New riders who want to make the next step in their riding have a perfect bike for their quest, the Diamondback Sorrento. The bike features an aluminium frame (DB 6061-T6 heat-treated and butted) with replaceable derailleur hanger and a 60mm travel Trail XC fork, which includes an alloy crown. This combination makes this bike the ultimate ride against bumps and potholes. The bike also includes a Shimano drivetrain which offer 21 gears that makes climbing rises a normal exercise, and Tektro alloy linear pull brake that comes in handy when riding down slope. Did I mention the double wall alloy rims? The rims are the stability masters and offer comfort during the ride.
Diamondback Sorrento, the 2012 model, is satin black and available in four sizes namely XL (22″), LG (20″), MD (18″) and SM (16″). The Sorrento is adaptable to all riding environments, including streets, the neighbourhood, or paths.
I bought this bike from the ‘Sports Authority’ for about $250. I chose this place because the bike was not only cheaper, but I also got an assembled bike that is ready for the road; this saved me ample time.
Even though this bike is not the best out there, it is the best among the bikes in the price range of $250. This is not a full fledged hardcore riding bike, but rather a gentle ride, on both paved and unpaved trails, and side city riding. The bike’s tires were my greatest allure; they are resilient to damage and provide better shock absorbing capacity than the hybrid bikes. The hybrid bikes are also not as good on unpaved trails or country side as this bike is.
In general, here is my opinion of this bike:
The bike’s seat isn’t really a good one. It is difficult to ride this bike for a couple of minutes on this seat without a good cover. I had to introduce the gel based seat covers, but I’m also thinking of replacing the seat.
The bike does not use disc brakes but rather the standard ones. Though adequate, they tend to make a squeaky sound when wet. But this isn’t something you can’t undo, as oiling them can help stop the sound.
The shock absorbers used on this bike are not the best, because even on paved trails I can still feel grating shock. This is an area the bike can improve on, but at $250, you don’t expect much and so this is not bad at all.
The bike has the standard Shimano 21 gear drive train. The gears work well but the bike has a tuning issue. When I move the front derailleur, the chain slips from one the sprocket. I have even taken it back for retuning but nothing has changed.
All in all, the bike is sturdily built to survive knocks. I have nastily fallen with it once, only the rear derailleur got slightly bent, but it I still rode it home. Later I took it to the ‘Sports Authority’ for service and it was back to its original shape.
I bought this bike online as a Christmas gift, and thanks to Amazon collaboration with UPS, the bike arrived in perfect condition. The bike is well designed and easily to assemble especially if you are handy and mechanically inclined.
Assembling it is easy; you first need to install the handlebar, but after you assemble the frame, rare wheel, chain and the shifters. After the handlebar, you need to install the front wheel before you hook up and adjust the brake cables, follow this with the seat then the pedals and you are done. It is that simple! But my review is not about how to assemble it, but rather how it looks and its performance.
As for the looks, the frame and welds are excellently done. The Shimano components that are include are beautiful but still not the best, of course not at this price.
The wheel bearings, crankseet bearings, pedals and shock absorbing fork fail to impress. Diamond did so well to borrow the Shimano components, but it has mocked us with the aforementioned equipments. The company could have used better version of the components, but maybe it was too much concerned about the profits. The components can hardly last if you are bully to this bike, but they are just fine for casual rides. The bike is also bulky! My Specialized HardRock, which I have had for the past 10 years, is better equipped and yet 5 lbs lighter than the Sorrento. Another thing, the bike is made in China!
Perhaps if you were considering acquiring a bully bike, then you must be already checking out on the other pricey models. Please do so, because this bike is not your type. However, if you want a less pricey but good bike for gentle riding, better than most bikes at Walmart, then Sorrento would be a good choice for you.
Sizes 16″ Small 18″ Medium 20″ Large 22″ Xlarge
Frame DB 6061-T6 heat-treated / butted aluminum w/ gusset, replaceable hanger
Fork Trail XC w/60mm travel
Rear Shock N/A
Cranks MTB Alloy Arm 24/32/42t
Bottom Bracket Cartridge Type
F. Derailleur Shimano Tourney, top pull, 31.8
R. Derailleur Shimano Altus 7spd
Shifter Shimano EF-51 Easyfire 7spd
Brake Levers Shimano EF-51
Brakes Tektro Alloy Linear
Cassette Shimano 7spd Freewheel (14-28t)
Rims 32h Weinmann XC260 Doublewall
Tires Kenda Dual Sport 26×1.95
Pedals MTB Resin
Handlebar Steel Riser
Stem Alloy 4 bolt Ahead
Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2mm
Seat DB Men’s ATB
Headset Ahead 1 1/8″
Hubset (F) 32h Alloy QR (R) 32h Alloy QR
Spokes 14g Black
Grips DB4L 135mm Kraton
Extras Owner’s manual, Chainstay Protector, Clear Coat, H20 bottle mounts
Note Specifications Subject to Change