Diamondback SL Super – Mountain Bikes: Reviews
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SMART SPEEDThe Diamondback’s straightforwardness is what makes it a standout.
This stable, confidence-nurturing cross-country racer holds its line with minimal effort on climbs and descents, and pedals much lighter than its 25 pounds might suggest. A full Shimano XT parts set, including hydraulic disc brakes, makes the SL a steal.
Bonus: The lockouts on the front and rear shocks—less and less common on newer bikes—proved a blessing on the approach to our testing grounds.
Bummer: The Manitou Radium RL rear shock isn’t as firm as the company’s Swinger models.