Shopping for an off-road or a commuter bike is not at all easy – especially if you want to cover a variety of terrains. The new Diamondback Trace Dual Sports 2014 edition has been designed just for that. It is the new and one of the latest entries in the Diamonback Trace series. With its innovative mountain bike like geometry and comparatively larger wheels (700C), the Diamondback Trace Dual Sports is ready to scale any terrain with utmost grace and ease. All the Diamondback Traces come with 6061- T6 Butted Aluminium Dual Sports Frame with formed top and down tubes, an integrated chainstay disc brake mount and forged drop outs. The Dual Sport Fork helps to absorb any unexpected hits or bumps from the road and allows for a smoother ride with superior control. The wheels are one of the most important parts for any dual sports vehicle and the Trace is no exception. For handling the gravel, it has been equipped with 32h Diamondback SL-7 Double wall rims with SL-7 Alloy disc hubs and Innova Dual Sports 700x40C puncture resistant tires.
It comes with a Trace 6061- T6 Butted Aluminium Dual Sports Frame with Formed Top and Down Tubes; SR Suntour NVX-MLO Fork; Shimano Acera FCM361 Cranks with Chain Guard (28/38/48t); Sealed Cartridge Bottom Bracket; Shimano Acera Dual Pull Front Deraulleur; Shimano Alivio 9 speed Rear Derailleur; Shimano SL-M360 Shifters; Avid FR5 Brake Levers; Avid BB5 Disc Brake Set (with 6 Inch Rotors); Shimano HG-20 ( 9 speed) Cassette; 32h Diamondback SL-7 Rims; Innova Dual Sports Tires with Puncture Resistant Casing; Wellgo Forged Alloy Pedals; DB Lazer Series Handlebar (31.8 millimetre); DB AL-6061 A-head Stem (7 degree, 31.8 millimetre); DB Lazer Series Seatpost (27.2 millimetre) with Micro Adjust; DB Dual Sports Series Seat (Black); A-head 1-1/8 inch Headset; KMC Z-99 Chain; 14g Stainless Steel Spokes and Diamonback Dual Density Comfort Grips.
The Diamondback Trace Dual Sport 2014 edition is the latest edition of their signature entry level bike in the Diamondback Trace series. As a dual sports bike, it has been designed to handle all kinds of terrains and can be used for off-road biking as well. If you have been searching for a bicycle that can serve as an alternative commuter, you can consider this one as one of your options. On the other hand, if you are a rookie looking to get into biking, this one is a great choice.
Equipped with components which have a proven track record of excellence, this bike is a true power-performer. As a dual sports bike, it has the ability of handling the gravel and the control and ride quality offered on rough surfaces is exceptional. Following is a comparison of specifications for Trace 2013 and Trace Comp 2014.
Specification Trace 2013 Trace Comp 2014
Sizes 16 inches, 18 inches, 20 inches and 22 inches 16 inches, 18 inches, 20 inches and 22 inches
Frame Trace 6061- T6 Butted Aluminium Dual Sports Trace 6061- T6 Butted Aluminium Dual Sports
Fork Hi-Tensile Steel Dual Sport SR Suntour NVX-MLO
Crankset SR Suntour XCT with Chain Guard (28/38/48t) Shimano Acera FCM361 with Chain Guard (28/38/48t)
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge Sealed Cartridge
Front Dera. Shimano TX51 Dual Pull Shimano Acera Dual Pull
Rear Dera. Shimano Altus Shimano Alivio 9 speed
Shifter Shimano EF-51 Easy Fire Shimano SL-M360
Brake Levers Shimano EF-51 Avid FR5
Brakes Tektro Novela (with 6 Inch Rotors) Avid BB5
Cassette Shimano HG-20 ( 7 spd) Shimano HG-20 ( 9 speed)
Rims 32h Weinmann SL-7 Double Walled 32h Diamondback SL-7
Tires Innova Dual Sports Tires 700Cx40C Innova Dual Sports with Puncture Resistant Casing
Pedals Wellgo Forged Alloy Wellgo Forged Alloy
Handlebar DB Lazer Series (31.8 millimetre) DB Lazer Series (31.8 millimetre)
Stem DB AL-6061 A-head (7 degree, 31.8 millimetre) DB AL-6061 A-head (7 degree, 31.8 millimetre)
Chain KMC Z51 KMC Z99
Assembling the bike is easy if you have done something like this before. The Shimano shifters do a really good job in providing smooth, efficient and seamless shifting and the disc brakes provide shear braking power with precision, stability and control. Although the seat and the pedals could have been a little better, overall the bike performs really well and comes with an affordable price tag. The bike is worth trying and it is definitely value for you money.