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Diamondback Bicycles Overdrive 29er Hardtail Mountain Bike Review

Who is the Diamondback Overdrive V 29’er for?:

This great entry level mountain bike is revised for the 2016 season. Designed as a rugged and affordable bike for hitting the trails it really is second to none.

When I first started to ride MTB races it was on a basic Hardtail bike like this, simple, no nonsence and easy to maintain.

This bike is ideal for riders looking for a great bike that won’t break the bank, and yet is durable enough to be taken out on the trails. It maybe that you are new to mountain bike riding, or just want to take a day out with friends and family. Either way this bike would make great choice!

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Fittings and Equipment, what does it mean to me?

The bike comes equipped with a hard tail aluminium frame, constructed from T-6061 strong aluminium, in five sizes from 16″-22″ frames.  For 2016 the frame has been improved and strengthened with new top and down tubes.  We really like the smooth strong curve of the top bar, giving a little more space when getting down from the saddle.


With so many size options you can choose a great strong bike in just the right size for your body. This will allow a great comfortable ride.  I am 5’10” and take a large frame bike.  I could probably fit a medium, but I like my knees to have plenty of clearance.


This Diamondback 29′ is equipped with a Suntour 100mm travel suspension fork. This will help soak up the bumps on the trail, as you build confidence on your bike, then your speed will increase to. The fork will help keep the front wheel in contact with the ground as you push through the corners.


Additional stopping power is provided by the great disc brakes. Cable Disc brakes combine easy maintenance of V-Brakes with the huge stopping power of discs.  They work well even when wet and will keep running through the toughest conditions.


The gears are produced by Shimano a great company, the EF-51 easyfire shifters will give great control over the 24 gears. Finally you can be reassured with a lifetime warranty on the frame, along with a years warranty on the other components.

What do other reviews say about the Diamondback Overdrive?

The feed back from other riders of this bike is great!

“So far this bike has been working great. I am 6’2 and nearly 260 pounds and this thing fits me perfectly. The assembly was quick and easy…”

“I’ve put around 60 miles on it and I can say this was a great buy. After taking it out of the box it took me 15 minutes to get it ready to ride. Only thing I needed to do was get new seat.”

“I bought this for my hubby he is 6ft 2 and this XL fits him perfectly. He loves the smooth ride and the ease of gear shifting. this is easily picked up for being put on the rack and is sturdy and well made…”

In Summary:

This bike would be an excellent choice for anyone looking for a good quality bike at a low entry price. You can be confident that this bike will see you round the trail and home again.

Diamondback Bicycles Overdrive 29er Complete READY RIDE Hardtail Mountain Bike, 16"/Small Black Review Summary:

  • Hand built 6061-T6 aluminum alloy 29er hard tail frame is tried and true
  • Customer formed and butted tubing for great balance of strength and light weight
  • SR Suntour suspension fork provides added control and comfort on the trail
  • Shimano 8-speed drivetrain is a staple of reliability
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes offer great stopping power
  • Diamondback Ready Ride: bike comes in bigger box, takes less time to assemble and is ready to ride in a few easy steps
  • Hand built 6061-T6 aluminum alloy 29er hard tail frame with custom formed and butted tubing has a great balance of strength and light weight
  • Shimano 3x8-speed drivetrain is a staple of reliability