- Diamondback proprietary All Mountain 29’er Aluminum Frame
- 29” diameter wheels for navigating larger obstacles
- Hydraulic disc brakes for premier stopping power
- FOX Front Suspension for a superior cushion and ride
- 1 × 10 drivetrain gearing; a simple approach to trail domination
As 29ers become ever more prevalent, many companies are exploring how far they can take it. Geometry limits to some degree the direction some might go with this, and thus has led to a wide variety of XC oriented 29ers but not much more. For us riders here in the northwest, we needed a 29inch offering that was a little bit more capable. Enter the Mason Pro All Mountain hardtail. This rig is slack and low slung – meant for today’s shredder who wants to pedal up but charge down with aggressiveness.
The Mason Pro features an All Mountain 6061-T6 Weapons Grade Aluminum frame with a formed top tube, a formed and butted down tube, a tapered head tube, a direct mount front derailleur mount, ISCG tabs and a 142×12mm Maxle drop out.
Loading up the front end is a Fox 34 TALAS 29 CTD air, 140mm / 110mm travel, open cartridge, with external rebound, butted Alloy 1.5 Tapered steerer, 34mm Easton aluminum stanchions, magnesium lowers, w/QR15 thru axle. This also lends to a slack, 66.5 degree head angle. Combine this with 433mm/ 17.05? long chain stays and you can clearly see where this is going. This keeps the bike maneuverable, easy to manipulate in downhill and aired out sections, and easier to get the front end of the bike up with the slack head angle. Because the long travel fork lifts the front end of the bike up pretty high, we designed a formed, low top tube for better clearance over the bike.
WTB I-23, 29" 32h, single eyelet double wall disc specific rims are laced to 32h sealed cartridge bearing hubs and SRAM MAXLE QR for a stout yet light weight wheelset. AVID Elixir 5 Hydraulic Disc brakes with 180mm front & 160mm rear HS-1 rotors offer optimized stopping power when and where you see fit.
Benefits of a 29” wheel are pretty apparent:
- Angle of Attack – Larger wheels decrease your angle of attack by allowing you to roll over obstacles easier and faster. Bigger wheel = smaller obstacle.
- Momentum – A larger wheel enables one to carry momentum easier though obstacles.
- Surface Contact – 29”wheels are less prone to sinking in soft material such as sand and mud due to the larger contact patch causing lower ground pressure. The longer contact patch increases cornering and straight line traction.
- Stability – The relative position of the bottom bracket/cranks to the axles in the wheels also means that your relative center of gravity is lower. This results in a feeling of riding “in” the bike rather than on top of it.
- Tire Clearance – with more tire choices than any platform, the 29”wheel easily accommodates off road as well as commuting tires.
- Taller Riders – 29" bikes tend to offer taller riders a more “natural” frame geometry.
The drivetrain is stacked with a RACEFACE Respond w/ NEW 32t Narrow-Wide single ring with outboard bearing bottom bracket . Combine this with a SRAM X-9 Type 2 10spd rear derailleur and shifter, and a SRAM PG-1030 10spd Cassette (11-36t) and you have a minimalist approach with a variety of options to get you up the hill with ease.
Get a feel for the cockpit with the Raceface Respond stem and handlebars, a 30.9mm Crank Brothers Kronolog Dropper post, and the DB MASON Signature saddle; all systems are a go for launch.
With all of the new 29ers on the market, isn’t it great to know that our gravity oriented friend can play too?
The Mason Pro comes in a Raw Red paint scheme and is available as a frame only or a complete bike in four sizes: SM (15.5"), MD (17"), LG (19"), XL (21").