Diamondback Airén 2016 Review
An affordable women’s bike for the budget-minded rider
As a road and track racer, cialis sale I have a bias toward expensive carbon bikes. But on the $1,000 Diamondback Airén I felt at ease immediately, not something I often say about new bikes. With its endurance geometry—shorter top tube, slacker head tube—that put me in an upright position and relaxed the handling, and a women’s-specific saddle, it felt like my race bike had turned into an armchair that was ready to cruise for a few chill hours. As a petite rider, I also appreciated the narrow handlebar with a shallow drop, which increased my comfort. I’d recommend this bike to someone looking to start logging some longer miles on the road. But this aluminum bike also allowed me to hang on Bicycling’s faster-paced lunch ride—it never held me back.
The Diamondback Airén has 9-speed Shimano Sora, meaning you’ll still have the same high gear and the same low gear as bikes with 10 or 11 speeds, just bigger jumps in between. I’m used to riding a 10-speed, and when I was climbing with this bike, I felt like I was either spinning too much or grinding too big of a gear because I couldn’t really get my cadence dialed in. However, I was never struggling—the superlow gearing combination of 34/32 made spinning up hills feel like a breeze. And if you have some room to spare in your budget, an Airén 1 will bump you up to 11-speed Shimano 105 for $1,400.
One of the big selling points of the Diamondback Airén is that it comes with disc brakes. Personally, I have more experience and prefer rim brakes on the road, so while I did feel safe and smooth blasting down long descents, I didn’t feel a distinct advantage with these mechanical disc brakes over traditional brakes. But one other advantage of disc brakes for women is that those with smaller hands like mine can get more leverage without having to have superhuman hand strength. Also, they provide more confidence in wet conditions.
The bike looks cool too. The paint scheme is subtle but takes cues from the popular colors in the fitness industry, without being overly feminine. The Diamondback Airén lets you be as girly as you want—you can dress it up with a hot pink kit or just roll with it as is.
The Diamondback Airén is a great pick for someone who wants to tackle some longer fondos and charity rides, or simply looking to get into cycling for fitness or cross-training. It addresses some of the key trepidations newer riders may have—comfort, control, and price—and is a great launching pad to a lifetime love of cycling.
What You Need to Know about the Diamondback Airén
• Disc brakes give newer riders confidence in everything from winding descents to rainy rides
• Diamondback took cues from the fitness industry when creating the feminine-but-subtle color scheme
• A shorter top tube and a slacker head tube angle allow the rider to feel more in control
• The Airén features a narrow bar with a shallow drop to increase comfort
• With 9-speed Sora, you’ll still have enough gearing to get up any climb
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