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Road Test/Bike Review (1992) DIAMOND BACK Overdrive Comp

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Road Test/Bike Review (1992) DIAMOND BACK Overdrive Comp

Old 06-29-22, 08:37 AM
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Road Test/Bike Review (1992) DIAMOND BACK Overdrive Comp

And to save you the 20 seconds of doing the two-page puzzle in your Headway....

You're welcome.
WTB: Slingshot bicycle promotional documents (catalog, pamphlets, etc).
WTB: American Cycling May - Aug, Oct, Dec 1966.
WTB: Bicycle Guide issues 1984 (any); Jun 1987; Jul, Nov/Dec 1992; Apr 1994; 1996 -1998 (any)
WTB: Bike World issue Jun 1974.

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As always, thank you for sharing SpeedofLite! I am a sucker for these posts.

Does anyone know to what extent this could be considered one of the first key progenitors of the modern 29'er? I am not well-versed in how these sorts of "hybrid +" bikes from the 90's really fall into the family tree of modern mountain biking (were they anochronisms that only loosely resembled modern big wheel mountain bikes? Or is there a direct lineage from this Diamondback to the early "groundbreaking 29'ers" like the SC Tallboy?). Would love to hear this community's take.
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The early forerunners of today's gravel bikes include the Bianchi project bikes (700c), the Bridgestone XO series (the 26 inch wheel versions), and the GT Tachyon with the weird 700d wheels. Drop bar MTBs were a thing BITD as well but the 1989 Spec rock combo was sold that way as was the 1987 Bridgestone MB 1


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Thanks for the reply and brief history lesson bikemig...what an interesting take by GT with the 700D wheelsize!
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Would love to come across an Overdrive, and a Tachyon (consensus seems to be it will take a 650b wheelset pretty easily) is on my long-run grail list. Good lord bikes were interesting during this time period.
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I would throw in the Schwinn CrossCut and (rare-ish) CrossPoint ca. 1990-1992, 700C-clad bikes with an MTB heart. Mine definitely doesn't "feel" like a commuter-ish hybrid.

Also, thanks SpeedOfLife for the reminder. I'd forgotten, 3-4 years ago my wife and I found an incomplete black-spray-bombed mystery bike, too big to be a 26" MTB, evidently previously rigged for the apocalypse, that we tentatively IDed as an OD Comp. Now I'm inspired to go pull it out of the basement and see about building it up. Now I have a guide.
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It'd be nice to find one of these for sale one day. It's interesting to hear someone complaining about the bars being too high since people now complain about classic mtb's saddle to bar drop being too great.
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One of the first commercially available 29'ers ?
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Yep, the line about the bars not being low enough had me laughing as well...definitely not the opinion today!
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