The Response Sport combines the perfect blend of hardtail performance with rugged utility to form the ideal hardtail all-purpose trail bike. The Response Sport is built up around a frame that features our Strongbox top and down tubes and heat-treated 6061 T-6 aluminum. If a solid and reliable hardtail all mountain bike is what you are after, choose the disc brake-equipped Response Sport.It may seem shocking to some, but there are still several situations where you're better off on a hardtail than a full-suspension mountain bike, such as when riding to class, dirt jumping, riding on smoother trails, or just cruising around the neighborhood. Enter the Diamondback Response Sport mountain bike, which combines the perfect blend of hardtail performance with rugged utility. The Response Sport--which shares the same frame and several of the components of the pricier Response Comp--is equipped with an aluminum all-mountain hardtail frame with a strongbox top tube, a Spinner Edge 120mm suspension fork, eight-speed trigger shifters, Kenda Klaw XT 2.0 tires, and a WTB Pure V sport saddle. The Response Sport also offers several upgrades from the base-model Response, including an SRAM ISO-Flow crank set with replaceable chain rings, Hayes mechanical disc brakes, and Weinmann double-wall rims.
Manufacturer's Warranty Lifetime on the frame, 5 years on the fork, 1 year on components, 1 year on labor for the frame, 30 days on labor for parts
-Hardtail 26-inch mountain bike with aluminum all-mountain frame -Spinner Edge 120mm suspension fork; 8-speed trigger shifters -SRAM ISO-Flow crank set with replaceable chain rings; WTB Pure V sport saddle -Hayes mechanical disc brakes with 6-inch rotors; double-wall rims -Available in 14-, 16-, 18-, 20, or 22-inch frames; comes in white or dirty blue color
By John C. NolinThe Diamondback Response Sport is a very good value in a hardtail mountain bike as you are getting a relatively high end frame design with mid range components. The modified top tube design is a strengthen design borrowed from higher end Diamondback models and similar to some Specialized bikes. The only catch is that the shift levers and front caliper are not up to the same quality as the rest of the package. The platform pedals are OK for around town and park trails, but you may want to upgrade them for serious single track riding. I combined this with a top quality suspension seatpost which I find to be the optimum combination of lighter weight and control with some softening of the roughest bumps. The Diamondback site and some retailers have a more complete description of which frame size is most appropriate for your height. The advantage of buying from Amazon is that you can readily get XS, S or XL frame sizes rather than having to settle for Medium or Large at a local shop or sporting goods box store. The bike arrives mostly assembled, but plan to spend a full Saturday afternoon to correctly reset the derailer travel limits and align the front caliper if you do not take it to a local shop for a professional tune up.
By j burandt (So Cal)bike is really nice for the money. Bought about a year ago for over 500, and it is worth every penny. Frame is super strong, components are definitely entry level, but are very serviceable.
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