American brand Diamondback Bicycles, based in Kent, Washington State, offers a range of complete BMXs and frames, plus parts and accessories such as handlebars, gloves, grips, pedals, seats and sprockets. Like most other affordable bikes from around the world, Diamondback products are made in Taiwan or China.
The company started life in Camarillo, California in 1978 as a radical new BMX brand and, under the leadership of Sandy Finkelman, the Diamondback BMX race team won many of the top US BMX races in the 1980s through riders such as ‘Scary’ Harry Leary and Eddy King. Early models included the ‘Viper’, launched in 1983 – over three decades later, the ‘Viper’ name remains an important part of the Diamondback BMX line-up.
Today, Diamondback has a renewed focus on dirt and street BMX styles with riders from the UK, Europe and USA competing in major events such as the X Games and Dew Tour. Star names on the US pro team include Darin Read, Nate Berkheimer, Ben Hucke, Robbie Wright and Matt Closson, while the UK line-up features Jay Cowley, Karl Feix, Nik Ford, Christian Heger, Ollie Palmer, Ingus Rutulis, Rob Sbarcea and Roger Soler.
Diamondback’s range of completes is extensive, encompassing Jump, Street/Park and Race models. Top-of-the-line model in the UK is the shiny ‘Forum’, featuring full 4130 frame tubing with butted top and down tubes and 4130 taper-blade butted chromoly fork, plus a collection of high quality parts such as Alienation rims, Odyssey Chase Hawk tyres, Odyssey ‘Twisted’ pedals and 3-piece 48-spline cromoly cranks.