2017 Diamondback Overdrive Sport 27.5 Mountain Bike Review

2017 Diamondback Overdrive Sport 27.5 Mountain Bike Review

Overdrive Sport 27.5 Bike

Pricing — $699

With Diamondback’s aluminum frame featuring key details like forged dropouts and butted / formed tubes with a neutral geometry, it turns out a lightweight and responsive Diamondback Mountain Bike on the trail. The 2017 Diamondback Overdrive is a classic hardtail with a perfect component group to match its level of trail performance. The Overdrive was made for riders who relish speed and want to knock some time off their personal bests.

While 27.5 in. wheels on the Diamondback make it easier to control in tighter spots without sacrificing too much traction and speed like it’s 29er version. It also utilizes a SR Suntour 100mm fork for smooth suspension action with lockout, and sporting adjustment.

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Frame Overdrive Butted 6061-T6 Aluminum 27.5
Fork SR Suntour
Fork Travel 100mm
Crankset SR Suntour XCR, 44/32/22
Bottom Bracket Sealed Sports Cartridge
Shifters Shimano 9 Speed X-Actuation Trigger
Front derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear derailleur Shimano Altera, 9 Speed
Rear cogs Shimano, 9 Speed, 11-36T
Number of gears 11
Brakes Shimano BR-M355 Hydraulic Disc, w/ 180mm Front /160mm Rear Center Lock Rotors
Brake Levers Shimano BR-M355 Hydraulic Lever w/ Reach Adjust
Rims Overdrive SL-7 32h Doublewall
Front hub 32h SL-7, 15MM Thru-Axle, Alloy w/ CNC Disc Mount
Rear hub 32h SL-7 Alloy w/ Center Lock Disc Mount, Cassette
Wheel size 27.5 inches
Tires Kenda Honey Badger 27.5×2.2″
Handlebar Overdrive “Pro Bar”, 740mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 31.8 Bar Bore
Stem Overdrive 3D Forged, 7 Rise, 31.8 Bar Bore
Seat post Overdrive Alloy Micro Adjust 30.9mm
Saddle Overdrive Race M-series Saddle
Headset FSA NO.42, Sealed Cartridge for Tapered Headtube
Chain SRAM PC-1130, 11 Speed, Power Link
Pedals Overdrive 4L Alloy Platform


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2016 Diamondback Sync’r 27.5 Bike Review

Diamondback Sync'R Bike 2016



// Diamondback Sync’r 27.5 Bike


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Latest Concept
weight: 29.1lbs size medium.

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Sale/ 21% Off of $1400



Never before has Diamondback been able to cram so much vertical into one day. As they came up with bike that can stand up to the rigors of park abuse can be extremely expensive. Diamondback designed their newest Sync’r to change that.

Diamondback kept a tried and true hardtail platform, which enabled for a bulletproof park ride with a predictable ride and hassle-free durability. This also allowed to spec the Sync’r with an outstanding parts group: Rockshox Recon Silver 120mm Travel suspension, a SRAM X7 1×10 drivetrain, Shimano Hydraulic brakes, Schwalbe Tough Tom tires – nothing touches the Sync’r at this price: save your money for beer!


// Specs: “2016 Diamondback 27.5 Hardtail”

Material Sync’r 6061 aluminum frame with formed top- and downtube.
Fork Rockshox Recon Silver, 120mm Travel, 32mm Stanchions, 15mm thru axle, Tapered Steerer Tube, w/ Turn Key Lock out.
Shock n-a.
Drivetrain Alloy, w/ 32T “Narrow Wide” Ring, SRAM X7 10spd.
Brakes Shimano Hydraulic Disc w/ 180/160mm Rotors.
Wheels/Tires Diamondback SL-7, Tubless Ready, Double Wall, Schwalbe Tough Tom, 2.35″.
Key Usage park, or wherever the day might take you.
Model Sync’r.
Manufacturer Warranty n-a.
Model Name Sync’r 27.5 review




Cannondale F29 Alloy 2 Hardtail Bike 2013


Cannondale F29 2 Alloy 2013

Nimble at high Cannondale F29 Alloy 2 speeds.

