In for Testing: The Diamondback El Oso Dos Fats Bike
In case you needed to go to Google and discover the Spanish to English translator, nicely then, you’re not alone. So did I. It has been far too a few years since my faculty Spanish lessons. In case you didn’t, then I’ll prevent the journey. El Oso means ‘the bear,’ which is a becoming title for this brawny 26-inch Diamondback fats bike.
Each winter, my rides turn into vicarious by totally different types of the web whereas locals take their fats bikes out and proceed to get an everyday dose of the outside. That’s necessary in case you’re not an everyday skier or boarder. I’ve really had the El Oso right here for quite a lot of weeks, however now winter is again in Colorado, and I’ll be capable to get some high quality time wrestling with the Bear.
Diamondback has had the El Oso in its lineup for a short time, and the construct kits are separated by components different than simply worth and part spec, though that’s nonetheless the vast majority of the separation between the Uno, Dos, and Tres fashions. The Uno has a metal body and fork, and is constructed to final a lifetime. The tires are extra of a “cruiser” tread, with smaller knobs for higher rolling effectivity off the path, and the Uno has a 2×9 drivetrain.
Skipping forward one, the Tres has an aluminum body and a Manitou Mastadon 100mm fork, a Shimano 1×11 drivetrain, and a dropper submit.
The El Oso Dos, pictured above is the center baby within the model’s providing for the fats bike. Diamondback sells the Uno for $850, a Dos for $1,500, and a Tres for $2,200 and the bikes will be discovered on-line at retailers like REI (on sale now), Diamondback.com, and others.
The $1,500 El Oso Dos has an aluminum body and a inflexible fork. Shifting is managed with a 2×10 Shimano Deore M6000 drivetrain. The entrance chainrings are 36/24t, and the cassette is an 11-42t. The El Oso additionally has a inflexible seatpost (with a top quality quick-release, thank goodness) and Kenda Juggernaut 26×4.5″ tires. The Bear will get some high quality TRP Slate X2 hydraulic disc brakes on this construct as nicely.
Like the two×10 drivetrain, one other attention-grabbing factor to notice on El Oso’s construct spec is the 70mm stem and the 740mm large handlebars, which lend some responsive XC traits to this fattie.
I’ve now ridden the Bear a small handful of instances and have an honest really feel for the fat bike. Contemplating the huge tires, it nonetheless feels fairly responsive and the geometry feels akin to an XC/path bike hybrid. Maintain an eye fixed out for the total assessment quickly.