Diamondback Response Mountain Bike with 29-Inch Wheels Review

When it comes to the price, hardtail mountain bikes are always the first bike type to be discussed. Though this type of bike is not really appropriate and hard to be used on rough terrains due to its limitation in the field of shock absorber, it is still highly appreciated by people who want to bike on normal roads with limited budget.

Among those hardtail bikes, the Diamondback Response Mountain Bike with 29-Inch Wheels Black is a very good choice.

This review, with a careful analysis of the benefits and drawbacks, will give you a comprehensive and closer look into this bike. Because this bike has different sizes, only the medium size (18 – inch frame) will be analyzed in this review.

2017 Update: This bike is no longer available on amazon. You can choose other mountain bikes with the same price range below:

Main Features

  • Frame: Redesigned Response 6061-T6 Aluminum frame – 18-inch size
  • Shipping weight: 42.6 pounds
  • Suspension: 100 mm suspension fork
  • Gears: 7-speed drivetrain
  • Brake: Mechanic front and rear disc brakes
  • Wheel size: 29 inches

Pros & Cons


Having the frame redesigned, the Diamondback Response Mountain Bike with 29-Inch Wheels Black now looks sexier but still keeps the strong and solid nature of an aluminum frame. With the size of 18 inches, this model is most appropriate for people who have the height from 5 feet 7” to 5 feet 11”.

See size chart here: Question Time: What size mountain bike do I need?

In the field of suspension, this mountain bike offers only a suspension fork in the front. Because of this, this bike is good for bikers whose main purpose is to ride to work, cross-country or sight-seeing.

However, this front suspension fork is still good enough at absorbing shocks that some experienced bikers sometimes use it on rough terrain. Moreover, with the hardtail style, this bike will have big price advantage over other dual-suspension mountain bike.

Despite being weak in suspension, the brake of the Diamondback Response Mountain Bike with 29-Inch Wheels Black is highly appreciated.

With front and rear disc brakes, this bike has great stopping power, which will make you feel peace of mind even when you are riding at high speed. In fact, experimental ride with this bike shows that you can stop smoothly and easy as you wish.

Regarding the speed, this bike only has 7 speeds. This is a good point for people who want to use this bike on rough trails. With 7-speed drivetrain system, bikers who own this mountain bike can shift easily.

This is important for mountain biking, because not being able to shift properly off-road can cause pretty bad accidents. In addition, the 29-inch wheels are good to overcome big obstacles, but will make it hard to accelerate.

The table below will summarize all the pros and cons of the this bike:

  • Easy to shift with 7-speed drivetrain
  • Great stopping power with hydraulic disc brake
  • Easy to be assembled
  • Low price but good quality
  • Lack of kickstand
  • Not really good on rough terrain

What People Say About Diamondback Response Mountain Bike 29-Inch Wheel?

Till now, the Diamondback Response Mountain Bike with 29-Inch Wheels Black has received more than 55 comments and most of them (53+ comments) are positive about this bike.

We appreciate this bike for its price coming along with the quality. This bike is considered to be one of the best mountain bikes under 1000 Dollars. Others like this bike for its beautiful design, which looks sturdy and much different from those other juvenile-looking mountain bikes.

This bike is also complimented for its being easy to be assembled. With all the good points presented above, there is no surprise that we use words like “Great bike”, “Very nice bike”, “Best bike” for this mountain bike.

The negative things mostly come from the fact that this bike has no kickstand, which cause bike’s owner a little extra money to buy one! Other is about broken parts of the bike; however, this is just the minority and every bike may face the same situation.

Overall, this bike is a great one with the price under $1000. Receiving a lot of positive responses, the Diamondback Response Mountain Bike with 29-Inch Wheels Black is the one that is worth buying.

Assemble Instruction

As mentioned in the pros above, this bike is really easy to be assembled. It can be done in a short time with just a set of hex wrenches. In fact, 95% of all parts are already installed. All you have to is to:

  • Attach the quick release rod to the front wheel, install the front wheel to the fork and secure it with the quick release.
  • Install the handlebar and the pedals.
  • Adjust the brakes.
  • Upgrade a few things (if necessary).
  • Enjoy your mountain bike.

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This is the end of the review. For those who are still confused about the quality of this bike, the 4.4/5 stars that we rate this bike may help! With the price under $1000, this bike has so many things to offer you.

Though weaknesses still exist with this bike, they can be overcome easily with a few upgrades. In short, if you are looking for a good mountain bike with low price, the Diamondback Response Mountain Bike with 29-Inch Wheels Black is an amazing choice for you.

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Hi, welcome to our blog. My name is Denise Nelson. I'm a profound lover of the cross country mountain bike, I worked as a trainer for 6 years and a Co-founder of a private biking lessons school. I also own a small fitness store in NY. Enjoy!

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