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With a new suspension design and frame, the Diamondback Release 2 is an amazing bike at the right price. Diamondback made big improvements with its new Catch and Release models. These are bikes built new from the ground up.
The bike was made possible by the expiration of Santa Cruz's Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) patent. Diamondback's Level Link suspension is similar to VPP in that it utilizes short, dual counter-rotating links to create a floating instant center. The Level Link's lower linkage is higher and inline with the chain and the upper link is perpendicular to the lower link at sag which Diamondback says lets bump forces easily activate the suspension and overcome pedaling forces for better traction and control while pedaling.
The Release 2 has geometry that reflects the current state of mountain biking with a 150mm RockShox Pike and 130mm Monarch RT3 DebonAir at the rear. It's a bike that is stable at speeds and playful on any trail. Quick in the corners and excellent on climbs. It's a bike engineered to handle a wide array of trail. The Level Link configuration separates pedaling and trail inputs and makes 130mm of travel feel like much more.
The 6061 aluminum frame features hydroformed tubes, a tapered headtube, and a stiff 148×12mm thru-axle rear end. Diamondback's new Blanchard tubeless wheels have a 28mm internal width, giving the 27.5” Schwalbe Hans Dampfs a trail-gripping profile. Braking duties are handled by SRAM Level T hydraulic brakes with 180mm rotors front and rear.
The drivetrain is a mix of RaceFace and SRAM 1×11 components, letting you enjoy your ride without chain drops or noise. This bike is designed to be ridden hard all day long.
|Frame||Release 27.5, 130mm Travel, Level Link Suspension Platform, Hydroformed Tubing, ISCG-05 Tabs, Boost 148x12mm Maxle Drop Out, 1.5" Tapered Headtube|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch RT3 DebonAir, 200x57mm|
|Fork||RockShox Pike RC, 150mm Travel, w/ Rebound and Compression Damping, 35mm Stanchion, 1.5" Alloy Taper Steerer, w/ 110x15mm Boost Thru-axle|
|Cranks||Race Face Æffect SL, 30T Direct Mount "Narrow Wide" Single Ring, Boost Compatible|
|Bottom Bracket||Race Face Outboard Bearing|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX X-Horizon, 11 Speed|
|Shifter||SRAM GX 11 Speed X-Actuation Trigger|
|Cogset||SRAM XG1150, 11 Speed, 10-42T|
|Chain||KMC X11EL, 11 Speed|
|Front Hub||32h Alloy,110x15mm BoostThru-axle, Sealed Cartridge Bearing, w/ CNC Disc Mount|
|Rear Hub||32h Alloy, Boost 148x12mm Thru-axle, 4 Sealed Cartridge Bearing, w/ XD Cassette Body|
|Spokes||14g Stainless Steel|
|Rims||Diamondback Blanchard 28R, Tubeless Compatible, 32h|
|Tires||Schwalbe Hans Dampf, Performance, 27.5x2.35"|
|Brakes||SRAM Level T Hydraulic Disc, w/ 180mm Front / 180mm Rear Centerline Rotors|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Level Hydraulic Levers w/ Tooled Reach Adjust|
|Pedals||DB4L CNC Platform, Sealed Cartidge Bearing w/ Replaceable Pins|
|Handlebar||DB35 Alloy, 780mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 35mm Bar Bore|
|Grips||DB4L "Lock on" 135mm Kraton|
|Stem||DB35 Alloy, 40mm Reach, 35mm Bar Bore|
|Seat||WTB Volt Race|
|Seatpost||KS LEV Integra Dropper, 31.6mm|
|Extras||Owner’s Manual, Assembly Guide, DB Shock Pump, Tubless Valves, DB Torque Wrench w/ 3mm/ 4mm/ 5mm/ T25 Hex Bits, Diamondback Mud Guard, Extra Derailleur Hanger|
|Bike Weight||31.3 lbs|
|Accessories||Release 27.5, 130mm Travel, Level Link Suspension Platform, Hydroformed Tubing, ISCG-05 Tabs, Boost 148x12mm Maxle Drop Out, 1.5" Tapered Headtube|
|Bike Size||SM/15" / Rider Height: 5'4" - 5'7"||MD/17" / Rider Height: 5'7" - 5'10"||LG/19" / Rider Height: 5'10" - 6'2"||XL/21" / Rider Height: 6'2"-6'6"|
|Seat Tube Length||394mm||432mm||483mm||533mm|
|Stand Over Height||739mm||740mm||743mm||749mm|
|Top Tube Length||585mm||610mm||635mm||660mm|
|Head Tube Length||100mm||110mm||120mm||130mm|
|Chain Stay Length||425mm||425mm||425mm||425mm|
|Seat Post Length|