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Old 02-20-12, 09:32 AM   #3551
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Never thought I would be back on a Diamondback again, was very popular during my years at the bike shop though. Richard
I have the 2010 version and also like it very much. It's the first Diamondback for me. And I really like the 2011 in black. Good thing too that you got the 2011 model, as the 2012 version, Diamondback has scaled back the Insight. No longer has the AL fork. Other changes to lower cost of the bike. I think the '12 Insight three is now on par with the previous Insight 2.
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I'm glad I bought mine a 2011 right after Christmas and thought I got a good price.

Before buying, I did a lot of research, and finally based my decision on the biggest bang for the buck, and It ended up at about $200 dollars cheaper than some of the more well known brands at the LBS, with pretty much the same components as what the Insight 2 has, and this being only my third brand new bike in twenty years it has to last.

Going on 300 miles and I love the bike.
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I have the 2010 version and also like it very much. It's the first Diamondback for me. And I really like the 2011 in black. Good thing too that you got the 2011 model, as the 2012 version, Diamondback has scaled back the Insight. No longer has the AL fork. Other changes to lower cost of the bike. I think the '12 Insight three is now on par with the previous Insight 2.

Thats what I see in the specs. : (
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Really an upgraded for me over the other 2 Models, to bad it is raining right now. : (
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Really an upgraded for me over the other 2 Models, to bad it is raining right now. : (
(Which I no longer have) : (
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You just love to keep buying bikes, don't you? I don't mind, because I get to see lots of beautiful bikes!
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You just love to keep buying bikes, don't you? I don't mind, because I get to see lots of beautiful bikes!
Thank, I do like testing them, but my goal was have asomthing about like this for now...
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My Dad, whoīs 72 this year, wants to get back into riding, and requested something with īskinny tyres, normal bars that goes fastī.
So this is what I built him. Itīs a no-name aluminium race frame, flat bars and ergo grips, 3x8 gearing, Cosmos wheelset, 1" threadless carbon fork.





Not much matches as itīs a parts bin special, but it all works OK. He wonīt mind if itīs not Di2.
Itīs a hoot to ride and heīs looking forward to picking it up in the spring.
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My Dad, whoīs 72 this year, wants to get back into riding, and requested something with īskinny tyres, normal bars that goes fastī.
So this is what I built him. Itīs a no-name aluminium race frame, flat bars and ergo grips, 3x8 gearing, Cosmos wheelset, 1" threadless carbon fork.





Not much matches as itīs a parts bin special, but it all works OK. He wonīt mind if itīs not Di2.
Itīs a hoot to ride and heīs looking forward to picking it up in the spring.
Very Nice build ! He should be more than HAPPY...
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Old 02-25-12, 11:01 AM   #3562
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My Dad, whoīs 72 this year, wants to get back into riding, and requested something with īskinny tyres, normal bars that goes fastī.
So this is what I built him. Itīs a no-name aluminium race frame, flat bars and ergo grips, 3x8 gearing, Cosmos wheelset, 1" threadless carbon fork.





Not much matches as itīs a parts bin special, but it all works OK. He wonīt mind if itīs not Di2.
Itīs a hoot to ride and heīs looking forward to picking it up in the spring.
Very nice looking bike! But with one possible problem: Those look an awful lot like V-brake levers, and if so, they will make the caliper brakes feel very stiff, and make it so your 72 y.o. dad needs monster hand strength to get the bike to stop safely.

One of these: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=38697 and a pair of brake levers off of an old cantilever equipped bike will fix it right up! If those are not, in fact, V brake levers, then please ignore my comments!
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can i play? this is my home brew "hybrid" cruiser. its a Schwinn Typhoon cruiser i put Matrix-550 700c wheels on. running bontrager select invert tires. this is an older pic before i changet the handlebars.

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can i play? this is my home brew "hybrid" cruiser. its a Schwinn Typhoon cruiser i put Matrix-550 700c wheels on. running bontrager select invert tires. this is an older pic before i changet the handlebars.
So what exactly is so hybrid about this bike? Just asking.
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So what exactly is so hybrid about this bike? Just asking.
to me i consider it a hybrid because this was a ballloon tire bike but now has a set of wheels i pulled from a trashed treck hybrid. i had drop bars on it for about a week but my back isnt able to handle the bending (but it felt very comfortible to ride it like a road bike in short burts) so its now got risers. to me its got a very mixed up ride. its got the comfort geo of a cruiser with the handeling of a road bike. also this is the largest cruiser frame ive ever came across; its tall and has a very long top tube (my other cruisers seem small compaired to it) in fact its overall dementions are very close to an old road bike frame i have). i can keep up really well with my buddies fg/ss road bikes when i ride this.

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to me i consider it a hybrid because this was a ballloon tire bike but now has a set of wheels i pulled from a trashed treck hybrid. i had drop bars on it for about a week but my back isnt able to handle the bending (but it felt very comfortible to ride it like a road bike in short burts) so its now got risers. to me its got a very mixed up ride. its got the comfort geo of a cruiser with the handeling of a road bike. also this is the largest cruiser frame ive ever came across; its tall and has a very long top tube (my other cruisers seem small compaired to it) in fact its overall dementions are very close to an old road bike frame i have). i can keep up really well with my buddies fg/ss road bikes when i ride this.
Got you. The 700c wheels definitely are a mix from the balloon style. I was just curious if I was missing something other than that as I could not see the drive train form the picture.
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Got you. The 700c wheels definitely are a mix from the balloon style. I was just curious if I was missing something other than that as I could not see the drive train form the picture.
i ictualy rebuilt the rear wheel myself using the origenal coaster brake hub from the old 26" wheel. it rides like a dream but ive got to replace the cb bearings there getting a bit worn from all the riding.

ill see if i still have a pic of it with the drop bars. it looked crazy as can be. ill check monday when i have a day off.
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You have really worked on that bike, looking good. : )
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What is your average speed on a normal ride ? Just wondering
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What is your average speed on a normal ride ? Just wondering
On the ride in (slight tailwind), I was averaging 17mph. On the ride back (terrible headwind), I was averaging 13mph. On a normal ride without any wind, I can average 16mph throughout.
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On the ride in (slight tailwind), I was averaging 17mph. On the ride back (terrible headwind), I was averaging 13mph. On a normal ride without any wind, I can average 16mph throughout.
That's already above my goal for now, 15 MPH for 10 miles is where I would like to get. High 11's or Low 12's is my current average. The first real ride tonight on the new Insight, was not good to say the least. Start out on a small 1 mile long hill, into a strong (cold) headwind, fingers frozen in less than 10 minutes. Wrong gloves for the ride, then gave in do to the cold. Averaged like 9.9 MPH, not a great start, but weather was a huge factor. : (
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Did ride 6 miles though.. Before giving into the cold.
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Good spot.
The brake action is a bit stiffer than with canti levers, but it's not too bad. I will see how he gets on with the v-brake levers and swap them out if necessary.
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Nice pic AlphaDogg. The bike is looking snappy.
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