May 22

Bert’s 1999 DiamondBack Sorrento SE Bicycle

I would like to share today my 1999 DiamondBack Sorrento SE bicycle. I bought this bike back in 1999 at the US Army PX in Hanau Germany. It had been a long time since I had owned a good bike and I figured it was time to get one so I could ride.

The Sorrento SE is a hardtail Mountain Bike with front suspension. The original MSRP was $349.00 but I don’t remember what I paid for this one.  Probably the MSPR. This was also the last year for this DiamondBack model.

I think that for a 17 year old bike that it still rides very well!

Here are the specifications. SOURCE

Frame & Fork
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material Chromoly main triangle/hi-tensile steel rear stays
Fork Brand & Model SR Suntour M-7500, 1.95″ travel
Fork Material Aluminum/chromoly, triple-clamp crown
Rear Shock Not applicable

 

Components
Component Group Mountain Mix
Brakeset Lee Chi ProMax linear-pull brakes, Lee Chi ProMax levers
Shift Levers Shimano Alivio RapidFire SL
Front Derailleur Shimano AceraX top-swing, bottom-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Crankset Shimano AceraX, 22/32/42 teeth
Pedals Wellgo LU-983D
Bottom Bracket Tien Hsin BB-7700, 110mm spindle
BB Shell Width 68mm English
Rear Cogs 8-speed, 11 – 30 teeth
Chain Shimano CN-IG51, 1/2 x 3/32″
Seatpost Aluminum micro-adjust, 29.2mm diameter
Saddle Diamondback All-Terrain
Handlebar Lee Chi
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebar Stem JD aluminum
Headset 1 1/8″ threadless Aheadset STS

 

Wheels
Hubs Joy Tech aluminum, Q/R
Rims Alex VP-20F, 32-hole
Tires Front: 26 x 1.95″ Kenda K-877, Rear: 26 x 1.95″ Kenda K-887
Spoke Brand Shuhn Lih stainless steel, 2.0mm straight gauge
Spoke Nipples Brass nipples

My bike is pretty much stock but I have replaced the Crank, Bottom Bracket, and the Front Shifter mechanism. Current crank is the Shimano FC-M311-L Alivio and the bottom bracket is the Shimano UN55 BB.

I have added a RACKTIME ADDIT rear rack, Vaude Karakorum Panniers, RAM Mount X Mount phone holder and Bike Planet Comfort Gel seat.

For lighting I have Bike Planet front and rear LEDs and See Sense ICON smart lights. The See Sense ICON lights are Bluetooth enabled and I can adjust the pattern and brightness on my smart phone. The rear light also detects when I am slowing down and acts like a brake light.  Additionally if I crash the lights will automatically send my location to another phone via a text message. I got the See Sense ICON light via a Kickstarter project.

For tires I am currently running Kenda Khan K-935 26 x 1.75

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