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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bike! Great Buy! High Quality!, May 4, 2011
This review is from: Diamondback Clarity 1 Women's Performance Hybrid Bike (700c Wheels) (Sports)
I did not buy my bike on Amazon (out of stock) but I read every review before I test rode and purchased it. The bike is great. The picture here is of the 2009 model. I lucked out and found one new and on sale for $180. And I'm so happy I got it. First of all, the only differences between the men's and women's bikes are the names (Insight for men / Clarity for women), the colors, the seat (the men's seat is a little longer and all black) and the graphics on the frame. This goes for the 2010 and 2011 models as well. I have a size 19 and the geometry is the same on both bikes (within their year) and so my decision to purchase the Clarity didn't mean I was buying a woman's bike, just the white one (the 2009 Insight is dark blue). The immediate changes I made were to replace the seat with a comfort seat (wider and softer) and replace the pedals with ones that had toe clips. Don't get me wrong, I'm no cyclist, but I do know that if the seat hurts you won't want to ride and a toe clip keeps the foot in the right position on the pedal. I had the bike tuned before I left the store and then one week later after riding it every day to break it in. I strongly recommend doing this because a new bike has to be broken in and during that period it may start shifting badly. Bikes with gears need to be tuned or adjusted at least twice a year (depending on use) and just like a car, with the proper maintenance, it'll run forever (my old bmx freestyle bike is 21 years old and still rides sweet - gave that to my son). The Diamondback is great quality and I love the design and angles of the frame. The bike is very light (surprised me in the price range) and easy to carry on the shoulder if you're going up stairs. The fit and finish of the components are first class and the bike doesn't make flexing noises when you push it hard. The tires are quiet (I run 80 psi in rear/ 75 psi in front) and grip well on wet asphalt. And with the gears adjusted correctly (I suggest having it done at a good bike shop - $50. to sort out the whole bike), they shift perfectly and quietly. I've had the bike for 65 days now and I ride it every day to stay in shape and I LOVE it! And just so you know, I would have brought a 2011 model at full retail ($440.) if I hadn't found this on on sale (I lucked out!!).
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