Diamondback Sorrento 27.5 Mountain Bike Review

Diamondback is definitely not an unfamiliar name among bike enthusiasts. It is a major bicycle brand that distributes their product to many countries though they are based in Kent, Washington. This is a brand that is already known for its quality as well as great customer service should you need an assist after the sale. All you need to do is to visit their website to receive assistance.

The Sorrento Hardtail Complete Mountain Bike is a part of the popular entry level Sorrento line from Diamondback. This mountain bike offers innovative features as well as easy to use functions. In fact, this bike is one of the most highly rated and raved by customers thanks to its smooth and fast ride from the get go. Designed for lifestyle riding, the Diamondback Sorrento Hardtail Complete Mountain Bike can take you safely through your commute as well as through a rugged mountain trail.

Diamonback features the 6061-T6 heat treated aluminum alloy frame in the Sorrento Hardtail Mountain Bike. It’s important to know that this material is also used in Diamondback’s higher end bikes that cost more than $1,500 so you can imagine how good the frame quality is. As it is heat treated and butted, the frame becomes stiffer and stronger compared to other materials. As you may well know, aluminum alloy is the lightest mountain bike frame material in the market which is why the Sorrento Hardtail Mountain Bike only weighs less than 40 lbs.

The Diamondback Sorrento is offered in two frame sizes, 16 inch and 18 inch. The small 16 inch frame is superb for smaller or shorter riders, about the height of five feet four inch to five feet seven inch. The medium frame, the 18 inch, is adequate for riders with height ranging from five feet seven inch to five feet ten inch.

As mentioned in the title, the Sorrento is a hardtail type rig, which means that the suspension exist only on the front aspect of the bike. The suspension is the SR Suntour M3030 Fork with coil spring and a 75 mm travel and alloy crown. The 75 mm travel combined with the large wheels on this mountain bike will make rider enjoy long bike rides more as it is more comfortable and not as exhausting.

Remember, the fact that the suspension only exist on the front end does not mean this mountain bike is inferior to bikes with dual suspension. In fact, hardtail type rigs is much more preferable to those who like to bike at challenging, uphill terrains. The lack of suspension on the rear will actually transfer the energy from the pedal straight to the rear wheel and propel the bike forward in steep slope trails.

The Diamondback Sorrento Hardtail Complete Mountain Bike offers 21 levels of speed. There are 7 speeds generated by the rear derailleur and 3 speeds provided by the front derailleur. The shifter components are entry level designs though of good quality. The shifters itself is a Shimano EF Shifter and the derailleurs are of Altus/Tourney brand. These names are well known for its effectivity and efficiency to provide riders with smooth gear changing throughout rides. The Diamondback Sorrento is also equipped with a replaceable derailleur hanger which is a must if you like to ride on rocky terrains.

Equipped with Tektro alloy linear pull brakes, the Diamondback Sorrento Hardtail Complete Mountain Bike will guarantee you safety as well as stellar stopping power whenever and wherever you want. The alloy material used here is also not bad as it does not add to the weight of the bike and is durable as linear pull brakes tend to get fatigued and submit to wear and tear more easily compared to disc brakes. Another plus point is that Diamondback provides mounting points should you decide to upgrade to hydraulic type brakes later in the future.

The Diamondback Sorrento Hardtail Complete Mountain Bike is equipped with a Chaoyang Hornet 27.5 inch tire. It is a knobby kind of tire as the width is 2.1 inch. These wide measurement will undoubtedly provide riders with more stability, safety, and readiness to conquer harsh mountain trails. The 27.5 inch tire is also preferred by cyclists as it gives them the best features between two worlds (26 inch and 29 inch). It rolls over obstacles easily with superior maneuverability.

The wheel rims in the Sorrento Hardtail Mountain Bike is a double wall 32H Diamondback XC260. This material and double wall construction will keep the wheel rims healthy despite being worn down by the linear pull brakes.

• Heat treated aluminum alloy frame
• Light, less than 40 lbs
• Two frame sizes: 16 inch and 18 inch
• Front suspension fork: alloy crown, 75 mm travel
• 21 speed combinations
• Shimano shifters
• Altus/Tourney front and rear derailleurs
• Replaceable derailleur hanger
• Tektro alloy linear pull brakes
• Upgradable to hydraulic type brake
• 27.5 inch knobby tire
• Double wall wheel rims

• Seat is not comfortable
• Flimsy plastic pedals, not durable

The Diamondback Sorrento Hardtail Complete Mountain Bike is a great bike for any kind of biker, whether it is a first day newbie or an advance avid cyclist. Though constructed with many entry level components, they are all of good brands that are already well known for their quality and durability. Diamondback even uses their superior aluminum alloy material for the frame, one that they normally featured on their higher end bikes. One thing many bikers are worried about is growing out of their bikes. With this mountain bike, that will not be an issue. Unlike many other entry level bikes, users can always upgrade this model to keep up with their skill set. In conclusion, if you are a rider who are looking for a high quality casual bike to be used every day as well as for the weekend adventures, the Diamondback Sorrento Hardtail Complete Mountain Bike can be the right answer for you.