You might know Diamondback better as an exercise bike company, but they make some surprisingly good elliptical trainers and other cardio equipment for the home.
The company recently introduced a new model to go along with the popular 1060Ef, so we decided to review the brand again to see if anything changed since our first look a couple of years ago.
Let's jump in to see what Diamondback Fitness is all about.
Diamondback has been in business since 2007, and they draw on years of experience in the industry to manufacture affordable cardio equipment for the residential market.
All of their products, including their ellipticals, are well designed and built strong, with some of the best warranties you'll find anywhere.
Although they offered just one elliptical for many years, due to its popularity they decided to add another model to the mix. They also recently updated the rest of their cardio lineup as well.
As we mentioned, there are currently two Diamondback ellipticals: the 1060Ef and the up-level 1280Ef, which recently replaced the 1260Ef that came out a few years ago.
Let's take a look at each of them to see how they compare...
The base model, introduced for 2019, is incredibly compact...only 49.2" long, compared to the typical 80+ inches of a traditional elliptical.
The 1060Ef has an adjustable stride length. You can choose from 18, 20 or 23 inches.
There are 8 built in programs, 4 heart rate based workouts and 4 custom programs to choose from, and it has a 300 lb. max weight capacity.
The up-level 1280Ef, is also relatively compact at around 50" long, and is a bit sturdier than the 1060Ef.
Unlike the 1060Ef, it has a 17" or 22" stride, additional workout programs, touch screen display, WiFi capability and a 325 lb.max weight capacity.
It also has wireless heart rate monitoring capability, as opposed to grip only on the base model.
Both Diamondback ellipticals offer a smooth, natural stride, low impact training, easy to read LED displays and industry leading warranty coverage on frame, parts and labor.
Both of the Diamondback ellipticals are good choices, so it really comes down to what you are looking for. Each has its pros and cons...
The Diamondback 1280Ef is the newer model and really amps up the features and capabilities.
It is going to give you a wider range of built in workout programs, a more advanced touch screen display, WiFi connectivity, comfort grips and as well as wireless heart rate monitoring for more accuracy.
The Diamondback 1060Ef is also compact and gives you a wide range of stride lengths to choose from.
The two ellipticals differ in price by about $600-$800 depending on the current sale price, so that's definitely worth considering.
For lighter usage, or for those with very limited space in their workout areas, we would say the 1060Ef is probably the better choice.
For heavier usage, or for those with a more open budget, we would lean towards the more durable 1280Ef.
Either Diamondback elliptical is a solid choice...both are well built and designed to provide a smooth, natural motion and comfortable workout.
Diamondback Fitness is in a tough position, as there is a lot of competition for both of their elliptical trainers.
The base 1060Ef, at around $1,500 or so on sale, competes directly with top selling ellipticals like the NordicTrack FS5i and ProForm Pro 16.9.
Both of these trainers offer a lot more features including touch screen displays, more built in workouts, iFit Coach and more resistance levels to choose from.
The top of the line 1280Ef, at around $1,900, competes directly with the very best ellipticals from NordicTrack and ProForm as well as entry level models from commercial brands like Life Fitness and Precor.
So Diamondback doesn't have it easy, as there are so many ellipticals out there that it needs to compete with, plus these other brands are much more popular and spend more on advertising.
Think about it...when is the last time you saw a Diamondback commercial or even a banner ad? We thought so. Compare this to NordicTrack and ProForm that are all over the place, especially during the holiday times.
But keep in mind Diamondback ellipticals are very high quality, and they definitely have their advantages over the competition. It's a matter of making and apples to apples comparison and deciding which one most appeals to you.
You can read through our in-depth reviews of the two current models below to learn more about each one.
Diamondback 1060EF - the base model with a compact design, adjustable stride up to 23" and a nice array of built in workout programs.
Diamondback 1280Ef - the newest elliptical in the lineup, with a touch screen display, WiFi, wireless heart rate and fitness app integration.
Diamondback 1260Ef - the up-level model with a fixed 19" stride, more built in workout and wireless heart rate monitoring capability.
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