: Nuke Proof Stealth
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5
VALUE
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5
Jason   [Dec 24, 2002]
Strength:

Bike pedals strong and rides smooth. Good travel on both ends, and takes sizeable drops for my 220lbs. This is my initial review, but i'll put up a 3 month one soon.

Weakness:

Air shock is great, but without a shock pump i was having a hard time getting it set like i wanted. But with the pump, everything is great!

Great bike. somehow it seems to stay firm when pedaling but soak up the big hits when headed downhill or off dropoffs. Lightweight and strong.

Similar Products Used: Demo'ed and borrowed kona stinky and giant warp.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Chris   Weekend Warrior [Sep 23, 2002]
Strength:

Great price, good components. Very beefy construction esp on rear suspension. Easily handles 240lb rider with shocks set up right. With suspension in the 4 inch mode it is very sweet. The rear brakes are very powerful, on the downside they are a little too "grabby" for my taste. This bike was head and shoulders above the other bikes I tested (Fuel, Sugar, Specialized)

Weakness:

Stock grips suck. No quick release seat clamp. The cables routed around the reat shock seem to chafe...need to strategically place some cable ties. Some concerns...wheels, not a brand I recognize, they are sealed bearing wheels very beefy and roll very nice....not sure how they will hold up. Brake levers are another lesser known brand, time will tell how well they hold up. My past experience with a Diamondback Toponga Comp was very favorable when it come to durability...I have no reason to expect any different.

Great bike for the money. Rides great. Even if some of the lessor known parts dont hold up its still a great value. Worst case you would be replacing wheels and brake levers (~$200 depending on your tastes). I will post a 3 month review.

Similar Products Used: Trek Fuel 80, 90, 90 disc, and 98, Fisher Sugar3+, 4+, Specialized
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Brandon   Cross Country Rider [May 25, 2002]
Strength:

The suspension is very plush, hats off to the Rockshox Duke
and SID rear. The bike is very agile and easy to throw around when the going get's rough.

Weakness:

Pivot points developed an annoying squeak right off the showroom floor. Be sure to keep them lubed and everything will be alright. No other arguments to make.

The bike has excellent value for the purchase price. Looking forward to a great summer of riding the local trails and smoking my buddies. Anyone looking for an
all-around X-country rig should take a serious look at
this bike.

Similar Products Used: Specialized Enduro, GT iDrive.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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