Diamondback Sortie 2 29 29er Full Suspension

4/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $2699.99

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Product Description

Weapons grade aluminum Sortie 29 4.5" trail frame w/ knuckle box suspension platform, taper head tube, 142X12 thru axle drop outs, Fox 32 Float 29 RL 120mm 15QR fork, Fox Float RP23 XV rear shock, Shimano FCM-552 2PC crankset, Deore FRT and XT rear derailleurs 10Spd, WTB speed disc 29 double wall rims, and Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aboutface102

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2013

Strengths:    1. Great groupset, at least for what I've been used to
2. Well built, hefty frame. Can take a beating comfortably
3. Low center of gravity gives amazing control through banks and turns, for a 29er
4. 120mm fox suspension

Weaknesses:    1. It is a bit heavier
2. Not the best for steep climbs (could just be me)
3. Brakes are a little weak

Bottom Line:   
This bike was a great choice for me because I like to be able to climb long distances for the long downhills. This bike does both well, especially the downhill part. I rode my friend's $5,000 Niner just to try the 29" wheels. I will admit that uphill the Niner was astounding. Light with a great pedaling geometry. But downhill the Sortie blows it away. 1" more travel, Low center of gravity, hefty frame. Not to mention for me it was $3200 cheaper! Not the best groupset but I didn't even notice, it shifts great. Only bad thing is the brakes, I will probably upgrade those next to XT. If you want a fun 29er and are poor, this is an excellent choice!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Greg Mayer

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2012

Strengths:    The Fox Suspension, SLX/ XT shifters and Derailers, Coupled with Shimano hydraulic disk braks and thru axle make this a fun bike to ride..

Weaknesses:    A little heavy but not overly noticable.

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden this bike for the past 8 weeks on a variety of different trails, cross country and roads. It is a blast to ride and very comfortable. I would definately recommend this bike to anyone looking for a mid range awesome bike that will make you smile every time you ride it.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bballboy388 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2012

Strengths:    Price, thru axels front and rear, slx and xt shifters and rear derailleur, and Fox front and rear suspension.

Weaknesses:    Wheels are a heavy and the brakes are a little weak in my opinion

Bottom Line:   
First off I had never ridden a 29er before this bike. My previous perspective is all coming from previous experience riding a few different 26" trail bikes and my background is primarily in Downhill.

I loved this bike! My first ride was a demo at my our local xc trails the day after doing a 30 mile mtn ride for my friends bachelor party on my soul matador. My legs should of been tired and I didn't really feel like riding but this bike just kept making the trails more fun then I had remembered. At first I figured the ride was just easier because the bike has a little steeper head angle and is lighter then my old bike so it was easier to climb. Then we started to descend and I was hitting the same lines I do on my old 26 that was set up with a 160 Rock Shox lyrick. The suspension design was really active and ate everything up but when we were climbing I hardly noticed it. On long steep climbs on extended road sections I sometimes use my pro pedal but not often. After that ride I knew I had to get one and I loved it so much I just convinced my wife to drink the 29" kool aid and we just purchased the 2013 model of this bike for her.

I think Diamondback is a company that is easy to overlook but over the past few years they seem to really be putting out a much higher quality product and investing back in the bicycling community and I am really glad I got the chance to demo this bike and now own it.

The stock build on this bike is on the heavier side and might turn off someone looking for a bike specifically to race but if you are looking for a bike that will be really fun and you can take anywhere I think this is worth taking a close look at.

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Favorite Trail:   Gambrill State Park, MD and Patapsco State park MD

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Performance Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Soul Matador, Specialized sx, Transition Bottlerocket

Bike Setup:   Only things I have changed so far are I put an xt crankset I had on from my old bike, got maxxis ardent tires, and swaped my bar and stem from my old bike over too. I plan on getting new wheels and brakes in the next few months but I might hold off on the wheels till I need to replace them.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2012

Strengths:    1. stiffness
2. geometry
3. fox suspension/shock with 15mm thru-axle and 12x142 rear axle, and knuclebox suspension
4. tapered head tube

Weaknesses:    1. weight
2. quality of build from factory
3. geometry on steep climbs

Bottom Line:   
in 2011 I rode a Diamondback Sortie 3 (http://www.diamondback.com/2011-sortie-3) and the Diamondback Mission 3 (http://www.diamondback.com/2011-mission-3). These both gave me a baseline as a user/rider for the Sortie 29er, and gave Diamondback a baseline for the two types of bikes they wanted to base this bike on. It seems to me they took clues from both, and a little more from the mission than the sortie. This bike is low slung. good for a 29er, and i feel like i am sitting at the same height as the 26" sortie 3, which had loads of clearance, but was hard to rail with. it also has a tapered head tube and slacker geometry, harkening back to the mission 3. It also climbs more like the mission than the 26" sortie 3. if you get onto too steep a climb, the front wheel likes to lift for me. The bike is MUCH stiffer than the previous sortie, what, with the 12x142 and 15mm thru axle hubs. The read end does not have the flex problems and loosey goosey feeling that the 26 "sortie 3 does, which was the biggest problem other than the height off the ground of the 26"sortie 3. Now one thing every good mechanic should check, and that you should check if you buy it and build it is the that the linkage is torqued properly. one of my linkage screws began unscrewing after 5 rather short rides. It's all fixed now. The weight is a little bit of a problem, but getting rid of the crank and replacing the handlebar/stem, and even eventually getting some stan's or easton wheels could easily make this a fairly light bike for racing. It made a few weird noises at first, but, after tracking all of them down and adding a little grease here and tightening a few bolts that should have been torqued at the factory there, it's become a wonderful ride. 4 chilies because of weight, geometry, and quality of build, and because it's not seen heavy consistent action yet this season...

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Favorite Trail:   Dark Mounrain, North Wilkesboro, NC

Purchased At:   EP from Diamondback

Similar Products Used:   2011 Diamondback Sortie 3 http://www.diamondback.com/2011-sortie-3
2011 Diamondback Mission 3 http://www.diamondback.com/2011-mission-3

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