Diamondback 2016 Atroz Comp Ready-Ride Mountain Bike

Diamondback 2016 Atroz Comp Ready-Ride

Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Atroz Comp Ready-Ride

Cross country racing is the biggest of all the mountain biking disciplines and even forms part of the Olympic Games. With this growth in cross country racing, manufacturers are consistently bringing new bikes to market.

The 2016 Atroz Comp Ready Ride is one of the latest offerings from Diamondback Bicycles. Diamondback describes the Atroz Comp Ready Ride as a capable trail bike with aggressive trail tires, powerful brakes, and dependable shifting. On top of that, they say it comes hand-built and is ready to ride in a few quick steps. That is quite a claim. Let’s find out if it is true.

Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Atroz Comp Complete READY RIDE Full Suspension Mountain Bike

The Atroz Comp is a unique bike if you consider what you get. This full-suspension mountain bike has a streamlined suspension design that ends up saving you a fair bit of money. The mountain-ready Rock Shox Monarch R rear shock delivers 120mm of suspension travel with adjustable rebound. Hearing the chain slap when tackling the rough stuff is a thing of the past with the elevated chainstay and the sealed cartridge bearing.

Diamondback 2016 Atroz Comp BikeThis bike comes with a lightweight and durable 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame and will give you years of riding pleasure. The flat profile frame makes for a very comfortable posture when on the bike for both cross country rides and jumping.

With a Smooth-shifting SRAM 1×10 single ring drivetrain, hydraulic brakes, and a 142x12mm thru-axle, this bike is ready to tackle just about any trail you can throw at it.

The Atroz is considered to be a mountain trail bike. What does this mean? Trail bikes are the all-rounders that are somewhere between cross-country and all-mountain bikes, which means they are very versatile and can be used on just about any terrain.

I took the Atroz up the hills, through some technical sections and rode some narrow single tracks. Dodging rocks and racing against my typical Saturday morning crew, I put this bike through its paces. Let’s see how it performed.

What is Atroz Comp Complete?

The Atroz Comp Complete comes with 27.5inch wheels fitted with 650B tires that are very responsive and maneuverable. These wheels come with Kenda Nevegal Lite tires that provide excellent traction on all types of terrain, and the wheels have no problem rolling over smaller roots, rocks and other obstacles.

The 27.5-inch wheels strike a delicate balance between the traction and smooth ride of a 29-inch wheel, and the faster ride of the 26-inch wheel. It does provide the best of both worlds and makes this bike a versatile performer.

It comes with a 10-speed gear system. The crank comes with a single slot which makes for easier operation. This eliminates the need for a front derailleur, which in turn ensures the bike is lighter.

A side benefit from not having a front derailleur is that there are fewer parts to maintain and service. It might not sound like something right now, but it will add up to long-term savings.

The rear derailleur is the sturdy SRAM X7-Type 2 10speed mid-cage, and coupled with the Race Face Ride with 30T “Narrow Wide” single ring, makes for fast and easy shifting.

I like the width of the Race Face Respond handlebar (it is 785mm) and in conjunction with the short stem, it gives the feeling of being in control on mild downhills. It also comes with Race Face stem, crank and chain ring.

I liked how the Rock Shox XC32 120mm front fork with turnkey handled itself, although I have heard of other users that complained about the fork losing compression after landing a big jump. I have done a few decent sized jumps with this bike, and I haven’t experienced losing compression or lockout. I have also taken a few hard landings without any issues.

The front fork has a beautiful table printed on it with the amount of air you should put in based on your weight and riding preferences.

If you are a serious mountain biker, the suspension fork is probably the first thing you should upgrade on any standard mountain bike. For 9 out of 10 riders, the Rock Shox XC32 will work just fine. If you are one of those that need the best of the best, I would recommend you consider something like the SR Suntour or RockShox Recon is a good option that won’t break the bank.

What is the right size?

Diamondback is one the few mountain bike manufacturers that cater for riders of all shapes and sizes and riding preference. The Atroz Comp comes in three sizes, small, medium and large.

Go for the 16” small if you are under 5’7, and the large (20”) if you are over 5’10. Anything in between, you should opt for the medium (18”). Full suspension, complete control.

Diamondback 2016 Atroz Comp Mountain BikeThe hand-built 4-inch travel aluminum alloy frame offers full air suspension and is super strong, and while the design is fairly basic, it does its job well. It also makes for extra comfort and additional control while riding. The rear suspension design is different to standard models, and this is what made it possible for Diamondback to offer this bike at this affordable price.

The front shocks can lock, and you can control the rebound on both the front and rear shocks. The full suspension paired with the Tektro Gemini Hydraulic Disc brakes on front (180mm) and back (160mm), makes for excellent stopping power in any conditions you might encounter. I probably did about 30 mins of hard riding and stopping, and I was happy with how they worked after this break in period.

If you are looking for a serious downhill racer, the front travel of 120mm will not be enough, and I would recommend going with a different option. While it is very responsive to steering, it just won’t be sufficient to absorb those big jumps, and the bike will feel twitchy on fast downhills. Unless you are planning on doing serious racing (30mph+) on downhill courses, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

For cross-country trail riding the 120mm travel fork is plenty, and the Rock Shox front suspension is not likely to bottom out even if you are large in stature.
And if you want to take this bike on more gnarly trails, you can consider upgrading to a 140mm fork.

