Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Mountain Bike-What You Need To Know

Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Mountain Bike

 

Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Mountain Bike Review:

Choosing a mountain bike can be a difficult decision. It all depends on what your requirements are. If you walk into your local bike shop, and the county downhill champ is the one to help you choose, you might end up with a whole lot more bike than what you really need.

Diamondback realized that there is a large number of riders that would like the looks of a mountain bike, without paying for all those expensive parts that come with most mountain bikes today.  Manufacturers have been convincing recreational riders to buy bikes priced well over $2000 for far too long. It is refreshing when a company like Diamondback listens to their customers and create products for riders of all ages, shapes, and sizes.

So, when I talk about the Diamondback Sorrento as a mountain bike, take it with a grain of salt. It might look like a mountain bike, but this bike was made more for the road than the mountain.

 

Diamondback Bicycles 2015 Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike reviews.

Diamondback Sorrento Hard Tail Mountain BikeThe Diamondback Sorrento range of mountain bikes are aimed at the entry-level market and offers an affordable option for those new to the sport.  I probably shouldn’t say game here, since this is more of a recreational mountain bike than a pure sports version.  If you are a beginner mountain biker, you can take the Sorrento on dirt and gravel and perhaps navigate some small rocks and mud.  Personally, I wouldn’t take this on a single track or go rock-hopping with it.

This hardtail mountain bike comes with the Shimano Altus groupset. Although these are basic level components, they are one step above the most basic components from Shimano. These are not intended for rugged use.

The frame is made from aluminum that underwent heat treatment to strengthen it further.  This material is lightweight and offers an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio.

The 27.5-inch wheels strike a perfect balance between smooth riding and responsiveness.  The knobbly tires give excellent traction both on tar and gravel.  The 27.5inch wheels will be smoother and will grip better than 26-inch wheels.  When compared with 29-inch wheels, these will accelerate faster and respond better.  The double walled rims are a nice touch since other mountain bikes in this price range often come out with single wall rims.

The 3” SR Suntour M3030 XC 75mm suspension fork can handle some smaller bumps with ease, and pairs nicely with the Shimano Tourney front and Shimano Altus 7 speed back derailleur.  I liked how easy, and reliable the Shimano EF-51 Easyfire shifter changes gears and found it to be better than the shifter’s on some of the more expensive bikes on the market.

Is this a true mountain bike?

The Sorrento can more accurately be described as a lifestyle mountain bike.  It combines the functionality of the road bike with the off-road capabilities of a mountain bike.

Diamondback Sorrento Mountain BikesI wouldn’t take this bike down a dangerous downhill.  That would not be a good idea.  This bike is better suited to cruising the streets, riding on campus and hitting the bike path. You can take it on some light trails that aren’t too technical.  Just don’t take it on a serious single track, it might not end well for you or the bike.  The frame is good enough that with some upgrades you can convert this into a pretty decent downhill bike at a great price.

Is this a good bike for a woman to ride?

To be honest, I don’t believe in the whole men’s versus women’s bikes anymore.  There used to be a time, many years ago, that you could clearly tell the difference between them. Men’s bikes tended to have a more horizontal top tube, but this is no longer the case.

My sister-in-law took the Sorrento around the block, and she had no trouble riding it.  I think it would be a personal preference matter for a woman, but there is nothing I can think of that would stop a woman from enjoying this bike.

Size

Diamondback did an excellent job in making the Sorrento accessible to riders both big and small.  If you are under 5’7, the Small (16”) will be perfect for you.  For those between 5’7 and 5’10, the Medium (18”) is the answer.  Riders between 5’10 and 6’1 are a good fit for the Large (20”), while those taller than 6’1 will ride comfortably on the X-Large (22”).

Diamondback Sorrento Vs Trek 820

I had a few readers ask me about the differences between the Sorrento and the Trek 820.  Both of these bikes are hardtails and are priced around the 400 dollar mark.  I would also place both of these in the lifestyle mountain bike category.

The Trek comes with the Shimano Tourney groupset, and the Sorrento has the Shimano Altus group set.  Both can be considered basic sets, although the Altus on the Diamondback is considered to be one step above the Tourney.

