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Well, kinda new. I still have my old 1998/1999 Diamondback Venom BMX bike, but I needed to get back into riding pretty badly, I haven't ridden since around 2007 when I just got kind of burned out.

However I've been wanting to get back into shape, so look at the awesome deal I found!

I think it's a ... 2009? Diamondback Response XE from Dicks. I know you all have probably seen these quite a few times. But still! have some high res pics.

I got it on a deal. original price was $359 or something like that. then they had it on clearance for $299 and then if you bought a bike before the end of the 24th of December you got an additional $50 off. So this is what I grabbed for $249.99 (no tax because of Oregon)

Originally I wanted something just to ride trails and some more slightly AM stuff like riding mt st helens and stuff like that. I wanted something that was big and chunky and rode like a tank just like the old Specialized Hardrock frames from 2003-2008 and I found it exactly, they ride like just the same.

First impressions, seems pretty nice. there are some obvious strange things Dicks did like a 21 speed drivetrain and some really wonky handlebars. but I've got an Easton EA All Mountain or something 85mm stem and Easton EA 50 bars in the mail already, so those will go pretty quickly. I have absolutely no idea about the fork. it seems to work fine, but it's a SR suntour. might replace with a RS Dart or something like that. I dunno, tell me what you guys think! So far surprisingly the Tektro Novela disc brakes are awesome! they honestly stop as good as my BB7's








 

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Take off those two stickers under the strong box sticker...

U DUN NEED DEM!!

I got the 09' response as well but gonna have to change the v-brakes to disc and the pedals. Should be fun!
 

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yea i got the same bike for the same price, just got done swapping out some parts on it. Hows that fork handling for you? Mine feels clunky and tops out with a thunk when i wheelie, or bunny hop. No matter i guess as i plan on replacing my fork some time soon. But as far as bang for the buck this bike is hard to beat. I switched my bars and stem to a 80mm and the bar with 9 degree sweep, the stock bar has crazy sweep. Made it feel like a sunday cruiser lol. I didnt care for the 3 finger levers either so i swapped them out to. Yea peel the stickers off ;). Also if you read the reviews of the dart you may want to stay away from that fork. I know there dirt cheap right now and i was checking them out but the reviews are deplorable. I would say if that fork works fine (unlike mine) use it until you can get some thing better, iam currently looking at this 1 http://www.bikeman.com/FK8933.html?...utm_medium=GoogleBase&utm_campaign=GoogleBase and i will drop a pound to boot.
 

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Blksocks said:
Take off those two stickers under the strong box sticker...

U DUN NEED DEM!!

I got the 09' response as well but gonna have to change the v-brakes to disc and the pedals. Should be fun!
Ohh yeah, don't worry those stickers are gone already. I partially took the pics with them on because I found them to be comical. got a pic of them then took them off.

Yeah, the pedals aren't the best out there by any means :D they do work though and probably won't weigh too much. I was lucky enough to get the discs but in some ways would have maybe preferred V's on there stock. I have Hayes HFX-9's that could go on there, but those little Tektros do awesome.
 

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yea i got the same bike for the same price, just got done swapping out some parts on it. Hows that fork handling for you? Mine feels clunky and tops out with a thunk when i wheelie, or bunny hop. No matter i guess as i plan on replacing my fork some time soon. But as far as bang for the buck this bike is hard to beat. I switched my bars and stem to a 80mm and the bar with 9 degree sweep, the stock bar has crazy sweep. Made it feel like a sunday cruiser lol. I didnt care for the 3 finger levers either so i swapped them out to. Yea peel the stickers off ;). Also if you read the reviews of the dart you may want to stay away from that fork. I know there dirt cheap right now and i was checking them out but the reviews are deplorable. I would say if that fork works fine (unlike mine) use it until you can get some thing better, iam currently looking at this 1 http://www.bikeman.com/FK8933.html?...utm_medium=GoogleBase&utm_campaign=GoogleBase and i will drop a pound to boot.
Ohh yeah, my fork tops out pretty badly with a kinda annoying "click" I believe it's just a simple elastomer fork so it's really basic. no fancy damping or anything to really go horribly wrong with it though. I've got a old 2003 Marzocchi EXR Pro that I *might* stick on there, I really don't like that fork. The SR Suntour is "okay" it's getting the job done and when the weather warms up here I'm sure it'll function better. I'll steer clear of the Dart then, there's quite a number of different forks out there to choose from. I'll probably find some Manitou or something to stick on it, maybe that marzocchi 44. Ultimatley the most intence stuff this bike will ever see is All Mountain, so I don't need something like my Manitou Travis on there :thumbsup:
 

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Welcome to DB. Great bike for 250 bucks! Those upgrades are a good start as well as ditching the plastic pedals. That Suntour fork should be just ridden hard and save up for a good decent fork, at least a RS Tora, avoid the Darts; or go for a lighter fork like the Recon or whatever you like. Marzocchi is strong and reliable.


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the stock pedals are a joke i went and got some wellgo mg1 off ebay for $32 out the door. I never really planed on doing much to this bike. Just a spare/commuter bike. But after riding it i feel in love with. Hate to say it but i like it more that my fs fisher. I guess i should change my avatar lol.
 