Where to buy at the best price?

There are plenty of places to shop online for mountain bikes. Then there is also your local bike shop. But if you are looking for the best price, Amazon.com is where you need to buy. Their service is excellent; returns are never a hassle and to top it all off, they offer free delivery.

What I liked:

I like how the streamlined rear suspension eliminates the typically complicated linkages found on other bikes. It makes for a predictable and smooth ride over smaller rocks, roots, and logs. I was surprised what I could handle with the 4 inches of squish.

I am also a big fan of Diamondback’s ReadyRide program. The aim is to get you on the bike sooner. It means that they ship your bike to you pre-assembled, and you just have a few simple steps before you can hit your first trail. The derailleurs are adjusted, and the brakes are dialed in. Just put on the seat, pedals, and front wheel, and you are ready for your first ride on your shiny new Atroz.

For any mountain biker, there is no worse feeling than getting a new bike and then having to struggle through 3 hours of tedious assembly. The result, I was on my bike sooner. It took me just under 15 minutes from receiving the bike, to being out the door on my first ride.

For the more experienced riders, you might want to take some time to tune the suspension before the first ride. Personally, I like to get the bike out for a ride before making any suspension adjustments.

I also like how the single-pivot design removes the need for a front derailleur. Long story short, this saves you maintenance, and it saves on the weight. You know how important the weight of your bike is.

What I didn’t like

If you have read any of my other articles on this blog, you know that I am a bit of a snob when it comes to bike seats. It is probably because my rear is slightly larger than most which make most standard seats quite uncomfortable. It might not be a big deal for most riders, but I prefer sticking another seat on this bike.

s-l300Previously I recommended the Sunlite Cloud-9 Bicycle Suspension Cruiser Saddle, and I still think it is one of the best seats for its price.

I let my brother-in-law take the Atroz Comp for a ride, and he didn’t like the standard Diamondback plastic pedals that it came with. I didn’t mind them too much, but he felt like a pedal upgrade would be nice.

The Atroz Comp weighs a little over 30lbs, which is typical for all mountain bikes. Cross country bikes are usually just under 30lbs, but you sacrifice the versatility when you go for that option. While some believe this bike is probably a little on the heavy side, you have to ask yourself, is it worth paying an additional $1000 to have a bike that weighs 3 lbs less?

In my case, it is not. You could probably put that $1000 to use better with some upgrades. Replacing some of the standard parts with lightweight alternatives could shave off that 3 lbs.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for an all mountain bike that can do it all, the Atroz Comp is a great option. Ideally suited for those starting out, this is an accomplished ride. This versatile mountain bike takes aggressive riding, jumping, cross country riding and cross country races in its stride without breaking a sweat. There aren’t many full suspension mountain bikes under $1 500 that can do all of this.

It offers affordable and reliable performance with the light but rugged aluminum frame and performs well on the mountain and single tracks.

I would go so far as to say that it is just as tough as any Trek dual suspension I have ever ridden. And let’s be honest, with the great looks of this bike, your buddies will be super jealous when you show up at your next Saturday morning trail ride.

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Elizabeth - August 23, 2016 Reply

Thanks for this review. I’ve been researching bikes for my husband’s birthday. He’s so picky that I want to make sure I do my homework. Thanks for doing all the heavy lifting for me, lol.

Bonnie - August 23, 2016 Reply

Thanks for the review. I too am a bike seat snob. I hate it when you are in pain for days after from just one ride. Great tip to put a better seat on. Thanks again.

Suze - August 23, 2016 Reply

A very comprehensive review, thank you. I like that you are able to write about your personal experience with this bike. It makes it that much better to read a review that is real. Like the commenter above, I am looking to buy a mountain bike for a gift for my son who is ready to take on more aggressive trails. The Atroz Comp seems to tick off all the boxes.

Tim - August 23, 2016 Reply

Great review. The 10-speed gear system is really nice. Sure the bike may weigh more, but the performance is worth it, in my opinion.

Bailey - August 24, 2016 Reply

Thanks for the review – I’m pleased that you mentioned that the Diamondback has a sealed cartridge bearing and elevated chainstay because I’ve had quite a few problems with my current bike with the chain jolting and even coming off on rough terrain – especially rocky tracks. I’m saving up for a new bike and this one seems ideal for me. Thanks for the insight.

    ffor4 - August 25, 2016 Reply

    Thank you Bailey, for the comment. The Diamondback Bikes are great bikes. I know you would be happy with one.

Jeffry - December 20, 2016 Reply

Mountain biking is one of the top items on my bucket list. One of the things that keeps me from actually starting it is the overwhelming choice of mountain bikes out there. Thank you for narrowing it down. Hills and rocks, here I come!

    ffor4 - December 20, 2016 Reply

    Jeffry, thank you for your comment. You will enjoy mountain biking once you start. It is great exercise as well as fun in the great
    outdoors. We have tried to make it easier for you to make the right choice for you. Hope you will try our website out when you purchase.

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