Summary Score: 8.2/10
The Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance certainly represents a hybrid bike with a good blend of a road bike and mountain bike. It possibly leans more towards the mountain bike category with the shape and disc brakes but without suspension, you wouldn’t dream of using this for any serious mountain biking.
The price for the Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance bike is great. Although most of the hybrid bikes we review come in with a high score in the price category, you can’t fault the fact that a hybrid bike in general costs a lot less than a road bike or mountain bike and as such, a huge cost saving for you for great commuting functionality.
Quality of the Components
The Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance bike components can be broken down into various areas that determine the quality. Each of these components can in isolation drop the overall rating for a bike review, simply because the weakest part may be the area which causes the bike overall to be lower quality, i.e. a low-quality seat isn’t really an area for concern as opposed to low quality brakes or gears which make a bike unsafe or hard to use.
Frame: Simple aluminium frame with fixed fork, no suspension
Seat: This is slightly less comfortable than other bikes reviewed but depending on how much padding you’d like, this will do a suitable job and allow you to ride at a decent speed if required without restricting leg movement.
Pedals: The standard pedals provided with the bike are very cheap, this would be one of the first items to replace.
Brakes: Disc brakes meaning you can stop in a hurry!! Always a good thing.
Gears: Shimano Tourney TX front & rear derailleur is definitely bottom of the range but still good enough for a commuter. The gear shifters are integrated with the brakes and readily accessible for gear changes for the 24 speeds (3 front, 8 rear).
Wheel set: Standard 700 wheel size similar to a road bike. Tyres supplied are Kenda who make great tyres so good plus there.
Weight: 26.2 pounds or 11.9 kilograms (reasonably light weight)Quality of the Components 7/10
East & Costs for Maintenance
If you use the bike a lot, you’re bound to need to do maintenance at some point. That might be as simple as fixing a flat tyre, adjusting the gears or changing brake pads.
The Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance bike gets a good mark for ease and cost of maintenance. This is due to the fact that you’ll be able to do a lot of the work yourself. The wheels are easy to remove with quick release levers, the seat can easily be adjusted and with a bit of knowledge, you could even adjust the gears/shifters and disc brakes although I’d advise you take it to a bike shop for the disc brakes.
If any of the work is outside of your comfort zone, any bike shop will be able to do the maintenance for you due to the very common nature of the components and easy access to parts. Ease & Costs for Maintenance 9/10
The bike gets an ok rating for comfort. It’s more designed to be fast and simple as opposed to a laid back comfort machine. The main comfort issues are the seat and pedals. Both of these can easily be replaced if you’re looking for more comfort and I’d definitely be looking to replace the pedals very quickly.
One other factor to consider is the lack of fenders. If you bike to work in wet weather or on wet roads, you’re going to get a very wet backside. This is easily resolved with a low cost.
The Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance bike is a nice looking bike. Although on the basic side overall for a look, it’s got a nice style for the more standard frame and where it’s positioned in the market. Again, this will be a personal preference issue where you need to decide if you want a more cruiser styled bike or not…