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Old 01-29-09, 05:16 AM   #1
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Diamondback Wildwood Sport Frame: solid enough 4 rough tracks?

Hi all, greetings from germany,
i recently registered to this great forum and found lots of handy informations so far.
Im 44 year old,well fed (90 kg / 200lbs) male planning to start cycling. Family trips mostly on roads but also planning to ride some gravel paths and rough trails. Since i mostly use the bike on roads for everyday commute i have one question:

i was offered a new "Diamondback Wildwood Sport 08" Trekking bike for a good price. Its 28" i think this type of bike is called comfort bike here in this forum?
But here in germany the brand Diamondback isnt well known. Also different searches in german forums didnt bring ub any information to this special bike. I think this bike is better known in US so here is the question:

What do you think about the stability / sturdiness? of that particular frame? I found a similar offer here:
http://www.veloschmidt.de/087-1.jpg
( Alloy 6061, T-2 Frame Lightweight Tubing, UR-double butted, integrated Headset, 3D Ausfallende)

Can i use it to drive also away from road, on somewhat rougher pathes, no big jumps or so but through woods and meadows?
Does someone have information about the quality especially the frame?

Thank you alot and sorry for my weak dictionary corrected english.

greets, Ralf
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Old 01-29-09, 10:53 AM   #2
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My wife has a 2000 Wildwood and the frame is quite sturdy. As for off road use, the main issue will be tires and wheels. Hers came with the same wheelset as the Diamond Back mountainbikes but the tires were 26" slicks. I changed to knobbies, swapped the suspension seat post for a regular seat post and it has made a nice bike for trail use.
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That bike would be good for everything you want to do. Diamondback started as an MTB only company here in the US, but now is part of the Raleigh USA group and all the frames are made by Kinesis in China. Kinesis may be the best quality mass-produced frames from mainland China (PRC). Just don't let the bike get beaten excessively.
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Fine. Very interesting. Just in time so i can order it. Really appreciated. At first try it felt fine. Although it only has a 55cm Frame. I saw several threads in which alot experienced people stated that a bigger frame should work better for most people. I am 6 (182cm) with 86cm (34") inseam size.
The framesize calculator gives 58cm framesize, but it seems that i like it smaller. My wife with 35.5" inseam but only 178cm over all, prefers it bigger.. uhmm well.. she drives a 60cm frame and likes it. The bike feels way to big for me..so i think 55cm schould work for me.
Again, thx to all.
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For off road, you want a bit more clearance to protect the "jewels" in case of accident.
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Ah, yes, this makes sense to me.
But.. why do those lady frames then have lower top tubes.. cause in case of accident.. as far as i remember.. i found no such jewels or similar during last examination..
ok. dont answer.. offtopic. sorry mods.
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Ah, yes, this makes sense to me.
But.. why do those lady frames then have lower top tubes.. cause in case of accident.. as far as i remember.. i found no such jewels or similar during last examination..
ok. dont answer.. offtopic. sorry mods.
jewels- American slang for male parts.
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Yes DieselDan, i know.. in germany its called "familienjuwelen" its quite similar.. meaning familyjewels..
no matter how we call em, they should be protected.
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