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Diamondback Edgewood or Diamondback Axis XE?

Old 08-08-16, 10:47 PM
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Diamondback Edgewood or Diamondback Axis XE?

I'm looking to purchase a new bike mostly for recreational riding and just to get in shape. I hope to ride on various bike paths and terrains (from gravel, to dirt, etc)

I have a gift card at Dicks Sports and I've narrowed my choices down to these two bikes. (The Edgewood Hybrid and The Axis XE Mountain Bike)
Diamondback Edgewood Bike 2015 | DICK'S Sporting Goods

Diamondback Axis XE 27.5" | DICK'S Sporting Goods

I was originally set on the Axis, but after testing the Edgewood out at the store I just really liked the feel of it (the upright riding position, comfort grips, seat, etc)

Should I just get the Edgewood or is the Axis the better bike?
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Old 08-09-16, 12:55 AM
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I bought a used edgewood when I wanted to get back into riding. I resold it after about a few months and now have a Sirrus Sport and a mountain bike. The edgewood was a fine bike, but I found myself wanting and pushing myself faster. Among your choices, I'd personally go with the Axis, but if ~70% road riding, you may also want to look at the diamondback insight.

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Old 08-09-16, 07:33 AM
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Starting (or getting back into) biking is a process that develops over time. In the beginning you want a nice, comfortable, upright bike like the Edgewood (or my Trek Verve 2). If you take to biking and start getting into shape and increasing the distances, you start discovering the limitations of the nice comfortable, upright bike. As your core strength increases, the more aggressive, less upright stance becomes more desirable for the longer distances. It is a progression.

When I got back into biking last year, I tested the Diamondback Insight (as a matter of fact I wanted a Diamondback, since my previous bike was a Diamondback Parkway and I loved it). The verdict was that it was not very comfortable or upright enough. I ended up buying the Trek Verve 2. That was August last year.

By March, I was ready for a drop bar bike due to finger numbing in rides longer than 15-20 miles. I still like the Verve, I ride it in town occasionally, but for anything over 15 miles, I ride the Randonee. I don't think I could have started with the Randonee. It took time (and increase in fitness) to progress from the comfortable, beginner stance to the more aggressive, long range stance I use now.
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Originally Posted by GerryinHouston View Post
Starting (or getting back into) biking is a process that develops over time. In the beginning you want a nice, comfortable, upright bike like the Edgewood (or my Trek Verve 2). If you take to biking and start getting into shape and increasing the distances, you start discovering the limitations of the nice comfortable, upright bike. As your core strength increases, the more aggressive, less upright stance becomes more desirable for the longer distances. It is a progression.

When I got back into biking last year, I tested the Diamondback Insight (as a matter of fact I wanted a Diamondback, since my previous bike was a Diamondback Parkway and I loved it). The verdict was that it was not very comfortable or upright enough. I ended up buying the Trek Verve 2. That was August last year.

By March, I was ready for a drop bar bike due to finger numbing in rides longer than 15-20 miles. I still like the Verve, I ride it in town occasionally, but for anything over 15 miles, I ride the Randonee. I don't think I could have started with the Randonee. It took time (and increase in fitness) to progress from the comfortable, beginner stance to the more aggressive, long range stance I use now.
Quoted for truth. Hey OP, read it again in case you missed anything.


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