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Diamond Back (1977–2023)

Diamond Back is a huge influence in BMX

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 In the late 1970's & early 1980's Sandy Finkelman of Wheels n' Things was taken on to lead the Diamond Back BMX race team & product development division.

Under his leadership 'Scary' Harry Leary & Eddy King won many of the top US BMX races in the 1980's & helped develop new models that had unique features like the Turbo dropout & Diamond gusset.

With the success of the race team Diamond Back took to the screen with the release of BMX Bandits in 1983 which featured one of the characters riding a Diamond Back Senior Pro 

Also, 1983 saw the introduction of the Viper model, a name that has been in the Diamond Back BMX line up for over three decades.

Today Diamondback has a renewed focus on dirt & street BMX styles with riders from the UK, Europe & USA competing in major events such as the X Games & Dew Tour.

 WSI, an importer in So Cal was accidently sent a few Raleigh Bicycles. They were told they could keep them if they removed the labels. This sparked an interest in importing bikes & Diamond Back was started. DB stands for "Dirt Bike". So many greats..Harry Leary, Eddy King, & more..

The Turbo bike, Silver Streak & more.!. 

Diamond Back reference charting the History between 1977 to 1986, including detailed model information & a supporting forum

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We have recently been discussing the 2 naming conventions: 

1977 to 1993 "Diamond Back"
1994 to Now "Diamondback"

Diamond Back 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" & over time this changed to "DiamondBack" & then to "Diamondback"

Diamond back team signed

Diamond back team signed

Diving into BMX

Diving into BMX