This is a test of a $350 mountain bike at Snow Summit in Big Bear California. The bike is a Diamondback Axis hardtail mountain bike with 27.5 inch wheels and a suspension fork. I wanted to see how a good name brand cheap mountain bike would do on a downhill run. I bought this mountain bike for $350, and it is tough enough to handle fast downhill runs, but the fork isn’t very good, and it is a rough ride on rocky trails and jumps. So my conclusion is that you can get a tough sturdy mountain bike for $350, but you can’t get a good mountain bike with full suspension that cheap. And suspension is very important if you are running down the black diamond downhill slopes with big jumps. The Diamondback axis is still a good value for $350, but if you plan to ride downhill runs regularly, the Diamondback Recoil Comp is a much better and more comfortable bike for $799. My son rode the black diamond downhill runs on it and was fine except for a flat tire.
Here is my review of the $350 Diamondback Axis.

Here is my son’s review of the full suspension Diamondback Recoil.

29 COMMENTS

  1. cute video but I have that bike and it works like a charm. hope someday you figure out that it's not about the fancy little gadgets you buy, but its about your physical ability's and your KNOWLAGE of mountain biking.

  2. It clearly says on a yellow sticker at bottom of the front suspension forks on cheap mountain bikes like this not to be used for downhill riding but idiots ignore this sticker and take the bikes to advanced trails and ride the cheap bikes on those trails. I hope these idiots break their necks when they fall of a cheap mountain bike that was not made for riding advanced mountain bike trails.

  3. It clearly says on a yellow sticker at bottom of the front suspension forks on cheap mountain bikes like this not to be used for downhill riding but idiots ignore this sticker and take the bikes to trails and ride the cheap bikes on those trails. I hope these idiots break their necks when they fall off a cheap mountain bike that was not made for riding downhill trails. In this video all I see is riders who have fallen off their bikes…thats because the bikes are cheap and are not made for downhill mountain bike trails. I've seen videos of professional riders taking inexpensive bikes to the trails and those riders have also fallen off the bikes. The $350 bike is for leisure riding only…its more of a road bike than a mountain bike thats why it is so cheap. These cheap bikes should only be ridden on flat level surfaces only…that what they were made for.

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