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Old 01-21-07, 12:45 AM
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Diamondback Century 06??

Hello. I thought I had my new bike all picked out, a Giant Cypress SX...but I went into Dick's Sporting Goods tonight to look at some shoes on sale, and figured I'd check out the bikes to see if they had anything worth having.

They had one bike there that I really liked the looks of...it's a Diamondback Century 06 flatbar roadbike. It looked really nice, and came in at under $500.

Here is a link to it on Diamondback's site:http://www.diamondback.com/items.asp...d=4&itemid=185

It seems to have decent components:
Colors Gloss Black
Frame 6061 Heat-Treated Aluminum compact flat bar w/ replaceable derailleur hanger, H2O bottle mounts
Fork Aero Alloy w/ cantilever bosses
Headset Ahead 1 1/8"
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
F. Derailleur Shimano R443 FB
R. Derailleur Shimano Sora
Shift Lever Shimano R440 8spd
Cog Set Shimano HG50 8spd 12-25t
Chain SRAM PC-950
Hubset (F) Alloy QR (R) Alloy Road Cassette QR
Spokes 14g Black Stainless
Rims Alex DC-19 w/ CNC Sidewall
Tires Kenda 700x28C Skinwall
Brakes Tektro Mini Alloy linear
Brake Levers Shimano BL-R440
Pedals Alloy / Nylon Road w/ clips and straps
Handlebar Alloy Flat Bar
Grips Avenir 2-D Kraton
Stem Kalloy 17° rise
Seatpost Alloy Micro adjust 27.2mm
Saddle Avenir Gel Road
Extras Clear coat, owner’s manual, H20 bottle mounts
Note: Specifications subject to change



Does anyone have any experience with this bike, or any Diamondback bike for that matter?? I really liked the looks and feel of it...but if it's low quality, I'll just go with the Giant still.

Thanks!!
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Old 01-21-07, 08:56 AM
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In my humble opinion Dick's is a decent sporting goods store but not really a bike store. I beleive that when you buy a bike a you buy into the whole game. Local bike shops support cycling, they provide expert knowledge, provide talented mechs, and they stock the parts to support our habit. You might pay a little more, but if you explain your budget and what you're looking for I'm sure your LBS would work with you.

Diamondbacks fall into the "you get what you pay for" category. However, the dude I ride to work with rides one and we commute full time, 7 miles each way, most weather, road and dirt trail, with panniers. We've been doing this for over 18 months and the bike is doing well. I think the wear and tear we put on our bikes would have killed many "better" bikes by now.

The bottom line is this: look around, ride some bikes, talk to some people, and then go with your gut feeling. After all, to quote some dude that used to ride "Its not about the bike"

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Old 01-21-07, 09:09 AM
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You'll probably find more discussion of Diamondback/Centurion on the Classic & Vintage forum, but there are undoubtedly many here who also have experience with Diamondbacks. My own commuter is a Diamondback touring bike from the early 1990s, with a rattle-can paint job and newer components. The company that imported those bikes, Western States Imports Co., was a major in the industry, and one of the first to start importing TIG-welded frames made in Taiwan, built up with good Japanese components. Some were leery of the welding at first, but the frames proved to be very sturdy, probably because they were seriously overbuilt. They were more highly regarded for the MTBs and BMX bikes, but the road bikes were also essentially bulletproof. (Perhaps literally - the frame and fork of my commuter weigh over nine pounds.)

What you need to know (and the point of that history) is that the current Diamondback brand is not the same company or the same bikes that earned the reputations for WSI in the 1990s. WSI was acquired and dismembered by an "investment group" in about 1998. I believe the current bikes have frames made in China, and are imported by a newer company in Kent, WA. I have no personal experience with their bikes. Chinese stuff runs from awful to superb, but from what I've read, their product still seems to be a cut above the big-box brands (though I think some are sold at Sports Authority). The components listed in the OP are well above "toy" quality. It appears from your post that the bike is selling for about what I'd expect to pay for a trustworthy and serviceable commuter bike. Not great, not bad.

Also, I don't think either company ever confirmed it, but IIRC, it was strongly rumored that the good Taiwanese Diamondbacks were made for WSI by the company that's now known as Giant. So, if you see comments about the pre-1998 Diamondbacks, they might actually be referring to the brand you settled on first.
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Old 01-21-07, 09:41 AM
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I have two Diamondbacks, a '99 Sorrento SE (with Acera/SIS components) and a '98 Outlook (with SIS Components all around).

