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  1. Shocks and Suspension
    So I have a bike with 130mm front travel and 100 in the rear and I wanna increase it to 150 in the front and 120 in the rear. Does a bike have to be manufactured for its rear travel, and can I change it? I've heard the advice to stay within 20mm of the original travel so that's what I was...
  2. General Discussion
    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...
  3. General Discussion
    Count Diamondback among the bike makers embracing the "playful" hardtail market. Coming later this summer is the new Sync'r Carbon, which replaces the outgoing aluminum Sync'r Pro. Headtube angle is a downhill friendly 66 degrees. But the 74-degree seat tube angle means it'll still claw...
  4. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    We've seen mountains and jungles and canyons run deep. We've raced lava, chased sunsets, and found caves in our sleep. The good old dream - where things are never quite as they seem. Here we go again, Come on old friend. We've got one more story before we turn in. Mike Hopkins' epic journey...
  5. General Discussion
    Diamondback has added artist, filmmaker and professional mountain biker Micayla Gatto to its team in 2018. In addition, popular YouTuber Seth's Bike Hacks joins longtime Diamondback riders Eric Porter, Mike Hopkins, and Simon Lawton to round out a team of creators, adventure riders, coaches, and...
  6. 27.5
    Lowdown: Diamondback Release Carbon 5C As a legendary brand that seemed to have lost its way for a while, Diamondback has made a comeback with the launch of a string of new bikes, including the Release Carbon trail bike. Sporting 27.5 wheels and an efficient and capable Level Link suspension...
  7. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    There's a reason we all love bikes. Because bikes are awesome. This video is an emphatic declaration of dedication to the wonders of two wheels. Welcome to Skidsville. Population: all of us.
  8. General Discussion
    Diamondback's popular 27.5 Release trail bike is now available in carbon. The company is offering two stock builds of the 150mm front/130mm rear travel rig. It can also be semi-customized via their online Custom Studio program where consumers can choose from a selection components. The new...
  9. 27.5
    When Diamondback sat down three years ago to begin development of their new product line, one of the main influencers was professional rider Eric Porter. Best known for his skills as a freerider, he now travels the globe documenting adventures in places less traveled. The bike they would...
  10. 27.5
    The Level Link is Diamondback's take on a dual counter, short rotating linkage (click to enlarge). Patents in the United States generally last twenty years and recently, several of the oldest patents on mountain bike suspension designs have expired. This has allowed brands from overseas to...
  11. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    A couple of weeks ago we covered the Grand Opening of the Mega Underground Bike Park in Louisville, Kentucky. There was a ton of interest in this new and unique riding venue. The attraction has hit major news stations like USA Today, ABC News and NPR with much interest. Lucky for us...
  12. 27.5
    Diamondback Bicycles released their all new Mission Pro earlier this year and we have had the luxury of riding and testing it for the past several months. We were glad to see this new iteration of their Knucklebox suspension design as we had ridden previous versions (with the triangle shaped...
  13. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    Diamondback Marketing Manager Jon Kennedy steps away from the chaos of Sea Otter to lay out the new 27.5 Mission Pro for us. Making the leap to 27.5 wheels necessitated some modifications to the Mission frame, including bringing the seat tube forward slightly and compressing the Knuckleblox...
  14. General Discussion
    Photo Courtesy Cascadia Dirt Cup/Paris Gore While it's not garnered the same attention as better known enduro series in Oregon or the Rocky Mountain region, Washington State's Cascadia Dirt Cup is one of the best examples of how this fledgling every-man racing discipline is benefiting mountain...
  15. 29er Bikes
    Jon Kennedy stopped by the Mtbr booth to show us two all new 29ers from Diamondback, the brand new 2014 Overdrive Carbon Pro and the Mason FS. The brand new 2014 Overdrive Carbon 29er is the carbon version of their well known alloy framed Overdrive 29er line. It will come in 3 models: Pro...
  16. General Discussion
    Diamondback is pleased to announce Charlie Sponsel as the newest member of the DF5 Pro Factory Team Charlie will be a welcome addition to the DF5 Downhill Team riding along with the his good friend and current reigning NW Cup and All Gravity Series champ Kyle Thomas. Diamondback is the current...
  17. 29er Bikes
    Big Hoops, Little Coin There was a time when a sub-$1000 mountain bike of any configuration was either wishful thinking or a bloated department store clunker disguised to look like a real off-road bicycle. If there is one good thing to be said for economy of scale, it's that mountain bikes...
  18. General Discussion
    In an effort to create a greater community surrounding the Diamondback Brand and its product, the Washington based company is offering up a 2012 Diamondback Assault Dirt Jumper before you can buy it. One of our lucky Facebook fans will be rewarded at Interbike for simply being part of the FB...
  19. 29er Bikes
    At the end of June, I bought a Diamondback Overdrive 29er from Dicks sporting goods. I did some research, and this seemed like the best bike for my budget. I have taken it out on trails 3 times now, and my back wheel/break is already making noises. When I spin the wheel while the bike is...
  20. General Discussion
    Congrats to Leandro Parada of Orange, CA! Leandro is the Grand Prize Winner of the "Dig Out Your Old Diamondback" Contest! ( https://www.mtbr.com/diamondbackcontestcrx.aspx ) Leandro's entry was chosen from over 100 entries in the contest. He got the trivia question ( "What was the name and...
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