The Diamondback DBR Pursuit
is an excellent entry level race bike, and a good fast commuter's bike.
||Lightweight alloy tubing, road geometry, mudguard clearance, bottle bosses
||700c Hi tensile fork with mudguard clearance
|No. of Gears:
||Shimano 14 Speed A050 Gear Set
|Brakes - Details:
||Alloy side pull
|Brakes - Levers:
||36 hole double wall alloy rims
||All black all road tyres
||Alloy ahead stem
||HL road handlebar
Not What I expected, 06 October 2013
By Matt (Uk)
I knew that buying a road bike for under £500 is a bad idea and that if you ask any pro they laugh at just the idea.
SO i bought the bike because it is all i could afford at the time, however after countless days of training and a 100 mile ride over gravel and sharp rocks and i was surprised...
not a flat Tyre not a brake down the only down side are the annoying gear leavers which im thinking about changing.
I love mine - recommended, 29 September 2013
By Otto Sump (Brighton)
Lets be clear about this. There are plenty of racing club hobbyists who will slate this bike, and from their point of view for good reason.
This bike is not made for the Tour De France or club riding, it is a bike for ordinary cyclists who want to get around town, commute, lose a bit of weight or just have some fun.
It's not that heavy, but not super-light either. The gear changers are a bit cheapo. I bought some flat bars and converted mine and it looks fantastic, better, lighter and faster than any hybrid of the same money.
So far as getting uppity about quality, mine has never gone wrong.
As far as gearing is concerned, it depends on your legs and fitness. I flew up a hill past a bike nerd on a £1000 Cannondale and all the gear on this the other day. My partner is way fitter than me, has a hybrid and can't keep up with me at all!
So it depends what you want. If you are Lance Armstrong, want to join a club or just show off your swanky expensive bike to your shaved-leg peers, this is definitely not for you.
If you want a fast, fun and useful bike that won't break the bank, this is great value.
Poor Gearing and Quality!, 11 August 2013
By The Bish (Birmingham)
I bought this as my first bike and it was a big mistake. Price wise – this appears a good buy, the bike has several problems.
The main issue (unless your fit as Lance Armstrong) is the gearing. Most bikes use compact cranks, 50/34 is pretty normal which means you have a good range of gears to climb hills. The gearing on the PBR is 52/42 with 28/24 freewheel. You just run out of gears on any decent hill, unless you intend to ride on flat roads or live in Norfolk don’t buy this bike.
The build quality is ok, you can tell the components are cheap, the gear change position means you constantly change gear with your knee when standing and the bakes are not up to the job on steep descents.
I would spend the extra £200 and buy a decent £400 entry bike. Cutting costs is not the answer if you intend to ride over 50 miles a week.