Diamondback Contra- £330 @ Rutland Cycling
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Diamondback Contra- £330 @ Rutland Cycling

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Found 21st Sep 2012
After looking there to around Alivio level equipped bikes , with strange mechanical disk brakes , for around 300 pounds , I just wonder how they get heat if , for the same money there is available Diamondback equipped with Deore and proper hydraulic disk brakes ?

Have no idea how "Brandy" is Diamondback compared to Scott and other owners of expensive stickers, but my previous bike was hybrid from Diamondback and was doing job very good for some 6 or 7 years until was stolen, and was replaced with hybrid from CUBE.


Specification
Wheel size: 700c
Gender: Mens
Material: Alloy
Gearset: Shimano Deore chainset, front and rear derailleurs and shifters
Brakeset: Shimano BL-M445 hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors
Wheelset: Diamondback doublewall “FP700” rims on alloy 32H QR hubs, with Schwalbe CX Comp 35C tyres
Controls: Truvativ Stylo handlebar with DB stem and seatpost
Finishing kit: Selle Royal saddle and toe clip equipped pedals
Frame: Alloy Vectra Hydroformed frame
Forks: Suntour NVX suspension forks with lock-out
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What's strange about mechanical disc brakes?
GOT MY SON A DIMONDBACK BMX FROM GO OUTDOORS WRECKED IN JUST 6 WEEKS !
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nossa

What's strange about mechanical disc brakes?



Their existence at all.
1. They are heavier than V brakes
2. when you take out wheels to throw them and frame in cars boot you need to worry about rotors to do not bend them
3. they do not brake better than normal V brakes
4. you still have the same friction in cables what you have in V brakes (what you don`t have with hydraulics)
PS. OK OK I now their existence substantiation from marketing point of view and their target group, and if there is a demand for cheap look a likes of hydraulic disc brakes, so there also will be an offer.

About wrecking a bike - it`s like with every manufacturers bikes , the same SCOTT , GIANT etc makes complete bulsh%$# and excellent models, and it`s your choose.

I just have been a happy owner of Diamondback for many years , and it`s was not easy life for bike ( amateur competitions ) and it`s let me down only one time , whitch was my fault anyway (Did not joined chain properly and it braked even before I crossed the Start line).
Edited by: "Dinobambino" 21st Sep 2012
good spec entry level if nothing at all just for the hydra brakes...don't have to faff around with stretched cables
I have recommended the Voodoo Marasa to a few pals looking to get in to cycling this summer and all have been pleased with their purchase
I'll definitely be recommending this DB Contra too which may have the edge on the Marasa which lacks front suspension
..good spot mate , have some heat
Excellent deal. No longer a fashionable brand, but still serviceable frames and in this case no real corners cut on spec for the price.
Front fork will be rubbish, I'd swap it out for a rigid one straight away, but I appreciate that the target audience for this bike will probably be glad of its inclusion.

Dealt with Rutland in the past myself, never had any issues.
AS1

GOT MY SON A DIMONDBACK BMX FROM GO OUTDOORS WRECKED IN JUST 6 WEEKS !



I had a son like that (_;)
My mate had a diamondback bmx, was wrecked in just 6 weeks! Mind you, we did ghost ride it down Tesco car park and into a wall a few times lol
Hm. Front suspension on a hybrid is just heavy and superfluous.

The Charge Scourer deal on here for £330 is to my mind a far better buy; the money there is spent on frame and fork - you can upgrade kit later, and only if you need to. You probably won't - modern Acera and Alivio are really very usable, and I prefer mechanical discs on a commuter for their simpler maintenance.
I had a Carrera Banshee, then Banshee X when that got nicked.
Same basic thing, but the X has hydraulic brakes; both had discs.
They could have done with a service, to be fair; however the cable brakes did me just fine.

Disc brakes are much less likely to get clogged with mud (this is hot UK deals... hot SPAIN deals it might be a different matter) and seem to work better in the wet. Also braking performance remains consistent if you get any dents or buckles in the rim.

After having test ridden a bike from a shop with an absolutely appalling set of cable disc brakes I had dismissed them for a long time, but after the above test ride I decided I really wanted cable discs (budget versus features) on a hybrid bike.
any idea about the weight of this bike?
I haven't a clue about all this, but work doing the pretax bike to work scheme and thinking about getting one to save on petrol, about 8-9 miles each way. Haven' ridden a bike since school.

Anyways, wondering if these online deals are that much better than you you can get in shops that are participating in the cycle to work scheme? Wondering if I'm better off just buying one of these deals instead.

