Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Edgewood Complete Hybrid Bike, Dark Green, 15" Frame
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- 6061-T6 aluminum frame with Sport Hybrid Geometry for more upright pedaling position is built to last
- Suspension fork and seat post for added cushioning
- Shimano 21-speed drivetrain provides gears for any terrain
- 700c road wheels are efficient and smooth rolling
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|Frame Material Type||Aluminum|
|Maximum Height||67 inches|
|Minimum Height||64 inches|
|Number Of Speeds||21|
|Package Height||8.5 x 29 x 55 inches|
|Shipping Weight||42 pounds|
|Size||15 inch / Small|
|Standover Height||28 inches|
|Wheel Size||700 centimeters|
More efficient than your comfort bike, more comfortable than a road bike: you'll be surprised at how often you end up choosing this hybrid for your ride. The Edgewood combines the same relaxed contact point features of a comfort bike with the smooth-rolling 700c wheels of a road bike. The comfort starts with our aluminum alloy frame. It's got a low stand over height for easy on/off and classic geometry for a predictable and stable ride. The suspension fork and seat post add an extra layer of cushioning, and the 21-speed drivetrain gives you plenty of gears to get you through any terrain. An adjustable stem helps you dial in your preferences even further. With plenty of traction from wide tires hassle-free linear pull brakes, it really is as simple as getting on and pedaling. With a ton of utility for the price, it's not Hard to see why the Edgewood is a perennial favorite.
Top Customer Reviews
Some Shimano Components (Front and rear derailleur, cassette, and shifter/brake lever combo)
Comfortable Seat with good adjustments
Long lasting tires
Adjustable handle bar
Brakes and brake pads (needed to be replaced)
No name crank set (needed to be replaced)
Non-sealed bottom bracket (need to be replaced)
Comes with a freewheel cassette instead of a free hub
Poor traction pedals (needed to be replaced)
I originally gave this bike 4 stars but I dropped this review to 3 stars because this bike has needed a lot of maintenance (as noted above, and detailed below). For those who care to read on, I had to replace the following components within the first few months of owning this bike:
Brake pads, within a month of owning the bike I had to replace the factory brake pads with koolstop Supra 2 pads because the ones that came with the bike were destroying my rims. Any review you see mentioning aluminum splinters in the brake pads are absolutely true (I called Dimondback and they told me to buy better pads to stop this from happening).
The crank set. When I got the bike I could not adjust the front derailleur so the chain did not hit it in the big cog. I thought I was just doing it wrong so I lived with it for a while. Then I realized the gears were not true, that is to say they were bent so the chain moved left and right while pedaling, this made proper derailleur adjustments impossible. I replaced the crankset with a Shimano Acera M361 crank set with 175mm crank arms (the original 170mm arms seem silly to have on an XL bike) but I kept the same chain ring sizes (28-38-48T). The bike now shifts smoothly with no chain rub, the new crank was at least a pound lighter than the original, because of the aluminum rather than steel arms. I’m no gram counter but a pound is rather significant when it comes to bikes. This was probably the single best upgrade/repair I did to this bike.
The bottom bracket was squeaking and grinding after 4 months of riding (approx. 350 miles) so I replaced it with a Shimano UN55 BB, the size of the bottom bracket is 68 x 122.5mm, I had to call Dimondback to find out the size because it is not listed in their spec-sheet. The bottom bracket that comes on the bike is not a “sealed” bottom bracket so if you live in a dusty place expect to replace or rebuild this part rather early on in the bikes life.
Pedals, the stock pedals on this bike are worthless in the rain. They are “comfort pedals” and seem to be designed to accommodate bare feet which means they only have friction grip, which is no-grip in the rain, I replaced these with cheap aluminum pedals that a friend had.
Other important things to know before buying this bike (items I have replaced that were not quite broken or were natural wear and tear):
Brake arms: I was still not happy with the braking on this bike even after the new brake pads so I replaced the front and rear brake arms with Deore T610 brakes, the bike no longer shakes when I brake hard, and the brakes have an overall solid and very smooth feel to them now. Don’t get me wrong, the old brakes (with new koolstop pads) worked, and they stopped me cold in one serious situation, but in the day to day braking they were getting annoying. (I’ve noticed that brakes are something that most bike makers go cheap on, even expensive bikes will have lower end brakes compared to the other components on the bike)
The chain, this bike came with a KMZ-55 chain which lasted less than 700 miles on the bike before needing replaced. Bike chains wear out at different millage for different people a good chain can last for thousands of miles, I live in the desert so short lifespan is expected for a cheaper chain. I put on a KMZ-99 hoping to get more than 700 miles out of the next chain.
The rear cassette: Beware of the freewheel!! When I replaced chain on this bike I also wanted to replace the rear cassette (mostly because I was unhappy with the huge jump from 24 teeth to 34 teeth between 2nd and 1st gear). What I found out was that this bike comes with a freewheel (old and not commonly used any more) not a free hub (new and allows for lots of options when it comes to changing the rear cassette). In simple terms what this means is that if I you ever want to change the rear gears out you have two choices: buy another free wheel (there are only 2 or 3 that are still in production), or buy an entirely new rear wheel, and cog set, which is what I just did. Buying a new rear wheel just so you can get a set of gears on the bike you want is expensive, particularly on such a cheap bike. Keep that in mind when considering any bike with a freewheel. Also I have read in a number of places that freewheels have a much higher probability of having bent axels, especially if you have a lot of weight on the bike.
A kickstand would have been nice to have when the bike came, so add that to the list of things to buy/install.
Okay now that all the negatives are out there, here are my likes, and why the bike still gets 3 stars.
The bike is comfortable to ride, and is perfect for a commuter. The front suspension does help with the bumps on the rougher parts of the road, and the seat post suspension significantly helps as well. The seat is awesome compared to other stock seats out there. I like the adjustable handlebar as well because it lets you adjust your position to the most comfortable for you.
I like that the bike has an aluminum frame, which has been very solid and is lightweight for the price. I also like that the frame is pre-drilled for a rear rack, which I have installed.
The wear life on tires is worth mentioning; after 900 miles these tires are showing very little wear. I only expected to get 1,000 miles out of such cheap tires, but it looks like I will be able to get maybe double that millage.
The biggest plus this bike has is the Shimano parts it did come with, the front and rear derailleurs, the rear cassette and the ez-fire shifters are all the cheapest, bottom of the barrel parts, that Shimano has to offer, but they have all worked flawlessly. It has been all the no-name parts that have been failing.
For the price, this bike is just fine especially after some of the repairs/upgrades I have done. However, be prepared to either learn a lot about bike maintenance or to pay someone who already knows.
The bike itself is super fun and comfy to ride. The stock seat may be a little tiny bit on the harder side, but it's definitely padded. My friend that ended up helping me assemble, and has been biking for longer than me said it's a nice bike for the price.
We live next to a state park and ride the trails. The suspension is strong enough to support the dirt trails. Would have liked wider tires, but overall a fantastic bike for the money.