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Diamondback 2013 Women’s Interval Elite Performance Hybrid Bike Review

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Hybrid bikes are popular right now due to their flexibility. But you’re going to pay for the benefits. Diamondback Women’s Interval Elite is the same model as the male version, but it’s designed for her.

Key Specs

  • Brand:               Diamondback
  • Type:                 Hybrid
  • Model:               2013 Women’s Interval Elite Performance Hybrid
  • Gender:             Women’s
  • No. of Gears:    10 gears (2×5)
  • Brakes:              Linear pull brakes
  • Frame Sizes:    XS (13″), S (15″), M (17″), L (19″)
  • Weight:             25 LBS
  • Assembly:         Light
  • Ideal for:           All Terrain

Pros

  • It’s an attractive bike
  • It fits a woman’s body
  • It’s lightweight
  • Road tires and Shimano gearing offer flexibility in town or extreme sport needs
  • Packaging includes all components and tools needed to put the bike together

Cons

  • Installation is tricky. It may be best to have a professional set up and adjust the bike.
  • The tires aren’t great. They become flat easily and need upgraded pretty quickly.
  • Rude tech support.

2013 Women’s Interval Elite General Info

Hybrid bikes are popular right now due to their flexibility. But you’re going to pay for the benefits. Diamondback Women’s Interval Elite is the same model as the male version, but it’s designed for her.

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The pearl white color scheme with the option of pink or blue accents keeps her stylish while the softer lines, rust-proof alloy frame, and Shimano components guarantee safety and performance as top priorities.

This isn’t your mom’s Huffy. The Diamondback Hybrid is made for the true competitor. But what competition means to you is completely personal.

Whether you’re training for your first (or fiftieth) triathlon, taking this beauty to the summer cottage, or just commuting to work, you can expect years of loyalty from Diamondback.

180 personal weight limit allows access for most body types. The DBR AERO Performance Carbon fork does wonders for keeping the rider comfortable for extended usage. At 25 pounds, the unit is easy for anyone to lift, pack, or store.

Removable handlebar add ons offer an extra layer of flexibility for the users riding needs.

Specifications

  • Interval Elite Butted 7005 Alloy Performance Hybrid Geometry Frame
  • Formed Top Tube, w/Intgrated Headtube
  • DBR AERO Performance Carbon fork with an alloy steerer
  • FSA VERO Compact N10 50,34t 10spd rings
  • Shimano Tiagra 10-Spd shifters & Shimano 105 front & rear derailleurs
  • 20h frt / 24h rear EQUATION AERO DEEP Section rim
  • AERO POSITION CLIP-ON BARS with Ski bend Owner’s manual, Chainstay Protector, Clear Coat, H20 bottle mounts

Key Features

Easy Set Up

All components of the Performance Hybrid , the necessary tools and instruction manual are packaged and shipped directly to you. One-person setup takes less than an hour in most cases.

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Note: Your safety is far too important to chance. So in the event that assembly proves challenging or extra adjustments are needed, simply take it to a local bike shop. A professional there should be able to set it up correctly in no time.

Alloy Frame Created for Long Lasting Strength and Performance

The Interval Elite butted 7005 alloy performance hybrid geometry frame with formed top tube, integrated head tube, and DBR AERO Performance Carbon fork ensures you can use it for whatever needs come your way.

Whether training for a triathlon or simply using it for off road weekend adventures, the frame will handle all you can give it.

Competition Worthy Drivetrain and Unbeatable Stopping Power

Shimano Tiagra 10spd shifters, 105 derailleurs and cassette, plus an FSA VERO Compact N10 crankset with 50 & 34t rings give you a drivetrain that is competition worthy.

Equation 700c aero deep dish rims laced to 20 and 24 hole alloy hubs keeps your ride aerodynamic and fast. Tektro Rx5 Mini V brakes w/cartridge pads are easily controlled by Tektro ML730 2 finger brake levers with reach adjust, ensuring stopping is never an issue.

Comfort and Support

A DB Performance soft nose hybrid gel saddle offers base comfort and performance, but there are upgraded seat options you can purchase separately if you find you need more support. The 2013 Women’s Interval Elite Performance Hybrid Bike comes in 4 sizes: Extra Small (13″), Small (15″), Medium (17″), and Large (19″), which accounts for almost every woman’s needs. Be sure to secure the correct size upon ordering to avoid unnecessary postal return time.

The new aero position clip-on bar is unique to the Diamondback 2013 Women’s model. Typically, this option is found on higher end triathlon bikes. The aero bars offers extra riding position choices, which allow your body position to streamline for ultimate power and control.

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The bars are removable. so if you’re not comfortable with them or otherwise not a fan for gentle rides, simply unscrew a single bolt and they’ll come right off.

Customer Feedback

Amazon gives this hybrid bike 5 full stars, compared to 4.3 of its male counterpart. All but one of the reviews rated it with full marks, complimenting the beauty, comfort, power, and ease of use.

The model is continually compared to higher priced options, with positive leanings toward the Diamondback. It’s near impossible to find another hybrid with the Shimano 105 drivetrain for a comparable price.

The only poor review was due to the buyer’s personal difficulty in putting her unit together. That led to an unexpected flat tire, and the tech support was rude and patronizing when she called for assistance.

That’s a major disappointment, but she did admit she loves the bike and will end up taking it into a pro shop to have it adjusted correctly.

Q&A’s

Question: What size is the bike (Diamondback 2013 Interval Performance Hybrid) shipping box?

Answer: 52 x 27 x 8 inches.

Question: How much does the bike weigh?

Answer: The large model weighs 25 pounds without the handlebar add-on, with the added weight of a 40mm handlebar raiser, which is less than half a pound.

Question: Can the bike be fitted with 700×32 tires? Have need to carry load and to take it off-road once in a while.

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Answer: You can put them on but check the tube to see if they go to 32 size. It will slow bike down, the 26 roll much faster.

I put Micheline city tires with reflective sidewall on my bike. They work well, but they’re a little heavy. 1 pinch flat in the rear after 1000 miles. They look new and handle great rain or dry.

Question: How many inches can the handlebar be raised with the included stem ?

Answer: It wasn’t enough for me so I bough a stem raiser. See the Delta Stem Raiser.

Great Accessories For This Hybrid Bike

The last thing anyone wants is to find their expensive hybrid bike stolen. A good cable lock system like the Kryptonite U-Lock with 4-Foot Flex Cable can ensure that doesn’t happen.

Add the Ventura Universal Bicycle Rack to the back of your ride for extra carting ease and a kickstand will be handy here as well.

If it’s for competitive use then consider the Pearl iZUMi Women’s W X-ALP Impact Cycling Shoe and upgrading to Shimano A530 SPD Pedals are important considerations as well.

The Verdict: Does It Live Up to the Hype?

Absolutely. The pros far outweigh the cons for this bike. It’s pretty, comfortable, and powerful. The materials and components ensure it will last regardless of your personal biking needs.

It’s built for speed and it’s a safe model you can trust. Shimano parts add to the overall benefits, ensuring this bike will last for years to come. There are no worries that you’ll get your money’s worth from the Diamondback 2013 Interval Performance Hybrid Bike.

But if you have any complications with setup, just take it into a bike shop and ask them to help.

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