Diamondback Sorrento 27.5 Hardtail MTB Review

Diamondback Sorrento Review
Diamondback Sorrento Review
Diamondback Sorrento Review


Frame: DB 6061-T6 heat-treated 27.5" butted aluminum with gusset
Shifters: Shimano EF-51 Easyfire 7spd
Brakes: Tektro Alloy Linear
Derailleur: Front: Shimano Tourney, top pull, 31.8 Rear: Shimano Altus 7spd
Rims: 32h Diamondback XC260 27.5" Doublewall
Tires: Chaoyang Hornet 27.5x2.1
Fork: SR Suntour M3030 27.5", Coil Spring, 75mm Travel, Alloy Crown and Lowers



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Inexpensive hardtail for both on-road and off-road mountain biking


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Final Verdict

For an inexpensive hardtail that is designed for every day riding, the Diamondback Sorrento 27.5 Hardtail mountain bike is an exceptional choice that comes specced with some entry-level Shimano components. The Diamondback Sorrento mountain bike is a great option for new riders looking for a great mountain bike at a truly good price point.

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So you’re looking for an inexpensive hardtail mountain bike designed for every day riding? Well the Diamondback Sorrento 27.5 Hardtail mountain bike is designed for lifestyle riding (it definitely doesn’t fit into the best hardtail mountain bikes under $1000. Lifestyle mountain bikes are a type of hybrid bike, designed to combine the everyday functionality of a road bike and the off-road capabilities of a mountain bike. As such the Diamondback Sorrento makes for a great entry level bike that is perfect for riders looking for an effective “around the town” bike, and a bike that can be taken on some light dirt as well as more rugged mountain trails.


The Diamondback Sorrento is shod with some easy-rolling 27.5″ Chaoyang Hornet 27.5×2.1 wheels and knobby tires. The frame is a sturdy DB 6061-T6 heat-treated 27.5″ aluminum frame and the Tektro brakes will give you the confidence when barreling down steep bike paths.


Diamondback Sorrento Bike Sizing


As per most of the other Diamondback range of mountain bikes, the Diamondback Sorrento comes in various sizes to suit a wide range of user heights.

For smaller/shorter riders (5’4 through 5’7), you can choose the Small / 16″ frame.

For riders 5’7 through 5’10 in height, the Medium / 18″ frame should suit.

Taller riders 5’10 through 6’1 should choose the Large / 20″ frame.

And for the tallest riders (6’1 through 6’4), choose the XL frame (22″ frame)


Diamondback Sorrento Features

The Diamondback Sorrento mountain bike is perfect for wherever adventure may take you. With Shimano Altus 7-speed derailleurs and Shimano EF-51 Easyfire 7spd shifters for reliable shifting, the Diamondback Sorrento is a great entry level mountain bike from one of the best mountain bike brands.

Sorrento Frame

Diamondback Sorrento Frame

Sorrento Shifters


Sorrento Derailleur

Sorrento 2016

Diamondback Sorrento – The Pros

Taking the Diamondback Sorrento out onto the trails was a fun experience and the bike handled extremely well. The 21 speeds allows riders to easily tackle the hills as well as just getting around town. Our initial impression was that the bike had few limitations. The components are certainly entry-level components (like the Shimano Altus derailleur) but the bike is well built and is certainly pitched at riders that are looking for a good off-road mountain bike that can also be used on-road – a truly lifestyle mountain bike.

The bike is usually delivered partially assembled, and completing the assembly is fairly easy as well (completion usually within an hour and without having advanced knowledge of bike assembly)

Diamondback Sorrento – Cons

If you are looking for a rugged mountain bike that you’ll be using on the trails day in and day out, you may consider another bike as the Sorrento is more geared towards casual mountain bikers who may use the bike on an adhoc basis. The seat may need to be replaced for those looking for a more comfortable ride.

Overall Verdict

The Diamondback Sorrento 27.5 Hardtail mountain bike is an inexpensive hardtail mountain bike designed for every day riding. With entry-level Shimano components (mostly), the Sorrento is a great option for new riders looking for a great mountain bike at a truly good price point.