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Diamondback Strike DH Mountain Bike

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on April 1, 2005
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Make no mistake; the Diamondback Strike DH mountain bike is one bad dude. As a matter of fact, it's hard for us not to gush about this Viper Black monster due to its exhilarating list of hard-core standard equipment.

Designed for the stresses of downhill mountain-bike racing, the heart of the Strike DH is its incredibly durable Vectra Pro DH 7005 competition frame. This frame boasts an impressive list of heavy-duty equipment, including an extruded Power Gusset, sealed bearing pivots, and Power Taper seat stays.

Another amazing thing about the Strike DH is its suspension. This performance suspension is comprised of a frame-integrated Fox DHX 5.0 rear shock and a RockShox Boxxer Team Triple Crown fork. This combination gives the Strike DH dirt-bike-like rear suspension travel of 8.7 inches and an impressive 8 inches of front travel. Further, the front suspension has external rebound and low/high-speed compression adjustability, just like a dirt bike.

Braking is also addressed in premium fashion with a pair of Hayes El Camino Hydraulic disc brakes. Yeah, you read that right! A pair of Hayes El Camino brake levers give the rider precise control of the beefy 8-inch-diameter brakes.

Diamondback knows that when you're blasting down a brutally treacherous trail at competition speeds, you need fast, precise gear changes. With this in mind, they outfitted the nine-speed Strike DH with a precision Sram X.9 derailleur. An easy-to-use Sram X.7 shifter complements the precise derailleur and it's mounted to rugged Answer Pro Taper handlebars.

Finally, knowing full well that a downhill mountain bike's wheels and tires take a beating, Diamondback outfitted the Strike DH with a combination of Sun 8-Track double-wall rims, 14-gauge stainless-steel spokes, and grippy Kenda Nevegal 26x2.5 tires that feature DH casings and Stick-E rubber.

The Strike DH may not be for everyone with its lofty $3,210 MSRP, but with its impressive list of equipment, everyone will probably want one.

Model: Diamondback Strike DH
Base price: $3,210
Colors: Viper black gloss
Size: 18-inch
Frame: Vectra Pro DH 7005 competition frame with extruded Power Gusset, sealed bearing pivots, Power Taper seat stays, forged bottom bracket with ISCG mount 8.7-inch travel
Rear shock: Fox DHX 5.0 9.5 x 3.0
Fork: RockShox Boxxer Team 20mm through axle, Triple, 203mm Dual Coil, HC2 damping, external rebound and low/high speed compression adjust
Headset: FSA Pig 1 1/8 threadless
Crankset: Truvativ Holzfeller
Bottom bracket: Truvativ ISIS
Front derailleur: N/A
Rear derailleur: Sram X.9
Shifter: Sram X.7
Cog set: Sram PG-990 11-34T nine-speed
Chain: Shimano HG-73
Hubset: Sun 8-Track
Spokes: 14g stainless
Rims: Sun 8-Track double wall with eyelets
Tires: Kenda Nevegal 26x2.5 with DH casing, Stick-E rubber
Brakes: Hayes El Camino with 8-inch rotors
Brake levers: Hayes El Camino
Pedals: Diamondback CNC platform with chromoly axles, replaceable pins
Handlebar: Answer Pro Taper
Grips: Diamondback Lo-Pro Double Up
Stem: Tioga Task Force
Seatpost: Titec Pyro
Saddle: WTB Power-V DH Race

Sources

Diamondback Bicycles
Kent, Wa 98032
www.diamondback.com

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