Summary Score: 9.0/10
The Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike is absolutely the perfect definition of a hybrid bike. Both road worthy and able to be used off-road, this bike is a great crossover bike for anyone who needs the confidence to handle off-road conditions and also a bike that can handle daily work commutes.
- Price 10/10
- Quality of the Components 9/10
- Ease & Costs for Maintenance 9/10
- Comfort 9/10
- Look 8/10
The price for the Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike is very good. This is a very good price given the above-average quality of the components too…
Quality of the Components
The Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike components can be broken down into various areas that determine the quality. Each of these components can in isolation drop the overall score for a bicycle review, only because the weakest part may be the area which causes the bicycle overall to be reduced quality, i.e. a low seat seat isn’t really an area for concern instead of reduced excellent brakes or gears which make a bike unsafe or difficult to use.
Frame: Simple aluminum frame with Sport Comfort suspension fork (63mm travel).
Seat: Comfortable seat mounted on mini-shock absorption mount.
Pedals: Diamondback Comfort Platform pedals – possibly would replace these to allow more grip in wet weather riding.
Brakes: Standard linear-pull brakes (clincher style). Nice and simple, just be careful if you’re riding downhill to keep your speed under control as you won’t be able to stop in a hurry with this brake configuration as opposed to other bikes with disc brakes.
Gears: 21 Speed Shimano grip shifters. It certainly keeps the aesthetics of the bike looking great and makes for smooth gear changes.
Wheelset: 29 Inch wheels – standard 700c size. The tires and tubes are made by Kenda who make great quality components.
Weight: 32 pounds or 14.5 kilograms Quality of the Components 9/10
East & Costs for Maintenance
If you apply the bike a good deal, you are bound to need to do maintenance sooner or later. That might be as simple as fixing a flat tire, adjusting the gears or changing brake pads.
The Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike gets a top mark for ease and cost of maintenance. This is due to the fact that you’ll be able to do a lot of the work yourself. The wheels are easy to remove with quick release levers, the seat can easily be adjusted, brake pads changed and with a bit of knowledge, you could even adjust the gears.
If any of the work is outside of your comfort zone, any bike shop will be able to do the maintenance for you due to the very common nature of the components and easy access to parts. Ease & Costs for Maintenance 9/10
The bike gets a good rating for comfort. The suspension in the seat and front mean it should handle most bumps pretty well without you feeling it too much.
Another aspect to think about is the dearth of fenders. If you bike to work in wet weather or on wet roads, you’re going to get a very wet backside. This is easily resolved with a low-cost bike fender available from Amazon.
The Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Women’s Vital 2 Complete hybrid bike is a good looking bike. Although a bit more basic in the looks without fenders and chain guards, it still manages to catch the eye with it’s laid back cruisy look without compromising on performance.