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Men's Diamondback Sync 1.0 Mountain Bike £159 @ Merlin Cycles
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Men's Diamondback Sync 1.0 Mountain Bike £159 @ Merlin Cycles

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Posted 13th Dec 2019

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Been looking for a beginners mountain bike for a while and this seems a good price for a decent spec. XL size only - just need pedals. UK delivery £19.99
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Diamondback Sync 1.0 Mountain Bike
The Sync 1.0 is a hardtail mountain bike that offers performance on off-road gravel roads and cycle paths. The suspension fork will take the bumps out of the path while the mechanical disc brakes give you confident stopping power in all weather conditions.


Frameset
  • Frame: Hydroformed Alloy 6061
  • Fork: Diamondback - 100mm Travel

Wheels
  • Wheels: Diamondback- 27.5"
  • Tyres: 27.5x2.1"

Drivetrain
  • Gear/Brake Levers: Shimano Easyfire - 7 Speed
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Tourney
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney
  • Chainset: Diamondback Triple - 24/34/42T
  • Cassette: Shimano - 14/34T
  • Chain: KMC - 7 Speed
  • Pedals: Not included

Components
  • Saddle: Diamondback
  • Seatpost: Diamondback
  • Handlebars: Kore XCD - 720mm
  • Stem: Diamondback
  • Brake calipers: Tekro Mechanical
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Quite a lot of travel at 100mm for unknown forks, I wonder if they are basic rebranded suntours or some even worse brand. Whatever more a mountain bike style bike than an actual mountain bike, it only has a weak freewheel based drivetrain not suitable for taking abuse off-road especially with a hardtail that can deliver a lot of strong impacts to the rear wheel.

At £159 plus £20 postage you aren't that far away from getting something much better. I'd beg, borrow or scrape together the extra £70 to get something like this;

parkersofbolton.co.uk/col…ike

It will easily pay back that £70 difference by being much stronger, more reliable and requiring far less maintenance and you will be able to actually use it properly off-road to enjoy trails etc.
A bike without pedals? Weird
Mr.Nutts14/12/2019 07:41

You can also buy desktop PCs without a monitor


Thats true but first time I see bike without pedals! Btw i voted hot.

I know the mud guards are a bonus which u can buy, bell etc but pedals.. heh
Soon there will be bike without wheels.
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A bike without pedals? Weird
Underrated14/12/2019 07:30

A bike without pedals? Weird


You can also buy desktop PCs without a monitor
Mr.Nutts14/12/2019 07:41

You can also buy desktop PCs without a monitor


Thats true but first time I see bike without pedals! Btw i voted hot.

I know the mud guards are a bonus which u can buy, bell etc but pedals.. heh
Soon there will be bike without wheels.
Underrated14/12/2019 07:46

Thats true but first time I see bike without pedals! Btw i voted hot.I …Thats true but first time I see bike without pedals! Btw i voted hot.I know the mud guards are a bonus which u can buy, bell etc but pedals.. heh Soon there will be bike without wheels.


39361202-x28tZ.jpgYou mean like this
markg80014/12/2019 07:56

[Image] You mean like this


No, with everything just without wheels. I built my bike and bought every part apart which is the best if someone is really into bikes
Underrated14/12/2019 07:46

Thats true but first time I see bike without pedals! Btw i voted hot.I …Thats true but first time I see bike without pedals! Btw i voted hot.I know the mud guards are a bonus which u can buy, bell etc but pedals.. heh Soon there will be bike without wheels.


I've seen it before, it's just because there's different pedal types and you can add your own... But it is weird to not give them. Suppose it saves plastic.


You know you can buy bike frames individually too right? Then you also have to buy pedals, handlebars, wheels, etc

*Just seen somebody has already commented this, and that you built your own lol
Edited by: "Mr.Nutts" 14th Dec 2019
Underrated14/12/2019 07:57

No, with everything just without wheels. I built my bike and bought every …No, with everything just without wheels. I built my bike and bought every part apart which is the best if someone is really into bikes



All fine and dandy, until you purchase a fake rear dehrailleur from a wellknown site.. that won't tune properlly kicking chain off jocky..
Mr.Nutts14/12/2019 08:10

I've seen it before, it's just because there's different pedal types and …I've seen it before, it's just because there's different pedal types and you can add your own... But it is weird to not give them. Suppose it saves plastic.You know you can buy bike frames individually too right? Then you also have to buy pedals, handlebars, wheels, etc *Just seen somebody has already commented this, and that you built your own lol


You are right that might be as a plastic savings. I have spd pedals and if i would buy a bike I would need to unscrew the plastic one and replace with spd.
Underrated14/12/2019 08:18

You are right that might be as a plastic savings. I have spd pedals and if …You are right that might be as a plastic savings. I have spd pedals and if i would buy a bike I would need to unscrew the plastic one and replace with spd.


I don't even have a bike
Quite a lot of travel at 100mm for unknown forks, I wonder if they are basic rebranded suntours or some even worse brand. Whatever more a mountain bike style bike than an actual mountain bike, it only has a weak freewheel based drivetrain not suitable for taking abuse off-road especially with a hardtail that can deliver a lot of strong impacts to the rear wheel.

