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Old 02-19-14, 08:46 PM   #1
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Help me pick a bike? (down to two)

I'm stuck between these two. Don't know much about the modern hardware, so I could use some help.
I do primary trail riding, singletrack and things like that. Any thoughts? 26 and a 29.

http://www.rei.com/product/867713/di...2013-overstock

http://www.rei.com/product/867714/di...2013-overstock
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Old 02-19-14, 11:29 PM   #2
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Just based on the differences between 26" and 29" wheels, it would be of benefit to consider the style of riding you prefer. I'm not personally familiar with Diamondbacks (at least not the bikes...I know more about the snakes ); but, in general, a 26er will handle more nimbly and be easier to "jump" and throw around on the trail, sometimes requiring a more technical approach, while a 29er will keep its speed and momentum better, and have an easier time rolling over obstacles in a way that tends to inspire confidence. 26" vs. 29" can, to a point, be boiled down to "twitchy" handling with a more technical ride on the 26er vs. greater momentum and ease of clearing obstacles at the expense of some of the "playfulness" in the handling on the 29er.

If ether wheel size would suit you, then take a closer look at specs and componentry, but that wheel diameter will most likely be the biggest differentiating factor between these two.
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Take a look at Marin bikes as well as you can get a nicely equipped bike on ebay for super cheap like this one.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-Marin-A...item1e87601e6b
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I love my diamondback but yeah the Marin blows the DB out of the water.
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That's a nice Marin, but it's more than double the costs of the ones I'm looking at currently. College kid here, so kinda broke.
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The db is 600 at rei which is same price as marin.
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The db is 600 at rei which is same price as marin.
So sorry. The second bike should have been this one. http://m.rei.com/product/859413/diam...2013-overstock
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How is the used selection on your local craigslist?
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Quite poor actually. I've been checking for a few weeks and there hasn't been much of interest to appear there. Either they're Wal-mart bikes, or 1000 dollars.
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If you have to decide over the two, I'd go with the Overdrive. The two are basically the same, I'd give the Overdrive the advantage of having 29" wheels. You may be able to get a little more if you sell it later on. I also second the craigslist idea. I used the site "searchtempest.com" and looked for bikes in a 200 miles radius. My city didn't have the greatest selection, but surrounding ones did. I ended up driving 100 miles and picked up a great deal...just a thought.
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Old 02-22-14, 08:28 PM   #11
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I'm really considering the 29, hard. The only problem is I've never ridden a 29, and I don't know how different it would be. I like the easy of pedaling a 26. I'm not sure how different it would be on a 29. Are the 29's more sluggish when accelerating?
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I would recommend the Craigslist route. Just keep watching...you'll get a far better bike for the money that may only be a few years old. Those new diamondbacks just aren't worth it in my opinion. They don't look like much more than your walmart special. They will probably function just fine but that bike compared to a used mid range bike will be worlds different.
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