Hey guys, I'm looking to buy an entry level mountain bike under $450 and I've looked at the Specialized Hardrock, Giant ATX, Cannondale Catalyst 4, Trek 3500, and a few others. However, I read some bike forums and they suggested that Diamondback was a better buy since most of the components are the same brand (sram/shimano) and the frames are probably built in the same place.
I'm new to mountain biking so I'm hesitant to buy Diamondback mainly because they aren't sold at my local bike shops, although I've read that I'm basically paying extra for the name at this price range if I go with the other brands. Is this true? Is Diamondback the better value for the price?
pic related: it's the bike I'm looking to buy off amazon for $430.
> most of the components are the same brand (sram/shimano) and the frames are probably built in the same place.
This is the key to buying bike. The name brand doesn't really matter. The components do. Research the components on the bikes you're looking at. Learn whats decent and what's shit.
Shifters, derailures, brakes.
Bottom brackets, crank sets, wheels.
In general, also frame materials and design. But that's not an issue for what you're looking at. It's all going to be unbutted aluminum.
ah okay thanks(:
One more question: since I'm going to be buying online, I'll have to assemble the bike myself. I don't think I'll have too much trouble assembling the bike, but I'm worried about having stuff like the brakes or gears out of wack. Should I just have a local bike shop assemble it for me?
Depends on how much of a mechanical retard you are. That's more research you'll have to do. Look into the bqg >>>/n/bqg thread.
If you decide to let the shop handle it you might even be bettor off buying locally in the first place.
I know at least ChainReactionCycles in Europe ship bikes essentially preassembled.
That's the group I'm talking about. As for fork rockshox is preferable as for frame double butted or better is the way to go.
I say save up a little more if you want a bike you can bet your life on.
>maybe some light trails
... are you actually simply a pleb and not after a mountain bike at all, but merely a bike?
i just picked up a DB line, good brakes, decent fork, sramx5 1xmeme,
this is good enough for my "B" hobby (roadie) Diamondback makes some crap but also some gems, just make sure you are getting the frame with the square tubes not the oval ones, that shit is weak.
also i wouldnt be surprised if your paint came scratched due to poor packing
my summer job during school was as a bike mechanic so pretty easy.
Just go slow tackle one section at a time, its not rocket science, also a guide should be included https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ1qz_rfU-c
Thanks. I'm just paranoid because I don't wanna fuck up the gearing or brakes on a brand new bike, even though in the back of my mind I know it should be a fairly straightforward process.
anything you can, except imdba discounts are shit. look into stuff from Raleigh too
Right now is the trek summer sale before new models release at trek fest. Fest is for dealers and industry insiders
>not mechanics like me
Since all old inventory has to go you can probably get a clearance bike for just above cost. Also there's the trek card, 12 months no interest if paid in full.
>but it's 450, 500... Why bother?
>I'm not going to do black diamond stuff or anything.
I said that earlier this year, but I was very extremely wrong. Get some pads and huck yourself off some log structures. What could possibly go wrong?