Diamondback Century Sport Disc Road Bike

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[Apr 04, 2015]
Forster
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Group, brakes, geometry,

Weakness:

Wheels, Handlebars, 105 Levers

Great bike overall, this is a 2014 model with the 105/Ultegra build. Love the ride (relaxed and smooth), shifting is good and the TRP hybrid brakes are really nice (although less adjustable than most Avid brakes). On the less great list, the wheels suffer from poor welds and for some reason they spec'd alloy nipples. We'll see how long the rims and nipples last. The handlebars are sized right for my 58cm bike, the hand positions above the levers are great. Below the levers the drops are tight for my hands and the flats below the drops are literally 1/2 the length of my palms. The Shimano 105 levers need some attention (behind the inner lever) to remove sharp molding flash. Also, where you thumb rides (on the hoods) is not particularly comfortable. Overall these are not as nice as the same level SRAMs. This was a price point bike and it shipped in a double box, arriving in great shape. Minor gripes with the bike as delivered, the threaded inserts for the front disc needed cleaning out to prevent mis-threading the bolts and there are a couple wire clips between the barrel adjusters and frame that caused some paint damage. First ride of twenty miles (burning in the discs) was super. Bike was stable and predictable on the road and perfect for club rides and centuries.

Similar Products Used:

Lemond Carbon/Steel Buenos Aires (2002) is similar. Ride position is more upright on the Diamondback, but the ride was smoother on the Lemond (of course it was more than twice the price on sale 13 years ago).

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