The first rule: if you're riding a bike and not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.
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Just picked this up today at Performance Bike's, there really is a lot of difference between it an the Insight 1 .
(This is the 2011 Diamondback Insight 2 model) Very nice Bike for the price. Richard
Just got a new bottle cage and handlebar for free with my Team Performance points. I LOVE my local performance bike shop! Though they're moving next month and they are running low on stock. I was going to just cut off my old grips and get a new pair to put on the new bar, but because they are really low on stock, they had none and I had to use my old grips. I have blisters on my left hand (and I'm left handed ) from pulling off the grips. My bike will be pretty different when you see it next (though you may not be able to see all of the differences).
My old bar is steel, so I took off about 300g from my bike.
This is just a quick review I did on it, missed the rims are different, 20h front & 24h rear. There are a few other minor things also. But did make a side by side review video on the Insight 1 and the Insight 2, both the 2011 models. They are really nice performance Hybrid Model's for the price. This was bought at Performance Bike's.
( I REALLY like the fit of the INSIGHT model) just feels so right for me, that's why I went for the upgrade while they still had the sale. At 25 pounds, with all the Alivio drive train, plus 24 speed, shifters, AVID brakes, and those Kendra Kwick Trax w/puncture resistant K-shield, and think the stock saddle is going to be a keeper, couldn't help myself. Very pleased with it ! Richard
Your going to love the bike Richard, and you got a heck of a deal.
Only thing I changed on mine was the seat, and like I said before, I don't think the original seat is bad at all but after riding for over an hour or so it seemed cause me some pain, and I shopped around and decided I wanted one that was custom fit to me, so I bought the Bontreager Nebula Plus from the local bike shop after having my sit bones measured. They come in three sizes and my measurement called for the narrow one.
It's not as soft as the original, and seems a little more rigid at first but so far it is comfortable, and I have no pain even on some longer rides, so the sizing seems to work.
Also those large pedals are made so you can add toe clips, which I had on another bike, and they work well if you do a lot of climbing, and keep your feet on the pedals when you get into an aggressive cadance but I never replaced mine after pretty much wearing them out.
That sure is a nice looking bike (biased) and you give some good reports.
Last edited by Jimbo47; 02-15-12 at 08:44 AM.
I forgot to mention I got rid of those spoke reflectors also on mine!
I know they are nice for obvious safety reasons, but I had them on another bike and I kept hearing this rubbing and clicking sound and thought it was my front bearings as every time I turned the front wheel and leaned into the turn it would get louder.
I even disconnected the brake in the front and it still made the noise and I was about to take the bike in and have the front hub rebuilt and finally I took the reflectors off the wheel and the sound went away.
First thing I did was take them off the new Diamondback! LOL!
Thanks, that makes a lot of sense now! Have a most excellent day!
Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
1993 Mongoose Switchback MTB, converted to a "comfort bike"! :)
Here is the CATEYE HL-EL220 , worked much better than expected for the price, $19.99 dollars at Performance. Mounting it takes just a couple minutes, very secure fit, gives out a nice wide beam for riding. More than enough light for these dark rural roads, and I like that it runs on 4 AA battery's. Probably the brightest inexpensive light I have purchased. Richard
Went through every page and man there are lot's of great bikes. Thanks all for sharing!