Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid Bike Review

Diamondback Edgewood Review

Price

Pros

Stability, suspension

Cons

Weight, saddle

Summary

If you’re ready to ride in comfort and with few maintenance worries, the Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid is the bike to get. 

Our Rating

80/100

Manufacturer

Diamondback has established itself as a premier bicycle brand name with a reputation for quality bicycles.

Starting out, Diamondback specialized in more niche categories mostly centered around the hard-riding durability of mountain bikes.

Since their inception, they’ve carefully extended the brand to include road bikes, BMX models and hybrids like this Edgewood Hybrid model.

The Diamondback heritage of creating rugged bikes has transformed nicely into their more casual lines. In essence, they are built with a core, utilitarian toughness and designed for rider preference. The Edgewood hybrid model is the perfect example.

As a hybrid model, the Diamondback Edgewood combines a road bike with a comfort bike.

Tech Specs

FRAME SIZE: S/15" - XL/21"
BRAKE TYPE: Alloy Linear Brakes
SHIFTER: Shimano EF-51 Easyfire Shifter Featuring 3x7 Gearings
SADDLE: DB Deluxe Hybrid Double-Density Base
RIMS: 32h SSW700 Alloy Double Wall with 14-gauge Steel Spokes
TIRES: Kenda Cross, 700x40c
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The Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid offers more features to make your riding comfortable and enjoyable. The upright riding position makes casual riding a breeze and is especially well-suited for older riders. Also, the bike has adjustable features that make it flexible for specific needs. Riders have noted this benefit as it accommodates their joint replacements.

With 21-speeds, there are enough gear choices to keep a good pace when dealing with hills and wind. Riders also say shifting gears is very simple.

The Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid is right at home on most any riding surfaces that are without tactical elements such as boulders and uneven rock. But dirt trails and paths are ideal. It’s an excellent bike for using around town or even as a casual commuter bike.

Frame Size

The Diamondback Edgewood features a DB 6061-T6 Aluminum frame that is designed with Sport Hybrid Geometry with formed tubes. The lower middle bar makes for easier rider access. There is also a replaceable derailleur hanger should you care to upgrade.

The front wheel is supported by an HL Zoom Sport Comfort Suspension fork with 60mm travel. This gives the bike nice give on bumps without having a loose feel to the steering.

There are four frame sizes to accommodate rider height.

  • S/15" / Rider Height: 5'4" - 5'7"
  • M/17" / Rider Height: 5'7" - 5'10"
  • L/19" / Rider Height: 5'10" - 6'1"
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    XL/21" / Rider Height: 6'1" - 6'4"

Brake Type

Alloy Linear brakes are standard on the Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid. Riders find that these provide ample stopping power and can go many miles with little maintenance.

Diamondback Edgewood Handle Review

Shifter

On the Diamondback Edgewood, you’ll find Shimano EF-51 Easyfire shifter featuring 3x7 gearings providing 21 total speeds. Riders comment that there are enough gear choices to make riding comfortable over most any terrain.

Also shifting the gears is very simple and exact. Both front and rear derailleurs are Shimano Tourney TY500 models.

Diamondback Edgewood Front Shifter
Diamondback Edgewood Rear Shifter Review

Saddle

The seatpost on the Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid offers ample cushioning with DB Deluxe Hybrid Double-Density Base. Plus, the seatpost features a KindShock Alloy Suspension to ease your seat over bumps.

Diamondback Edgewood Saddle Review

Rims

The rims on the Diamondback Edgewood are 32h SSW700 alloy double wall with 14-gauge steel spokes. These are designed to stay true even with extensive use. Many owners remark on the longevity of their Edgewood models.

Tires

Kenda Cross, 700x40c tires are standard on the Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid. These are puncture-resistant tires. Also, these Kenda Cross tires provide an ideal mix of roll quality with a low-profile construction and subtle tread design. It adds up to a high performing tire with less resistance yet active traction when needed.

Price Range

Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid comes with an MSRP (manufactures suggested retail price) of $450.

When you look for local Diamondback dealers, you may find the Edgewood Hybrid with discounts during special sales promotional times or end of year closeout events. Remember model years are not always the same calendar years, so be aware of these various sales opportunities.

What We Like

The main theme here is comfort.

Diamondback has specifically designed the Edgewood Hybrid for casual riders that want notable performance and ease of use. We like the fact that the designers at Diamondback combined a relaxed seating position, most often attributed to comfort bikes with the higher quality components and the smooth-rolling wheels of a traditional road bike. The result is a bike with a fantastic ride and a bit of road moxie.

The Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid also shines as a user-friendly model for our older riders. The low standover height of the frame makes for easy on and off. The upright riding position inspires rider confidence and makes for more attentive biking, which makes it a safe bike to ride.

Pros

  • The Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid offers a super stable and predictable ride, even across even sandy or grassy terrain.
  • With suspension fore and aft, you will avoid most unpleasant bumps along the way
  • Higher quality specs make for long, carefree lifetime of riding

What We Don’t Like

With a top brand like Diamondback, it’s not easy to find many faults, but of course no model is perfect.  

Cons

  • You’ll pay a bit more for the Diamondback name
  • 21-speed gearing may add more complexity than needed for comfort riders
  • The lightweight aluminum frame helps, but big wheels make for a weighty bike for loading and unloading from your vehicle.

Buying Advice

The Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid is a masterful combination of comfort and road performance. We suggest you drive one and see for yourself. Many riders have mentioned being so satisfied with the dependability of their earlier models that they have bought the newer Edgewood model.

If you like to ride but don’t care for the more aggressive seating of road bikes or the rough nature of mountain bikes, the Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid fits the bill.

To be honest, the Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid is an ideal retirement gift for yourself or someone special in your life.

Conclusion

If you’re ready to ride in comfort and with few maintenance worries, the Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid is the bike to get

Yes, it’s a bit more money, but we believe you’ll feel the difference. Plus, you’ll most likely spend more time riding and less time waiting for the shop to fix something.

The quality is there, top to bottom thanks to the Diamondback heritage of building to high standards that withstand the test of time.

This post was last updated on July 2nd, 2018 at 10:17 am

About the Author Max Shumpert

Over the last few years, I’ve taken my love of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, trekking and exploring to the next level by starting this site. I started a bike shop in Denver, CO, and have seen amazing growth over the last few years. Getting paid to do what I love has been a dream come true for me. That’s also what led me to start BikesReviewed.com. In my shop, I spend a large amount of time helping people find the perfect bike for them and the style of biking they’re going to be doing. It only made sense that I expanded my reach and got online, making it possible for me to help people all over the world. If biking and staying fit is your priority, too, you’ve come to the right place.

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