The deraileurs are cheapish on my bikes, but I abuse the hell out of my Sorrento. I bought it used, and it's been a great bike. I don't think Diamondback is a bad brand at all, but my Outlook did come with a kind of weak rear wheel (freewheel style axle) which I replaced without even riding it. The outlook had less than a mile on it when I bought it because it hung upside down in a garage for almost a decade. I bought a good Freehub wheel and cassette for it, and it's also a great bike.

I looked at that same bike you're looking at, at Dick's. I'll echo the comments that Dick's isn't a bike shop. It's a notch above Wal-Mart in that they do seem to properly assemble bikes and they have someone there who knows a bit about bikes. The thing is, though, you often get a lot more for your money at a genuine bike shop.

For instance, at my favorite shop in town, if I buy a new bike from them, I get all maintenance and labor for free included for free for the life of the bike. Wheel goes out of true? Free fix. Shifters out of adjustment? Free fix. Flat tire? They'll patch it free. You get the idea. Not only that, but the guy at the bike counter at Dicks probably doesn't have as much experience working on bikes as your average bike shop employee. He might not be as bad as the "Toy expert" at wal-mart, but I'd trust a bike shop before I'd trust Dick's.

You might call around and see if any local bike shops carry Diamondback. It's not a "toy" brand like Huffy, Next, or Murray so you might find someone who sells the same bike you were looking at, then you get the best of both worlds.
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Originally Posted by GCRyder
WSI was acquired and dismembered by an "investment group" in about 1998. I believe the current bikes have frames made in China,

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So, if you see comments about the pre-1998 Diamondbacks, they might actually be referring to the brand you settled on first.
FYI, my '98 Outlook and '99 Sorrento both say "Made in taiwan" on the headtube. I can't say for sure when production moved to china, but it wasn't '98.
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Originally Posted by ax0n
FYI, my '98 Outlook and '99 Sorrento both say "Made in taiwan" on the headtube. I can't say for sure when production moved to china, but it wasn't '98.
I think the "made in china" was just the generic assumption that people make. For most there isn't anything to distinguish between taiwan and china... overseas is overseas.

My understanding is that Raleigh America (diamondback) is owned by Sun Rise Bicycle which is a Taiwanese company.
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Well, unfortunately the closest "bike" shop that sells this model is about 60 miles away from me.

I e-mailed them to ask about it's availability and cost...what I'm thinking is this: if the cost at the LBS is higher than the cost at Dick's, then I might be able to get a bit more insight as to what other models would be coparable to this bike.

I'm still not 100% sold on the idea of going with a dedicated roadbike for my needs...this Diamondback has 700x28c tires, which are significantly slimmer than the tires on the Cypress SX that I initially wanted...however, the price on the Diamondback is perfect for me, as I could get the bike and accessories that I desire for about the price of JUST the bike if I went with the Giant.
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Diamondback, I believe, will start to see a downturn soon...as already stated, they aren't the same company anymore, and if I'm not mistaken were acquired by Pacific cycle not too long ago. (I may be wrong...if someone wants to check me I'll not be insulted...)

I don't know that I would call the Diamondback a "dedicated" road bike, but that's just me. 28mm tires, by the by, are just about a perfect tradeoff between speed and comfort. 25mm tires are a bit speedier, while still not being unreasonable.

Once upon a time, I bought a flat bar road bike. It wasn't long before I was investing some considerable money in converting to a drop bar.

The flatbar roadbike opened up the road for me to go distances that a MTB/hybrid could never take me. And once those distances were opened, I realized why I needed something more versatile than a flatbar.
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Originally Posted by cwodave
In my humble opinion Dick's is a decent sporting goods store but not really a bike store.
+1

I was never impressed by Galyans selection of bikes and bike stuff and when Dicks bought them out I was even less impressed.

Buy your bike and gear from a bike shop.
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I also kind of wonder what the hold-up is on a flatbar. If you just like being able to sit "heads up", most drop-bar bikes are very comfortable on the hoods, and you can even get hood-mounted brake levers to augment the aero levers. Many cyclocross bikes I've looked at come with hood levers. They offer more hand positions and the ability to tuck into a more aerodynamic and comfortable position, when really pedaling hard.

When I saw the Century, I wrote it off as a sort of hybrid, but it was a little more "road" than most I'd seen.
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