Over the weekend I got a chance to ride some 2014 Diamondback Bikes and they were a blast. Here’s my ride on Strava.
I took four bikes on short trips around Big Creek. A Mason FS, an Overdrive Carbon Pro, a Mason HT, and a Sortie Black. All were 29″ wheeled bikes. I wish I could have gone longer but I had to get to work later that day.
The Mason Full Suspension is a new model for ’14 that Diamondback have been talking about for a while. I was only able to get my hands on a small frame, but it was a fun bike to spin around, though a bit heavy to warm up on – especially since I was trying to keep up with my mechanics on one of their more XC oriented offerings.
When I rode the Overdrive Carbon Pro, I kept looking down thinking that I was on a lightweight 26″ bike. I did miss my Ergon grips though. My hands weren’t used to small round grips.
Next I took the Mason hardtail out and did the slalom run. Once more I created another Big Creek victim. I’ve brought four people out to Big Creek for the first time and the injuries have ranged from minor scrapes to a broken collarbone. One of the part-timers was following behind me and tried to gap a double that I rolled. He didn’t make it. This was the first time these demo bikes had ever been ridden and we’d trashed a derailleur hanger.
Lastly I did a slightly longer loop on the Sortie Black including a steady gravel climb of a few minutes. This is where the blingy bits come in because the Sortie Black will come spec’d with a SRAM XX1 drivetrain for 2014. This was my second time on XX1 after I first rode it at Interbike last September. I came away again impressed with the system. It is virtually silent and never missed a shift; plus I never felts like I was missing any gears. I can’t wait until it trickles down to the X9/X7 level. The bike also had Crank Brothers Cobalt wheels and a Kronolog dropper post. Both worked great. I love my Crank Brothers pedals and I’m glad that their other products lived up to my expectations. When my mechanic rode this, he took a detour and said the bike gave him the confidence to barrel through a section of wet rocks that he wouldn’t have tried on his own bike (a titanium hardtail).
I hope we get the Diamondback demo bikes through here again when I have more time and stronger legs.