Need a good entry level mountain bike with a full suspension frame and an affordable price? Consider the budget-friendly the Diamondback 2014 Recoil 29 FS mountain bike. Diamondback is known for making high quality bikes ad this Recoil 29 model for 2014 is no exception to that.
Though a good choice for any mtbers, I think that this is one of the best full suspension bikes for mountain biking beginners. It performs well on aggressive trails and it easy to control. Before you learn more about this bike, check out the differences between full suspension and hardtail mtbs to make certain that you want a FS mountain bike.
2014 Diamondback Recoil 29 MTB In Detail
This is one of the more popular FS bikes because the 29-inch platform is what is most widely used by mountain bikers. Of course, that isn’t the only reason that this cheap entry-level mountain bike is top rated – it gives you a fun ride out on the trails and has a low price that makes it affordable for any beginners looking to pick up the hobby.
With this bike, rough terrain is no problem because those 29-inch wheels just steam roll right over any obstacles. They are surprisingly great at making it down the trail without catapulting you off the bike. Even so, remember to get yourself a good helmet for your rides, just in case. Not only can this bike handle all the roughest terrain, it actually gives you a pretty smooth ride. When you’re on it, you will love the speed and the fact that it gets great traction.
An important thing to look for in a mountain bike is one that leaves you feeling like you are in complete control when you’re on it – you totally get that with this bike. The frame does a great job of absorbing all those bumps from tree roots and rocks while you sit confidently in control.
Stability and control aren’t all that this mtb has to offer. How do 32h Diamondback SL-7 double wall rims and Shimano Acera rear derailleur w/SLM-310 8spd Rapid-fire shifters sound to you? Pretty spiffy, eh? It also features an 8-speed drivetrain, which is awesome for descending and climbing. You really get a lot for your money with this mountain bike.
If I had to pick one thing to complain about in regards to this mtb, it would be the weight of the thing. It seems super heavy! Sure, there are some lightweight models that you buy, but they have a higher price tag. Just keep in mind that this isn’t your commuter road bike and it weighs a bit more.
The top features of the Diamondback 2014 Recoil 29 include:
- Diamondback’s durable Recoil series Full Suspension 6061 T-6 Aluminum Single Pivot Trail frame with 4″ of suspension travel delivers comfort and control
- SR XCT 100mm fork with external preload adjust and a Kinshock Coil rear shock with oil damping soak up the bumps on the trail
- Shimano 8-speed shifters and derailleurs for smooth, trouble free shifting are paired with a three chainrings up front to give you 24 gears to choose from
- Tektro IO Plus mechanical disc brakes provide abundant braking power in wet and dry conditions
- Twenty-nine inch wheels built with double wall rims and 32 count 14 gauge stainless steel spokes are matched to WTB Wolverine Comp 29×2.2 tires to deliver miles and miles of durable performance
When you’re ready to buy the Diamondback Recoil 29er mountain bike, you’ll need to make sure that you get the proper frame size. It ranges from small to large. Check out the differences now:
- small is 16-inch
- medium is 18-inch
- large is 20-inch
I don’t have a GoPro, but I did find a video online where someone else recorded their Recoil 29. Take a look at it below so that you can get a feel for this awesome mountain bike. Just note that their bike is actually the 2013 model, not that it really matters much in terms of what the bike is like.
Bottom line: The Diamonback Recoil 29er mtb is a good quality and cheap mountain bike for beginners, as well as those who are moderately experienced mountain bikers. Sure, there are certainly some better models out there for aggressive mountain biking and such, but at this price point, the Recoil 29er is the best value beginner mountain bike for the money. Expect to get thousands of miles out of this mtb.
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