Diamondback Bicycles Women's 2015 Serene Classic Complete Comfort Bike, 15-Inch/Small, Blue
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- 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame is built to last
- Comfort geometry for perfect pedaling position and step through frame makes getting on and off easier
- Suspension fork and seat post for added cushioning
- Shimano 7-speed drivetrain provides wide range of gears
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|Brake Style||Mechanical Rim|
|Frame Material Type||Aluminum|
|Number Of Speeds||21|
|Package Height||8 x 27.5 x 51.38 inches|
|Shipping Weight||41.89 pounds|
|Wheel Size||700 inches|
Peaceful rides through the neighborhood, the park, and anywhere else are the specialty of the serene classic. Its comfort geometry lets you sit up to enjoy the scenery, and the step through frame design means its easy getting on and off the bike safely. The suspension fork and seat post offer a luxuriant level of cushioning, while the 7-speed drivetrain means you'll never run out of gears to get you back home.
Top Customer Reviews
After a long search for a comfortable bike for my wife (and for an occasional use for me), and many hours of research, we decided on this one.
Well, it's in the name -- "comfort bike", and turns out it really lives up to its reputation.
There are two sizes sold on Amazon -- "small" and "medium". Not sure if "large" exists.
On other sites they are referred to as the 15" and 17" frames respectively.
If you are between 5'6" and 6", get the "medium" one. If you're slightly taller than 6 feet, you may still be OK with the "medium" size, seeing as the seat and the handlebars are very adjustable, but more on that later.
If you are shorter than 5'6", you DEFINITELY need the "small" one.
My wife's gripe with her *old* bike was that she was always hunched over;
The handlebars on that one wouldn't come up high enough, so too much of her weight was on her hands and her back, tiring her out.
Not a problem with this bike; The handlebars can be made as tall as you would ever want them to be.
Or, you can lower them all the way down if you're into hunching over a little, like you would on a regular road bike or a mountain bike.
Same for the seat height -- very nicely adjustable.
One way or the other, the ranges of the seat height and the handle bar height seem to be really good -- much better than I've ever seen on any other bike.
My wife is 5'6" and I am 5'11", and all that is needed to adjust the bike to either one of us is to raise or to lower the seat.
The bike is really light, thanks to the aluminum frame.
The seat is big, nice and soft.
My wife is 140 lbs, and I am 190.
Our own "seats" are about average, but I can see it still being comfortable if you are a bigger-sized person.
The pedals are nice and rounded;
They don't slip from under your feet, but they don't have spikes either, which is good; I am one of many people who skinned my shins on other bike pedals, some of which looked like battle maces.
The tires are nice -- "fat" enough for grass and gravel, but smooth enough for a comfortable ride on the pavement.
The front fork has shocks, which softens the ride considerably.
The gear shifting is nice and precise, at least for the rear gears. There are 3 gears in the front and 7 in the back.
The front shifting mechanism is not as precise, and required some adjustment, but we find that we use the second gear in the front 97% of the time, so not to worry. The rear gears, as I said, shift impeccably. The lowest gear in the rear is really oversized compared to the rest, which helps when climbing hills
My only complaint about the rear derailleur is that there is not a protective bracket around it like I've seen on other bikes.
I can see how it can get damaged if you hit a curb or something sticking out of the ground.
Now, the assembly.
Not difficult at all.
It is as pre-assembled and as easy to put together as possible for for a bike that arrives in a box by UPS or FedEx.
If you are mechanical enough to install a spare tire on your car, or to replace your car battery, you should not have a problem assembling the bike.
It comes with all the tools necessary -- a wrench and a set of hex keys.
Get a buddy to help you -- it is possible to do it by yourself, but it helps when someone is holding the bike upright as you're installing things.
All I had to do was to attach the front wheel, the pedals, the brake cables and the handlebars.
A note: be sure to turn the front fork the right way; Mine was turned 180 degrees out of the box -- it was facing backwards, in other words, so I attached the handlebars just like that, until I noticed it later.
I also had to make some minor adjustment to the front brakes and the front gear shifting mechanism (it would not go into the highest, third gear). The latter adjustment was optional, though, seeing as you will probably be in the second front gear most of the time. The front brake adjustment was optional too, all in all: I wanted to make them very light, just to avoid the risk of the front wheel locking up when hitting the brakes in a panic and being thrown over the handlebars as a result.
Before hitting the road, here's your checklist;
Make sure that:
The front and the rear wheels are secure,
The handlebars and the seat are both on tight
The brakes are adjusted and the brake pads are screwed on tight
The pedals are on tight
The gears are shifting correctly
The heights of the handlebars and the seat are correct and comfortable.
The tires are pumped up enough; Use pressure a gauge to check.
Now, the extras, that don't come with the bike, but may or may not be necessary:
A kickstand; I bought one (not a Diamondback brand though), and I couldn't get it to fit. It would either interfere with the pedals or not prop the bike up well enough, so I gave up. Most of the time, when stopping, you would chain the bike to a street sign or to a pole, or at least lean it on one, so a kickstand is not really useful anyway.
Safety lights: The bike comes with reflectors, but the way people drive around here, you need as much attention from others as you can get, so I got a "BV Bicycle Light Set, Super Bright 5 LED Headlight and 3 LED Taillight, Quick-Release, 80 Hours" here, on Amazon, which works pretty well.
and a frame mounted cup cage which holds a camel back insulated cup well. I will be adding a large under seat pouch. The color is a very subdued light blue which pleased me much. I was certain it would be a pastel baby blue. It has 3 gears on the front and 7 on the back and I have never shifted a bike in my entire long life but tomorrow I will attempt to learn that skill and hope no one records a video of it. LOL.
A comfort bike like is good for street but also trails that are not extremely rough.
Well, my 16 year old son-who has never assembled a bike- put it together in about a half hour. He only needed about 5 minutes help from my husband to adjust the brake pads. As for the bike itself- I love it. I am 5'2" and fit very comfortably. I actually had to raise seat about 3 inches, so someone shorter than myself could certainly fit nicely. It rides and shifts smoothly. It's mountainous in my area so I certainly appreciate the smooth ride.
I have never, in my whole life, been so frustrated with the assembly of something. I am a woman, yes. But I build things. I put together furniture and construct complicated things all the time. I put together my sons Trifec three-wheeler for crying out loud! That should have been way more complicated than this. The manual has instructions for three different types of models. I didn't know which one to follow because none of the pictures of parts matched anything from my bike. I studied the manual in and out for so long. None of it was helpful. Diamondback made what should have been a 1, 2, 3, 4 step instructional an encyclopedia of useless information. Not only that, but the bike came with TWO books...yes, BOOKS.
That being said, fortunately my husband is familiar with bikes and bike parts and helped me put it together. But even he was stumped a few times and found the manual to be completely useless as well. The final product I like very much. The seat, although cushioned, is not gel like or super soft. I will need padded bike pants if I'm going to ride for awhile. Gears shift wonderfully. In the end, I'm happy. But man, I was definitely ready for a few brewskies after my own attempt of assembly! :p