Catch 2

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Catch 2

The Catch Two is at the leading edge of current trail bikes, with our new Level Link suspension and 27.5 Plus wheels. Designed for riders who are looking to push their limits, or just want to try out something new, this bike offers a unique yet familiar ride.

We chose tried and true aluminum for the frame, with modern geometry that enhances the bike’s go-anywhere vibe. 130mm of travel feels like a lot more on trail, especially with Level Link and mid-fat tires on our signature Blanchard rims. It’s consistently surprising how efficiently the Catch pedals, and with a SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain there’s a gear for the trickiest of sections: soft? Steep? Soft and steep?—bring it on, there’s enough grip for two bikes here! A Rockshox Pike, SRAM Level T brakes, a KS LEV dropper post, and other solid components complete this forward-thinking bike.

Frame Catch 27.5+, 130mm Travel, Level Link Suspension Platform, Hydroformed Tubing, ISCG-05 Tabs, Boost 148x12mm Maxle Drop Out, 1.5" Tapered Headtube
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RT3 DebonAir, 200x57mm
Fork RockShox Pike RC 27+, 130mm Travel, w/ Rebound and Compression Damping, 35mm Stanchion, 1.5" Alloy Taper Steerer, w/ Boost 110x15mm Thru-axle
Headset FSA No-57E Taper 1.5 /1-1/8" Standard Cups, Sealed Cartridge
Cranks Race Face Æfect SL, 30T Direct Mount "Narrow Wide" Single Ring, Boost Compatible
Bottom Bracket Raceface Outboard Bearing
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX X-Horizon, 11 Speed
Shifter SRAM GX 11 Speed X-Actuation Trigger
Cogset SRAM XG1150, 11 Speed, 10-42T
Chain KMC X11EL, 11 Speed
Front Hub 32h Alloy, Boost 110x15mm Thru-axle, Sealed Cartridge Bearing, w/ CNC Disc Mount
Rear Hub 32h Alloy, Boost 148x12mm Thru-axle, 4 Sealed Cartridge Bearing, w/ XD Cassette Body
Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
Rims Diamondback Blanchard 38R, Tubeless Compatible, 32h
Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5x2.8", SnakeSkin, Folding, TL-Easy Tubeless Compatible
Brakes SRAM Level T Hydraulic Disc, w/ 180mm Front / 180mm Rear Centerline Rotors
Brake Levers SRAM Level Hydraulic Levers w/ Tooled Reach Adjust
Pedals DB4L CNC Platform, Sealed Cartidge Bearing w/ Replaceable Pins
Handlebar DB35 Alloy, 760mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 35mm Bar Bore
Grips DB4L "Lock on" 135mm Kraton
Stem DB35 Alloy, 50mm Reach, 35mm Bar Bore
Seat WTB Volt Race
Seatpost KS LEV Integra Dropper, 31.6mm
Extras DB Shock Pump, WTB Tubless Valves, Owner’s Manual, Chainstay Protector, DB Torque Wrench w/ 3mm/ 4mm/ 5mm/ T25 Hex Bits, Diamondback Mud Guard, Extra Derailleur Hanger
Bike Weight 32.2 lbs
Accessories Catch 27.5+, 130mm Travel, Level Link Suspension Platform, Hydroformed Tubing, ISCG-05 Tabs, Boost 148x12mm Maxle Drop Out, 1.5" Tapered Headtube
Bike Size SM/15" / Rider Height: 5'4" - 5'7" MD/17" / Rider Height: 5'7" - 5'10" LG/19" / Rider Height: 5'10" - 6'3" XL/21" / Rider Height: 6'3" - 6'6"
Seat Tube Length 394mm 432mm 483mm 533mm
Stand Over Height 746mm 740mm 746mm 745mm
Top Tube Length 585mm 610mm 635mm 660mm
Stack 599mm 599mm 608mm 617mm
Reach 402mm 427mm 449mm 472mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Head Angle 68° 68° 68° 68°
Seat Angle 73° 73° 73° 73°
Wheel Base 1134mm 1159mm 1185mm 1211mm
Chain Stay Length 446mm 446mm 446mm 446mm
Fork Offset 51mm 51mm 51mm 51mm
BB Drop 25mm 25mm 25mm 25mm
Stem Length 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
Handlebar Width 760mm 760mm 760mm 760mm
Crank Length 170mm 175mm 175mm 175mm
Seat Post Length

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Review by Forbin
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The Catch 2 was my first experience with DB and my first full-suspension bike. I shopped around quite a bit, hitting about 7 local bike stores and testing a variety of MTBs before settling on a 27.5+ full-suspension platform. I had other options in bikes, but DB provided the absolute best value with higher end components than comparable bikes costing $1000+ more. I was a bit concerned about the geometry but my research indicated it would be okay (and it is awesome). I did a lot of reading about the Catch 2 (and DB) before pulling the trigger and every review I came across from people who actually owned and/or had tried DB bikes (and the Catch/Release line in particular) was universally positive. Reassured, I ordered.

