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Diamondback Lux Sport 29er - good bike or no?

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Diamondback Lux Sport 29er - good bike or no?

Hi, this is my first time posting here. I recently started mountain biking. I've been renting a great bike (Giant Talon 29er) and am planning on buying my own. I'm leaning toward the Diamondback Lux Sport 29er (I'm a lady), because I work a store that sells bikes and I can get a really good deal on this one right now. We don't have it in our store, and I've been trying to find one somewhere in my city to test ride it, but to no avail. It seems like most of the bike shops in my city don't carry Diamondback bikes at all. This got me thinking - is Diamondback a "good" brand? Or do shops not sell them because they're not very good bikes?

Additionally, this is their top of the line women's mountain bike and it's still pretty cheap (retail price is like $599), which also makes me wonder about the quality.

I work in a store that sells bikes, but I don't know a ton about them, so I'm really hoping someone here can offer some insight... Keep in mind that I'm a beginner, and I'm a broke college student, so I'm not about to spend a ton of money on anything.

Thanks so much for any help, I really appreciate it.

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About Diamondback. They became the house brand for Dick's Sporting goods along with Nishiki. I think you can still find DB in some LBS shops, but it's not a preferred brand because shops don't want to go head to head with a big box store. That said, IMHO Diamondback is decidedly better than what you'll find at the big Zero or Wally World department stores, and probably on par with some brands sold at LBS. BUT in my opinion, not on par with brands like Specialized, Trek, Giant, Kona and so on.
With regard to the bike you're looking at, I could only find a 2012 in the DB catalog, no 2013. Are you buying a leftover? At the pricepoint you are buying at, the 2012 model had components typical for that price point, no better. IMHO, you should take your money and start looking at what you can get at LBS that sells major brands and compare the components side by side. You'll get better service at an LBS. Certainly you should look at an LBS bike for the money you're spending.
Oh, one more thing, Don't believe the hype in the DB catalog about major brands only repainting men's bikes and calling them Women's specific. Good thing they didn't mention brand names as the lawsuit would be substantial.
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