I’m not sure if the Diamondback Haanjo Trail classifies as a gravel bike, cross or endurance road bike, but it sure looks like it would be one hell of a commuter. Since relocating back to Portland, Oregon, we’ve been putting a lot more road miles in than ever before — thanks primarily to a healthy commute— which has me scrutinizing the current market offerings closer than ever before. The Haanjo Trail hits the nail on the head across the board.
I’ve always been fond of alloy frames without paint. Any commuter knows that locking a bike regularly takes a major toll on the finish. With the Haanjo Trail, a bit of polish and it’ll look almost as good as new. A Shimano Ultegra 11 speed drive train with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes should ensure year round performance, while the endurance geometry provides an upright riding position, ideal for gravel grinding, dabbling in cross or dodging traffic on the way to work. Clearance for up to 40c tires make the frame a versatile option with a personality that can be easily transformed with a swap in tires.
At $2,300 MSRP, the Haanjo is a good value when you consider a titanium or carbon frame alone will set you back that much. It’s even more so when you consider the street price of this rig, which can be found for substantially less.. to the detriment of your local IBD.