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OK bike but dissapointed after 1 year
on May 16, 2012
I bought this bike from Dick's a little over a year ago. My first issue is that it is impossible to put a kickstand on it, I tried every kind out there and I could not adapt it. I learned to live without it. My next issue was that after a year of riding it, one of the weld points broke and the bike became useless. Keep in mind, I do not ride this bike on mountains or rough terrains nor am I a wild rider; abuse that this bike was supposedly designed for. I looked at my manual for warranty information and it said the frame was warranted for 5 years so I figured I was golden. I took the bike to Dick's (per the manual) and they contacted Diamondback who told them the crack was not part of the frame but part of the suspension instead. Under normal situations they would not warrant it but since the suspension is warranted for a year and I was so little past it they would make an exception. I was comforted by the fact that they decided to replace it with a new bike (not repair the old one) but I was bothered by the fact that they consider it a suspension component so if it breaks again I am out of luck. I figured I would look around for other people complaining about this issue and I was surprised to find MANY people with the same problem so I have little confidence this issue will not present itself again, this time out of warranty. I looked around in the Diamondback website and I found a Recall section. My bike is not listed but others are because of frames breaking, I think this Recoil model bike should be in this list. While looking around and finding people complaining about frames breaking I read that supposedly only the models 2010 and older have this issue so I hope the replacement bike I am getting will be fine.
- Brakes become noisy after a few weeks of use, I read many people complaining about the same thing.
- It is hard to mount on a standard bike rack, not impossible but hard nonetheless.
- Both wheels are quick release so they need tightening once in a while. Wheels almost came off while riding once.
- Frame shape and width make it hard to attach some accessories. It is not exactly round, more like square. Most accessories are designed to attach to a round frame that is not so wide in diameter.
I bought this bike for road use mostly. I realize that for the road a full suspension bike is not typical but I like smooth bouncy rides. Regardless, considering the use I gave this bike, it was not at all expected it would last one year. My wife kidding around said that for the price I paid ($600) I might as well have bought a new $100 bike every year at walmart for the next 6 years! I am kind of thinking she was right.