DiamondBack TopangaDiamondBack Topanga bikes are a good deal for the price. Most retail for $300 to $600 a piece. The good thing about these bikes is that the tires can withstand any terrain and do not start wearing off like other bikes. It has a great drive train too. The chains do not get affected easily inspite of a lot of dirt clinging to them. The rims are solid and you wont have to worry about then when you hopping through mountain terrain. They do not break or crack even if you drop them, hit them or throw heavy or sharp things at them.
This bike is ideal for anyone who does fast downhills and long climbs. It has great suspension and will glide you over the trail.
The Topanga is ideal for people riding to work, to commute, working out and for mountain trails. A single bike for both the city and the mountains. It has a Deore front and back. The Magnum fork is a luxury and it is a big upgrade from the 2000 model. This bike has a front suspension with a welded 7005 aluminum tubing TIG frame. The fork brand is Answer Manitou Magnum R 3.0 travel. The fork material is of aluminum/Magnesium triple clamp down and the component group is Mountain Mix.
The DiamondBack Topanga combines hard trail performance with rugged utility. It has hubs of aluminum in the front and Shimano HB-M510 in the rear. The rims are Alex AL-DM18, 32-hole and the tires are 26x2.10” WTB VelociRaptor. The spokes are stainless steel, 14 ga (2.0 mm) straight gauges. This combination gives the Topanga the strength it needs for mountain trails.
The brakes are Tektro linear pull-brakes and Tektro linear-pull levers. These breaks will come in handy when you are maneuvering through rocky terrain. The pedals are Resin /aluminum cage w/clips & straps. The rear cogs are 9 speed, 11-32 teeth and the chain is a KMC Z9000, ½ x 3/32”. The seat post is aluminum micro-adjust, 27.2 mm diameter so you can get it the perfect height.. The saddle is Avenir ATB SS and has a reputation for being comfortable for both rough terrain and long rides in the city.
The Topanga is put together with sturdy but light weight parts. This makes the bike strong but not heavy. It is a good bike for a young rider. The handlebars are aluminum with a 1” rise and it has an awesome BB shell. The front Derailleur is a Shimano Deore LX and the rear Derailleur is Shimano Deore LX. Many riders have talked about the smoothness of the Shimano FC-M572 crank set. When you are grinding up a hill you need all the smoothness you can get!
All in all the Topanga has gotten really good reviews and is recommended by veteran riders and beginners alike. It is strong, light weight and affordable. All the parts are made from top of the line brands and can be tweaked to your liking. So whether you are going for a rocky ride, a mountain trail or a through a city, the DiamondBack Topanga is definitely a ride you will want to try.
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