Diamondback Haanjo Trail

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21.8, 20.3 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Diamondback Haanjo Trail. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

16 reasons to buy

  • The inclusion of a Shimano Ultegra groupset was seen as excellent value.
  • Bolts are affixed for two bottle cages as well as front and rear racks.
  • A tall headtube height makes for a comfortable stance on long-distance rides.
  • On-road performance impressed owners, when this rig was shod with slick tires.
  • In addition to specced 700c wheels, 27.5” will also fit, with tires up to 2.1” wide.
  • Front and rear 12mm thru-axles add stiffness and strength to this rig’s wheels.
  • Wide-ranged Ultegra 2x11 drivetrains were smooth-shifting.
  • Shimano hydraulic brakes were powerful, with one or two finger application.
  • On alloy models, a stiff frame transferred pedal input efficiently.
  • An OEM carbon fiber fork helped reduce vibration through aluminum frames.
  • Carbon frames were light, strong and stiff.
  • Compact drop bars are well-padded, for a comfortable and upright position.
  • On both alloy and carbon models, HED Tomcat rims come tubeless ready.
  • 40c Kenda Flintridge Pro tires were plush, fast and cornered well on and off-road.
  • On Carbon models, Schwalbe G-One tires were tubeless ready.
  • Colors impressed; orange-red on alloy models and petrol blue for carbon.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A narrower bar width (440mm) limits handlebar bag options.
  • A buyer was disappointed to find that Kenda tires weren’t tubeless-ready.
  • Some riders had trouble with toe overlap on the front tire.

Bottom line

The Diamondback Haanjo Trail came available with either an alloy or carbon frame. It is a well thought-out bike that was ahead of its time upon its release in 2017. Brand new specimens are still available online, representing excellent value if you can find one. Being a huge direct-sale brand, Diamondback is able to offer a well-appointed build for a highly competitive price. With geometry that’s both comfortable and fast, enough eyelets to please bikepacking afficionados and a Shimano Ultegra groupset, the Haanjo Trail represents a good deal. On aluminum models, an alloy frame saves money, while a carbon fork adds compliance on chatter.

Expert Reviews

94/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Section Hiker

Diamondback Haanjo Trail Gravel Bike Review

…the Haanjo Trail is tricked out for performance… I love flying down gravel roads with this bike, which is lightweight and easy to load with different types of bikepacking bags and accessories… It’s also a dual-purpose bike, that you can turn into a road bike…

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The GearCaster

Diamondback Haanjo Trail Carbon Review

The only way to describe the Haanjo Trail Carbon is FUN… the slacker head angle and longer wheelbase make it a comfortable and stable ride for long hours of gravel and trail riding… For the retail price, you aren’t going to find a more affordable and fun adventure companion.

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User Ratings

97/100 based on 7 ratings
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