Fall is such a joyous time. It inspires us to raise our jacket collars against the cool air that whistles through the leafless trees as we reflect on the joys of the past summer. The crunching of our footfalls on the banks of colorful leaves evokes thoughts of...OK, we have to stop right there, because the poetic side of fall is lost on us. We see fall as a time to celebrate the lack of bloodthirsty insects, blast-furnace-like temperatures, and our favorite-the seasonal demise of poison oak and poison ivy.
In light of all this, the fall season is a great time to hop on the back of a mountain bike and send a few of those dead leaves flying as you navigate twisty, rocky, rutted trails. Diamondback Bicycles offers a full line of capable mountain bikes that lets you do just that.
One of Diamondback's most rugged mountain bikes is the XSL Race. This full-suspension bike was designed for the hard-core trail enthusiast who likes to use a mountain bike to its full potential. Translation: You can ride it hard. It features an ATB FS 7005 heat-treated aluminum frame that offers both strength and lightness (this model weighs in at 28.5 pounds). You wrap your hands around rugged Titec Hell Bent DXC handlebars with a 25.4mm rise. These are bolted to an inverted RockShox Duke SL fork with rebound adjustment and 100 mm of travel. You rest your rump on a Titec Ithys Amore saddle mounted to a Titec X-Wing seatpost. A RockShox SID Dual-Air shock with rebound adjustment helps the rear of the bike soak up the brutal trails.
Gear changes are quick and precise, thanks to a Shimano Deore LX front derailleur and Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur. Superior braking is accomplished via Koski Brake Lite linear brakes controlled by precision Koski Power Curve brake levers. The XSL Race features rugged Equation RACE double-wall alloy rims with machined sides, and aggressive WTB Primal Raptor tires. Last, but certainly not least, a pair of Shimano PDM-505 clipless pedals ensures a strong non-slip surface for your feet, whether you're using them as footpegs on a fast downhill, or as a crankshaft on a steep uphill.
The bottom line is that the Diamondback XSL Race is the hot ticket to enjoying the great outdoors during the fall season, and the best part is, it's rugged enough to hold up to your appetite for trail adventure.
|Model ||Diamondback XSL Race |
|Base price ||$1,399.99 |
|Colors ||Fire/Ice |
|Sizes ||SM (16-inch), MD (18-inch), LG (20-inch) |
|Frame ||ATB FS 7005 Series Aluminum |
|Rear Shock ||RockShox SID adjustable with Dual Air |
|Fork ||RockShox Duke SL, 100mm travel |
|Headset ||OS ZeroStack Ahd |
|Crankset ||Shimano Deore LX |
|Bottom bracket ||Shimano BB-ES50 splined |
|Front derailleur ||Shimano Deore LX 31.8TP |
|Rear derailleur ||Shimano Deore XT |
|Shift lever ||Shimano Deore LX |
|Cog set ||Shimano Cassette 11/32t 9spd |
|Chain ||Z9000 |
|Hubset ||Equation 28h, sealed bearing |
|Spokes ||Equation 14g SS |
|Rims ||Equation RACE double-wall alloy with machined side |
|Tires ||WTB Primal Raptor 26x2.1 Ft 26x1.95 R |
|Brakes ||Koski Brake Lite Linear |
|Brake levers ||Koski Power Curve |
|Pedals ||Shimano PDM-505 |
|Handlebar ||Titec Hell Bent XC 25.4mm rise |
|Grips ||Diamondback DBX 2-density |
|Stem ||Titec Big-AL Ahd |
|Seatpost ||Titec X-Wing 27.2 x 350 |
|Saddle ||Titec Ithys Amore |
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