Diamondback Release 29 debuts

Affordable alloy trail bike utilizes 130mm Level Link suspension

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Diamondback Release 29

The Diamondback Release 29 was officially unveiled at last weekend’s Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

Diamondback continues to offer a compelling price-for-performance proposition, unveiling its newest mountain bike, the Diamondback Release 29. Available in two build options, the Diamondback Release 29 features a hydroformed aluminum frame with 130mm of rear travel and an 140mm travel fork. Key metrics of this trail bike include a 67.7-degree head angle, 73-degree seat tube angle, and 446mm chainstays across four frame size, S-XL. Reach for a size large is a reasonable 449mm.

Diamondback Release 29

With 130mm of rear travel and 140mm up front, the Diamondback Release 29 sits comfortably in the trail bike category.

Built around Diamondback’s Level Link suspension system, the Release 29 features the same balance of handling, efficient pedaling, and big-hit burliness as its smaller-wheeled siblings, the 27.5 Release and Catch. For the uninitiated, Level Link is a short-link four-bar suspension that aims to prevent pedaling forces from interfering with suspension compression. The suspension, claims Diamondback, remains active under pedaling and braking, providing efficient climbing as well as reliable traction in technical terrain and corners.

Diamondback Release 29 3 — $3300

Diamondback Release 29

The Release 29 3 is the premium build in the line and features a Fox Performance Float DPX2 rear shock and a Fox 34 Performance Float fork with Grip damper. Drivetrain is Shimano XT 1×11, while Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes provide braking power and modulation. It’s topped off with Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR 29×2.3″ EXO tires, Ergon GE10 Evo lock-on grips, and a KS LEV Si internal dropper post.

Diamondback Release 29 2 — $2700

Diamondback Release 29

The Release 29 2 features a Fox Float DPS Performance shock with an EVOL LV air sleeve and a Fox Rhythm 34 fork with Grip damper. A Shimano SLX 11-speed drivetrain provides shifting, while SLX hydraulic disc brakes keep things under control. Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 29×2.3″ EXO tires, Ergon GE10 Evo lock-on grips, and a KS E30i internal dropper round out the package.

Diamondback Sync’r Carbon — $3000
Diamondback Sync'r Carbon

The Diamondback Sync’r Carbon is a playful hardtail.

Also new from Diamondback is the Sync’r Carbon. This trail hardtail is designed to handle aggressive riding, boasting a 66-degree head angle and 74-degree seat tube angle. The full carbon monocoque frame comes spec’d with a tubeless-ready 27.5×2.8 wheel/tire set-up. Riders can choose to run 29-inch wheels as well, to suit their preference and terrain.

Diamondback Sync'r Carbon

The component package includes a 140mm Fox 34 Performance Float fork, a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, Shimano MT501 hydraulic brakes, an X-Fusion Manic dropper post, and Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR tires.

Like all Diamondback bikes, the Sync’r Carbon is available direct-to-consumer and ships mostly assembled. Using the included tools and online support system with chat and helpful how-to videos, anyone can build their new bike. Customers can also choose to have their bike assembled at their local bike shop or built and delivered by Beeline Bikes mobile delivery service (where available) for no extra charge on bikes $500 and up.

To learn more head over to www.diamondback.com.


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  • Mickey says:

    You know how everyone complains that new bikes are too expensive? I take it Diamondback was listening. Nothing here is revolutionary, or top spec, but it’s all quality name brand components. These are great bikes for people just getting into the sport, or looking to upgrade from something low quality.

    • Bret says:

      They really have been doing good things the last few years. The bike that got me into mtb was a $470 DB Overdrive from Nashbar…looking back it was low spec, but it has XCR fork Acera 9 speed drivetrain when most bikes in that range were XCT trash and tourney drivetrains. That bike made me fall in love with the sport, now I’ve upgraded to a Diamondback Release and it is amazing…best part was I got it for $1500 and it was a frame worth building up. I plan on keeping this bike for a long time.

  • Rick says:

    Bret have you tried getting those linkages torn down for maintenance ?
    I’ve seem some serious QC issues and hammers trying to get it aprrt then back together.

  • Karl says:

    I have rode a DB Line before in a Medium . I ride large , The bike was a shredder , I ran it down a black trail in the Colorado . If your looking for quality and fair price , Then DB is great choice.

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