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    looking for helpful advice

    I am a healthnut who runs roughly 5 a day untill last year when I started incorporating biking into my workouts. Now I am hooked on biking but I am not sure what to get. I have been shopping around a little and have heard good things about kona, specialized, trek etc... However, I walked into a local dealer and he had a couple bikes that fell into my price range of 500-650. There was a bianchi (hope I spelled it right) touring bike that would be great for commuting but not rugged enough for trails at 519$ and then he showed me a topenga comp 2005 diamondback for 599 that looked promising with decent components and a sturdy frame. My concern is, nobody seems to talk about diamondbacks, good or bad, so I need some help on making an informed decision. Please, any help would be great.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67327
    I am a healthnut who runs roughly 5 a day untill last year when I started incorporating biking into my workouts. Now I am hooked on biking but I am not sure what to get. I have been shopping around a little and have heard good things about kona, specialized, trek etc... However, I walked into a local dealer and he had a couple bikes that fell into my price range of 500-650. There was a bianchi (hope I spelled it right) touring bike that would be great for commuting but not rugged enough for trails at 519$ and then he showed me a topenga comp 2005 diamondback for 599 that looked promising with decent components and a sturdy frame. My concern is, nobody seems to talk about diamondbacks, good or bad, so I need some help on making an informed decision. Please, any help would be great.....
    I'd reccomend looking at the Specialized Hardrock Comp or the Trek 4500 (not sure if this is the one in your price range).
    People with Diamondbacks just seem to be rarer and therefore there's not too much talk of Diamondbacks on this board. The Topanga Comp looks pretty decent but I think for more or less the same money the Specialized Hardrock Comp would be better.
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    Have a look at the "around" 500$ MTB thread or do a search for Diamondback

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    Your first aim is to find a decent bike shop, one that checks the final assembly and can advise you on things like bike fit.
    The brand is probably less important since all brands slap the same basic components onto taiwanese-made frames. Many of the smaller, lesser known brands are just as good, if not better than the big names.

    What do you want to use the bike for?

    If you want a good all-rounder that will feel good on the road and trail then you won't be able to ride extreme off-road.
    If you pick something capable of big, rough downhill routes then it will ride like a dog on the road.
    Cross-country style MTBs such as the hardrock are good on trails and acceptable on the road.
    Touring bikes and cyclo-cross bikes (like the Bianchi Volpe) are quite fast on the road and can be used on light trails and even some technical stuff if you are competant but they don't appreciate big drops.
    If you want to use the bike for everyday stuff like commuting and perhaps a tour as well as fitness, then the ability to bolt on a luggage rack makes life much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67327
    I am a healthnut who runs roughly 5 a day untill last year when I started incorporating biking into my workouts. Now I am hooked on biking but I am not sure what to get. I have been shopping around a little and have heard good things about kona, specialized, trek etc... However, I walked into a local dealer and he had a couple bikes that fell into my price range of 500-650. There was a bianchi (hope I spelled it right) touring bike that would be great for commuting but not rugged enough for trails at 519$ and then he showed me a topenga comp 2005 diamondback for 599 that looked promising with decent components and a sturdy frame. My concern is, nobody seems to talk about diamondbacks, good or bad, so I need some help on making an informed decision. Please, any help would be great.....
    OK, the first thing you should know is that I'm just a newb myself. Its true that Diamondbacks don't get as much run around here as other bikes. I just bought a very entry level Diamondback Response - it is two steps below the Topanga (the Response Sport being in between) - and I love it. My wife got a Diamondback comfort bike and she loves it. I rode the Topanga and thought it was great. I just didn't have the extra $225 to spend. Anyway, a side-by-side with the Specialized Hardrock shows me that the Topanga is a superior bike (oh no, will the experienced riders attack me like for this?). I think the Topanga is a good buy. See if you can talk him down from $599. I've seen it for closer to $500.

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