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    Should I get this bike?

    I've been riding a roadbike and a beat up hardtail for about a year and it's time for a nice mountain bike. I'm 5'10" 150-160 lbs with about $800 budget. This bike will be for trail riding with no more than 2 or 3 foot jumps. What do you think about this DiamondBack XSL

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=27948

    It looks like it has quality components all around, good condition, and not a bad price. LBS has a nice 2003 Haro Extreme X1 for $600. Is it worth getting the more expensive DiamondBack with better components, since I'm just a beginner? I could always upgrade it down the road. Do I even need a full suspension bike, I could get a really nice hardtail for the money.

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    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
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    Go for a good ht.

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    That's an excellent entry level dually. I rode an XSL for awhile and liked it except for the steep head angle. If you plan to do technical riding this will serve you well. I'm not sure I would give $900 for it but it's a good bike.

    I also had some warranty issues with DB once and they treated me very well. In fact, the XSL I had was a replacement frame for a Vlink that I had cracked the frame on. They actually replaced my old Vlink with the more expensive XSL, and I had owned it for nearly 5 years when it failed.

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    Senior Member Woot! Woot! diamondback_man's Avatar
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    YES!!!! I love people who support DiamondBack! Why do people think they're so junky? We'll show them won't we PiratePete!!
    "If you've been into freeriding for very long, then you are no stranger to the letters DBR. Diamondback was pioneering freeride and mountain biking and winning world titles in downhill before most people had evern heard about this type of riding."-Diamondback Ltd.

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    Senior Member DieselDan's Avatar
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    The XSL is a pretty good bike. The rear suspension is liscensed from Specialized. Diamondback isn't the company it used to be. They're looked upon as a X-Mart bike sold in LBSes. My '01 Sorrento has taken a pretty good beating and deserves to be upgraded more then I've done, but I have succomed to the temptation of road riding and only trail ride occasionally.
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