£320 would be my top end, was hoping around £200 but will be riding on busy main roads so wondering if that's a stupid idea. Would like to be able to take bike to park too as will be getting my toddler his first bike soon.

Any advice?
Carrera. Subway will suit your budget better and is about 230 at the moment. It is a superb hybrid/urban commuter with a rigid fork so no wasted energy bouncing up and down on a cheap fork. Look for reviews, it is a fantastic, reliable, light bike.
maxcovergold

I haven't a clue about all this, but work doing the pretax bike to work … I haven't a clue about all this, but work doing the pretax bike to work scheme and thinking about getting one to save on petrol, about 8-9 miles each way. Haven' ridden a bike since school.Anyways, wondering if these online deals are that much better than you you can get in shops that are participating in the cycle to work scheme? Wondering if I'm better off just buying one of these deals instead.£320 would be my top end, was hoping around £200 but will be riding on busy main roads so wondering if that's a stupid idea. Would like to be able to take bike to park too as will be getting my toddler his first bike soon.Any advice?



You should be able to get a bike for a couple of hundred or so that's perfectly safe on busy roads assuming you buy sensibly (though of course you might want to practice a bit before going out on them!) I've got an old Raleigh bike - £50 secondhand - which is safe as anything else, if a little heavy. As you start paying more, you'll get lighter bikes which can be more comfortable to ride and easier to go faster on - but you should comfortably be able to afford a safe bike, which you'll get fitter riding and will pay for itself in petrol savings. In terms of safety, make sure to budget for lights!

I don't know if this bike is a good deal, though I'm not sure I'd get one with suspension to ride around the city - heavier, less efficient and something else to go wrong. Maybe worth trying your local bike shop first - to try some different bikes, and see if they have any good deals on (as well as a hybrid, you could try out a road bike if you'll be riding on roads/pavement). It often is far cheaper to buy online, though.

You can use a cycle to work voucher for some online retailers. However, check out how good value the scheme is - some places now ask for higher final payments which (unless you're a higher rate tax payer) pretty much wipes out the saving from the scheme, although it does still work to spread the cost. Also depends what shops you can spend the cycle to work money in, whether you like them and whether they have any good deals...
Edited by: "andisitadeal" 22nd Sep 2012
I currently have a Barracuda Alaska 606alloy? Is that any good? Is it worth upgrading to something else like this one? confused?
borgman

I currently have a Barracuda Alaska 606alloy? Is that any good? Is it … I currently have a Barracuda Alaska 606alloy? Is that any good? Is it worth upgrading to something else like this one? confused?



Have a look at the Decathlon Rockriders, much better proposition than this.
Wheel size: 700c - good for road, rolling over rough(ish) terrain
Gender: Mens - good if your a man
Material: Alloy - cheap, rides quality depends on tubing/design if your popping to the shops you won't care
Gearset: Shimano Deore chainset, front and rear derailleurs and shifters - branded kit will change gear without falling off the bike
Brakeset: Shimano BL-M445 hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors - good brakes
Wheelset: Diamondback doublewall “FP700” rims on alloy 32H QR hubs, with Schwalbe CX Comp 35C tyres - double wall refers to rim strength FP means fancy pants - 700 probably refers to the rim size - good quality tyres.
Controls: Truvativ Stylo handlebar with DB stem and seatpost - truvativ good part which never really sold. a stem and post.
Finishing kit: Selle Royal saddle and toe clip equipped pedals - a saddle and pedals
Frame: Alloy Vectra Hydroformed frame vectra? hydroformed frame (made using a good method) for demanding riding, want good welds, good design - just popping to the shops? you won't care again.
Forks: Suntour NVX suspension forks with lock-out - good forks now - lock out is a feature everyone wants, but rarely uses.

Terms of brandy - the other manufacturers have a reputation to hold, and the constant desire to make a better bike then the others do. Diamondback will just want to make a cheap pile of cheese give it some ridiculous RRP and allow it to sell at any outlet with a 60% off sticker attached. Likely to be sold in a box to the customer who will spend 10hrs working out why the gears don't shift - a trip to the bike shop will tell you the frame is not straight.
AS1

GOT MY SON A DIMONDBACK BMX FROM GO OUTDOORS WRECKED IN JUST 6 WEEKS !



Hm, you must have had a bad experience.

I've had a DiamondBack BMX for more than 10 years now and it's as strong now as it was back then bar the tires wearing out.

I didn't buy mine from go outdoors though.
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