Diamondback Sync’r Review

Diamondback Sync'r Frame

Price

Around $1,200 - Available on Amazon.com

Pros​​​​

​Top quality components, fantastic handling and stability, hydraulic disc breaks

Cons

Seat uncomfortable, not beginner-friendly 

Summary

​This high-quality bike is designed for intermediate and advanced users. With excellent handling and stability it seems like the perfect bike, but its aggressive geometry will be a tough handle for beginner riders.

Our Rating

87/100

Manufacturer

The Diamondback Sync’r is a hardtail mountain bike with a hand-built frame, nimble off-road tires, and 130mm suspension front forks.

It’s as comfortable on crosscountry trails as it is on dirt jumps in the park. The high-quality build equates rugged durability, top performance, and oodles of speed. The aggressive design makes it perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. Beginners should look at other options.

The Sync’r is best suited for aggressive off-road mountain biking, especially on flowing trails and harsh singletrack.

Tech Specs

FRAME SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, and Extra-large Sizes
BRAKE TYPE: Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes
SHIFTER: SRAM NX 1x11-speed Drivetrain
RIMS: Diamondback SL-7 Double Wall Alloy Rims
TIRES: Schwalbe Tough Toms 27.5-inch by 2.35-inch
PRICE RANGE: $1,200

This Diamondback mountain bike is designed from the ground up to be an all-terrain powerhouse. Not only is it rugged enough for the backcountry, but it also is quick-handling for high-speed downhill ascents. The large front suspension forks soak up bumps, jumps, rocks, and roots with ease.

Immediately noticeable is the Sync’r’s aggressive design. It’s clear that the all-mountain stylings were created for those that desire to attack off-road trails with fearless abandon. The quality of all the components are a testament to this fact.

The bike is similar to other mountain bikes from Diamondback, including their Response and Overdrive mountain bike models. The big difference is that this is an expert-level bike, not an entry-level model.

Frame Size

A hand-built frame crafted from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy to stand up to the harshness of the most rugged trails. The frame is low-slung with a tapered head tube to increase quick-handling and give you room to maneuver on tight trails.  

The frame is available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes. RockShox Recon Silver 130mm travel suspension forks compliment the aggressive-styled frame to guarantee a smooth ride in tough conditions.

Brake Type

The Sync’r stops quickly and stably thanks to its Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. The powerful brakes are incredibly responsive to rider input, slowing you down as little or as much as you like with just a light squeeze of the fingers on the brake levers. 

Diamondback Sync'r Hydraulic Disk Brakes

The disc brakes are so responsive that riders can bring the bike to a stop by simply using a single finger on the brake levers.

Shifter

A SRAM NX 1x11-speed drivetrain make shifting easy. Combine this with a single-ring Race Face Ride 30-tooth crankset and 10-speed 11/36 cassette and mountain biking just became a whole lot easier. You’ll always be able to find the right gear with this setup.

Diamondback Sync'r Drivetrain

The rider controls the shifter with the single-finger shifters located on the handlebars near the brake levers.

Rims

The Sync’r has 27.5-inch (by 2.35-inch) wheels with Diamondback SL-7 double wall alloy rims.

Each rim is incredibly strong so that they stay straight even when bashed against rocks, tree roots, and other common mountain biking trail hazards.

Tires

27.5-inch by 2.35-inch tires give the Sync’r plenty of contact with the ground to improve traction in all conditions. The tires are Schwalbe Tough Toms, a model known for their traction, durability, and long lifespans. These tires are easy to find and replace as needed.

Prefer a different type of tire? The Sync’r is created so that stock parts can easily be interchanged with aftermarket ones so that advanced riders can customize their bikes.

Price Range

The Sync’r can be found at independent bike shops around the world, particularly ones that emphasize mountain biking.

Find Diamondback dealers in your local area by using the “Dealer Locator” that’s available on their website. The bike can also be purchased online from Diamondback or from a third-party retailer.

Prices for the Sync’r vary from dealer to dealer, but the current online MSRP price is:

  • Diamondback Sync'r $1,440

Look online and in stores for special offers on the Sync’r that bring the price down even further.

What We Like

The Diamondback Sync’r mountain bike has a lot of good things going for it.

Most importantly, the mountain bike is a high-performing off-road model that’s created for intermediate and advanced riders. It performs nearly flawlessly in this capacity by eating up rugged trails, chugging up steep climbs, and handling nimbly at high speeds.

Here’s what we like most:

  • Strong, lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum frame
  • Top-quality components (including tapered head tube, short stem, and wide handlebars)
  • Fantastic handling and stability (even in rough conditions)
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    Hydraulic disc brakes stop on a dime
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    Aggressive profile perfect for expert riders

What We Don’t Like

It’s true that there’s not much to dislike about the Diamondback Sync’r mountain bike, but there are still a handful of negatives to point out.

It’s important to note that these negatives are from an expert rider’s position. Since the bike isn’t designed for beginners, someone new to mountain biking would find the Sync’r unwieldly while an expert would find it functions much better.

Here’s what we don’t like most:

  • Aggressive geometry not suitable for beginners
  • Seat uncomfortable on long seated rides
  • Frame sizing is odd compared to other Diamondback models

Buying Advice

The Diamondback Sync’r is an excellent option for those interested in a top-level hardtail mountain bike. Every aspect of the bike’s design is created with performance in mind. Note that this doesn’t mean the bike is easy to use, rather that it’s fast, nimble, and smooth.

The bike is a good option for advanced riders. Intermediates will also feel at home on this aggressive mountain bike. On the flip side, beginners should stay away from the bike. It’s not an easy model to learn the basics of mountain biking on.

The Sync’r not only handles well on flowing trails, rough singletrack, and steep uphill climbs, but it is also at home in the dirt park flying off of jumps and around banked corners.

We believe this is a good option for those looking for an advanced hardtail mountain bike comfortable in a variety of situations to consider.

Conclusion

The Diamondback Sync’r isn’t your daddy’s mountain bike – it’s a beast of an all-terrain machine capable of handling the harshest conditions.

The mountain bike is as at home on high-launching dirt jumps as it is on steep, fast, narrow backcountry trails. The front suspension laps up bumps and rocks with wide handlebars and huge tires providing even more stability.

Remember that this bike is for advanced riders only. Beginners should shy away in favor of a more entry-level model. Simply put, the Diamondback Sync’r is a solid mountain bike at an excellent value for those that demand a top-performing package.

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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