Diamondback Response XE29

I purchased this bike at a swap meet in September 2015. I believe it’s a 2013 model, originally sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods. It is what it is — an entry-level mountain bike, with middling components.

The bike is no longer on the Diamondback site, but here are some approximate specs:

  • 6061-T6 Aluminum frame
  • SR Suntour XCM, 100mm travel coil fork with mechanical Lockout
  • Cranks: SR Suntour XCT V3 42/32/22t
  • Bottom bracket: Cartridge
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Tourney Triple
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Altus 7-Speed
  • Shifter: Shimano 7-Speed Shimano Shifter/Brake
  • Brakes: Tektro IO Mechanical Disc Brake w/160mm Rotor
  • Cassette: Shimano 7-Speed
  • Rims: 32h Weinmann XC260 Doublewall
  • Tires: WTB Wolverine Comp 29 x 2.2.
  • Handlebar: MTB 30mm riser
  • Stem: Alloy 4 bolt ahead
  • Seatpost: Alloy micro adjust 30.9mm
  • Head set: Ahead 1 1/8″
  • Hub set: (F) 32h Alloy w/ CNC Disc Mount, (R) 32h Alloy Cassette w/ CNC Disc mount
  • Spokes: Black 14g stainless steel
  • Grips: DB ILOD 130mm D2 Kraton

As usual, I installed my preferred pedals and saddle, and swapped out the grips for ergo grips and bar ends. Added the usual accessories.

Here’s a video that seems to be the same bike.

I’ve never been thrilled with this bike. It’s “OK”. I do like the way the 29er tires roll over stuff. The handling has always felt sluggish. On my normal trails, it really doesn’t add much over a rigid 26er, but on rocky trails the front suspension seems to help a lot. For now, I’m keeping it, and using it, but looking for a better mountain bike…

Diamondback Response Stats

  • Mileage: ~1500 miles
  • Eddington Miles: 16 miles
  • Eddington Kms: 23 kms
  • Eddington Minutes: 66 minutes

Stats thru the end of 2016

Diamondback Response Photos