Cannondale’s newest high performance F29 Alloy 2 aluminum MTB receives cross-country race-day-inspired benefits due to the nature of hardtail 29ers, which smooth out any small trail undulation way better than the 26inch hardtail brethren. The Cannondale bike also gains benefit from utilizing their trail-responsive and plush world renown Lefty front fork that is laterally stiffer than the standard double stanchion forks from other manufactures, all adding to the benefits of bigger, 29-inch wheels, making the mountain bike an all-around blast on the single track.

  • Aluminum hard tail frame utilizes the fast, Cannondale race-inspired geometry thus giving it nimble trail manners.
  • World renown 90mm Lefty suspension fork with PBR adjustment and lockout, for smooth, responsive trail manners.
  • Bigger BB30 bottom bracket area was designed to increases overall frame stiffness and to improve pedal power-transfer to the rear wheel.
  • Over sized 1.5 inch head tube to improve the steering precision and high speed stability
  • Compliant rear chain and seat-stays have specifically engineered shaped to dampen small trail bumps to make you through rough sections of trail a lot faster.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes are handled by the Magura MT2 model, being very reliable to stop you in a hurry if needed in rough sections of trail.
  • Disc Rotor sizes are 160mm for the rear model, and a bigger diameter 180mm front rotor diameter, to slow you down faster because you will be now hauling ass faster than ever.
  • Wheelset is dialed in with WTB Frequency Race rims.
  • WTB Nine Line tubeless-ready tires to roll faster than ever on hard-packed terrain.
  • Please take a quick note as all the manufacture specifications for the 2013 model years are subject to change on the Cannondale F29 Alloy 2 hardtail mountain bike at any time


One Great Color: Available
  • As shown above, the color way is — Jet Black with Green accent graphics to accent the frame perfectly

    (“Please note that the sale price is listed when this Cannondale article was written, but it actually gets updated regularly due to supply, so there’s a great chance the price is reduced even more than what I have listed here. So the best way to see what the current price is, to check out the purchase info link below.”)

“Have fun exploring the woodlands and new desert trail this spring with these mountain bikes…. Enjoy!

– these bikes are also available for purchase through the REI link below”

2014 F29 Alloy 2 Complete MTB

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Sale Price: was $.00 now $2199.00

Ready To Ride RCP Fabrication’s Nor’easter Hardtail 29r MTB

RCP Fabrications NE29r mountain bike-2013



RCP Fabrications NE29r mountain bike-2013
RCP Fab has been designing and building trials bikes and mountain bikes in the state of Connecticut for several years now. The man who is responsible for it all is bike designer Ryan Pelletier. His most recent undertaking, is a 29r bike made specifically for the technical terrain littered with tight trees, thus being east coast style. Hence the name NE29R -(the RCP Nor’easter 29er).Ryan currently has the new mountain bike on offer with Kickstarter to raise funds to buy the specific machines necessary to create his unique bends needed for the frame construction along with a few other specific parts and pieces. This 29 inch steamroller is truly unique because of the dynamically bent seat-tube that puts the rear wheel tight up under the crankset position. Making for a crazy short chain-stay length of  16.14 inches. Which is super short for any mountain bike, little lone a full size 29r.

He also has stepped out there in regards sizing. Modeling off of the BMX bike industry, it will be available with the option of either regular or long frame sizes. So taller riders, or those who like a longer top tube style mtb, can purchse the Long, which has a top-tube length of 636mm, extending it from 588mm for the regular size frame.

Video and geometry graph below…

The NE29R prototypes had a straight style seat tube that was welded farther up the down-tube. The production mountain bikes will utilize custom bent seat-tubes.

