Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Trace Complete Dual Sport Bike
|Price:||$400.00 - $518.11|
- Aluminum dual-sport frame and steel fork offers the best of both comfort and performance worlds
- 21-speed Shimano drivetrain is easy to use and supplies gear choice, especially in areas with steep grades
- Tektro mechanical disc brakes greatly improve braking performance, even in wet conditions
- Alloy wheels and Kenda Bitumen tires deliver supreme comfort and traction
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It would be great if you could ride the same bike around the neighborhood, take it on some gravel roads, or throw on a rear rack and get some groceries. However, in the age of bicycle specialization, most bikes are designed for one task and to perform it extremely well. The Diamondback Trace series breaks this mold and offers you riding venue and task flexibility. The Trace features the perfect blend of comfort and performance amenities to help you get the most out of every ride. <p>In order to do so many things, the Trace was designed frame first. Geometry that's too aggressive will sacrifice road visibility and comfort. If the geometry is too slack, the frame will lose handling and performance. The Trace features a "dual-sport" frame design, which is a happy medium. The top tube is slack enough to alleviate unwanted neck, shoulder, back and wrist stress for comfort, but aggressive enough to move your body's center of gravity forward to easily handle the bike's front end while gaining pedaling efficiency. A suspension-corrected steel fork takes the sting out of road unevenness or gravel thanks to steel's natural vibration dampening properties.</p> <p>The Trace is outfitted with a 21-speed speed Shimano drivetrain. The presence of the Shimano brand, known for manufacturing high-quality performance components, means you can count on easy to use components and less maintenance. 21-speeds are more than enough to handle changing grade and terrain. A set of Tektro Aries disc brakes are at your fingertips for every quick stop. Disc brakes engage a rotor instead of the wheel's rim for increased stopping power and increased wheel life.</p> <p>Finally, the Trace is about comfort. A dual-sport saddle provides plenty of give and a set of dual-density comfort grips add a tacky, soft feel to every ride. Kenda Bitumen tires are 45c wide, a massive footprint, to deliver stability and traction, no matter where your adventures take you.</p&
Top Customer Reviews
That said, this is a joy to ride and for the past couple months I have ridden about 2 hours 7 days a week, as I use the bike to walk my dog.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been riding road bikes for 30 yrs and wanted a comfortable hybrid to tame the rough roads in Nantucket. Read morePublished 4 days ago by David Howard
Nice bike, easy, clear assembly. Took a little less than an hour. Make sure you have metric allen wrenches and you're good to go.Published 10 days ago by nancy rankin
Like my new bike. I'm a weekend rider around the neighborhood and some dirt, grave roads,its perfect.
Easy assembly, but did need to have the wheels trued .
Great bike. Good for off road commuter bike. It will handle very low difficulty moutain trails.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome bike for the money...Needs some adjustment but great quality here. Better than I had anticipated.Published 2 months ago by Meat 130
Got my bike in two days, very fast. Got it to my Mechanic he went over it and assembled it. One of the threads on the Stem was stripped, but he was able to fix it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lee Poepping
I sent it back and bought a full suspension mountain bike. I feel like my FS MTB was able to handle roads better than this bike, even given the full suspension. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter
The only reason this review is getting 2 stars is because I just had to spend $140 after my chain ganked up on the bike and ruined the rear derailer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Christianson