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hi all you diamondback guys...
i want to give 29ers a try so have been shopping around a lot over the past couple months.
anybody here ride or else know anything about the overdrive 29er?
its on nashbar for pretty cheap, plus they offer some kinda discount (anywhere from 10-20% off) just about all the time.
it looks like it would be hard to go wrong at the price, even if its not very good & my riding buds ridicule me, its not that big a loss if i have to dump it.
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from my research i learned that db was actually the first manufacturer to get into 29ers meant for the retail bidness, 10-15 yrs ago back when all the other 29ers were custom-built or really hi-end stuff. so they should know a thing or 2 bout 29ers, right?
so...waddaya think?
is it worth a try?
 

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I ride an Overdrive and Love it! I have done a few upgrades over the last year of owning it but I rode it for a while bone stock and had no problems or issues. Just put 15 miles on it Sunday and had a blast passing riders on higher end bikes. Lots of people have a notion that Diamondback is a cheap "Wal-Mart" bike but that isn't the case with the Overdrive, Sortie (I own one of these as well), Mission, Scapegoat...etc.. Give it a ride and see for yourself!
 

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Just bought the new Overdrive for $550 (w/ tax and extended warranty), and did a 15mile loop first day with it. I must say Im in love with it so far.
 

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Box Rod said:
I ride an Overdrive and Love it! I have done a few upgrades over the last year of owning it but I rode it for a while bone stock and had no problems or issues. Just put 15 miles on it Sunday and had a blast passing riders on higher end bikes. Lots of people have a notion that Diamondback is a cheap "Wal-Mart" bike but that isn't the case with the Overdrive, Sortie (I own one of these as well), Mission, Scapegoat...etc.. Give it a ride and see for yourself!
How much does all the "weapons-grade aluminum" that Diamondback puts into the Overdrive weigh exactly?
 

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hey bro i ride and overdrive and i love it, the bike is not heavy and at bone stock it is a great bike, but upgrades would just make it even better
 

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fyi...i ended up buying an se racing stout ss 29er @ an unbelievably low price, or was it?
so far its been a lotta fun, but...
i am already looking into gearing it, swapping into a suspension fork, etc
in other words...
all the s**t i coulda got by buying the db overdrive!
so...we've all seen theres a ton of guys here on mtbr that swear by their rigid ss 29ers...
ok, i confess that i maybe a bit conservative with a $ but considering my riding habits & realizing that by working all the discos & codes on nashbar at times it was possible to buy their overdrive for under $400,
i wonder...
 

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I ride one and I love it also. Picked it up from Nashbar for 499 and had 20% off so it was hard to go wrong. Now that I am used to it, I don't even ride my 26 anymore.
The only mod I may do on it is to strip the decals etc off and go with a polished aluminum look.
 

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The overdrive seems like a great deal for what your getting. If you have the cash though i would try and find an overdrive pro the component upgrades are pretty good just in the fork alone.
 

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I bought the Overdrive for $375 including a one-day 25% discount code. The shipping was free but add on an oversize shipping charge to get a total of about $420. That is one heck of a deal. I really like the bike. I'm adjusting to 29er handling. It does seem to roll over small embedded rocks and over short steep climbs well. (I'm comparing it to my main bike, a Kona Bear (Dawg) Dee-Lux, which is a quality 4" travel all-mountain bike with Fox Float suspension.) No problems with the budget Tektro Novela disc brakes once adjusted, although I guess Avids and Hayes have better feel. Ditto the SRAM X-4; I think it shifts pretty well; I've looked at the X-5 and I can't see much difference between the two. The main upgrade item is I think the Rockshox Dart 3 fork. They are a little spindly/flexy, smaller stanchions compared to the Tora, etc, although they at least have adjustable preload, rebound damping and lockout. You could remove them immediately and sell new online for perhaps $80-$90, then buy a Tora for $200 online.
 

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My overdrive was delivered yesterday. I'm a total noob- it took me 3hrs to finish assembling and getting the derailleurs to work properly. I had to learn how the disc brakes function and put them on. Thanks to youtube !!!!
I haven't gone on a trail yet. But so far i love it. the wheels are HUGE and make a huge difference. The bike is way better the my 5yr old NEXT. Im not sure what psi i gotta run the tires at. I live in vegas, the trails are dry mixed with hardpacked and loose dirt and lots of rocks ranging in size from 2-4 inches.
I'm not sure how the preload setting works. I weigh 145lbs and i can only get 15% sag at the lowerst preload setting. Do i need a lighter spring? I dont want the hassle of opening the fork.
 

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My Overdrive lives in Florida, where I am most of the time - sand and tree roots, some limestone rocks. But I also live in Vegas, and my Kona Bear dee-lux (FS) lives here; I ride Blue Diamond, Mt Charleston and soon, Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City. Anyway, my Overdrive rode better when I dropped the pressure to 30 pounds or so, regardless of the 45-lb label on the sidewall. The sharp-edged rocks in NV may increase the chances of pinch flats a little, but lower pressure (perhaps 25-35) is definitely smoother on this HT. Maybe others can chime in too. Diggin both my Overdrive and Kona!
 
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