Diamondback Atroz 2 Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

August 9, 2020

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Diamondback Atroz 2

If you’re looking for a mountain bike under $1000, the Diamondback Atroz 2 is one of the best bicycles you can buy. Its amazing features make riding on various terrains a pleasure.

Great value for the money. For under $1000, the Diamondback Atroz 2 has fantastic features that make it one of the best mountain bikes at its price point.

The bike has a sturdy aluminum frame.

Simple 1 x 9-speed drivetrain that offers riders a great choice of gears for different terrain.

Climbing is more difficult than it needs to be with the high biased gearing.

It doesn’t perform well on rocky terrain.

Before the Diamondback Atroz 2 came along, getting a quality mountain bike with full-suspension at under $1000 was unthinkable. Bikes with full-suspension make cycling more comfortable and give you better control. In the past, to get a full-suspension mountain bike, you had to pay thousands of dollars.

Apart from the full-suspension other features that make the Atroz 2 a steal for its price include Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for precision stopping. Shimano Acera 1 x 9-speed shifters which give you a good choice of gears, 2.35 inch Vee Flow Snap tires which offer excellent grip, and sealed cartridge bearings that make riding the Diamondback Atroz 2 very smooth.

The bike is available in 3 sizes, small, medium, and large.

Who is this bike for?

  • If you are looking for an affordable mountain bike with some fantastic features, you should consider getting the Diamondback Atroz 2. As I have stated, features like the full-suspension are often only available on bikes with price tags about 3-4 times that of the Atroz 2.
  • This bike is also perfect for you if you're a casual rider who enjoys riding on different terrains. When you go out riding with the Diamondback Atroz 2, I can guarantee the ride will be smooth and fun.
  • If you're starting mountain bike riding, this would be an excellent first bike to hone your skills. As you get better at mountain biking, you can upgrade to higher quality and more expensive mountain bikes.
Diamondback Atroz 2

Performance

The Diamondback Atroz 2 is a heavy bike weighing 33.4 lbs. Its weight will affect how fast you can go, particularly when going uphill. 

Like most other low priced bikes, the seat may feel uncomfortable, so you might have to change it or add cushion to make long runs bearable.

On the positive side, the bike's full-suspension will allow you to tackle challenging terrain easily. A chain keeper also helps secure the bike’s chain so your pedaling won’t be interrupted on rough roads.

The bikes hydraulic brakes also come in handy should you need to stop as you ride instantly. One finger on the brakes is all you need to bring you to an immediate stop.

The Shimano 9 speed gears quickly and easily change, allowing you to keep your momentum as you switch terrain. Also, I love the fact that you don’t have to look down at the bike cassette to know which gear you’re on. 

A quick look at the gear Indicator located on the bike’s handle bar will help you keep track of gears.

Conclusion

Mountain bikes can be costly, and if you're a novice rider investing in a bike that will leave you broke might not be an option. That's why the Diamondback Atroz 2, which goes for less than a grand, should be at the top of your list of mountain bikes to consider buying.

The bike has a beautiful design and comes with amazing features that make it trail-ready. So, we highly recommend it as your first mountain bike. 

Specifications

Frame:

Atroz 6061 T-6 Aluminum 27.5 Trail w/ 4" travel, Optimized Single Pivot, Tapered Steerer, Machine Formed Top Tube, Butted / Formed Down Tube, Sealed Cartridge Bearing Pivot, Seat Tube Routed for Internal Dropper Post, Aggressive Geometry, Replaceable Hang

Suspension

Fork:

SR Suntour XCM 120mm Travel, 30mm Stanchions, w/ Preload Adjust

Rear Shock:

Front Travel:

Rear Travel:

Crankset:

Alloy Arm w/ 30T Steel "Narrow Wide" Single Ring

Bottom Bracket:

Sealed Cartridge

Shifters:

Shimano Acera M3000, 9 Speed

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano Acera M3000 Shadow, 9 Speed

Number of Gears:

Shimano HG200, 9 Speed, 11-36T

Brakes:

Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc, w/ 180mm Front and Rear Rotors

Wheel Size:

32H, DDM-5, 27.5 Double Wall

Tires:

VEE Rubber, Flow Snap, 27.5x2.35

Handlebar:

Diamondback, 750mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 31.8 Bar Bore

Stem:

Diamondback "Shortie", 45mm Reach, 31.8 Bar Bore

Seat Post:

Alloy Micro Adjust, 30.9mm

Saddle:

DB Sync'r Saddle

Headset:

FSA NO.57, Sealed Cartridge for Tapered Headtube

Chain:

KMC Z99, 9 Speed

Diamondback Atroz 2

If you’re looking for a mountain bike under $1000, the Diamondback Atroz 2 is one of the best bicycles you can buy. Its amazing features make riding on various terrains a pleasure.