Note: This is a review of the Diamondback Response Sport Mountain Bike (26-Inch Wheels). If you want to go directly to the sellers page, please click here.
Diamondback Response Sport Mountain Bike (26-Inch Wheels).
Diamondback is one of the
Top mountain bike brands
in the field, so the Response Sport comes from a pedigree stable. The Diamondback Response Sport is a hard tail mountain bike. Meaning, it doesn’t have rear suspension. But do you really need it, or is it just a gimmick that just ads to the costs?
Well yes and no. If you are seriously into rough terrain riding and take some serious drops than the rear suspension is well worth while.
However, there are many situations where a hardtail is a better option than a mountain bike with full suspension.
For one, there is one less component of the bike that can’t fail and doesn’t need any tunning. It also reduces the overall weight, and the design of the frame is not restricted by the necessary engineering involved in full-suspension construction.
But how does this affect the performance of the hardtail bike? Well generally riding and cruising is suited to hardtails. They are also suited to dirt trails and medium level terrain riding, having great control. The Response Sport is a blend of robust efficacy and hardtail performance
The disk brakes work quite well. I a fan of discs brakess, so Im probably a little bit biased in that regard. If you like trigger shifts then you in luck too.
Lets take a look at some of the other features:
- The Response Sport shares the identical framework as the more expensive Response Comp. Several of the components are also the same. aluminum all-mountain hardtail frame
- strongbox top tube
- Spinner Edge 120mm suspension fork
- eight-speed trigger shifters
- Kenda Klaw XT 2.0 tires
- WTB Pure V sport saddle.
Optional upgrades from the base model include:
- SRAM ISO-Flow crank set with replaceable chain rings
- Hayes mechanical disc brakes,
- Weinmann double-wall rims.
- The disk brakes are great had no problems and I love the trigger shifters
Some of the negative points of this bike:
- The pedals are brutal, really digging into my soles
- The seat could be a bit more uncomfortable, or it could just be my boney bum.
This is what a recent purchaser , K. Keyman, had to say:
“I just got my D-Back Response Sport 2 days ago. Package arrived 3 days from order using the free shipping, Way to go Amazon!. Bike was well packaged and was easy to assemble, however the Hayes brake instructions could have been better. Still not that hard to figure out. Only complaint is that the bike came with a Shimano Tourney front derailer and not the listed derailer. It works fine and shifts well so I’m not really dissatisfied. It also came with metal D-back pedals and not the resin pedals some people have replied on before. I’m 270 lbs. and wanted a strong bike, this appears to be just that. Time will tell and I will post follow ups as time goes by. Seat was a little on the hard side for my big bottom side so i replaced it with a Sunlite Cloud 9 seat that has been a big improvement.
*Note* I got the 18″ frame and it is perfect for my 5’10″ size.”
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