We’ve been hearing a lot about the rising costs of high end bikes, and while it’s possible to spend a small fortune to get a dream ride, the actual cost of admission to the sport isn’t anywhere as daunting as one might expect.
Take the Diamondback Sync’R for example. $1350 gets you a complete all mountain capable alloy hardtail featuring 650b wheels with thru-axle hubs, a 10-speed drive train, hydraulic disc brakes and name brand parts. That ain’t shabby. The contemporary geometry and handling is the highlight of the Sync’r with its properly sized cockpit. The 50mm stem and 785mm wide bars are spot on with what most riders use today, paired with a frame designed for it. Instead of a heavy excuse for an “XC bike” this rig is aimed at new trail riders (or just someone looking to build their skills on a hardtail) looking to try the sport, whether it’s on a flow trail or local bike park.
The downside: the 27.2mm post, common on dirt jump bikes means limited options for a dropper post, the first upgrade you’ll need to do to really enjoy the bike on trail rides. It also means if you upgrade to a dual suspension frame later you won’t be able to take it with you. That said, all you need are quality pedals and a dropper post and you’re ready to roll.
The Sync’R is available in three different packages, but unless you want to spend more later, skip the other two which are equipped with quick releases wheels. A few hundred bucks more gives you the thru-axle upgrade, the Rockshox fork and 10 speed drive train. Spending a little more at this price point makes a huge difference in performance, and unless you’re planning to let the bike gather dust, the initial investment is more than worth it. the Sync’r lists for $1350, though street price is considerably less; REI has it listed at $1199, and after you get your dividend check, it’s even that much more of a bargain.
Carson Storch at Duthie Hill on the Sync’r
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