Bike Radar reviews the Diamondback Heist 2.0 27.5

This Heist is a proper smash-and-grab job !

“While the frame is decent it’s the kit selection that puts the Heist’s ride on a different level. The 740mm bar and mid-length stem create a proper power-steering trail setup, and the Race Face logos are something to show off to show your friends.

Even with a quick-release rather than 15mm axle the RockShox Recon fork is a great find at this price, and the Performance compound Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres underline control better than we’d expected. Even the Shimano XT/SLX/Deore gears are great for the money, though the lack of a clutch on the rear derailleur becomes obvious on the first rough section. The own-brand through-axle double crankset and saddle are good quality kit too.”

Reassuringly expensive feel

It’s not just value for money that the kit boosts either – it also makes the Heist feel like a much more expensive bike out on the trails. The 740mm bar feels huge next to the skinny, old-school cross-country bars you find on many other rides for this sort of money, and got wedged in the trail handlebar tree gauge on the skinny alley between our workshop and the woods.

BikeRadar verdict

“Diamondback’s Heist 2.0 is an impressively equipped all-action trail hero at a bargain price


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