Old 09-30-18, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post

Wow. I had no idea Diamondback was making something like that. That looks like a totally sweet bike. Have you toured on it? If it weren’t through axle I would seriously probably start saving for one. Have you ridden one of the AL ones with standard dropouts?
I haven't toured on it yet & I haven't tried the AL versions. I've done local rides up to 50 miles & tried moderate loads (groceries) in the panniers...it feels pretty solid just like the Trucker.

Tubus Logo Classic rear & Tubus Tara Big Apple front racks work nicely. I love the plush ride of the wide stock tires but the frame feels as if it would still be fairly comfortable with faster/narrower tires ie 40-42mm/1.5"-1.6". Only things I swapped out were pedals & saddle. I'm not sure if thru-axle should be a deal-breaker.
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