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2017 Diamondback Option Bike (discontinued)

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Doesn't hold up to New England riding

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The Good:

Out-of-box value

The Bad:

Weak frame design
Cheap hubs

Overall Review:

I have owned this bike and ridden as my primary in southern new england (where technical rock gardens and punchy climbs/decents abound) for less than three seasons. Unfortunately the lifetime was cut short when the frame broke along a weld close to the single pivot point. That is the biggest disappointment I have - an embarrassingly short lifetime for a frame.

With that out of the way, aside from the cheap bottom-tier novatec alloy hubs (which were destined to fail within about a year of routine riding by a 6'0' ~190 lb dude in NE), there is actually a lot to like about this bike - the 1x11 drivetrain with a little tuning works great and gives plenty of torque on the climbs. The 180 mm rotors and shimano brakes give plenty of confidence when stopping, and the rockshox suspension components held up very well and make for a comfortable ride. The handling/geometry of the bike is great on rocky descents while maintaining stability and traction when pedaling through more flat and rolling singletrack.

It's hard to beat the out-of-box value for this bike, and with a few investments (higher quality wheels, tires, and add a dropper post) I was feeling confident that this would continue to be my go-to for the next few years. The dream was shattered yesterday when the frame broke at the weld. All in all - if you are a lighter rider looking for something to bomb around on dirt tracks or groomed trails, the value here could be appealing, but for something marketed as an XC trail bike and an "option" for more aggressive trails, this bike falls way short - I could overlook the hubs (easily replaced) but the frame design appears fundamentally flawed with too many welds around a stress concentration point to ever hold up to moderate punishment over an acceptable lifetime.


Product Diamondback Option Bike
Model Year 2017
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain, Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
SM (16"), MD (18"), LG (20") View Geometry
Size SM (16") MD (18") LG (20")
Top Tube Length 558mm 585mm 615mm
Head Tube Angle 66.5° 66.5° 66.5°
Head Tube Length 110mm 110mm 120mm
Seat Tube Angle 72.5° 72.5° 72.5°
Seat Tube Length 380mm 430mm 480mm
Bottom Bracket Height 10mm drop 10mm drop 10mm drop
Chainstay Length 435mm 435mm 435mm
Wheelbase 1104mm 1131mm 1162mm
Standover 775mm 800mm 822mm
Reach 372mm 400mm 426mm
Stack 588mm 588mm 597mm
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details 6061 T-6 aluminum, machine-formed top tube, butted/formed down tube
Rear Travel 130mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch R Air, rebound adjust, 190mm x 51mm
Fork RockShox Sektor Gold, Solo Air, 32mm stanchions, external rebound adjust, low speed compression to lock, 15mm thru-axle
Fork Travel 150mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
Handlebar DB35 alloy, 780mm width, 15mm rise, 35mm clamp
Stem DB35 alloy, 50mm length, 35mm clamp
Grips DB4L, 135mm, Kraton
Brakes Shimano BR-M447 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Centerlock rotors
Brake Levers Shimano BR-M506 Hydraulic with reach adjust
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM NX, 11-speed, X-Actuation Trigger
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX X-Horizon, 11-speed
ISCG Tabs No
Chainguide N/A
Cranks SRAM NX 1x
Chainrings SRAM NX, X-Sync, 30 tooth
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Pedals DB4L alloy platform
Chain SRAM PC-1130, 11-speed, Power Link
Cassette SRAM PG1130, 11-speed, 11-42 tooth
Rims Diamondback Blanchard 28R, tubeless compatible, 32 hole
Hubs SL-7, 32 hole alloy, CNC disc mount, 100x15mm front, 142x12mm rear
Spokes 14g stainless steel
Tires WTB Vigilante Comp, 27.5" x 2.3"
Saddle DB Sync'r
Seatpost DB Alloy Micro Adjust
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Quick release
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142x12mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts No
Colors Orange
Warranty 5 years main frame, 1 year swingarm and Diamondback components
Weight 31 lb 12.8 oz (14,424 g)
Miscellaneous Optimized single pivot suspension with sealed cartridge bearing pivot
Elevated chainstays
Includes tool kit
Price $1,799.99
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