The Diamondback El Oso range of ‘fat’ mountain bikes are aimed at all those looking for an affordable entry into the world of fat tire riding on a quality machine.
Fat biking has taken off over the past few years. It has evolved from a niche sporting pastime for off-road riding on snow and sand trails to something a lot more mainstream.
Nowadays you see fat bikes everywhere.
What’s the reason for this rise in popularity? In a word – FUN!
Never far behind the trend, Diamondback has burst onto the fat bike scene with their El Oso range. I’m going to review here their mid-range bike, the Diamondback Bicycles El Oso Grande, which translates as “The Big Bear.”
It can be tough shopping around for a decent mountain bike for less than $500. The manufacturers are great at touting premium parts and features and why everyone needs them, but less great at showing where the real value for money options are.
You are looking to buy a mountain bike at the same price the hard core mountain bikes are paying for just their front fork.
Walk into your local bike shop, and you are likely to feel intimidated very quickly. The kid working at the bike shop, who might well be a semi-pro downhill racer, will probably try to sell you a mountain bike for $2500 while all you need is a bike to get you from point A to point B.
Perhaps the occasional off-road riding, but nothing that justifies the astonishing price tags on some of the expensive Trek or Kona models.
With this post, I hope to shed some light on the very reliable options on the market that are available for less than 500 dollars.
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.