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Diamondback Mason Mountain Bike $799.99

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Diamondback [diamondback.com] has the Diamondback Mason Mountain Bike (Black) on sale for $799.99. MSRP is normally $2000 so thats a $1200 savings. Shipping is free!



Available sizes:

S/ 15.5"
M/ 17"
L/ 19"
XL/ 21"

They also have the Mason Comp on sale for $1219.99, normally $2300
and the Mason Trail on sale for $700, normally $1400
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Will this come assembled? If not how hard is it to put together? I never put together a bike before.
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Will this come assembled? If not how hard is it to put together? I never put together a bike before.
typically you put on the front tire, attach handle bar to the stem and pedals.

a set of allen keys should do the job.

should take about 15 minutes
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good price for the hardware.
pros is the reba shock, drive train, and groupset.

This bike should handle most trails (cross country trails) thrown at it

This bike is easily in the 7-8 range on my scale and easily handle any of the trails shown in the videos.

[Scale][MSRP Bike] [Type of Riding][Type of Bike Needed]
[1][ $100-250][ I can ride a bike/Im learning][ Hybrid]
I ride mostly on the road…in parks.. This is a bike, it has two wheels and rolls.
Department Stores/General Stores (Walmart, Target, Sears)
Brands (Next/Genesis/Huffy/Columbia/Mongoose/Schwinn)

[3][ $250-500][ I may like to ride off the road][ Hybrid/Low End Mtn]
General sport stores (Rei/Dicks/Sports Authority/Sports Chalet/Local Bike Shop)
Brands include – (In House brand, diamond back, K2, Raleigh, GT etc…)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYZ31reMvKg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjwWW3xAo7Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvHZAYzHz8M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q4YYgf_sNE

[5][ $500-700][ I ride trails(Fire roads – 2 car widths – little to no drops – some bumps][ Low/Med Mtn]
Specialty Sports Stores (Performance bikes, REI, Sports Chalet, Local Bike Shop)
Brands (Marin, Diamond Back, In House, Haro, Raleigh, GT etc..)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lajg7xble8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--V8cWv9Kn8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR6CugMUc7I

[7][ $700-2000][ I love riding off road (single tracks -1-2 feet wide with 6"+ drops)][Med/High End Mtn]
Specialty Sports Stores/Bike stores (Performance bikes, REI, Sports Chalet, Local Bike Shop)
Brands (Marin, Diamond Back, In House, cannondale, trek, giant, specialized…etc..etc)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwqpiQfSRcc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHPgm2aQ_ko
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S27j2i4n9iI

[10][ $2000+][ I am a pro][High End]
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Great price!

Note: that this is what's called 27.5+ (27.5 Plus) bike meaning the tires are bit bulkier than a 'regular' 27.5 bike (27.5"x2.8 [+] versus 27.5"x2.1/2.3 [standard])
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This looks like a good deal, mostly due to the Rockshox Reba... I have some questions:

How does the Avid disc brakes compare to Shimano price/performance/maintenance wise?
What is the equivalent Shimano "level" to the SRAM X5 or X7 shifter/groups?

Essentially, what price range of bikes on bikesdirect.com should I compare to? The features and component levels in MTB is much more complicated than road bikes...
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This looks like a good deal, mostly due to the Rockshox Reba... I have some questions:

How does the Avid disc brakes compare to Shimano price/performance/maintenance wise?
What is the equivalent Shimano "level" to the SRAM X5 or X7 shifter/groups?

Essentially, what price range of bikes on bikesdirect.com should I compare to? The features and component levels in MTB is much more complicated than road bikes...
Found this website comparing various groupsets:

http://www.bikeroar.com/articles/...no-vs-sram

Looks like SRAM X7 is equivalent to Shimano's SLX.

When comparing specs against BikeDirect make sure to check for other important factors such as tapered head tube and spacing in the rear (DB has the newest boost axle 148x12). While the components can always be replaced, you will not be able to retrofit the headtube (tapered one offers you a lot of options when it comes to upgrading front fork).
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Found this website comparing various groupsets:

http://www.bikeroar.com/articles/...no-vs-sram

Looks like SRAM X7 is equivalent to Shimano's SLX.

When comparing specs against BikeDirect make sure to check for other important factors such as tapered head tube and spacing in the rear (DB has the newest boost axle 148x12). While the components can always be replaced, you will not be able to retrofit the headtube (tapered one offers you a lot of options when it comes to upgrading front fork).
This is a great deal, if only i hadn't bought a different bike.
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Will this come assembled? If not how hard is it to put together? I never put together a bike before.
You've never put a bike together before and you're considering dropping 8 bills on your first one? Awesome. Smilie
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You've never put a bike together before and you're considering dropping 8 bills on your first one? Awesome. Smilie
people drop 20 bills without ever putting a bike together or tuning one. they just prefer to pick up from the store.. to each their own.
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Any opinions on the Mason COMP? Component wise, it appears to be a good deal (if you want/need them..) however, percentage savings wise, it is not as great as the OP deal.

Also, what is the performance difference between the Fox fork on the COMP vs the Rockshox Reba fork on the regular Mason? Other than the 10mm extra travel, why is the Fox 34 worth ~$250 more retail price?
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Will this come assembled? If not how hard is it to put together? I never put together a bike before.
Quote from jaqnabox
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typically you put on the front tire, attach handle bar to the stem and pedals.

a set of allen keys should do the job.

should take about 15 minutes
For this bike you won't just drop in the front tire and ride off into the sunset. You need to attach both tires (back is a pain) and adjust the disc brakes, which takes a lot of wiggling components around until perfect. Will take at least an hour if not a few to get it right.





Quote from Szyszka
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Note: that this is what's called 27.5+ (27.5 Plus) bike meaning the tires are bit bulkier than a 'regular' 27.5 bike (27.5"x2.8 [+] versus 27.5"x2.1/2.3 [standard])

THIS will come as a surprise to some. These tires are enormous and will be loud as all get out on the road if you plan to use this on pavement. It will also make any ride challenging from an effort standpoint.

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people drop 20 bills without ever putting a bike together or tuning one. they just prefer to pick up from the store.. to each their own.


People drop 50 bills of the Washington variety to pick up at Walmart all the time. FrownFrown
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For this bike you won't just drop in the front tire and ride off into the sunset. You need to attach both tires (back is a pain) and adjust the disc brakes, which takes a lot of wiggling components around until perfect. Will take at least an hour if not a few to get it right.
most shipped bikes have the rear tire already attached. the front tire and handle bars typically come unassembled. The front tire and handle bar increase the volume of the shipping box, so its easier to fit the tire and bar side by side with the frame. The brakes typically dont need adjustment. I take my front tire off my bike all the time to lock it into my rack, ive never needed to adjust my brakes.

thats my experience with ordering 5+ bikes online and assembling them.
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THIS will come as a surprise to some. These tires are enormous and will be loud as all get out on the road if you plan to use this on pavement. It will also make any ride challenging from an effort standpoint.

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Will these tires fit most people's bike racks? I know my father in law needed a higher end rack to fit his bikes beefy tires.
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Any opinions on the Mason COMP? Component wise, it appears to be a good deal (if you want/need them..) however, percentage savings wise, it is not as great as the OP deal.

Also, what is the performance difference between the Fox fork on the COMP vs the Rockshox Reba fork on the regular Mason? Other than the 10mm extra travel, why is the Fox 34 worth ~$250 more retail price?
because its fox (branding). higher end stuff typically use fox products. for a casual rider/beginner rider, the difference is probably minor. you wont be hitting any bumps or jumps requiring the extra features. bang for your buck, rock shock is probably a better bet.
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