Diamondback Maravista Review

Diamondback Maravista

Price

Pros

Wide tires, puncture resistant, stable

Cons

Uncomfortable seat,

Summary

While an excellent hybrid bike for an affordable price, nothing really makes the Maravista stand out from the rest of the hybrid bike pack.

Our Rating

80/100

Manufacturer

The Diamondback Maravista is a hybrid-style bike created with ample capabilities and a focus on comfort and long-term enjoyment. This bike is designed for an easy transition from localized commuting and running errands around town to taking on the excitement of bike paths and simple dirt trails.

The Diamondback Maravista’s hybrid riding style and easy-to-use components are especially attractive to older adults and those less aggressive riders. These folks can ride the Diamondback Maravista with complete confidence knowing it is engineered and built by one of the most trusted names in bikes.

In fact, Diamondback’s heritage was born out of the crazy early days of the BMX movement, which was known to punish bikes by pushing them to their physical limits.  And the Diamondback BMX models grew to be a highly regarded brand in this break-out category. After a few years, the namesake made a natural progression mountain and trail bikes.

With that heritage as a foundation, the Diamondback Maravista brings a world of hard-core extreme riding experience to an affluent demographic, the aging baby booming who want to ride a new way, with comfort and without compromising quality.

Tech Specs

FRAME SIZE: Small, Medium and Large
BRAKE TYPE: Tektro Alloy Reach
SHIFTER: Shimano RS41 Shifters
SADDLE: Maravista’s Seat Post
RIMS: ZAC-19 Double Wall Rims
TIRES: Kenda Cross 700c
PRICE RANGE: Around $300

Thanks to Diamondback’s heritage, the frame and components are a bit over-engineered and specified for more intense and use. While not a true trail bike by design, the Diamondback Maravista is built with robust intention and capable of taking on any challenge a hybrid rider may face.

It’s not surprising that Diamondback gave the Maravista a high-strength aluminum frame for durability and reliability. A triple chain ring and 7-speed cog provide 21 speeds make for easy climbs, controlled descents and liberating speed across the flats and open spaces.

Frame Size

The Diamondback Maravista features DB 6061-T6 Aluminum sports hybrid geometry frame and complementing DB Alloy Technik integrated hybrid fork.

This aluminum frame is definitely a step up for this kind of bike and price point.

A women’s version features an ultra-low stand-over top tube for ease of access.

  • Small:           5'4" - 5'7"
  • Medium:       5’7” – 5’10”
  • Large:          5’10” – 6’1”

Brake Type

The Diamondback Maravista has alloy linear brakes with Tektro alloy reach-adjustable levers which will help riders have complete stopping confidence.

Shifter

The Diamondback Maravista is equipped with Shimano RS41 shifters that are teamed with Shimano C051 front derailleur and Shimano TX-71 rear derailleur.

The rear cogs are Shimano Mega Range freewheel, 14-34, 7-speed. These components help deliver smooth and satisfying riding experience.

Maravista Shifter Review

Saddle

The Maravista’s Seat Post is an alloy suspension style with 27.2mm length. The seat is created exclusively by Diamondback as Deluxe hybrid seat which is designed to blend your comfort needs with a capable, upright riding position.

Rims

The Diamondback Maravista rides on ZAC-19 double wall rims. These are included in the base package to provide a balance of stability and comfort. Riders comment offer an anchored feel across variant terrain.

Tires

The Kenda Cross 700c are wide-styled tires inherently stable for turning and rolling at slow speeds, plus these tires are puncture-resistant for those off-road excursions.

Diamondback Maravist Tire Review

Price Range

The Diamondback Maravista Manufacture’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $450.

Online and discounter big-box retailers have prices as low as $212 to $249 plus any applicable shipping fees. Shop around and even consider your local bike store as they may have seasonal or close-out deals on the Diamondback Maravista

  • Excellent $125 - $129
  • Very Good $119 - $123
  • Good $109 - $112
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    Fair $78 - $81
  • dollar
    MSRP New $450

What We Like

We like the fact Diamondback was thoughtful enough include a chainguard, preventing that tuck your pants into your socks look.  

Also, the Diamondback Maravista has 21-speeds which are plenty for a variety of riding needs, yet not too overwhelming for casual riding enjoyment.

Pros

  • Shimano derailleurs allow smooth shifting
  • 700c wheels and wide tires are inherently stable turning and rolling at slow speeds, and are puncture-resistant for off-road rides
  • Alloy linear brakes provide stopping confidence

What We Don’t Like

The Diamondback Maravista is a confident hybrid model in what is becoming more and more of a crowded market segment. We wish there were a few more niceties that would help the Diamondback Maravista stand out from the crowd.

Cons

  • A more cushioned seat would be a helpful enhancement
  • A few more creature comforts would be nice

Buying Advice

You certainly can't go wrong on most Diamondback products. And the Maravista is no exception.

While there are quite a few models from many different brands seeking to find their place in this attractive and growing category, we feel Diamondback has a bit of an edge here.

Diamondback enjoys a heritage of building solid bikes you can depend on. And that reputation is second to none. And the Diamondback Maravista shines as a multipurpose hybrid that delivers a rewarding riding experience for the moderately skilled riders or even older, more seasoned biking enthusiasts.

Conclusion

Just like aging motorcyclists are surrendering their Harley-Davidson motorcycles for the new Can Am Spyder three-wheeled versions now available, aging baby boomers are seeking greater comfort and stability for their bicycling needs. And the hybrid bicycle is doing just that.

Diamondback, being a savvy bike brand realizes this is a market that deserves to be served.

And that's why they've carefully combined quality components with a more advanced frame design to deliver just the right balance of fun and function into the Diamondback Maravista.

So, if you're in need of a bike that will take you comfortably around town and even on the occasional light trail ride, the Diamondback Maravista may be just the ticket. With the aluminum sport hybrid geometry frame and complementing DB Alloy Technik integrated hybrid fork, you are assured a long and enjoyable ride with a few stops for maintenance or tune-ups.

This post was last updated on July 2nd, 2018 at 10:28 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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