So you've decided that 2016 is the year to buy a new Best Mountain Bikes Under 600 Dollars? Well, it's definitely a good year because so many are available for such great prices. But which one do you choose? It's not an easy decision, especially with all the jargon from manufacturers.
So, to make sure you don't back a loser, I picked out a bike that I thought offered great value for money and after reading this, you can decide for yourself whether it's the Mountain Bike for you. This is the Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Overdrive Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike Review.
Features of Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Overdrive Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike
Best Mountain Bikes are intended for off-road use. The suspension system of Mountain Bike is essential parts. Bad Suspension will increase the weight of a bike, while absorbing very little shock, making it harder to steer with a bumpier ride.
With 100mm of travel, the SR Suntour XCT Suspension Fork on the Diamondback offers enough movement to relieve stress from the frame and delivers a comfy ride.
27.5 Inch Wheels
The great debate in best mountain biking at the moment is wheel size. The ideal wheel size was 26 inches, but bikers complained that these produced an uncomfortable ride.
So, recently we've started seeing 29-inch wheels hit the market, but although they offer smoothness, and many riders love them, they also weigh more making handling difficult.
The solution was a compromise and at 27.5 inches you get the smoothness of 29 inches combined with the handling of a 26-inch bike. So, you get the best of both worlds, and I was happy to see 27.5-inch wheels on the Diamondback Bicycle 2016.
This is the industry standard, but the term '24 Speeds' has become confusing for some customers. Some people think it means their bike has 24 different speeds to choose from.
Gears don't work that way, so what it means is that you get three ranges of speed: slow, medium and fast.
Overall I think it was a good decision to make the Diamondback 2016 a 24 Speed bike, because it's the simplest operation available so that entry level riders will enjoy easy navigation whether uphill or downhill.
Front And Rear Derailleurs
Now that I've explained speed, I'll move onto something else that confuses buyers, especially new buyers.
When you read the manufacturers description of a mountain bike and get to the part about Derailleurs, you're often confronted with an enormous amount of jargon that doesn't make any sense.
Well, in reality, Derailleurs really aren't that complicated, and they simply move the chain from one gear to another when you decide to change gear.
So, when you click the handlebars to change gear, the Derailleurs complete the action for you on the chain.
The best Derailleur systems have both front and rear derailleurs, which allow for a smooth transition between gears and these prevent those sharp jolts bikers hate.
If you need to change gear quickly when you see an uphill stretch, you'll be able to do it on the Diamondback without any problems.
The Diamondback weighs only 30 pounds which are on the light side for a bike and this is what you're looking for. The decision to go with 27.5-inch wheels helped keep the weight down, as did the use of Aluminum on the frame.
Overall it's a sturdy, lightweight bike that's easy to handle, but I'd have liked a little more cushioning on the saddle.
No doubt you've heard the other great debate in biking which is about Disc Brakes. If you know someone who has been riding for a while, you'll have heard them talk about the pros and cons of Hydraulics vs. Mechanical Disc Brakes.
With Mechanical Disc Brakes like the ones on the Diamondback Bicycle, you brake by squeezing the handlebars which pull up a cable to stop the bike.
With Hydraulic Disc Brakes you do the same thing, but they use fluid which shoots down the bike touching the Brake Pads until they squeeze.
Hydraulic systems are better and faster but you'd only notice the difference in advanced biking events, so unless you're a pro-bike rider the cheaper Mechanical brakes on the Diamondback will do just fine.
You'll get smooth stops, hardly any jolting, and a safe action that prevents accidents common in braking.
- Easy Handling
- 27.5-inch wheels
- Great Disc Brakes
- Shimano Gear Shifts
- Stainless Steel Spokes
- Front and Rear Derailleurs
- Saddle is slightly uncomfortable
Hints And Tips
To avoid common riding falls, never squeeze the Brakes too hard. The Brakes on modern Mountain Bikes are very responsive and only need a few pounds of pressure to smoothly stop. Be gentle with the brakes and the Diamondback will give you a gentle ride.
If you're used to riding bikes with either 26 inches or 29-inch wheels, the Diamondback may take some getting used to.
For those used to 29-inch wheels, you're probably accustomed to hauling around some extra weight, but you won't have to hold the handlebars so tight on the Diamondback Bicycle, or shift as much weight to the side as you go around corners.
For riders used to 26-inch wheels, you'll be pleased with the added smoothness you get here, but good handling may take time.
The Suspension bike System works well and will absorb shock, but to help it work at its best follow these rules: shift your weight backward going uphill and forwards going downhill. If you do this, you'll notice an increase in the smoothness of each riding experience.
The saddle isn't all that comfortable but this is a situation that can be easily rectified. Go down to your local bike shop and get some extra padding put in and you'll have a high quality, comfortable bike.
As far as speeds go, you'll generally want to use the top set of gears if you're going uphill. While the bottom set are intended for going downhill, with the middle set used for straight line riding.
These are general tips for riding but the best thing you can do is spend afternoons out with your bike getting used to what works best and when. Practice makes perfect so find out what works best for you.
There are so many bikes on sale these days for reasonable prices, but what sets the Diamondback apart is the wheel size. At 27.5 inches you get the smoothness of a 29 inch, and the handling of a 26 inch so overall this is a best Cycling experience than you get on most similar bikes.
In 5 years’ time all bikes will have 27.5-inch wheels, but in 2016 this is pretty special and it's worth taking advantage.
The saddle could have been better cushioned as I discussed earlier, but you get a great suspension system to absorb shock, 24 speeds and excellent derailleurs on a lightweight bike with wonderful disc brakes, so I can't really complain.
A great bike for riders from entry level to advanced.