Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Axis Sport Mountain Bike (27.5-Inch Wheels), 16-Inch, Blue
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- Axis 27.5" Butted 6061-T6 Aluminum Frame
- SR Suntour XCR-LO 27.5 fork with 100mm travel and Speed Lock
- SRAM S600 Alloy Arm Crankset
- 32h Diamondback SL-7 Double wall Rims
- Avid DB-1 Hydraulic Disc Brakes with 180mm front and 160mm rear rotors
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For 2014 our Axis series models are combining the trail crushing dominance of the 29" wheel with the agility of the 26" wheel; bring on the 27.5. hard tail, mountain bike, 27.5" wheel Why 27.5" Wheelset? hard tail, mountain bike, 27.5" wheel You have a smoother ride than a 26" wheel and greater torsional stiffness and durability than a 29" wheel. hard tail, mountain bike, 27.5" wheel At the core of our new Axis 27.5 series is the Diamondback Axis 27" Butted 6061-T6 aluminum frame with formed top and down tubes, machined headtube and forged drop outs with replaceable hanger. hard tail, mountain bike, 27.5" wheel The components provide more proof of our commitment to providing you with the most appropriate package and value for your money. An SR Suntour XCR-LO 27.5 fork with 100mm travel and Speed Lock out feature gives you command of the trail. The Speed Lock feature allows you to adjust/limit the rebound of the fork to maximize your pedaling efficiency. Engage the Speed Lock feature to help you on those long ascents or enduring flat sections so you can go further and faster with less energy exerted. Hard tail, mountain bike, 27.5" wheel The Avid DB-1 Hydraulic Disc brakes are trail-tuned with 180mm front and 160 mm rear rotors to provide plenty of stopping power, while the grippy Schwalbe Rapid Rob tires give you balanced control on every surface. hard tail, mountain bike, 27.5" wheels RAM takes total control of the 8 speed drivetrain with features like the S600 crankset.
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Weight, I weighed it on two scales without reflectors, it comes in at 31 pounds almost even. I tried it on my fish scale from ceiling of garage (bike only) and also on bathroom scale, me first, then me holding bike. Both were almost exactly the same. I was hoping for a little lighter as I saw someplace somebody said 28 for the 16" frame. But this isn't bad and feels balanced well.
Hydraulic brakes are nice, but on recent cold rides I've noticed the fluid inside must change as the response is just slightly more sluggish, not enough to really matter, just something I've noticed.
Front fork tubes are showing just the slightest of hairline scratches in the travel area, so you may want to keep up with cleaning them, it could be normal as well. But to be safe, I'd keep the dirt off of them as much as possible.
Got a tire pump for seat tube, presta adapters at Walmart, spoke wrench & chainstay protector at REI. Added some old lights.
Packed well not a single scratch or anything.
Overall good bike.
The fork- I haven't taken it out mountain biking yet, but it's nice that the fork has the option for lockout. Right now I'm just using it for getting to school or any other pressing things that I don't feel like walking to. It feels nimble and great. I can't say much about the fork handling the trails yet, because I haven't had a chance for that, but once again a lower end suntour fork is what it is.
The seat- this is just plain bad. As most other reviewers said it is very painful. It almost seems like they plopped on a really cheap budget seat just because they had to, there was no thought in the part spec. The sad part is to me, why bother even giving us a seat and wasting materials on something so crummy? I bought another seat for comfort.
Hydro Brakes- pretty cool to get hydraulic brakes on a lower end bike, they grab very well and feel very nice. The description for the bike, at least when I bought it said avid db1 and I got Tektro.
As far as everything else, the derailleurs and stuff, it all feels quality enough for what it is. I changed the stem and put a 60 degree angling stem on so I could feel more upright. The bike feels very nice, and I enjoy the 27.5'' wheels. I can't say for sure it feels much different from a 26'' wheel.
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