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Diamondback Serene Citi

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A women's comfort bicycle by Diamondback

Rugged enough for light trail riding, but comfortable and perfect for trips to the park or to class.      Frame: Hi-Ten Remington Steel Frame w/ LBC Geometry.   Fork: 45mm Suspension Fork.   Headset: threaded 1 … see full wiki

1 review about Diamondback Serene Citi

Wonderful, affordable bike for city riding!

  • Jul 28, 2009
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+4

It’s been many years since I’ve purchased a bicycle.  The last bike I purchased was a Diamondback Sorrento mountain bike.  Back then, Diamondback was a bike shop only brand.  Apparently, Diamondback has since gone to mass retail with much lower prices and much improved features.

The components of the Serene are still manufactured by Shimano like the Sorrento I used to own.  Additionally, being a comfort bike, the Serene has front fork suspension and a seat post shock as well.  The main noticeable difference between my old mountain bike and this new comfort bike are the shifters and the handle bars.  Although the salesman at Dick’s Sporting Goods was telling me that the thumb button shifters commonly found on mountain bikes are better and more expensive, I found the motorcycle-like handle twist grip shifters to be more user-friendly and more natural.  This is the first time I’ve been exposed to this kind of shifter and I like it a lot, though I’m still learning exactly when I need to shift while riding.  I’m still trying to get used to the curl bar shaped handle bars which allows you to sit in a more upright position.

I am very impressed by the number of features that these bikes have now.  Back in the day, quick release front wheels were a big deal.  The old Sorrento had front, back, and seat quick release and that was considered top of the line.  Now everything is standard quick release.  It’s still a pain in detach and reattach the rear wheel because of the chain, but not as difficult as before with the new chain tensioner. The brake calipers have become harder to disengage though.  Before, all you had to do was squeeze the calipers and lift the wire loop off.  Now, there is a hard section and you have to wiggle it out of a bracket while squeezing the calipers.  Being a comfort bike, the Serene comes standard with an oversized and very well cushioned seat.  My old Sorrento had a very hard seat and an upgrade to an aftermarket gel cushioned seat was not cheap.

Some things that haven’t changed are the lack of a kick stand and water bottle cage.  Both are cheap and easy to install though.

Overall, the Serene is a great value.  The build quality and weight are leaps and bounds better than the really mass market Magna and Schwinn bikes sold at Target and Wal-Mart, which seemed much heavier and clunky.  At a bike shop, I tried a Trek 7000 hybrid and found the differences to be negligible. The one main feature that I liked on the Trek was that the cables were all routed through the frame, but at nearly twice the cost of the Diamondback, it was not worth it for a casual rider like me.  With the wider tires on the Diamondback, I felt that it was better at tackling grass and gravel than the Trek too.  With all the standard features, the Serene is also nearly half the price of the Sorrento I bought many years ago so the cost of materials and build has definitely gone down but it is a bit of an apples versus oranges comparison since the Sorrento is a mountain bike.

I’ve already taken my Serene bike to several trips to the Post Office as well as just riding around the neighborhood. I look forward to it being a great alternative to driving my car! Look at me going green!

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