RCP Fabrications ne29r mountain bike frame geometry (long)-2013

The “Long” 29 inch frame geometry is shown above, and the “Regular” frame shown below. They have kept the chainstays the same length for both sizes.

RCP Fabrications ne29r mtb frame geometry(regular)-2013

Jamis Dakar XCR 29 Sport / Dakota D29 Pro

Jamis Dakar XCR 29 Sport 2013



Jamis Dakar XCR 29 Sport 2013



Two new single track 29er machines are included in the lineup of mountain bikes released for the next upcoming cycling season upon us. First up, is the great looking Jamis Dakar XCR 29 Sport twenty niner is an alloy full suspension pro-race mountain bike with a full 100mm of travel on both the front and rear along with a 12 mm rear thru-axle to help stiffen the rear end, full high modulus carbon fiber frame, and tapered head tube to help stiffen the front end

The other items on the parts list for the Dakar XCR Sport 29er are SRAM X9 2×10 drive train, American Classic tubeless, Press-Fit 30 BB, Avid Elixir 5, Ritchey Sport cockpit, and WTB Volt saddle. Second is the Dakota D29 Pro, which is for riders who love 29er hard tails, featuring triple butted main tubes with carbon seat stays

With the Dakar XCR Sport 29er purchase info here, and the new Jamis Dakota D29 Pro bike info, the 2013 Twenty Niner Mountain Bike season will be shaping up into a fun one as these two selections are indeed excellent choices in the 29″ bike realm. All for some fun pro-race times and to offer up some tasty single track. Enjoy the happy trails ahead!

Jamis Dakota D29 pro 2012


Scapin Oraklo 29 Carbon Hardtail Bike – 2013

2012 Scapin Oraklo 29er Carbon Hardtail Mountain Bikes




2013 Scapin Oraklo 29er Carbon Hardtail Mountain Bikes




Even though Scapin Bikes are not the most well known mountain bike brand, this Italian company has created some of the best and most beautiful mountain bikes in the dirt category. And for 2013, Scapin Bikes has launched its very first 29er carbon hardtail mountain bike named Oraklo.

What differentiates and makes the Oraklo incredibly strong is its higher quality full carbon layup frame. They utilized unidirectional Toray T700 carbon and features a one piece construction method. Weighing in at just 1.25kg, the incredibly lightweight Oraklo frame is available with different kinds of colors and mountain bike components to trim it out.

The fantastic looking Scapin Oraklo 29 is loaded with several modern touches, which makes this Carbon Hardtail Mountain Bike a very promising dirt racing machine. Its state-of-the-art features include a tapered head tube, internal cable routing, press-fit bottom bracket, and post mount disc tabs.



Focus Raven 29er Carbon Hardtail Mountain Bikes

Focus Raven 29er Carbon Hardtail Mountain Bikes



2012 Focus Raven 1.0 29er Carbon Hardtail Mountain Bikes


Focus Bikes has included in their long list of 29er mountain bikes for the upcoming season the Raven carbon hard tail from the reputable German manufacturer. They will have the Raven available in three trim levels, which are 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. The 1.0 weighs in at 10kg while the 3.0 is heavier at 11.34 kg. The 2.0 is not listed, that I could find..

Specifications for the 1.0 mountain bike include a full XTR, Fox Evo 29″ fork, FSA carbon cockpit, and Crank Brothers wheels while the 2.0 features Rock Shox Reba RL 100 mm fork and Shimano XT drive train and shifter. And the 3.0 29er mountain bikes are equipped with FSA cranks, Shimano XT Black, Magura MT2 brakes, and DT Swiss rims.

All the 2012 Focus Bikes, in the model lines of the Raven 29er Carbon Hard Tail Mountain Bikes are designed with impressive specs. Inspired by their new models of road bikes at the German bike manufacture, the full-carbon frame setup for this big-wheeled cross-country mountain bike has a lot of details to pride itself on.


