Diamondback Bicycles Trace Complete Dual Sport Bike
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- 60661-T6 aluminum alloy construction with forged dropouts for durability
- High tensile steel fork for confident steering
- Tektro disc brakes deliver stopping power in all conditions
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The trace is the perfect dual Sport bike to take you to the end of the road and then keep going. The 6061-t6 aluminum alloy frame packs all the strength and durability you need to set out worry free ride after ride and the straight blade high tensile steel fork will always give you solid, confidence inspiring handling. The Tektro disc brakes will keep you in control with their reliable stopping power and the dual Sport tires will deliver fast rolling traction whether you're out traversing the local regional trail or sticking to the streets.
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So after doing a bunch of research that I have pretty much forgotten by now, I chose this to be my first real bike. I briefly contemplated getting a basic mountain bike from Walmart or something, but decided I wanted to get something of higher quality without getting too crazy. From what I gathered in research is that this is a basic bike that is great for beginners/casual riders like myself.
Right out of the box there is a good amount of assembly required. The biggest issue was the brakes. Me being the hands on tinkerer I am decided that I would go at it with absolutely no prior experience in bike assembly (that and I just didn't feel like driving to a bike shop and giving them $80 for basic assembly then waiting for however long it takes while they tell me I made a terrible decision and how I should have just bought one from them, blah blah blah). It actually wasn't that difficult, but it did take me maybe 20 minutes during my lunch time to assemble most of it (including digging everything out and finding what I needed when I needed it), then another 20-30 minutes after work to figure out how to get the brakes on correctly. All-in-all not very bad and definitely not worth wasting time or money having someone else do it if you are a bit handy. If not then maybe it would be best to simply bring it in to a shop. All put together, the bike is very light to me and I can carry it up my third story apartment easily.
As for actual use, I am honestly still trying to figure out all the gears (like I said, haven't really been on a bike in over 10 years). When I shift correctly it is very smooth and feels nice. When I shift not-so-well it's very easy to tell based on the -clunk- sound which is occasionally followed by hearing the chain rattle around because I've got the wrong gears together (again, I'm learning!). Even with my screw ups it is still an enjoyable ride, especially when I get those times where I somehow manage to get it all right.
The disc brakes are far better than I'm used to. They stop you very quickly and hold very well. So far I haven't had any wearing down from my casual rides.
Coming from someone who hasn't ridden bikes in a over a decade, I think this is a great bike to get you started in riding or stay as a casual rider like I plan to. It is lightweight and sturdy with a very smooth ride. ONLY downside is the seat that comes with it. It's just terrible, very uncomfortable and hurts my rear after mere seconds of sitting. I still haven't ordered a replacement seat yet, but I definitely will have to soon...
It's a good ride, a bit skittish on pavement, and as someone said the seat is like riding a cinder block after about 2 miles.
Anyway I assembled it according to the instructions, and promptly found that pretty much everything needed adjustment. First, every vehicles I have ever owned, even lawn tractors, have used the same tried and true tire valve, until I got this bike. Whoever the idiot is who decided that a new tire valve was needed should be choked, in my opinion, I had to run off to Dick's to get an adapter so I could fill up the tires. No good advice from the instructions on that, just "use the value on the tire sidewall. Which was a range of 50 to 85 lbs. Trial and error for my 190 lbs. came out to about 55 lbs. During the first test run down the street and back, I was getting a click at the bottom of the right stroke. Google is my friend, three things that could be easily corrected might be the cause. First, there is a little plastic piece under the frame, sort of a cable guide, and sure enough it was loose. Second, I used a real wrench instead of the P.O.S. wrench that comes with the bike and managed to get about a half turn out of each pedal. Then, fortunately I found the right hex socket in my toolbox to tighten the crankset, which also went about 1/4 turn on the right side. One of these procedures worked, no more click. Then, when I tried to shift to the lowest range on the front gear, the chain came complexly off, so I had to adjust the cable there.
Also added a padded cushion to the seat.
But now all is well, I am happy with this bike, my feet are happier, my butt less so, and so far I can recommend this bike to anyone with some bike repair experience, Otherwise, do yourself a favor and pay for the professional setup.
Please note I ordered a Diamondback rear kick stand, it DOES NOT fit this model so make note to self.
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Easy assembly, but did need to have the wheels trued .