Diamondback Overdrive Pro 29in SLX/XT Complete Mountain Bike – 2015

Frame Material: 6061 T6 aluminum
Suspension: hardtail
Fork: Fox 32 Float CTD

Given the state of mountain bike manufacturing lately, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there was once never another viable material but carbon. The halcyon days of alloy bikes would possibly look like a golden era from cycling’s past, but machines like Diamondback’s Overdrive Pro 29in SLX/XT Complete Mountain Bike remind us over and over why aluminum was once the original — and still the perfect to work with — material for lightweight race bikes. The whole lot from the fairly well-tested (read: decades of competitive and recreational use) 6061-T6 alloy to the forged dropouts and replaceable derailleur hanger recommend this as a eternally frame, despite the fact that you make a decision to hop at the one-by wagon or turn the Shimano drivetrain as much as 11. You may additionally in the end opt to interchange the FOX 32 Drift fork in the event you weary of the specialized Climb, Trail, and Descend settings, but we do not think in order to ever grow to be a topic. Without reference to future component choices, the frame’s handling and cross-country speed will never change. The hardtail’s loss of articulated pivot points mean that it is an overall stiffer ride. This obviously nets higher speeds and more efficient energy transfer, however it also means the frame tracks better, holding to the lines that you set with the purpose-and-click navigation of the tapered, steep head tube. The frame’s stiffness also takes good thing about the big 29er contact patches for confident speed that lights fires on cross-country courses and can still ride roughshod over most trail terrain.
Frame Material: 6061 T6 aluminum
Suspension: hardtail
Fork: Fox 32 Drift CTD
Front Go back and forth: 100 mm
Headset: 1.5 – 1.125 in tapered FSA No.42 ACB, Integrated