Boardman Elite CXR 9.0 Complete Bike Review



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Boardman Elite CXR 9.0 Complete Bike 2014 sale


Superior in multiple ways by being ample light, with stiffness only exactly where it’s needed, while sure footed control and handling are just a few ideas to get you going on Chris Boardman’s cyclocross ride. With plenty of comfort as well to name off just a select few of the attributes designed into the Elite frame and fork. Then top it off with added versatility from items like a Boardman mudguard and rear rack mounts to provide you with a chassis that is equally at home on the International race circuit as it is in the toughest local venue.


To reach the status as the ultimate CX setup, you will want it to be blessed with all the latest and greatest technology whether it be Shimano’s powerful Di2 11 speed electronic gearing all combined and integrated ergonomically with hydraulic disc brakes.. or maybe your flavor is SRAM, it’s fully compatible and will work with any drivetrain you decide to go for. Complete your Boardman dream-ride by attaching it all to the full carbon CXR setup. You will instantly see your racing, and training skyrocket to the top of the podium because regardless whether it’s on road, or off road this is an excelent model in arguably the best Cyclocross range on the planet.

2014 Boardman Bikes Elite CXR 9.0 Review



9.0 Spec highlights include:

  • New superlight full alloy chassis.
  • Mudguard compatible.
  • Customized tube profiles were designed specifically for the forces and performance criteria of offroad riding.
  • The key oversized box section chainstays are there for one purpose – increased power transfer.
  • While the asymmetric chainstays with rear disc brake caliper mounts are also there for increased power in braking performance.
  • Handy internal cable routing is an absolute must for Cyclocross to keep the cables away from all the nastiest and harshest of mother natures elements.
  • Full carbon fork is disc brake specific with a tapered steerer for increased stiffness and steering precision.
  • A simple PF30 bottom bracket to not only reduce weight but increase stiffness as well.
  • Profiled wishbone seatstays for enhanced comfort.

– Compatible for both Mechanical or Di2 cable routing

Ultralight Boardman Elite Alloy
9.57kg or 21.1 lbs
Front Fork
Elite full Carbon, tapered steerer
Head Set
FSA Integrated – supplied w/ Carbon Spacers
(in-house brand) Elite alloy
(in-house brand) Elite alloy
Front Brake
Avid BB7R Disc
Rear Brake
Avid BB7R Disc
Brake Levers
Front Mechanical
SRAM Force – 2 spd
Rear Mechanical
SRAM Force – 11 spd
Shift Lever System
SRAM Force
SRAM Force 11 spd – 11-25 tooth range
SRAM Force
Crank Setup
SRAM Force 11 spd
Bottom Bracket
SRAM Force PF30
Front Rim Band
Mavic TN-319
Front Hub
Rear Rim Band
Mavic TN-319
Rear Hub
Stainless Steel butted
Front Tire
Conti X-King 35c
Rear Tire
Conti X-King 35c
Fizik Ardea
Seat Post
(Boardman in-house brand) Carbon, 31.6mm
Seat Clamp
(in-house brand) Elite Carbon

This 9.0 chassis is ready and waiting to be built up, available at one of my favorite store’s.. see many more detailed photos along with the updated pricing and specs at the info link below.

Sale Pricing is $2699.00

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Civilian Bicycle Co. Luddite Singlespeed 29er MTB

Civilian Bicycle Co. 29er Luddite Singlespeed mountain bike



Civilian Bicycle Co. Luddite Singlespeed 29er Mountain bike


Not a lot is needed to have a blast on the dirt, and in most cases less is more. In the category of single-speed, rigid 29er mountain bikes like the Civilian Luddite are brilliant examples of this artistic craft. There are no pesky components, untested technology, or unnecessary luxuries complicating the Luddite 29er mtb. The necessities and a frame designed intelligently, with history to plant you on the trail.

