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Bike 1 - Bigger/Better - Diamondback Clutch

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Say hello to this 2017 Diamondback Clutch in Size XS!

I pulled the trigger on our first bike purchase of the Bigger/Better series. Excited to finally have some movement here. However I am a little uncertain about this bike, simply because it's been a while since I bought a $600 mountain bike. This bike went into a bidding war between 6 buyers.  I was the first to message and apparently, the only buyer to take the risk of buying the bike sight unseen, days before I could make the trip to pick it up.  The original list price was $500, but I ended up pulling the trigger at $600 to bring the bidding war to a close.

Now that I have the bike, there are a few things about it I really like, and a few that could limit the upside of this entry level Trail whip.

Buying a used bike is always interesting because you can learn a lot about the history of a bike just by examining the parts and condition. This bike SCREAMS  park bike, laps with the Bros and good times until sunset. With DD Tires, Wide Bars, no dropper post and an autographed Crank works Whistler mud flap, I have to believe that the previous rider collected a lot of very fun park lap memory's and smiled each and every time they dropped in.

The good: 

  1. All the bearings are smooth (Wheels, pivots, headset and Bottom Bracket)
  2. Fork and Shock are plush, smooth and no damage on the stanchions. 
  3. Wheels are tru with no flat spots or dings
  4. Brakes are really snappy despite being Standard SRAM Level.
  5. Derailleur hanger and Derailleur are Straight and working well
  6. Comes with 2 VERY Overly aggressive tires.  Maxxis Aggressor DD rear and Maxxis DHF EXO+ front.  Both with plenty of tires.  (Ill be pulling these off and putting on some tires more appropriate to the bikes purpose and keep these tires for when we visit bike parks)
  7. I'll probably pull off the Handlebars and swap for some takeoffs that are a better width for a rider who would be in as XS Trail bike. 
  8. Rare size with big GROM Market
  9. Level link suspension is surprisingly modern and similar in function to Santa Cruz VPP.

The Bad:

  1. Some cosmetic paint issues and but nothing major
  2. Bike feels a bit dated and although the geometry is surprisingly modern, even when compares to 2023 Diamondback Release offerings. (Same frame even to this day).  66 Degree headtube angle is not bad at all!
  3. No Dropper post

I’ll need to be very careful here.  This bike has a MAX value of around $1,100, which is probably only possible because it's a niche XS size. I’ll need to invest as little as possible in the flip so that I can move onto bikes that are a little more expensive.  I hope to clear $300 on this sale which will make room for the next purchase to be closer to $1,300 … And that opens A LOT more doors. 

Here are a few pictures of how the bike looks right now.  Final pictures will follow once the bike is listed for sale. (Est 1 week)

With the right tasteful changes this bike would be pretty amazing trail bike for some kid. My goal is to get it ready for that future rider.

Michael Neef

Co-Founder & Editor

Dad, Mountain Biker, chauffeur and N+1 enthusiast.

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