The Diamondback Sortie series isThe quintessentialTrail bike. Responsive enough for challenging epicTrail rides orThose all day XC grinders,The Sortie excels inThe singletrack domain.The Sortie 2 is designedTo strike a balance of agility and stability. It rides well at all speeds and is as nimble climbing upThe mountain as it is stable descending. Frame: SortieTrail 5" 6061-T6 Weapons Grade Aluminum w/ HydroformedTopTube, Butted / Formed DownTube / Seatstays, Under Arch Seatstay bridge, Knuckle
Strengths: Knucklebox susp. is a great design, great climber w/ no bob, VERY plush on the descents.
Weaknesses: The weight- knucklebox susp. is a heavier design than others, many stock parts are heavy including crank, wheelset, and tires.
The DB sortie is a great value in it's price class compared to similarly equipped bikes, they offer a good value for the money. The stock parts that came on it I really am not too fond of, mine is the '11 model and came with deore which doesn't shift crisply IMO. After swapping out the drivetrain with SRAM, changing the tires and crankset it takes the weight down to a great all around trail bike. The knucklebox susp. works just as the research says it does with little to no bob on climbing, with a nice propedal feature as well as the 3 settings. The downhills are confident inspiring with it soaking up everything.
All in all it is a great value for the money and I would highly recommend getting one. After a few minor upgrades to the rotational weight, this bike is a great all arounder.
Bike Setup: DB Sortie 2 frame, X0 drivetrain, FSA K-force light, Easton Haven bars
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2012
Strengths: 2012 model front and rear suspension is air pressure sprung with adjustable hydraulic damping, easy for biker to tune to the trail. Also the propedal function on the rear has three settings for a firmer or softer ride depending on the trail. Hydraulic disc brakes front and rear grab great with a one finger pull. The knuckle box suspension setup is nice and provides little to no bob on the trails. The weight is also much little than I expected, and makes hill climbing smooth combined with the low gearing. Bike also came with a pump for the shock, sag gauge and torx wrenches.
Weaknesses: I have found none to date.
Great deal, compare components to other trek fuel ex and kona tanuki bikes and you will see the value in this bike. I had a KHS hardtail for years before this and made the transition the full suspension, wow what a difference.
a Weekend Warrior
from Gainesville, FL
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2010
Strengths: Good entry level full suspension bike
Weaknesses: not the lightest
Awesome bike. Rides great. Metallic blue looks sweet. If all you need is 4 inches, go for it.
Bike Setup: Bike is setup for 4x racing and dirt jumping. E13 Chain guide with a 38t chainring, Manitou Minute fork, Sun wheelset, Azonic riser bar and X9 shifter and rear deraileur.
a Cross Country Rider
from Chattanooga, TN
Date Reviewed: December 4, 2008
Strengths: Good bang for your buck if you want a good 4" air sprung xc rig and don't have tons of money in your bank account. Knuckle box design is very good design, active travel with little pedal feed back, but climbs amazingly well. The knuckle box keeps center of gravity low, which in turns give you lighting fast responsive handle in technical switchbacks. Frame is very durable and bearings are all sealed. Hayes stroker disc brakes work well to keep you in control. Lx/Deore drivetrain work pretty darn well.
Weaknesses: None really, if you don't like kenda small block 8 tires put something else on it. And comes with plastic platform pedals, I would change them right out.
Good bang for your buck. I sell this at mt store and we are closing them out at $1499.(1800 msrp) Great way to get into the better higher end bikes in the grand sceam of things. This bike will need better pedals but can handle some long hard rides and is a killer value. 4 chilis for the plastic pedals.
Hello. Loving my new bike but looking to save some weight in the tires/wheels. Current idea is Stan's ztr arc ex, and Continental Mountain King on the front 2.4, x-king on the rear.
The tires that come with it. Wolverine 2.2 barely fit in the rear but seem like the largest 2.2 ever seen. Saw an ... Read More »
I just bought a Diamondback Sortie 2 29er. My friend who is a bike fanatic recommended that I look on the used market to get better bang for my buck, but I couldn't pass up a new bike. Should I stick with the DB or sell it and look for something better used? I am new to 29ers and love the feel of th ... Read More »
I just picked up a Wolverine 2.2 TCS tire to replace my current rear tire on a 2010 Sortie Black. It looks big. Anyone have experience with these tires fitting the rear of the Sortie?
At one time I tried a Trail King 2.2 on the rear and while it did fit, It did not leave enough room. The tire ... Read More »
I just purchased a 2008 Sortie 2 that was collecting dust at a lbs. I got the bike and a bunch of accessories for $1000 plus Uncle Sams 8%. How did I do? The shop said they had about $950 into it. I am very pleased with the ride and am looking forward to riding again. My daughter(5) is even sto ... Read More »
I was floating the idea around of putting on a velocity blunt 650b up in the front. I wanted a full 650b but the rear cross support just would not give me the clearance. Doesn't look like I can hook up with anyone in my area to test out the wheel in the front and see how it works. Just wondering ... Read More »