DB 2015 Insight Complete Performance Hybrid Bike Review

Diamondback Bicycles Insight 2 Complete Hybrid Bike

Diamondback 2015 INSIGHT

FEATURES

You should keep in mind that there are two Insight bikes that are on the market with difference being the brakes. 

REVIEWS

Things people loved about the Insight included how easy it was to put together and how convenient having the tools needed for assembly included with the package was.

PRICE

Even though it is priced for much less than $1000, every component from the spokes of the back tire to the reflector on the front is made with quality and performance in mind.

When you are choosing a hybrid bike that is going to go up mountain trails, down rocky slopes and then immediately transition into a bike that is perfect for riding across campus or hitting the asphalt of your local city streets, you want to get one of the best and not break the bank.

But choosing the best possible hybrid bike can be challenging because you can call any bike a hybrid, but that doesn’t mean that it works well on multiple surfaces and some manufacturers mislead customers into thinking that their mountain bike are hybrids when they actually perform very poorly on the road.

But we have been able to narrow down the selection to just a few of the best hybrid bikes for under $1000 and the original Insight from Diamondback is one of those.

Introducing the DB 2015 Insight Complete Performance Hybrid Bike

FRAME:

6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame

BREAKSET:

Avid disc brakes, Rear

SHIFTERS:

Sram 8-speed drivetrain

MEASUREMENTS:

8.4 x 30.3 x 57 inches

TIRES:

Db equation 700c disc wheels

EXTRA FEATURES:

Frame and fork eyelets, integrated aero carbon straight blade fork

PRICE:

Check latest price on Amazon

The original Insight from Diamondback is one of the most popular hybrid bikes out there and many thought it was the bike of the year in 2015 when it first came out.

With all of the features that were offered by Diamondback and how well it performed on a variety of surfaces it is been a customer favorite ever since it was released.

The insight features an upright riding posture and flat cockpit which makes for a really smooth ride and a bike that is really easy to control. The Kenda Kwick Trax 700x32c road tires make it just as effective on dirt or rocky trails as it is on pavement or asphalt.

High-quality Shimano parts like the front and rear derailers make this bike a showcase item of quality construction and design.

This bike features alloy linear brakes and while the Insight 2 was upgraded to disc brakes this bike still seems to be a crowd favorite among Diamondback customers.

Let’s take a look at some of the features that this bike offers.

  • Shimano front and rear derailers
  • Aero Hi-Ten Steel Straight Blade fork
  • EF-51 Easyfire 7spd shifter from Shimano
  • DB Toe Clip Compatible Platform pedals
  • DB performance hybrid seat with gel
  • Diamondback Dual Density Comfort Grips
  • Owner’s manual
Schwinn Hybrid padded seat
Schwinn hybrid bike gears

How's the bike performing?

What makes this bike so popular is how much quality is packed into it for such an amazing price.

You can check out bike forums and places where bike enthusiasts gather and ask about the Insight and you’ll find that almost universally people love this Diamondback model.

Even though it is priced for much less than $1000, every single component from the spokes of the back tire to the reflector on the front of the frame is made with quality and performance in mind.

Diamondback is a friend you can trust and the Insight is probably the best bike that they currently offer. For most people, the results are nothing short of amazing.

what do customers say

There aren’t very many reviews on this bike yet but the ones that are there are pretty amazing. Every single person who has reviewed this bike rated the Insight at four stars or higher and most of them rated it a perfect 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Some of the things that people said they loved about the original Insight included how easy it was to put together and how convenient having the tools needed for assembly included with the package was.

They also mentioned how smooth and fun to ride this bike was. One person mentioned that even though the components were not professional level, they were still of the highest quality.

What to watch out for before buying this bike

One thing that you want to keep in mind is that there are actually two Insight bikes that are on the market. One of these bikes has alloy linear brakes and the other has a version of the disc brakes that are included on the new Insight 2.

You will have to check the listing to determine which of these two bikes you are getting.

The price is going to be about the same either way and if what you really want is the disc brakes feature, the Insight 2 is a little lower in price right now than the original Insight, so you may want to go with that one instead.

buying advice

When you buy a bike online one of the nightmares that you normally have to deal with is having it shipped. In the case of this bike, you can either choose to have it shipped partly put together or you can have it assembled and then shipped.

Both of these options are offered on websites like Amazon.

But the thing is, you are going to pay more for the shipping if you order it completely assembled. In fact, you could actually get free shipping on the partly assembled bike if you signed up for Amazon Prime.

my recommendation - should you buy this bike?

So, can we recommend the original Insight from Diamondback?

Absolutely.

This is one of the best hybrid bikes out there and it is certainly one of only a few that you can get for under $1000 and still be extremely satisfied with the quality.

With all of the features, quality components and design hours that make up this hybrid, it is very easy to recommend that you get one – especially since it is offered with disc brakes just like the Insight 2.

EDITOR'S RATING: 

What do you think about the original insight? Have you own one or do you know someone who has? Post your opinion in the comments below.

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