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Posted on Sep 20, 2014

Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Trace Dual Sport Bike Review

Diamondbac Trace Dual Sport Bike Black

Diamondback has introduced its Trace Dual Sport Bike with the emphasis on being able to help you cover the distance on any road surfaces. Built like a mountain bike and equipped with 700c wheels makes a combination that is set to tackle any terrain. Take to the bike trails, trek through city streets, race out into the country, or take a morning ride around town; this bike was built to get you there and back.

The Trace is considered an entry-level bike, ready for any rider. This also keeps the price down, limiting customization options from getting too complex. This bike’s frame is the same across the series, the 6061-T6 Buteed Aluminum Dual Sport has formed tubes, disc brake mounts built in directly alongside forged drop outs. Expect to loosen up your reflexes a bit; the Dual Sport fork helps take the blows from the ground up, lessening the amount of vibration you have to withstand. It comes set up with an easy-fire 7 speed shifter from Shimano with the EF-51 shifters.

Features of the Diamondback Dual Sport Bike:

  • SR Suntour XCT crankset
  • Shimano Drivetrain
  • 32h Weinmann SL-7 Double wall rims
  • SL-7 Alloy hubs
  • Innova Dual Sport 700x40c tires

Pros:

  • Company provides excellent customer service and support with bike
  • Large wheels makes for nimble and smooth riding.
  • Hybrid bike offers more riding situations than others

Cons:

  • Hard-as-a-brick bike seat
  • Pumping tires has caused issues with certain valve pumps

Consumer Opinion

It didn’t take long to find out what a lot of people were saying about this bike. For the price, it was a bar-none choice over the rest. In person, the bike is striking and has a much more significant visual aesthetic than the pictures give it credit for. Sturdy, easy to use, and capable of taking on most terrains; the general consensus is that the Diamondback Trace Dual Sport Bike can outride more expensive bikes by way of quality.

There wasn’t too many complaints, but it is suggested to look into a new seat. It boils down to the rider and their own comfort level, but it is a harder seat. The other thing to note is either having the proper adapter or a compatible valve for pumping the tires. Their size has thrown some riders through a loop in getting them properly filled. Assembly is a snap. Many reviewers and owners agree that the features are easy to configure and set to your liking. Being the starter bike in the series, more veteraned riders may want to upgrade certain aspects, or look into others offered with the advanced upgrades, but no one has pointed this out as a flaw to the bike.

At the end of the day, it’s a great bike and considered a steal at the price. Durable and long-lasting, this bike looks to be a solid investment for your riding needs. If you’re looking for a bike built for the road and lack thereof while getting the feel and look of a mountain bike, than we highly recommend the Diamondback Trace Dual Sport bike for you.