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Old 01-19-13, 09:42 PM   #1
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Diamondback Trace - 2013 vs 2012

I am about to buy my first bike. I will be riding mostly road but with some off-road, mostly flat paths.

I've been searching for a while and have decided on the Diamondback Trace.

The 2013 model has disk brakes and is $450.
The 2012 model does not have disk brakes and can be had for $370 on clearance.


Is it worth it to get the disk brakes or should I go for the older model without them and save $80?


p.s. I am 6'2" and 190 lbs. An online calculator told me that I should get the 22" frame. Does that sound good?


EDIT: I could also just spend $320 on a Diamondback Response and use all the money I'm saving to get some road tires. Would that be worthwhile?

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Old 01-19-13, 11:38 PM   #2
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Get the 2012 Trace. The front der was downgraded for 2013, and disc brakes are overkill- unless you're riding in wet/muddy/sloppy conditions regularly IMO.

22" sounds about right. I'm 6' and ride on a 22" frame that is a bit too big for me- it was NOS and 30% off when I bought back in '08
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Get the 2012 Trace. The front der was downgraded for 2013, and disc brakes are overkill- unless you're riding in wet/muddy/sloppy conditions regularly IMO.

22" sounds about right. I'm 6' and ride on a 22" frame that is a bit too big for me- it was NOS and 30% off when I bought back in '08
Thanks! Why not the Response Sport 2012 and swap the tires? Does it have a wider rim or something? It's a lot cheaper, and I could have a bike for on-road and trails.
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For your stated purpose of mostly road w/ some off road, the Trace is the better choice.

The Response is a pure mtb. You could swap out the tires, which will eat into the perceived savings. It's also geared lower, which is perfectly fine for crawling up a muddy trail, but given time you'll find the gearing lacking for road use.
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disc guy here. I was also told some negs about disc. Better stopping all around. Lot of old school guys here.
also ridged fork will allow different width tires. slick for road / knobby for off. 28 mm to 32 road / 38mm to 45mm off/maybe larger.
Plus suspension forks in your price range are suppose to be crap.
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of those 3 bikes id get the 2012 trace.

do you really like diamond back or is it just a convenience thing.

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