The main difference between these two bikes is the frame. The Sorrento features a lightweight and durable aluminum frame, while the 820 is made from hi-tensile steel.  The Trek is made solely for sticking to the road, no matter what anyone tells you.  While the Sorrento is limited in its off-road capabilities.  I believe the aluminum frame is much better suited to handle some dirt tracks or easy cross-country riding than the 820.

Pros

I like the sub 500 dollar price on this bike, and I believe this bike is one of the best options for those starting out on a tight budget.  It gives riders the option of starting out with an affordable bike and upgrading parts if and when they feel like it.  There are too many bikes on the market that come out with premium parts that drive up the price of the bike.

I appreciate the fact that the Sorrento comes pre-assembled.  It took me about 20 minutes to attach the brake cable, install the handlebar and put on the front tire, seat and pedals.  20 minutes from opening the box to hitting the road.  Nicely done, Diamondback!

 

NOTE: If you aren’t confident putting a bike together, it might take you a little longer than 20 minutes.  Set aside 60 minutes for assembly.  Grab the detailed manual, and do a Youtube search.  I found a number of videos on how to assemble the Sorrento.

The lightweight 6061-T6 heat treated aluminum frame is strong and durable. I found the frame to be surprisingly efficient and responsive if you consider the price.

Diamondback has done a great job with the different size options. There is an option for riders of all ages and sizes.

The linear pull brakes from Tektro are powerful and make for simple and confident stopping.

Cons

Again Diamondback has disappointed me with their choice of saddle.  This is not the first time I had to replace the saddle on one of their mountain bikes.  I am bigger than most, so it might just be my personal preference.

I also found the pedals to be quite poor when I hit some gravel and dirt, even at this price.  I had an extra pair of the Shimano PD-M530 MTB SPD pedals in the garage, and when I threw these on the Sorrento, it was so much more fun to ride.  For those who plan on using this bike to drive on the streets, the standard pedals will be just fine.

Things to consider along with your purchase

sorrento-hard-tail-complete-mountainIf you want to upgrade the Sorrento, there are a few things I would recommend.  A new seat would be the first upgrade I would do.  There is no use in being uncomfortable when riding.  I like the comfortable Diamondback Men’s Pillow Top Bicycle Saddle a lot.

The brake pads on the Sorrento aren’t of the best quality, and I would opt to go for new ones.

While the pedals are decent for urban use, I would recommend upgrading if you plan on hitting the dirt every now and again.

Some accessories can enhance your riding experience further.  An odometer can give you a great idea of how far you ride each day, while gloves and lights will keep you safe.

For urban users, one shortcoming of this bike is the lack of a kickstand.  It is not a big deal for me, but if this is important to you, you can consider the Greenfield KS2-305B 305mm.  This kickstand fits and matches the Sorrento perfectly.

Conclusion

It is important to realize who this bike is made for.  It is not for hard-core downhill riders, nor is it for those who ride single track every Saturday morning.  The Sorrento is more of an urban bike (also sometimes referred to as lifestyle bikes) that might hit the gravel or dirt road once in a fortnight.

The affordable price makes this an affordable option for an entry level or an “around the town” bike. The Sorrento comes with some nice features, and the 27.5-inch wheels offer a smooth riding experience typically achieved with much more expensive bikes.  The Shimano derailleurs perform well, and the fire shifters make for smooth gear changes.

If you are looking for a bike to take you to campus and back, or to ride next to the beach, this is an excellent choice for you.  It will handle some light trail riding, but don’t expect to make big jumps with the Sorrento.

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Dawn - August 6, 2016 Reply

Hi – my son has a Diamondback, and you’re right it’s not a true ‘sport’ bike, but I have to say it’s fantastic for his use, and versatile enough for him!

George - August 7, 2016 Reply

This might be exactly what I’m looking for… an entry level bike I depend on when riding around the country roads in my area. Thanks for the review!

    ffor4 - August 9, 2016 Reply

    George thank you for the comment. The Diamondback Mountain Bikes are great bikes.

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