Recently, I was shopping a garage sale when I came across a .
I often see old Trek’s and Raleigh’s, but I can’t say that I’ve seen a Diamondback this old before.
I love these old bikes. It takes me back to when I was young, and mountain bikes were just becoming “the thing.”
Finally, I could get a bike that wouldn’t get a flat every time I tried to run the paper route. The wider mountain bike tires were a significant improvement over the skinny road bike tires of all of the hand-me-downs that I had used up until this point.
The DB78 is the grandfather of every entry-level bicycle shop model you see today. You had the hardtail and a lightweight shock — a complete recipe for a romping time!
The twist shifters were never my favorite since a jarring landing can cause you to shift accidentally. However, they are cheaper to replace than many trigger shifters.
The upside to this ride is that it is probably better made than many of the cycles you can afford. If you are shopping on a tight budget, you might be able to snatch up one of these rides for under $80.
Because this model has a shock on it, you can use it for both cities commuting as well as for playing the weekend warrior with your friends on the local singletrack.
Diamondback has a good reputation and has been around for a long time. I’ve worked on some of their newer models for customers, and they seem to be a dependable model.
Plus, they sell a lot of their bikes direct to consumer, so if they screw up, there are many review sites where they could experience a lot of brand damage.
When you search for them, the “lemons” seem to be pretty rare.
The fact that you are looking up a bicycle that is almost ten years old is simply more evidence to that.
Frankly, I feel that this ride is a solid choice. Don’t hesitate to snatch it up, the next garage sale you see one at.