Bikes cost a hell of a lot these days, and mountain bikes in particular can serve a sticker shocker especially to new riders. New models often come in the range of a couple thousand quid/dollars, and it is not uncommon for some high-calibre bikes to fetch upwards of $10,000. No joke.
Therefore, trying to suggest it is possible to find a good mountain bike for the price of less than a thousand dollars might be met with disdain.
Only that it’s true.
For those who have been riding for long, they will be well aware that there are a handful of affordable models out there which offer great value for money. Largely to thank for this is the major revolution that various bike components have undergone over the years – bike suspension, disc brakes; bike geometry even.
This technology has trickled down to bicycles on the lower tier of the price spectrum, and this can only be good news for those looking to get into the sport, or even accomplished riders who simply want an affordable bike for that matter. A classic example of a bike that checks off the quality and price boxes is the Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike, a bike I would like to draw your attention to today.
- Butted 6061-T6 Aluminum Sorrento MTN/Path Frame
- 60mm Travel Suspension Fork
- Shimano Altus 7spd Rear Derailleur/tourney front Derailleur
- 32h Diamondback XC260 Double Wall Alloy Rims
- Tektro Alloy Linear Brakes w/3 Finger Levers
An Old Hand
Diamondback is one of the most recognizable bicycle brands in the world. Established in 1977 in California, the company whose HQs today sit in Kent, Washington has undergone a change of name several times as it has its ownership. BMX might be a more recognizable moniker to bikers of a certain age, a brand whose mention at some point would be met with a wide-eyed gaze and a gaping jaw.
Despite the change of name, Diamondback has carved a name for itself through the years for one thing in particular: a manufacturer of solid bikes that promise great bang for buck. For the most part, they produce bicycles in the low to medium price range, although their forays into
the high-end market have been successful as well. Virtually every model of the Diamondback stable comes with quality guaranteed. That is why the company offers lifetime warranty on components such as the rigid bike frame, with the full suspension frame also carrying a respectable warranty spanning five years. Yet, most of their models remain easy on the pocket.
The Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike is no different. And this is why…Solid Construction. Durability is one of the key things you put into account when it comes to buying a mountain bike. After all, a bike is not a shirt you will use and discard after 12 months. You want a product that will handle rough road usage without breaking down after just a few months of usage. The Diamond Sorrento lines of mountain bikes is one of the most successful creations of the Washington-based company, and the Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Complete model is one of its bestsellers. It also makes a killer entry level MTB.
As with all Diamondbacks, it features a solid build that can withstand any riding conditions you put it through. It comes with an aluminum alloy frame which ensures you enjoy a lengthy relationship with this bike, and credit to Diamondback for making the frame available in multiple sizes (more of this shortly).
While still sticking with the construction, another notable of the Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike is the suspension fork, a critical component that not only makes a difference to the handling of your bike, but also the quality of the ride itself. This Diamondback mountain bike has a smooth and effective suspension fork which ensures you coast over rough terrain with ease, without causing issues either to your bike or back.
Wheels & Rims
The Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike comes with big wheels, and the advantage of having big wheels on a bike is that they are firm and more stable on challenging trails, not to mention easier to control.
The rims themselves, double-wall alloys, are strong, guaranteeing even more stability and comfort, whether it be on a paved path or rough patch.
These, coupled with a 7-speed drivetrain with SRAM trigger shifters, means you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way. New riders will especially enjoy this shifter as it allows them to blaze through all sorts of trails.
Speaking of blazing through, every good bike needs powerful brakes.
Of course, all new bikes come with a pair of good brakes, but the thing about this set is that, as with all disc brakes, it offers excellent braking even in wet conditions.
The disc brakes on the Diamondback Complete mountain bike are not up there with the very best of them, but at this price range, you will be hard-pressed to find anything better.
Ideal for Multiple Users
The Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike comes in four different sizes: 16-inch (Small), 18-inch (Medium), 20-inch (Large) and 22-inch (XL) sizes. The biggest of the four can easily accommodate big riders (big as in bulky), while the smallest version is a perfect fit for women and petite builds.
As regards the height, just because you are tall doesn’t mean you should opt for the biggest size. A 6’2”, for instance, might find the 20-inch size to be a far cozier ride than the XL size. What this basically means is there is a decision to be made here. There are too many good bikes on the market whose Achilles heel is a one-size-fits-all frame size, so the importance of this cannot be emphasized enough. Because as you probably know too well, there is nothing like identifying a perfect bike only to find it boasts a frame that is either too big or too small for you. That’s a bummer.
The Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike is also equipped with water-bottle mounts, a must-have for anyone who loves spending time on the trail. However, this bike does not have a kickstand and this can be a big deal especially for new riders because it makes sudden dismounting difficult. What else some owners of this bike have faulted it for is the average seats which might require you to upgrade if you are to truly enjoy optimal comfort in all settings.
What we Love
-Four frame size options
-Water bottle mounts
What We Don’t Like
-Lack of kickstand
-Tuning might be required
Diamondback Sorrento Final Thoughts
What might first catch the eye is the attractive price tag attached to this bike. Beyond that, however, there is a lot to look forward to with the Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike.
The bike allows for extensive customisation features, a fact that no doubt endears it to many. What’s also to love is the solid build and great stability this bike offers even on difficult trails. And while it may lack a kickstand and the seat is not as cosy as we would like, the pros far outweigh the cons when we are talking about this Diamondback mountain bike, and you won’t hear many opinions to the contrary.
For the price it comes with, there really are not that many bikes on the market that can hold a candle against the Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike. It is a bike worth every penny of its competitive price tag; a bike you will be proud to call your own.