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DavidNeiles said:
Welcome to DB. Great bike for 250 bucks! Those upgrades are a good start as well as ditching the plastic pedals. That Suntour fork should be just ridden hard and save up for a good decent fork, at least a RS Tora, avoid the Darts; or go for a lighter fork like the Recon or whatever you like. Marzocchi is strong and reliable.

Enjoy:thumbsup:
Hey thanks, man! yeah for $250 I can't complain about any of the components on the bike XD even the funky bars. I figured I'd just ride that SR Suntour till I have just random spare funds and then I'll upgrade, it has a lockout surprisingly so it isn't all bad. If it still functions properly when I get my new fork, then hey it's a good backup XD. Yeah I'll probably get a Tora or a 44 or something. I'd like to find some sort of manitou but it seems a lot of their stuff is more on the high end market. I believe wheel world or something is selling the Splice Comp 130mm for like $70 though XD
 

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the stock pedals are a joke i went and got some wellgo mg1 off ebay for $32 out the door. I never really planed on doing much to this bike. Just a spare/commuter bike. But after riding it i feel in love with. Hate to say it but i like it more that my fs fisher. I guess i should change my avatar lol.
:D yeah the pedals are pretty bad. I have some really nice Shimano clip pedals that came with my old XC bike but I would have to get shoes for them. I got the bike pretty much for the same thing, just as a light duty AM and XC bike that I could take places and not worry about as much if I go into the store and it's on top of the car. stuff like that but the more I ride it the more I fall in love with the way it rides and I want to upgrade it to being all nice and expensive :thumbsup:
 

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1 more heads up. I have been having a problem with my seat sliding back, thought it was just me. After trolling these forums it appears to be a problem with this seat post on the bike, quite a few people posted something about it. So long fisher avatar hello DB lol.
 

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I honestly can't find anything wrong with my DB Respone. I have thrown it and everything... it's a true beast.
 

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1 more heads up. I have been having a problem with my seat sliding back, thought it was just me. After trolling these forums it appears to be a problem with this seat post on the bike, quite a few people posted something about it. So long fisher avatar hello DB lol.
Haha, nice new avatar dude! looks good.

Yeah I haven't noticed it sliding back on me yet, I'm not too worried about it though. Soon after I get my bars I might go with a Truvativ XR double clamp and a WTB speed V or some nice saddle like that. I'll keep an eye on it though, might go and clamp it down a little tighter.
 

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I honestly can't find anything wrong with my DB Respone. I have thrown it and everything... it's a true beast.
That's really good to hear, I wanted something that would be pretty durable. the headtube looked pretty beefy so I thought I might be able to get away with a 5" fork or something like that, I probably won't do any FR with it but honestly as I ride it more and more and see just how well it rides, I think I might see about using it for some AM and singletrack stuff.
 

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firstcut said:
1 more heads up. I have been having a problem with my seat sliding back, thought it was just me. After trolling these forums it appears to be a problem with this seat post on the bike, quite a few people posted something about it. So long fisher avatar hello DB lol.
That would be from not properly tighten down the seat bolt (6mm allen) when assembled,( Not your fault) make sure it is really tight, if it is not staying tight than it might be stripped or it could use some blue lock tite on the threads.
 

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That's really good to hear, I wanted something that would be pretty durable. the headtube looked pretty beefy so I thought I might be able to get away with a 5" fork or something like that, I probably won't do any FR with it but honestly as I ride it more and more and see just how well it rides, I think I might see about using it for some AM and singletrack stuff.
I have a db response sport and it has a 120mm fork close to 5" and it rides great, its the cheap spinner edge fork though.. Id reccomend new wheels and brakes if your going fast or doing anything tooo serious.
 

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I have a db response sport and it has a 120mm fork close to 5" and it rides great, its the cheap spinner edge fork though.. Id reccomend new wheels and brakes if your going fast or doing anything tooo serious.
The wheels and brakes are fine for now it seems. I also have a full set of really nice mtb wheels (rhyno lites on deore hubs and also WTB dual duty FR on WTB hubs) so I would be totally fine if something actually happened to the wheels. the brakes are working real well at the moment.

The spinner edge would probably be an upgrade from the fork that is on there now. :D I'll probably be throwing on a 120mm fork here in the future this summer. probably a marzocchi 44 or something.
 

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I just picked up the same bike myself this week, same deal at dicks. Did my research and it seemed to be the best priced bike at my price level. This is my 1st bike in a hardtail style and I am looking forward to a weather break around here so i can start to ride some of our trails. I will probably be upgrading all the components on the bike after the 1st 6 months or so after I get into this more, I was looking to get into biking to give me something to do when i have days off during the week and have noone to fish with. Glad I found this forum so I can get some advice when i begin modding.
 

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Lots of info on here for modding this frame, if you got any questons post them before buying. I did ALOT of research before i went and spent money upgrading. At stock i would say its ok for light cross country, but i wouldnt be doing jumps or 3 foot drops with it untill you upgrade a few things. Congrats on you DB im sure you will enjoy it.
 
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