Diamondback 2013 Junior Viper BMX Bike with 20-Inch Wheels (Green, 20-Inch/)
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- Heavy duty steel frame / fork
- Rush alloy linear-pullbrakes and coaster brakes
- DB "Icon" grips w/ bar ends
- Junior Padded seat
- Alloy 36H rims
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Assembly was straight forward. My bike had a few issues that I didnt notice right away but was able to fix before we gave it to our son at christmas. Both wheels have a bit of a hop in them, the rear being more apparent, They were both true side to side. On inspection I found a stripped spoke nipple on the rear wheel. The rear wheel hub was also over tightened, when I spun the wheel you could see it slow. To properly adjust this I would have had to buy a bike wrench, but in the end I just took the rear wheel to the local bike shop. They replaced the spoke nipple, trued the wheel a bit better, and adjusted the wheel hub tightness all for $15 (almost the cost of buying the bike wrench).
When i put the rear wheel back on i got the chain tight, but due to slight sprocket alignment (quality) there was a audible and palpable click when peddling. Loosening the chain slightly is all it took.
If you average out the price and value I think its still a great bargain. The bike and components all appear to be made in china. As summer rolls around he'll ride it much more. If more issues arise I will update my review.
When it comes to 20" boys bikes it seems you either get the cheapo big box retail bikes, or the $$$ brand bike store bike. When you have a rough kid that plays hard the cheap doesn't last and the expensive seems a waste of money. So after doing a lot of comparison shopping we ended up getting this for our 8 year old son.
It's a pretty burly bike and out of the box is a really easy set up. I had to do some chain alignment, and we stripped off the hand brake & chain guard because I could see those getting broke right away. Good stand over height but should be able to grow with him for a few years. For the money they could have put on some color grips or something more to ramp up the cool, but I got it on sale so we threw on some upgrades anyhow.
I'd recommend this bike to anyone looking for a bike that can take a kids abuse. I'll update if anything breaks and changes my opinion.
I must say that when I read the "Tools Needed" list on the outside of the carton I was a bit worried about what I was into with assembly. In addition to the usual list of suspects--couple of box wrenches, adjustable wrench, screwdrivers, etc., it lists torque wrench, cone wrench (what's a cone wrench???), chain tool, etc.
The list lied.
You just need two sizes of box wrench, some allen wrenches, philips screwdriver, and maybe some needlenose pliers for pulling the brake cable through and, perhaps, to crimp the tiny cable end. Assembly involved the front fork and handlebar, front wheel, pedals, seat/seat tube, hand brake and calipers, and a couple of reflectors. That's about it. (The chain was on--no need for a "chain tool.") Everything went together nicely and no parts were missing. The most difficult part of assembly is getting the hand brake adjusted properly.
This is a handsome, sturdy bike, and I'm excited to give it to this fellow.
I shopped around online, and several places had it. I was seeing prices of $169 and $179. One place had it for a price closer to what I paid through Amazon, but then shipping was added on and it would have taken much longer to arrive. Ordering with Amazon Prime it was on my front porch fewer than 48 hours after I placed the order and with free shipping!
It's a cheery story all around. :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loves it! He is seven so there is room to grow with this bike. It is quality, it looks sharp and diamond back has a good reputation. Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by jennifer
The bike was good however we had ordered two of them for our grandsons - one was fine and went together pretty well - considering that the forks were placed on the wheel backwards... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Karen Goodwin
As an avid cyclist, I am very pleased with the build quality, ergonomics, and general appearance of this bicycle. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Sandman
Free shipping ,got bike in 3 days, box in perfect shape,perfect size for my son. Instructions were a joke. only took minutes to build. KrisPublished on October 31, 2013 by kris kuzniar
More importantly, my grandson loved it. This was a great price. We bought it for our grandson and it was just like his dad had many years ago.Published on October 25, 2013 by Penny Lawrie
I wouldn't recommend this bike, I have never had any problem with something I ordered off Amazon. The Diamondback is a bike I purchased for my son, the part where the peddles... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Becky