In the small possibility that you have been paying attention to the annual regional hand-built bicycle shows, or you have paid a few thousand to Civilian’s founder to get a custom, hand-crafted art piece, chances are though that you probably don’t know of this bike brand. Tyson Hart, the founder of Civilian, set out cleanly designing and crafting, progressive bicycle frames in 2005 after attending UBI, a highly regarded frame building school based in Ashland, Oregon. Hart relied on a combination of close work with clients and extensive personal experience. He was crafting all kinds of bicycles from durable mountain, to utilitarian urban, to classic road bicycles.

Civilian Bicycle Co. 29er Luddite Singlespeed burner orange


His craft became distinctive rolling sculptures that quickly came with a cult following for their seamless balance of distinctive style and fun-to-ride attitude. Hart’s bicycle passion however leans a bit more toward the dirt, and that’s why Civilian’s headquarters moved out of Portland, OR, to the abundant mountains of Park City, UT. While using the local trails like the Crest and Mid-Mountain, Hart applied his craft skill set to balance and dial the Luddite’s geometry and tube set for stable descending, climbing prowess, and above all the style of smooth ride only capable from 29ers.

Civilian Bicycle Co. 29er mountain bike Luddite Singlespeed- mojito


His work was once on reserve for those who didn’t mind being on a waiting list and pay a higher price for the high crafted frames, but now they are able to package them for everyone. The Luddite is built with double-butted 4130 Cro-Moly that offers a ride that will of equal to bike frames that cost twice as much. The Luddite SS gets its distinctive ride quality from shaped chain stays that give back explosive acceleration and the seat stays are kinked to compliment the smooth effect of the 29er wheels and totally dampen the harsh trails. The stays are joined with Tange Design sliding drop outs.

The drops are constructed with 7075 aluminum sliders, and have two bolts for both sides and tensioners to make it so the chain won’t loosen during the ride. It also has a derailleur hanger if you opt to want a rear derailleur. The SS frame also has all the cable guides needed. The guides are low-profile when not in use, and won’t snag clothing as easily as traditional cable stops. The front end utilizes a Chubby head tube that is tapered to ensure precise steering. Going with that theme they used a tapered carbon fork that is designed to minimize front flex from steering and braking. Negotiating technical switch backs is now a breeze, and ensures this mountain bike will stay directed where you point it.

Civilian Bicycle Co. 29er Luddite Singlespeed mountain bike


It has Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes with a 180mm rotor up front and uses a 160mm in the rear keep maintenance simple. With the stopping department covered by Avid, a Truvativ FireX crankset handles the pedal department. It comes with a 32T chainring that turns an 18T cog. And it rolls on WTB Speed Disc rims with Quando hubs and traditional spokes. Thankfully the rear hub is not single-speed specific, so you don’t have to buy a new rear wheel if you want a geared drivetrain. Big floaty 29 x 2.3in Kenda Nevegal tires offer plenty of volume to get a smooth ride. The steering cockpit and seatpost are constructed of 2014 aluminum and will make fine tuning the fit simple. With Velo lock-on grips and the Cutter seat the build is complete for the Luddite bike.

Lowest Civilian Luddite SS 29er mtb Price, and qualifies for free shipping if you use the link below.

Regular Price $1,049.00

Sale Price, now $880.10

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The Civilian Luddite is available in Small, Medium, Large, X-large, and XX-Large sizes, and in two colors: Burner Orange and Mojito.


Civilian Bicycle Co. Luddite Singlespeed 29er mountain bike rear break


Rocky Mountain Hammer 29er XC Bike

Rocky Mountain Hammer Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike

Hammer 29er XC Hardtail

Rocky Mountain Hammer Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike

The Hammer SS by driving a nail through your daily routine

Rocky Mountain’s Hammer 29er SS is for breaking up the sit-and-spin life on the bike everyday. As a basic tool of many professions to change up the routine. The Hammer is best utilized as a weapon for delivering strikes to geared counterpart friends. Riding down the descent of a single track is fun, but passing your best friends and putting them in the pain box on a climb is even more fun. Hearing them frantically clicking through the drive train to locate the optimum gear… well, that is the pure essence of riding a single speed.

