The Diamondback's straightforwardness is what makes it a standout.
This stable, confidence-nurturing cross-country racer holds its line with minimal effort on climbs and descents, and pedals much lighter than its 25 pounds might suggest. A full Shimano XT parts set, including hydraulic disc brakes, makes the SL a steal.Bonus:
The lockouts on the front and rear shocksless and less common on newer bikesproved a blessing on the approach to our testing grounds.Bummer:
The Manitou Radium RL rear shock isn't as firm as the company's Swinger models.