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Old 03-19-10, 12:30 PM   #1
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Should I consider buying Diamondback hybrid? If not, what else on a budget?

I am looking for a replacement bike for my wife. She's riding chain-store $150 Schwinn MTB. Nothing special. Heavy, useless front suspension, fatter tires than needed. We do not have a lot of money to spend so I am looking at bikes that cost $300 or less. Performance Bike has Fuji Crosstown 4.0for $279 but they do not offer shipping (local pickup only). I also found Diamondback Vital One LXon Amazon for $250 shipped. Is it a decent bike?

If not this one, what other models would you recommend? I am looking for a hybrid bike without front suspension and only 7 speed (no front gears). This is strictly for family riding to park on paved roads. No mountain biking or fast riding as we are going to be hauling kids with us.

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Old 03-19-10, 12:59 PM   #2
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My son has a Diamondback hybrid. It's heavy, but it seems to be built pretty well. It was $150 at Dick's. I think it would be worth your time to take a look at them.
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I rode a Diamondback Kalamar for almost a year, including through an upstate NY winter. It held up pretty well. (It's currently in my basement in pieces; I have a new bike.)
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Dicks should have the diamondback, or something very close. They have decent components on it, and if your on a budget, not a bad purchase. Dicks has a bike department and last I knew you got a free tune up for a year or something? Might have changed though. Granted dick's hires kids in the bike department, but so do some bike shops.

My girlfriend and I looked at one at dick's when we were looking for a bike for her, but the small price difference between that and a Trek 7100 made me go with the Trek from a bike shop. I will spend money on quality and service.

If you have an Active Criagslist in your area, try to look on that. Sometimes some real deals come by
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Old 03-19-10, 08:37 PM   #5
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My dad has a Diamondback Insight 1 and I'd say it's nice.

Depending on what model it is, you probably could get away with just buying better tires and a rigid fork for the Schwinn.
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I rode a Diamondback some time ago, and it was a solid bike. They are, as I understand, actuall manurfactured in part by Raleigh. They aare sold at some LGBS's as wellas Dick's, and they are fairly sturdy and well-built.

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Old 03-29-10, 06:43 AM   #7
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Thanks for all replies. Last week I bit the bullet and bought two Fuji bikes for myself and my wife. Now, I just have to drive 2 hours one way to pick them up :-(
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That was not a bad decision --- having it shipped to the store means that they will assemble and adjust it for you. If you plan on going back that way within a year, have it get the free tune up they offer with the sale.

The Fuji's are really pretty decent bikes for the money, and are relatively easy to make more aggressive/road oriented.... with a few minor tweaks as things wear out.

What models did you get???
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Old 03-29-10, 07:49 AM   #9
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I got the basic Crosstown model. I wanted no front suspension and no front gears. The more basic, the better for me as this would be used 98% of the time on flat paved roads. And, you are right, they will assemble the bike, adjust brakes, true the wheels, etc. Shipping to store was free and I got even better price than on-line (from the same store). I guess it pays to call and talk friendly to the sales people.

What I learned that GT and Fuji bikes cannot be shipped home as by assembling it yourself, you void the warranty. Strange but that what they told me. Of course it changed in recent years as my current bike (GT) was shipped to home and I did the assembly on it.
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