Diamondback Topanga 2002 Hardtail

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[Sep 19, 2009]
taylorchris
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Disk breaks all around, light frame

Weakness:

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

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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Bianci-Thin Blue Line

[May 17, 2003]
Shane
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame geometery upgrade capability OUTSTANDING PRICE!!

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale M300 (twice), Trek 950 Single track, KHS Montana comp.

[Mar 01, 2002]
Trevor Motzny
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

none

Weakness:

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

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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Giant Yukon

[Jan 16, 2004]
Mitch Kruger
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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 ,

Similar Products Used:

trek 900, diamondback sorento, diamondback ascent

[Jan 17, 2002]
Matt
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

None as of yet

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

[Apr 06, 2004]
Joseph
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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?

Similar Products Used:

Giant Yukon

[Aug 10, 2002]
Tom
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light frame, good components.

Weakness:

Stock stem and handlebars, hubs, Tektro brakes.

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.

Similar Products Used:

Dept. Store bike upgraded with Alivio components.

[Aug 10, 2002]
Mikeski
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great components for the price.

Weakness:

None found yet.

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.

Similar Products Used:

Trek 4300, 4500
Specialized Hardrock A1, Comp A1

[Sep 16, 2003]
Mike Ragan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

[Aug 12, 2002]
Rick
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used:

None

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