Diamondback response comp build

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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby Skilled3000 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:23 am

6sharky9 wrote:Shoot some PB Blaster on the chain and crank sprockets if thats where its rusting and let it ride....Seems you have some great reliable components already and honestly you dont really need to do anything unless you just wanted to..If you bought that for $100.00 you practically stole it.

I would go with BB7 (if youre fine with mechanical brakes) to replace the BB5 unless thats already been done but keep in mind you can get hydraulic disc brakes for the same if not sometimes less money that the BB7's...If it already has BB7 you may as well just leave those on it...If you want even more power from them consider upgrading the brake levers with Avid speed dial 7 and getting some better brake cables.

The Suntour Epicon is a great fork and cost wise you wont get a better fork nor a lighter one...Chances are youll find the newer Epicon XC forks for it.

Great find..Enjoy it.
thank you sharky for the reply. For the forks how about the rockshox xc30tk or the xc32
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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby Falkon45 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:47 am

For coil Forks, those are great. I'd go with the XC32 as they have larger stanchions,and a bit stronger.
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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby Skilled3000 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:54 am

Thank you falkon
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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby Skilled3000 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:01 am

I was going to buy a motobecane 550ht but they were sold out. So I found the diamondback on craigslist and went for it
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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby 6sharky9 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:46 pm

Skilled3000 wrote:I was going to buy a motobecane 550ht but they were sold out. So I found the diamondback on craigslist and went for it


Mine has been a very reliable so far.

The 450HT is the same bike just with mechanical brakes instead of hydraulic and less money.

I was lucky enough to jump in when the 550HT was just coming out on a preorder from bikesdirect for $349.00.

You have even further upgrades on your Diamondback despite no hydraulics so you did very well picking that up...for $70 dollars you can swap to hydraulics easily.

Im with Falkon on the XC32 if you have to use a spring fork.... however, for a little bit more you can have a fork that blows it out of the water...Air forks are a world of difference in both weight and especially the performance aspect of things...If you can hold off and save a few more bucks, do yourself a favor and pick up a Suntour Epicon XC fork....Throw on some Hydraulic brakes with a 180mm front/ 160mm rear rotor and call it done.
2014 Motobecane 550HT (work in progress)
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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby Skilled3000 » Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:28 pm

Here's a pic of the bike with new handlebars and stem. Took the bike out on a 12 mile trail and it handled great. I think the longer bars give me more control over the bike. I'll soon get a new fork.
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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby Skilled3000 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:35 pm

6sharky9 wrote:
Skilled3000 wrote:I was going to buy a motobecane 550ht but they were sold out. So I found the diamondback on craigslist and went for it


Mine has been a very reliable so far.

The 450HT is the same bike just with mechanical brakes instead of hydraulic and less money.

I was lucky enough to jump in when the 550HT was just coming out on a preorder from bikesdirect for $349.00.

You have even further upgrades on your Diamondback despite no hydraulics so you did very well picking that up...for $70 dollars you can swap to hydraulics easily.

Im with Falkon on the XC32 if you have to use a spring fork.... however, for a little bit more you can have a fork that blows it out of the water...Air forks are a world of difference in both weight and especially the performance aspect of things...If you can hold off and save a few more bucks, do yourself a favor and pick up a Suntour Epicon XC fork....Throw on some Hydraulic brakes with a 180mm front/ 160mm rear rotor and call it done.

Thanks for the suggestion but I'm probably going with the rock shox xc30tk becuase I can probably get hydraulic disc brakes for the same price of one fork
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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby Skilled3000 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:56 am

Not really an upgrade but put on some sram end plugs that I got off Amazon and 2 water bottle cages
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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby to the beach » Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:26 pm

$100 deal for sure! That rust is so minor. I use a brass wire rotary brush made for a dremel and lately have had the best luck with this attached to my cordless drill to bust rust. Brass is a much softer metal than steel, chrome, or even aluminum. Corrosion, like rust, is softer than brass so the brass sweeps off all the rust from the steel and leaves it bare. I have reconditioned bikes with tons of 60s chrome that have sat in damp basements and old barns and they all look very presentable. One of these 60s chrome bikes requires at least 3 brass rotary brushes and may wear well into a fourth.
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Re: Diamondback response comp build

Postby Skilled3000 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:26 pm

to the beach wrote:$100 deal for sure! That rust is so minor. I use a brass wire rotary brush made for a dremel and lately have had the best luck with this attached to my cordless drill to bust rust. Brass is a much softer metal than steel, chrome, or even aluminum. Corrosion, like rust, is softer than brass so the brass sweeps off all the rust from the steel and leaves it bare. I have reconditioned bikes with tons of 60s chrome that have sat in damp basements and old barns and they all look very presentable. One of these 60s chrome bikes requires at least 3 brass rotary brushes and may wear well into a fourth.

Thank you for the advice I'll check it out I mostly think its minor rust so its good. Thanks
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