Product DescriptionThe Sortie29 Black has essentially taken the very best components in the world and built you a pro caliber race build. Featuring Diamondback's legendary Knucklebox suspension and EA90 29er wheels, the Sortie Black is ready to leave your op...
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Date Reviewed: September 21, 2014
Strengths: High quality frame
Weaknesses: For the $$, none.
I first saw this bike online while researching my first FS bike purchase. I was intrigued by the unusual lines of the bike and the low-slung rear triangle...it just looked sexy... and right. I worried about buying it sight-unseen and un-ridden, but after reading the few reviews I could find and failing to find any 29er FS rig anywhere close as far as components for the price, I decided to take a chance. I could not have taken a better risk. I freaking love this bike! Like Tom Cruise loved Katie Holmes, even. Sometimes I just find myself staring at it, trying to figure out where the magic is coming from...
I am 5' 10" 130lb. I bought a Medium and I just fit with on a couple of cm's to spare in the saddle height area. I did not weigh the bike b/c I knew the Sortie was considered heavy by most reviewers. I immediately bought lighter tires with better grip (the stock WTB ones were not only heavy, but the rear end slid out a lot with them) and I weighed out the stock components before replacing them. Some, such as the stem, were lighter than the claimed weights of many higher priced "lightweight" products, so I left them on board. I eventually went with a lighter saddle, narrower handlebar (I have narrow shoulders and build), lock-on grips and a RF XC 2x crankset and BB. These changes shaved off several pounds in critical areas. I could tell a difference immediately and the bike now feels whippy and maneuverable.
As mentioned, the frame quality is exceptional and everything works just fantastic. I love the Fox fork and rear shock - with Boost valve. This bike just crawls up hills like a tank, especially when the rear is in descend mode, and the weight is a non-issue. I am not racing but I am not even sure it would matter in a race, since this thing just rolls up and over nearly everything and flies downhill like an arrow, stable and true - just awesome. I have no issues in tight, twisty turns and root/rock gardens are so much fun now. In fact, riding is just more fun than ever. Who would have thought that could happen after nearly 25 years of mountain biking??!
This bike has improved my riding abilities so much! My partner cannot believe how fast I ride now and how many obstacles and steep down/uphills I ride - with so much more confidence. In fact, she rode my bike and loved it. Then she sold her month-old brand new Giant Trance 27.5 and bought a Sortie 2. She loves it (I have seen her petting it and talking to it when thinking she was not being watched) and is no longer anxious about a "divey" front end and not being able to keep up. Two Sorties in the house are certainly better than one!
The weight? Meh. I don't even notice it and my quads are like iron anvils now.
Value? I could not find a better value. Anywhere.
Honestly, I know there are some bike snobs out there who look down their noses at the DB brand. But I remember a time when anyone who was a serious mountain biker wanted one and frankly, they are missing out on one sweet ride. After riding the Sortie, for the life of me, I cannot understand why more people aren't on them! They are simply that awesome. I would recommend to anyone, anywhere - try this bike. Don't be afraid. Try it. It's beautiful, well-made and will open up a whole new world of mountain biking to you.
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2014
Strengths: Full XTR Group, Fox Suspension, and EA70 Cockpit
Weaknesses: Frame design,frame flex, horrible cheap tires and very tight rear clearance
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2013
Strengths: This thing is a TANK. With the weapons grade aluminum frame, Fox Full Suspension 29er you can roll through anything.
Weaknesses: None so far.
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
Date Reviewed: December 17, 2012
Strengths: Solid bike. Able to set-up stock suspension for a 270# rider. Stock wheels seem to be strong enough for heavy riders also. Rear wheel stays stuck to the ground during rocky ascents, giving great traction. No noticeable chain feedback from the suspension. Stock 180mm front rotors (the minimum for heavier riders).
Weaknesses: Trying to find a bottom bracket for the 2012 model after breaking one. My left foot foot ever-so-sightly rubs against the rear "seat stay" (it' probably by bodies fault for that. A little tape made sure I wasn't rubbing off the paint.). Trying to adjust the front derailer stop crews while it was on the bike (interference with the "seat stay"). You'll need the stubbiest of stubby screw drivers to get in there. I have hit my chain ring (converted to bashgaurd) quite a bit on bouldery sections. Seems to happen (obviously) more often when I'm moving lower in my rear travel.