At £159 plus £20 postage you aren't that far away from getting something much better. I'd beg, borrow or scrape together the extra £70 to get something like this;

parkersofbolton.co.uk/col…ike

It will easily pay back that £70 difference by being much stronger, more reliable and requiring far less maintenance and you will be able to actually use it properly off-road to enjoy trails etc.
Would this be good for zwift?
Decent bike decent price hot
maniac61814/12/2019 20:48

Would this be good for zwift?


It would be ghastly. It's a real shame that the diamond back name has been put on something like this. Have a look at @bonzobanana 's suggestion for a better bike.

If you want one for zwift you'd be mad not to get a roadbike with a trainer tyre on the back.
Underrated14/12/2019 07:46

Thats true but first time I see bike without pedals! Btw i voted hot.I …Thats true but first time I see bike without pedals! Btw i voted hot.I know the mud guards are a bonus which u can buy, bell etc but pedals.. heh Soon there will be bike without wheels.


I'm surprised this bike doesn't have pedals as it's just for knocking about on. For anything serious no pedals is the norm, and for good reason.

Quite a few decent bikes also come with cheap wheels because riders have a preference for how aero they want their wheels to be.
Edited by: "johnnystorm" 14th Dec 2019
johnnystorm14/12/2019 20:56

I'm surprised this bike doesn't have pedals as it's just for knocking …I'm surprised this bike doesn't have pedals as it's just for knocking about on. For anything serious no pedals is the norm, and for food reason.Quite a few decent bikes also come with cheap wheels because riders have a preference for how aero they want their wheels to be.


“food reason”? Waffles for pedals?
deathwishdave14/12/2019 21:03

“food reason”? Waffles for pedals?


Lol, autocorrect at its finest, now for a ninja edit...
Great
No pedal....No problem
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Mr.Nutts14/12/2019 07:41

You can also buy desktop PCs without a monitor


You can buy a car without a engine
johnnystorm14/12/2019 20:53

It would be ghastly. It's a real shame that the diamond back name has been …It would be ghastly. It's a real shame that the diamond back name has been put on something like this. Have a look at @bonzobanana 's suggestion for a better bike.If you want one for zwift you'd be mad not to get a roadbike with a trainer tyre on the back.


Cheers.
No pedals Expensive balance bike?
johnnystorm14/12/2019 20:53

It would be ghastly. It's a real shame that the diamond back name has been …It would be ghastly. It's a real shame that the diamond back name has been put on something like this. Have a look at @bonzobanana 's suggestion for a better bike.If you want one for zwift you'd be mad not to get a roadbike with a trainer tyre on the back.


I couldn't agree more...back in the 90's DIAMOND BACK were a decent brand who made some great bikes....I hope there not going down the same route as MUDDY FOX...another once great brand that has gone downhill...and I ain't talking about racing
I have set of pedals. Just needed the bike.
garethcollins92514/12/2019 23:48

I couldn't agree more...back in the 90's DIAMOND BACK were a decent brand …I couldn't agree more...back in the 90's DIAMOND BACK were a decent brand who made some great bikes....I hope there not going down the same route as MUDDY FOX...another once great brand that has gone downhill...and I ain't talking about racing


Sadly Muddy Fox has been rubbish for a far greater period then they have been good. Probably their last decent bike was mid-nineties. Amazing that various owners have tried to dine out on 10 years of good bikes for 25+ years!

The story of why the original company went bust is heartbreaking.
johnnystorm15/12/2019 08:00

Sadly Muddy Fox has been rubbish for a far greater period then they have … Sadly Muddy Fox has been rubbish for a far greater period then they have been good. Probably their last decent bike was mid-nineties. Amazing that various owners have tried to dine out on 10 years of good bikes for 25+ years!The story of why the original company went bust is heartbreaking.


Yh, it's a bit Raleigh...they used to make some lovely top end mountain bikes in the 90's I've put a few photos below...but now I haven't seen anything top spec from them for a long...very sad for a brand from the UK ...what is the story behind MUDDY fox anyway
garethcollins92515/12/2019 08:29

Yh, it's a bit Raleigh...they used to make some lovely top end mountain …Yh, it's a bit Raleigh...they used to make some lovely top end mountain bikes in the 90's I've put a few photos below...but now I haven't seen anything top spec from them for a long...very sad for a brand from the UK ...what is the story behind MUDDY fox anyway


Muddy Fox were the first UK brand to take off in a big way, very popular with Cycle Couriers as the bikes were perfect for London's crappy road surfaces. They came out with their iconic Courier model in response to the uptake and enthusiasm.

The owners are interviewed in this documentary:
amazon.co.uk/Mou…KZJ

Basically all was going well until they were let down by importers and the brand crashed. They were forced to sell to a company who put the name on crappy bikes who also failed (for good reason) and it's been gradually eroded ever since.
It's a nice bike for dirt cheap. It's perfect for a lad to ride about streets, town and in the park. Very few people need high end competition level bikes. A 6061 frame, probably tektro brakes, kenda tyres, basic shimano ezfire, probably suntour cranks and forks made in same place as suntour. All good components.

