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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Diamondback Overdrive. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
14 reasons to buy
- Experts admired the geometry on the overdrive: with a short rear-triangle on the XC (for clearing obstacles) and slack angles on other models.
- The adjustability of the fork impressed, on all models, with a bar-mounted 3-position lockout on the Carbon Pro 29.
- The paint job on lower-end models made the bike look more expensive than it was, while the minimalist black-on-black graphics of Carbon models was seen as classy.
- The Carbon Pro 29 was used as a ‘world champ level race bike’ by professionals, while the Overdrive 1 was capable of tackling intermediate trails.
- The Overdrive 1 is a budget bike with quality componentry, including an Acera rear derailleur with hanger, quick-release levers, a modular chainring and disc brakes.
- 27.5” and 29” wheels both roll over obstacles and accelerate well. The high bottom bracket on 29” models allowed for great clearance over obstacles.
- Experts dubbed the Overdrive 1 ‘a bargain’. Owners said it was good value and affordable.
- On basic offroad surfaces, the Overdrive struck riders as a solid and comfortable ride.
- Although not a lightweight, the Overdrive 1 was generally considered to be a good weight for the price.
- Assembly was simple for many owners.
- The SRAM drivetrain on the Overdrive 2 / 29, was an unexpected addition in this price-range.
- The quality of the WTB ‘Nine Line’ tires on the 2 / 29, was remarked upon.
- Users and experts said the Overdrive both climbs and descends well.
- The Tektro mechanical disc brakes on lower-end models were described as decent, while the hydraulic Shimano discs on the Carbon 29er, were considered superb.
5 reasons not to buy
- The compromise of durable, yet low-cost parts, resulted in a ride that was heavy for some users.
- Chainslap wasn’t uncommon on lower–end models, with one expert recommending the addition of an aftermarket chainguide.
- The provided tires on the Overdrive 1 were described as more suited to cross-country than aggressive trails.
- At 740mm, the handlebars were too narrow for some riders.
- The Overdrive 1 was sometimes criticized for having cheap pedals and uncomfortable grips.