Diamondback 2013 Sorrento Mountain Bike with 26-Inch Wheels (Black, 16-Inch/Small)
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- Butted 6061-T6 Aluminum Sorrento MTN/Path Frame
- 60mm Travel Suspension Fork
- Shimano Altus 7spd Rear Derailleur/ tourney front Derailleur
- Weinmann Double Wall Alloy Rims
- Tektro Alloy Linear Brakes w/ 3 Finger Levers
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This isn't the top end of the biking pyramid but perhaps one of the best ones out there under the $250 price range. This bike is more suited for a mix of gentle unpaved and paved trails along with some city riding rather than full fledged hard core mountain biking. I prefer this over a hybrid bike since the bigger tires are more resilient (towards damage) and provide some amount of shock absorbing capacity. I also wouldn't want to risk a hybrid on unpaved trails and the country side.
A brief summary of my opinion follows:
a) The seat: It's really hard and it's impossible to ride this bike for more than a few minutes without a good seat cover or a replacement seat. I prefer using one of those gel based seat covers.
b) Brakes: There are no disc brakes on this bike but the standard brakes are adequate. They do tend to make a little bit of a squeaky sound after getting wet.
c) Shock absorbers. They are rather basic and not the best in the category. I ride mostly paved trails and even in those I can sometimes feel a jarring shock when there is gap between 2 concrete blocks in the trail. This is one of the areas where this bike can improve on, however at the price range, I wouldn't complain too much.
d) Drive train: Standard shimano 21 gears. The gear transition is smooth although I do have a problem of the chain slipping from the sprocket when I move the front derailleurs. I think it's more of a tuning issue rather than a flaw with the bike.Read more ›
Back to assembly, the frame, rear wheel, chain, and shifters are done out of the box. The handlebar must be installed, which is especially easy since the shifters are already on and (very) well adjusted with no tweaking required. Besides that, install the front wheel, hook up the brake cables and adjust, install the seat and pedals--and you're good to go.
Frame and welds are very well done. The included Shimano components are pretty good, though of course not top of the line at this price.
So far so good,right? Here are the downsides. While Diamonback did well sourcing the Shimano components, others are mediocre, such as the wheel bearings, pedals, crankset bearings, and shock absorbing fork. Diamondback could have included better versions of these and still make a good profit. The 'meh' components should be fine for casual use but I don't think they'll last if you're hard on the bike. (If that's your intent, you're probably already checking out more expensive bikes.)
Other downside? It's a bit porky weight-wise. My 10-year-old, larger-framed Specialized HardRock is comparably equipped with better components but feels about 5 lbs lighter.
Is the Diamondback made in China? Yes.
If you want a good bike at a decent price--that's better than most of the junk at Walmart, you'll likely be pleased with the Sorrento.
Tools required (as listed on box):
Flat and Phillips screwdrivers
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a great bike (until it got stolen from the chain). Assembly was a little rough for the novice, so I ended up taking it to the local Bike shop who tuned it up perfectly.Published 3 months ago by Wes Allan
The pedals axis got broken after one year of use. I had to put $100 to get it repaired.Published 12 months ago by Rafa Diaz
Shipped in excellent condition and rides like a champ. No complaints here.Published 18 months ago by George Halvorson
Paid a little more than the other cheap bikes on Amazon and it was well worth it. This is a stylish and solid inexpensive bike for by kids.Published 21 months ago by Zarasa
This is a great bike. It is reasonably light-weight. The packaging was very well done. It was also well-tuned right out of the box. It was easy to put together. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by E. M.
Derailler and rear sprocket mounts are made of cheap, bendable aluminum. I spent $250 on the bike, and now over $300 on repairs with light use. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by The Hardy Boys
nice bike comes easy to assemble from the box. pretty much all you can ask for with the price. the tires are more road/trail hybrids that would be unsuitable for off road use... Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by The Mikeski
It's so hard to shop for bikes online, right? Not being able to feel the construction, see the quality first hand, give it a test ride. Read morePublished on June 30, 2014 by NC Reader