I distinctly remember wasting time in elementary school reading BMX PLUS! and lusting over the Diamondback Reactors. (http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/diamondback/24675)
Now, with Kelly McGarry's 72 ft backflip, 2nd place, and viewers choice award at the RedBull Rampage, they have rebuilt the brand into a formidable player.
I have been riding this bike for a month or so now, and have been greatly impressed. I knew Diamondback still had it, and that they would come back and produce great bikes again. This is one of those bikes. Stiff aluminum frame and a great (105 level for around a grand? YES). This bike is a great entry level cross racer, a one bike quiver, or a gravel adventure bike. I have since upgraded the seatpost and saddle to some personal preference parts, but the stock build will get you and keep you rolling for years.
I have put about 200 miles on it so far, both on and off road, and have found myself wanting to ride back on the road more and more. The frame is confidence inspiring and solid, and wide tires and disc brakes make descending both more fun and more "spicy" because of brakes that feel like brakes. Discs on road bikes are here to stay and I will only ride them from here on out.
Fit and finish of this bike is on par with bigger names, and the price can't be beat. I'm looking forward to getting a nicer set of wheels, as with bikes in this price range, thats usually the one component selection to suffer. It is a bit heavy to keep up with the fit roadies I work with, but I'm probably having more fun. I can't wait to do some bikepacking, gravel adventures, and longer rides next summer, and this race (http://www.vermontoverland.com/vogp) but with single digit temps, its trainer time.