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This Diamondback Recoil review is going to set the record straight about this mountain bike.
There aren’t that many detailed reviews about this on the web. If you’re one of those interested in buying the Recoil 29, understanding its features is going to be necessary.
Here we’re going to take a look at the bike’s specs, the pros and cons and features so you can decide if it’s worth a purchase or not.
Features Overview of the 2015 Diamondback Recoil
The Diamondback Recoil 29 comes with several features and components like 29-inch wheels, a 6061-T6 aluminum frame, a 4 inch suspension travel, sealed cartridge bearings and a single pivot design.
Taken together these components make your ride smoother and increases the bike’s durability, essential when you’re on rough terrain.
The components also improve the Recoil’s maneuverability, and the light weight helps as well. You’ll need experience and more than a few mountain bike riding tips to navigate rocks and bumps, but having this bike around won’t hurt.
Gear and Brakes
If you check most mountain bike specs the brakes are almost always Shimano.
The company’s reputation in manufacturing quality brakes and bicycle accessories are unmatched.
That’s the reason why the Recoil 29 has Shimano shifting and gearing components.
A look at the bike’s system reveals that the 8-speed rear derailleur, dual pull front derailleur, and the 8 speed drivetrain are all Shimano, and there are also SR Suntour cranks so you can shift consistently even when on steep hills or high hills.
Often new bikers don’t pay enough attention to these components unless something goes wrong, but as this Diamondback Recoil 29 review will show, they’re essential for responsive shifting regardless of the terrain and the condition.
If this is your first time to ride on a Recoil, you’ll find the default settings adequate, but there are actually 24 gear options here, and you can use the Tektro Aires mechanical disc brakes, which is for different weather conditions.
Regardless of how you set it up, the Recoil can handle just about any rugged terrain you have in mind.
The Recoil Alloy
The 2015 Diamondback Recoil also has some serious alloy components and parts: the rim, seat post, stem, handlebars and pedals are top notch and work together seamlessly.
While the bike has more than its share of components, the alloys combined are still light when compared to other mountain bikes.
This is harder to do than it seems because often one has to compromise precision with strength and power, but the Recoil manages be both light and maneuverable.
A Closer Look at the Suspension and Frame
Now we can take a look at the suspension and frame, which are two of the most important components in any bike.
To put it simply, the Recoil 29 is up to the task of serious mountain hiking: as the specs below indicate, the bike comes with a lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum frame and paired with a SR Suntour XCT suspension fork.
What this means is with this kind of frame and suspension (capable of 100 mm travel) you can ride the Recoil over streams, declines, hills, rugged terrain, rocks, roots, logs, branches and other natural obstacles.
Just ride over them and the Recoil will absorb everything with minimal jolts. This becomes possible thanks to the 29 inch wheels that can go over rocks and other obstacles that other bikes cannot.
Assembly Notes For This Diamondback Recoil Mountain Bike
The bike costs anywhere from $630 to $700 and it’s hard to find one with better value for your money. The Recoil is one of those rare mountain bikes that’s good for beginners and intermediates.
Probably its biggest weakness is the assembly, but if you’re patient and have had experience handling and assembling bikes before you will get it done.
The good thing about the bike is many parts are already assembled, and you just need to install the pedals, the handlebar and the front wheel.
Next you install the front brake and make the necessary adjustments. Finally you have to adjust the seat to your preferences and install the rear and front reflectors.
For the assembly you’ll need a cable cutter, pliers, wrench, hex wrenches and a Phillips screwdriver.
Performance of The Diamondback Recoil 29
This is a bike for beginners and intermediates and it handles well. It’s possible to upgrade some of the components but for beginners that won’t be necessary.
While it’s good enough for off road performance, the Recoil can be just as enjoyable on the road and cruising.
It also helps the wheels are 29 inches, as it helps roll over obstacles and objects, and the full suspension provides sufficient cushion, and compared to 26″ mountain bikes, the ride is smoother.
The back suspension could have been better but it’s not a deal breaker, and the brakes work fine.
- Sizes: 16 inches, 18 inches, 20 inches
- Frame: DB Recoil, 6061-T6 aluminum trail with butted down tube, machined formed tube, 4 inch travel
- Spokes: 14g black stainless steel
- Chain: KMC Z82
- Seat: DB race saddle
- Pedals: DB Toe Clip Compatible Platform
- Handlebar: DB SL318b
- Tires: 29 inches
- Handlebar: DB SL318b
- Cassette: Shimano HG31 8-speed cassette
- Rims: double wall 29 inch DB SL7 32h
- Bottom bracket: sealed cartridge
- Cranks: SR Suntour XCC T202
- Brakes: Tektro Aires mechanical discs
- Shifter: Shimano Altus M310 8-speed Rapidfire
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Acera M360 8-speed
- Front derailleur: Shimano Altus M310 dual pull
- Fork: SR XCT with 100mm travel
- Superior handlebar control
- Ideal gear box placement
- Adjustable seat
- Quite a bit of assembly is required
- The mechanical brakes generate some noise
Final Thoughts on This Diamondback Recoil Review
The Diamondback Recoil mountain bike is a full featured bike and delivers where it matters most. It’s rugged, sturdy and the body and light frame make it the ideal companion when going up hills and mountains.
It takes some time to assemble yes, but overall it’s worth it: the smooth suspension, large wheels and components built to last make this a good buy.
This isn’t a perfect mountain bike, far from it, but it’s more than capable of handling the needs of a new mountain biker.