Those crappy £80 steel frame bikes you used to see in asda were crap, but comparing this to something like that is ridiculous.
bonzobanana14/12/2019 11:04

Quite a lot of travel at 100mm for unknown forks, I wonder if they are …Quite a lot of travel at 100mm for unknown forks, I wonder if they are basic rebranded suntours or some even worse brand. Whatever more a mountain bike style bike than an actual mountain bike, it only has a weak freewheel based drivetrain not suitable for taking abuse off-road especially with a hardtail that can deliver a lot of strong impacts to the rear wheel.At £159 plus £20 postage you aren't that far away from getting something much better. I'd beg, borrow or scrape together the extra £70 to get something like this;https://www.parkersofbolton.co.uk/collections/mountain-bikes/products/riddick-rd500-650b-18-speed-alloy-mountain-bikeIt will easily pay back that £70 difference by being much stronger, more reliable and requiring far less maintenance and you will be able to actually use it properly off-road to enjoy trails etc.


Bought this btw and hope your recommendation comes true
jobi59uk16/12/2019 21:48

Bought this btw and hope your recommendation comes true


Should be very good but remember Parkers of Bolton are a box shifter so you need to give it a check over yourself and do any adjustments before the first ride just like any internet purchased bike basically. The setup done at the factory are normally pretty poor. A local bike shop would spent a bit of time doing adjustments on a bike making sure it is right for their customer but you won't have that service here. Plenty of guides on youtube if you aren't sure and its all easy stuff with a bit of common sense.
bonzobanana17/12/2019 13:01

Should be very good but remember Parkers of Bolton are a box shifter so …Should be very good but remember Parkers of Bolton are a box shifter so you need to give it a check over yourself and do any adjustments before the first ride just like any internet purchased bike basically. The setup done at the factory are normally pretty poor. A local bike shop would spent a bit of time doing adjustments on a bike making sure it is right for their customer but you won't have that service here. Plenty of guides on youtube if you aren't sure and its all easy stuff with a bit of common sense.


Thanks for the tip, planning to take it to a local bike shop to complete the rest of the setup and make sure it's good before I start riding it 🏾
jobi59uk17/12/2019 13:04

Thanks for the tip, planning to take it to a local bike shop to complete …Thanks for the tip, planning to take it to a local bike shop to complete the rest of the setup and make sure it's good before I start riding it 🏾


You shouldn't really need to, its fairly simple stuff and that would negate some of the cost advantage of buying online in the first place. It's only minor adjustments of brakes and gears that might be needed and making sure you screw on the pedals correctly. You will have to learn to service your own bike anyway or you will always be spending money at a bike shop. If you are out on the trials miles from nowhere you will likely face harder faults to deal with than minor adjustments on a new bike. Might be worth checking a few videos to see how difficult it is first. Anyway best of luck with your purchase.
bonzobanana17/12/2019 13:16

You shouldn't really need to, its fairly simple stuff and that would …You shouldn't really need to, its fairly simple stuff and that would negate some of the cost advantage of buying online in the first place. It's only minor adjustments of brakes and gears that might be needed and making sure you screw on the pedals correctly. You will have to learn to service your own bike anyway or you will always be spending money at a bike shop. If you are out on the trials miles from nowhere you will likely face harder faults to deal with than minor adjustments on a new bike. Might be worth checking a few videos to see how difficult it is first. Anyway best of luck with your purchase.


Will definitely take a look and hopefully can learn it myself
jobi59uk16/12/2019 21:48

Bought this btw and hope your recommendation comes true


What do you think of it?
wrx06/01/2020 12:54

What do you think of it?


Havent got round to it yet, will reply when I do
bonzobanana14/12/2019 11:04

Quite a lot of travel at 100mm for unknown forks, I wonder if they are …Quite a lot of travel at 100mm for unknown forks, I wonder if they are basic rebranded suntours or some even worse brand. Whatever more a mountain bike style bike than an actual mountain bike, it only has a weak freewheel based drivetrain not suitable for taking abuse off-road especially with a hardtail that can deliver a lot of strong impacts to the rear wheel.At £159 plus £20 postage you aren't that far away from getting something much better. I'd beg, borrow or scrape together the extra £70 to get something like this;https://www.parkersofbolton.co.uk/collections/mountain-bikes/products/riddick-rd500-650b-18-speed-alloy-mountain-bikeIt will easily pay back that £70 difference by being much stronger, more reliable and requiring far less maintenance and you will be able to actually use it properly off-road to enjoy trails etc.


I'm looking for a bike for my 13 year old son is the one you've posted better than this
halfords.com/cyc…ral

Both are around the same price as I get 10% of the halfords one.
Any help appreciated
wrx06/01/2020 12:54

What do you think of it?


Bike is top notch, have been using it for small local commutes and it rides really well. The only thing is the saddle is quite hard, so may change it over as normally suffer from saddle bum . Thanks for the recommendation!
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