The amount of bike for the price made this a great deal (bought the 2012 around the time the 2013's were coming out.
Coming straight from a hard tail, this bike feels like I'm cheating on rocky Arizona trails. It took some time to dial in the suspension settings since I'm not used to ANY pedal bob, but the Pro Pedal switch on the RP3 takes most of that out. Initially, I also felt that maybe there was a little flex in the rear. But since getting used to the bike (and checking the suspension bolts on a regular basis) I have not noticed the flex.
Within a week riding, I started to forget it was even a 29er. I ride in all the same rocky technical places as before and I don't feel like I've had to adjust my riding style to fit with the bike.
Duration Product Used: 4 months
Price Paid: $1800.00
Purchased At: Performance Bike
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.
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
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.
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.
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2012
Strengths: Good standover for a 29er.
Fox fork and shock
Sturdy frame with lots of nice design features
Weaknesses: Heavy frame - almost 7.5 pounds for a medium
Low bottom bracket - prepare to smack lots of rocks with your cranks
DB made some nice design moves with the frame: all the pivots can be tightened from the non-drive side, the cable routing is great with bolt on guides for all housing on the down tube and the geometry is spot on except for the bb height.
I find the rear suspension works well and don't have issues with bobbing, but I do switch on propedal for climbs and flats. I generally like the bike, but the low bottom bracket is almost a deal breaker if you ride tight trails with obstacles. I've swapped out almost all the stock parts for SLX/XT level parts and a Stans Flow tubeless wheelset. Bike weight now is 30 lbs 4 oz.
Date Reviewed: May 31, 2012
Strengths: Climbs well
Take abuse well
Slow moving wheels
Overall the bike. is good-great out of the box. Change wheels and it goes right to great. The bike takes a beating and keeps on going.
Purchased At: ONLINE
Similar Products Used: Niner RIP
GT 29ER Hardtail
Bike Setup: FOX FLOAT29
FOX FLOAT RP2
WTB WHEELSET(ORIGINAL). SUN RINGLE CHARGER(NEW)
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2012
Strengths: Rolls fast in the big ring
Rails medium and fast corners
Good at negotiating tight corners
Rolls over root and rock gardens
No front wheel flop on steep climbs
Fork stroke is great once past the compression damping
Rear suspension is plush
No Brake jack
Bottom bracket is a little low at 13" if you ride where pedal strikes are an issue
Good fit for longer torso, shorter torso may want shorter stem
WTB Vigo Saddle is good
Shifting is very good
Tires are very good in loam
Many of the negatives are easily addressed, tires and grips can be changed, wheels upgraded as budget allows
Weaknesses: Fork has a little too much compression damping
Single rock and root hits are no different compared to a 26er
Heavy wheels and tires 10 plus lbs complete including cassette. WTB Speed and Wolverine.
Feels slow to get up to speed due to wheels and tires
Tires slide off embedded rocks
Grips are like holding onto a metal file
M445 Brake levers lack reach adjust, despite DB website claim
More pedal induced bobbing than others, up to 0.38 inch of shock stroke
Pro pedal reduces bobbing by about 33%, but harshens the ride noticeably
Loses the line at high speed on trails with consecutive hits, needs a thru axle fork
Rider is 6 ft 1 inch, 182 lbs, 32.5 inch inseam, 32 years of mountain biking.
This Sortie was a demo, ridden 50 miles or 80 km. Loaner from Outspokin Cycle in London, Ontario.
A friend rode the Sortie once, and mentioned most of the same pros and cons.
Review is accurate as of posting date, specs may change
Get the Sortie 2 for the thru axles
Bend the dog end of the front derailleur cable forward so it does not get caught between the tire and cross brace.
Get folding tires fit for your trails
Convert to tubeless
Similar Products Used: Ellswoth Epiphany, not a 29er, and 5 pounds lighter.
Bike Setup: Size large, 33 pounds total weight, 72 psi fork, 145 shock, 3 clicks of rebound
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2012
Strengths: 1. stiffness
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
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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