Diamondback Bicycles is a popular manufacturer of a wide range of bicycles styles, gear and accessories. While they can’t quite compete with major brands in the industry, they’re quickly making a name for themselves for the high-quality components on well-built bikes that are offered at a reasonable price. Their latest model may not be able to compete with hybrid bikes that cost two or three times the price, but you’ll be surprised at the types of features, components and overall quality this model has to offer.
The Diamondback Bicycles Insight 2 complete hybrid bike is a stylish, sleek bike that offers customization like no other model in this price range, and a ton of impressive features. It’s also one of our top picks of affordable hybrid bikes, so it’s a steal for the price as well.
This bike has a classic look that just screams quality and power, but can it really stand up to the test when it comes to terrain variety? Let’s find out.
Diamondback Bicycles Hybrid Bike Overview and Features
In truth, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get the best hybrid bike on the market. The Insight 2 is offered at a reasonable price, rides well and comes equipped with high-quality component that make this bike virtually unstoppable.
The bike comes equipped with Shimano twenty-one speed gear system, and a Tektro Aries mechanical disc with 160 mm rotors. Buyers can choose from four different tire sizes: sixteen inch, eighteen inch, twenty inch, twenty-two inch. The ability to choose your tire size is a huge selling point for consumers.
The Insight 2 is Diamondback’s latest model and the sequel to the Insight 1 which was released last year. This model shares many of the same features, however, you’ll find that it also offers a number of improvements. The Insight line is popular among cyclists, mostly because of how easily these bikes can transition between asphalt and off-road riding.
The frame on the 2 is the same as the frame on the original Insight and it’s made from the same stable, durable, lightweight aluminum. This model is designed for upright cycling and it comes equipped with high-quality components from major manufacturers such as Shimano. Unlike the original Insight, this model is equipped with disc brakes.
Cyclists will also love the eyelets found on the frame that are designed to make adding rear and front fenders or a rack, easy. The 700c road tires are thick, tough, and durable.
Insight 2 Pros and Cons
Pros: This is one beautiful bike. On the frame you’ll find taped holes and pre-drilled holes and bolts that allow you to install water bottle holders in a couple of places, in addition to the holes drilled for the front and rear fenders. Riding around, you’ll notice that this bike is whisper quiet. Most cyclists also loved the Altus derailleurs and the Shimano shifters. The thick 700c tires can easily handle tight turns, while also delivering nice acceleration without much effort when traveling at higher speeds.
If you’re searching for a bike to cruise around town on or you’re in need of a daily commuter, riding over city streets and paved trails, the Insight 2 is a great choice. However, if you’re looking for a bike to ride off trail, then you’re going to need a bike with shocks.
Riding the bike over asphalt feels like the bike is simply gliding. You’ll enjoy the smooth ride and the number of gears that can help you easily climb hilly terrain. The bike handles well and offers a lighter weight frame compared to an average road bike or mountain bike. This is a huge plus for riders who enjoy taking their bikes on camping trips or any other destination that requires the bike to be lifted into a bike rack for transportation. The frames light weight also makes it easy to climb steep hills and encourages a longer ride time.
Cons: There are a couple of things you should consider before you push that buy now button. First, even though this bike comes with high-quality disc brakes, they should be broken in. Initially, you may notice some shaking or shuddering when you first start riding this bike, however, this will disappear once the brakes have been broken in. You should be able to quickly break them in with some good hard stops.
You’ll also want to pay close attention to the sizing chart before you choose a model, some buyers reported that the bike was too small for riders over six feet tall. Consumers also recommend having the bike’s derailleurs professionally assembled and adjusted since derailleurs on hybrid bikes tend to be tricky. Because this bike has no shocks, some riders don’t recommend taking this bike off-roading or over bumpy terrain. In fact, many cyclists reported that you can feel every rock and bump in the road. Like with many stock seats, many buyers found the saddle stiff and uncomfortable. You can easily swap it out or purchase a gel cover for a more enjoyable ride.
If you’ve never assembled a bike before, we recommend having it professionally assembled. While it does come partially assembled it requires plenty of tweaking and adjustments in order for the bike to be fully functional. The brakes are not properly assembled, while you’ll also find loosely routed cables and derailleurs that need adjustment. Professional assembly is offered at most bike shops with a cost ranging from forty to sixty dollars.
Hybrid Bike Conclusion and Rating
The Insight 2 by Diamondback strives to be the ultimate men’s hybrid bike but it falls a little flat in its efforts. While a great bike to use for daily commuting or casual riding over cultivated terrain, the bike’s lack of shocks make it a poor choice if you plan on some serious trail riding or off-roading. Cyclists who purchased this hybrid bike gave it a rating of four out of five stars for the brakes and derailleurs, solid construction, and overall quality.