This week’s Readers’ Rides is one wild rig! Timothy‘s Diamondback is a great example of how vintage bikes can keep rolling for decades and can be quite fun to build out, much less ride!
If you need a rugged machine look no further then the Diamondback bicycle family from the ’90s. Overall great construction, pretty strong and made from USA True Temper tubes. This example was customized by Jeffson Bikes around 2004 and has an adjustable BB and disc tab welded on. The paint is my own doing after I could not stop looking at a Cooks Bros cruiser with a sunset fade. I did this with spray cans, and the homie made me some custom stickers that represent my bad back I had while building this bike.
I wanted to build a fun bike to cruise our local mountain trails and paths, it’s a little sluggish on the streets but fun as hell when the terrain gets loose.
Steering: Fork is a Kona project 2 with the mounts removed joined with a Chris King and FBM bottle neck stem, long live FBM. Handlebar duties are handled by a Renthal Motorcross set and griped with classic Oury’s.
Drivetrain: Redline flights 180mm with a Sharp 42T sprocket, KMC chain in gold for the pimps, and the classic mk2 Shimano DX pedals.
Wheels: Hope single speed hubs laced to Salsa rims using DT Swiss spokes.
Seating: At some point, this carbon-railed Bontrager saddle was in my parts box along with this Shimano XTR post easy choice then.
Brakes: Avid, not sure about these other then I had them on hand and they bolted straight on! got that slick little sticky finger lever cover and builders string holding the cable on.
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