“Diamondback Bicycles was founded as a BMX brand in 1977 by Western States Imports in Newbury Park, California, which sold bikes under the Centurion (bicycle) brand. Early in its history, the brand name was “Diamond Back” and over time this changed to “DiamondBack” and then to “Diamondback.” Beginning in 1990, Western States Imports started selling its mountain bikes and road bicycles under the Diamondback name as well. Since 1979, many riders have successfully competed under the sponsorship of Diamondback, which began with BMX and expanded to Mountain Bikes with the creation of Diamondback Racing (DBR) in 1993. In 1999, Diamondback Bicycles was purchased by the Derby Cycle Corporation, which also owned the Raleigh Bicycle Company, and merged Raleigh and Diamondback together. In 2001, Derby Cycle Corporation sold Raleigh and Diamondback, and currently, both brands continue to share the same owners.” – Source, Wikipedia.
“The Carbon EXP takes the Haanjo concept to its limits. The hand-built carbon EXP is light and tough, sporting 2.1” wide tires on 27.5” rims, and a 3×9 drivetrain to maximize its potential as a deep woods explorer.”
Yes, people, you read that correctly. In this day and age of 1x chainrings and “simplification” (some would say compromise), Diamondback kit out the Haanjo EXP with a Shimano Deore crank fitted with 48/36/26T chainrings.
Electronic drivetrains have not been forgotten about. Note the hole drilled for a Shimano Di2 or Campagnolo EPS front derailleur.
At the rear end of things, a Shimano XT M772 9-speed derailleur with Shimano’s “Shadow” technology. The cassette on this build is a 9-speed 11-34 XT M770 unit.
Above, more retro throwback! Genuine Shimano Dura-Ace bar end shifters of the 3×9-speed variety. Brake levers are TRP RRL models.
HED Tomcat disc specific rims with no-name nubs form the basis of the Haanjo’s wheelset. Thirty-two stainless steel spokes in all, tubeless compatible rims and thru-axles (12mm x 100mm front and 142mm x 12mm rear).
For a budget-oriented bike, the Haanjo is unusual in that it has internalized cable routing. That is normally reserved for bikes costing more.
TRP’s venerable Spyre dual-piston mechanical disc brakes perform the duties of stopping and utilize the flat-mount standard. Disc brake rotors are 160mm front and rear.
The rear end of the Haanjo Carbon EXP also receives the flat-mount treatment.
There is plenty of tyre clearance front and rear on the Haanjo.
Seatpost size is 27.2mm, which is a turnaround from several years ago when 31.6mm seatposts were all the rage.
This particular build deviates a little from what is posted on Diamondback’s website, but likely because 2019 website updates have not happened yet. HED parts constitute items such as the seatpost and stem.
The Diamondback Haanjo Carbon EXP is available in four sizes, starting and ending at 525mm top tube length for the size Small, and 580mm for size Large.
Further details can be seen of the Haanjo Carbon EXP at their website in the link below.
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