Diamondback Line

80/100
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on 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.

Bottom line

Overall, the impression received from owners of all ages, is that this is a great-value, entry-level trail bike. Owners were honest in their appraisal of the fork and brakes, which were described as being not-amazing, but definitely adequate for off-road use. The chainring was the main area requiring improvement, but even this is a small investment. The smaller 24” Line provided a version for kids with componentry almost equal to that of the adults’ bike. Longer-term owners recommended the Diamondback Line to aspiring mountain-bikers.

Expert Reviews

0/100 based on 0 expert reviews
Seths Bike Hacks

Why Get a Really Good Kids Mountain Bike?

Level 3 expert
Trail Riders

Diamondback Line 24 Inch Review

Level 1 expert
Singletrack

10 Affordable Mountain Bikes Priced Under $1000 That Are Worth a Look

Level 1 expert

The Line is well equipped to play on any type of track you prefer… Geometry on the Line is dead-center for a modern trail hardtail.

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User Ratings

89/100 based on 27 ratings
  • 5 star
    59%
  • 4 star
    33%
  • 3 star
    4%
  • 2 star
    0%
  • 1 star
    4%

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Rankings

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#86 Best of All Bikes
Bottom 40%

Comparison

In comparison to averages of categories
Diamondback Line
80
Average All Bikes
80
Average Diamondback Bike
78
Average Mountain Bike
82