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Diamondback or GT or.......?

Old 03-24-18, 08:35 AM
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Diamondback or GT or.......?

I've decided to come to the experts on riding.......you all. Any strong opinions either way on Diamonback vs GT? I am trying to stay in the $400-$500 range. Most of my riding is done in city and suburban neighborhoods, maybe 10-15 miles per week. I have a 10 year old DB that has done pretty well for me, but it's time for something new. Dick's no longer carries DB, so unless I want to order through Amazon, GT seems to be my only affordable/convenient option. The specialty stores don't seem to have anything under $700. Is there another brand in my price range that any of you recommend? Thanks in advance for any responses!
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Old 03-24-18, 09:20 AM
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Don't know much about GT, but my Diamondback Haanjo Metro has served me quite well over the past two years of urban riding and occasional weekend "rails to trails" rides. This winter, I put studded tires on it, and rode it through the salt and slush.

In my view virtually all sub-$1000 bikes consist of different permutations and combinations of the same parts sourced and assembled in China. The frames all look different because it's easy to hydroform aluminum to any desired shape. This can result in variations in geometry that affect how the bike fits your body.

I was under no illusions when I bought the DBHM. Drivetrain and brakes are entry level name-brand (Shimano and Tektro), and everything else is either generic or DB branded. It seems like a perfectly reasonable set of design choices.

I love how it rides.

At that price point, you want to make sure everything is right, especially comfort and fit. If you have to upgrade anything, then your budget is blown.

Don't overlook used bikes. I've read that the average bike gets ridden 80 miles before getting set aside, so you can often find like-new bikes for decent prices.
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Old 03-24-18, 11:50 AM
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Hey, thanks for the response. Yeah, I figured I could dump 4 or 5 hundred in parts on a 400 dollar bike. Gotta stay in my budget tho. Maybe I'll stick with what I've had success with (DB) or check into used. Thanks again FB in NY!
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I just bought a used 3 year old Diamondback off Craigslist for $150 and the guy had it overhauled by the best mechanic in town last fall. That service alone is $85!! I bought it just to throw on the trainer so I don't have to keep switching it out, deals are out there, especially right now with people wanting new bikes for spring.
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Originally Posted by DB_Cooper View Post
Hey, thanks for the response. Yeah, I figured I could dump 4 or 5 hundred in parts on a 400 dollar bike. Gotta stay in my budget tho. Maybe I'll stick with what I've had success with (DB) or check into used. Thanks again FB in NY!
If you can do that , you'd be better off buying the $800 bike to start with

Is it a mountain bike you are buying ?
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Old 03-25-18, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
If you can do that , you'd be better off buying the $800 bike to start with

Is it a mountain bike you are buying ?
No, I meant that I was aware I could do that, just not financially capable at this time.
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Old 03-25-18, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by ChiefTJS View Post
I just bought a used 3 year old Diamondback off Craigslist for $150 and the guy had it overhauled by the best mechanic in town last fall. That service alone is $85!! I bought it just to throw on the trainer so I don't have to keep switching it out, deals are out there, especially right now with people wanting new bikes for spring.
Nice. That's a pretty good deal. I guess at the end of the day, what matters is how you ride and maintain it. I think I'm gonna take my chances with a GT aggressor. Not many complaints about it online and I'm not gonna abuse it too much.
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Originally Posted by DB_Cooper View Post
No, I meant that I was aware I could do that, just not financially capable at this time.

I understand that ---- been there too

My comment was only to state that the factories get better deals on components and things than we ever could, ---- that's why it doesn't pay to upgrade a $400 bike

On the other hand, if you can only afford a $400 bike for now --- Find the best deal you can (At this price point - I really thin they all should be pretty comparable but who knows)

Hit the trails and save up for a few months --- You'll gain some experience and then when you have a few more bucks, you can get a better rig if you need it, ----- but "upgrading" a $400 bike is false economy, just accept it for what it is and ride it


Have fun looking ! A used bike can give good value sometimes too, but you often need to replace a lot of things in short order unless you get real lucky
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Right on. I appreciate everything. I will ride smart and enjoy my cheap ride. Ha! Stay safe out there!
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