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Long story short I'm in the market for a new bike. Due to my wife's employee discount (BOA not DiamondBack) I can get a Release 3 for about $2640 or a Release 4c for about $3120.
The 3 is a pretty damn good deal. But is the 4c "worth" the extra $480.
I know the carbon frame is a good deal stiffer. But is that really all there is.

I'm a pretty aggressive rider. I ride everything from trails (now living in phoenix) to street. My previous bike was an 2007 Santa Cruz Blur LT. I finally broke the front triangle (on my third rear triangle) I tend to keep bikes for a while, so I'm not really worried about resale.
I really prefer bikes that are snappy and easy to throw around. I know I should probably get something a little more enduro. But I like the tossabality of Trailbikes.

I can get an alloy Stump Jumper (and a few other brands) for about as much as the 4c.
I do all of my own maintenance. And I'm really not brand loyal.
 

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Yeah that's kinda my thoughts. But I've always been an "upgrade" kinda guy. The 3 has a better spec. I'm just hoping a few more carbon people chime in on the frame itself. I don't need (or really want) a carbon frame.

Just thinking if I should get the 3 and just put the "savings" t words a better wheelset or something. Or if the carbon frame is that much stiffer. And I know any bike will feel stiffer than a five Viagra night with Christina Ricci. After my well worn Santa Cruz.

I was also looking at Motobecane. But from what I can learn (and it is hard to sift through all the incoherent posts) they have pretty bad peddle bob. I tent to be a masher. And the DiamondBack doesn't seem to suffer this as much.
 

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The difference between the frames is minimal - weight included. Aluminum frames really aren't 'behind' carbon, as much as bike manufacturers would like you to think.

Cheaper and better components? No brainer.
 

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I faced this same choice last year and went with the 3, primarily for the better spec. 750 miles on primarily Phoenix trails later I love this bike as much if not more than the day I bought it. When finances allow I plan on putting the savings into a better wheelset, but after I fixed the exploding Novatec hub issue the Blanchards aren't anything I can't live with.
 

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So I thought DB fixed the issue with the hubs since there were so many 2017 R3 issues. The 2018 forward were corrected right? I have not done this on my 2018 and had no issues so far.

To the OP...Go with the R3, its a great bike at a great price.
 

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Anybody know the actual weight difference between the Carbon and Alloy Release frames? I heard something around 0.5 lb. when the 4C/5C were introduced, but has anyone actually verified this.
 

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I was just looking again at everything offered right now. If you are thinking about the 4C over the 3 then I would take a look at the 5C. Right now corp discount it is 20% off. Price is not crazy far from the 4C but with huge upgrades to components.
 

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https://www.bicycle-guider.com/bike-reviews/diamondback-release-bikes/

I found this doing my research. Not sure of the accuracy and all, but from other sources it seems to be about right.
And other bike brands about follow this. I almost ponied up for a carbon Blur frame when they first came out. But it was about a pound lighter. To me not worth the money.
The primary advantage of carbon is stiffness. For frames that is.
But for wheels it's "worth" the extra money. A full pound of reciprocating mass is worth a few pounds off of a frame weight.
Right now that's my plan (unless some other deal drops in my lap) Release 3 + save for awesome wheelset.
 

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https://www.bicycle-guider.com/bike-reviews/diamondback-release-bikes/

I found this doing my research. Not sure of the accuracy and all, but from other sources it seems to be about right.
And other bike brands about follow this. I almost ponied up for a carbon Blur frame when they first came out. But it was about a pound lighter. To me not worth the money.
The primary advantage of carbon is stiffness. For frames that is.
But for wheels it's "worth" the extra money. A full pound of reciprocating mass is worth a few pounds off of a frame weight.
Right now that's my plan (unless some other deal drops in my lap) Release 3 + save for awesome wheelset.
This is really good information on the current models. Should put that link on the 2019 forum here. I am curious if those rims on the 5C are really that much lighter than the DB Blanchards. They are a lot cheaper than a carbon set and wouldn't mind an upgrade like that on my R3. Carbon are just so expensive.
 
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