Diamondback Overdrive 29er Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

August 9, 2020

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Diamondback Overdrive 29er

The Overdrive 29 sports many high end components that seem too good to be true for a bike at this price. We're calling all beginner mountain bikers, if you're looking to get on a trail at a competitive price, this is the bike for you.

Very smooth shifting

Lightweight, especially for the price

29" wheels great at soaking up rough terrain

The seat isn't very comfortable

Stiff shifting levers

High-end performance doesn’t always have to come with a high price tag. With Diamondback's Overdrive 29, they've taken their lightweight, hand-built aluminum frame and and equipped it with a wallet-friendly combination of components that will have you riding the roughest terrain with 100% confidence. 29ers are notorious for smoothing out rocky bits of trail and for maintaining momentum on those extended rides when you’re pushing yourself to the limit.

The Overdrive 29 sports an ultra-wide range of gears that click off shifts with the accuracy Shimano is famous for. It's Tektro mechanical disc brakes make reducing your speed a breeze, and the Suntour XCT fork offers up years of smooth coil-sprung suspension.

Looking for the perfect beginner mountain bike for the money? Look no further.

Who is this bike for?

Diamondback Overdrive 29er

Performance

Conclusion

Specifications

Frame:

Overdrive 29" Butted 6061-T6 Aluminum, Forged Drop Outs, w/ Replaceable Hanger, Disc Only

Suspension

Fork:

SR Suntour XCT30 29", Coil Spring, 100mm Travel, w/ Preload Adjust

Rear Shock:

Front Travel:

Rear Travel:

Crankset:

Suntour XCC, 42/32/22T

Bottom Bracket:

Steel Cartridge, 122mm Spindle

Shifters:

Shimano EF-500 EZ-Fire, 3x8 Speed

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano Acera M360, 8 Speed

Number of Gears:

Shimano HG31 Cassette, 8 Speed, 11-32T

Brakes:

Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc w/ 180mm Front / 160mm Rear Rotors

Wheel Size:

MD19, 32 Hole with 22.4 ID; Doublewall

Tires:

Vee Rubber Crown F-REE 29x2.25

Handlebar:

DB Laser Series, 720mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 31.8mm Bar Bore

Stem:

DB 3D Forged, 7° Rise, 31.8 Bar Bore

Seat Post:

DB Alloy Micro Adjust, 30.9mm

Saddle:

DB Race M-Series Saddle

Headset:

FSA IS-3/NO.11 Integrated Style

Chain:

KMC Z82, 8 Speed

Diamondback Overdrive 29er

The Overdrive 29 sports many high end components that seem too good to be true for a bike at this price. We're calling all beginner mountain bikers, if you're looking to get on a trail at a competitive price, this is the bike for you.