  • ST3 Geometry for control and agility
  • The ST3 incorporates a sloping top tube as well to provide a lower stand over height to make crazy dismounts easier
  • Geometry dialed in for the steep descents, and the tight single track
  • Reynolds 725 cromo tubing

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Intense Hard Eddie Hardtail 29er

Intense Hard Eddie 29er mountain bikes

Intense Hard Eddie 29er Expert XT Build Complete Bike 2014

Intense Cycles has finally unveiled  its all new Hard Eddie which is the company’s first 29er that’s a hard tail. The new ride is intended to bridge the gap from their extensively cool downhill  and gravity full-suspension mountain bikes. The new twenty niner is designed for the discriminating x-country rider that appreciates high quality without any compromise. The first new Hard Eddie carbon fiber 29er mountain bikes were displayed at eurobike late last summer. During the bike show, the new ride caught a ton of attention because it was the first twenty niner design to come out of Intense. At the same time they launched two other composite models in their 26″ full-suspension range, the carbine, and carbine SL. And now a Carbine 29 X01 for 2014! So they are both built using the same carbon fiber technology. They were designed by the iconic artisan Jeff Steber. They decided to outsource and have the composite hard tail models engineered by SEED Engineering transforming them into amazing composite art.

Jeff Steber’s Press Release,“When they started two and half years ago, they saw what was starting to happen with high end carbon fiber manufacturing and the trend towards stronger mountain bikes and more aggressive trail riding,” Steber said. “We built a huge factory here to keep our alloy production in the U.S., but we saw the trend was moving toward carbon fiber even for the more aggressive mountain rides. Basically, Intense decided they had to jump on the carbon thing and do it the best possible. They are aluminum experts, and immediately realized they needed an expert in composites and found the SEED guys.”

With similarities to the engineering design of their first versions that were built out of carbon the Carbine model, the new Hard Ed also received the same G1 rear drop out system that comes with the option of standard QR, or changeable to a 142×12 rear axle dropout, which is shown in the photos below. There is one difference between the two, for the Hard Ed it also has the option of single speed as well. With a 100-mm fork the Hard Tail MTB stands on a 70° steering angle and 72 ° seat angle. The PF30 bottom bracket and integrated headset both aid to keep the ride stiff and feather light. The claimed weight for the frame is right around 2 lbs 7 oz  or approx. ( 1,100g). The Intense model is also available in two color options: naked and naked red. They have also designed a matching rigid composite fork option that they say lets you build a bike right in there at 18lbs.

It was about time Intense made a fast h…tail in the wonder material.
They have stated their idea was that they had to change with the times, or get stagnant. The Southern California Company has always gone huge with their downhill mountain  bikes and the gravity scene, but now Intense is placing some energy into 29ers to give their dealers more option and their customers more available option as well.

Sticking to the successful formula of the Carbine, the hard tail 29’s ride quality comes from the refined Intense geometry and quality construction.
The Price for the Expert XT Complete Bike is: $4,999.00

The Hard Eddie frame is available for $1,899.00 with free shipping, click on the buy /configure link below..

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Naked / Red color way


MTB shown with XT build kit
hardtail mtb
Naked / Red color
Intense bikes
Shown with rigid fork option
Shown with rigid fork option
twenty niner mountain bikes
Naked composite colorway
rigid hard eddie 29 Bikes
Naked composite colorway
29er mountain bike
Naked composite colorway
Intense Cycles Hard Eddie Frame
Naked / Red color way
Hard Eddie frame
Naked / Red color way
Intense carbon 29er mountain bikes
Naked composite fork colorway
Intense Hard Eddie Carbon 29 Rigid Fork
Carbon 29 Rigid MTB Fork

Naked / Red color way                                                                     G1 qr 142 X 12 drop out system
29e mountain bike rear axle detail