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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Diamondback Line. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
8 reasons to buy
- From a lot of angles, the Diamondback Line struck owners as good value; a compromise between performance and price.
- The componentry is decent – including a Suntour XCR fork, FSR headset and Shimano drivetrain.
- The geometry of the Line was judged as progressive, manageable and well suited to ascents.
- In reviews, the Line was regularly used as an example of good starter mountain bike.
- The disc brakes were not considered high-end by seasoned riders, but definitely seen as ample.
- Wider-than-usual handlebars satisfied a number of riders.
- The simple 1 x 9 drivetrain shifted well and provided sufficient gearing for trail riders.
- The smaller 24” version held up to adult use and general kid abuse. It was described as having quality adult parts - on a kid’s bike. The 1 x 8 gearing suited stronger riders.
6 reasons not to buy
- Owners who used the Line as an all-rounder ride, expressed the need for more gears, to avoid bottoming out on downhills.
- There was a general consensus that the Line needs a replacement narrow-wide chainring – as reports of the chain falling off – are common. The supplied chain tensioner didn’t help. Most riders removed the chainguard (calling it tacky and annoying).
- The handlebars on the 24” version were frustratingly wide for one parent.
- While experienced cyclists swore by the value of the Line, a couple of newer riders felt it was overpriced.
- Some owners felt that it was a bit cheap to have square taper cranks on a newer MTB.
- The non-tapered headset limits options for modern replacement forks.