Again, the bike's geometry is spot-on (for me at least). I'm 5'11" and I got a large. The component set is solid and speaks for itself. The DB produced parts (e.g. the handlebar, stem, grips, pedals, wheels) are good quality and more than adequate to hit the trail with. Yes, there is potential for upgrading these parts if you ever get the bug--but they're honestly pretty darn good. I see most reviews here are full of praise and although I'm also giving the bike 5-stars, I'll offer a few critical observations. The only "compromises" I see on the Catch 2 are the external cable routing and the mounting for the water cage being underneath the down-tube. The cable-routing really isn't an issue in my opinion, but if you're willing to pay $1000-$1500 more for a comparably spec'd bike, you'll probably get internal routing. The sole mounting bracket's location stinks. That's just not a viable place to actually keep anything safe & secure.

I have assembled bikes before and although I was mostly very impressed the packing, the instructions were adequate, but not as detailed as I would have liked. Basically, the instructions that come with the bike merely tell you to watch DB's YouTube videos. Those videos are actually pretty good. But this was my first full-suspension bike, and the DB video explaining how to set up the shocks used a different model rear shock. And although it's a fairly popular shock, I couldn't find ANY YouTube videos at walked you through it. It really isn't that difficult, but i finally figured out the various settings by flipping the bike over because you literally can't see the settings otherwise. Again, this isn't a big deal--it's just something that could have been done slightly better. In fairness, I should also point out that DB does encourage folks to call or chat if they have issues and I did neither.

If you're on the fence about the quality of the Catch--don't be. It's a solid, beautiful bike with great components and build-quality. If you're on the fence about Diamondback, all I can tell you is my personal experience has been positive. Just keep reading reviews here and elsewhere--I think you'll come to the same conclusion I did. The Catch is a great bike at a great price.

(Posted on 6/23/2018)

This bike is super fun to ride - get one!

Review by Mtnbykracr
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I bought this and have been super happy with it. It might be a bit heavier but you don't feel that on the trail. I climb things on this bike that I can't on my race mountain bike. This one handles great, soaks up the bumps super well. I converted to tubeless and it was a great thing for the 2.8 tires. I love the SRAM drivetrain, it works great. I can't say enough great things about this bike - buy one and you wont be unhappy!

(Posted on 5/21/2018)

What a fun bike

Review by KKFM
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This bike make me really enjoy the same old trails again. It is so much fun to ride. I did bump up tires to WTB Trailboss 3.0 and sold the drive train for 12 Speed Eagle. I really like having some lower gears in the range to save my 62 year old knees. It also looks really sharp and has nice lines.

(Posted on 4/28/2018)

Just what I hoped for!

Review by Jedi-son
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I got the MD/17" in the awesome green, pictured above. I'm 5'10" and weigh in at 220lbs with all my riding gear. I started riding MTB in 1992, The bike I just retired is a 2004. 26" 3x9 full suspension bike that served me well for may years.
Moving to the Catch 2 with a dropper, 2.8 tire's, and a more upright geometry kind of felt like I needed to close the choke and twist the throttle to get it started. I enjoyed a smoother ride enhanced by the balloon'ish tires, a great suspension and the 650B wheels. The bike rolled everything Duthie had with ease.
The dropper... where have you been all my life?
I tuned the bike to my weight, checked all the bolts and within a couple hours of riding Bootcamp, Deuces Wild, Space Coaster, the Luna Lines and Voodoo Child a few times I felt right at home on the Catch 2.
Drop's - I took the biggest drop's the trail's I rode had to offer and got some air time off the tabletops. The bike is smooth, it took the drops easily, it stuck to the ground. No chain rattle. I was able to bunny hop, lift the front or the back tire with ease. The bike takes flight like an F18 hornet and lands like a cat, upright and moving. :-)
Cornering - was solid although that was where I crashed, coming off a low berm at a good clip I was in a hard bank, knee flared out, then the ground dropped. I was airborne, flying low about 2" above the ground for a good 5 feet. I contacted the earth, gliding to a stop on my right peddle, hip and elbow. I'll flag that as rider error.
Climbing - At first I was sure my 26" XC was a better climber. But after a few runs at some steep stuff I found the ride position and was able to crawl up some pretty steep stuff.
Balance - I thought It would take longer to adjust to the 650b and the bike overall. One run through Duce's Wild... the bike and I were one. Balanced and speedy.
Prominence and window dressing - At a bike park that has more carbon than a fleet of Boeing Dreamliner's I have to say I got the prop's I'd secretly hoped for. On three occasions I was approached by kids and adults, they gave my bike the proper strokes it deserves and my ego was at ease. Overall - I am extremely pleased with the Catch 2.

Nice work Diamondback!

(Posted on 9/25/2017)

I Give This Plus Size an A+

Review by Saxtmich
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It is mind-blowing how bikes have changed over the years. My first real mountain bike was a Gary Fisher Joshua XO that I had bought in 1999. I thought it was cool because it had full suspension with 80mm of travel, clipless pedals, V-brakes and a sweet burnt orange paint scheme. It was pretty cool at the time but times have changed. In 2011 I bought a Santa Cruz Heckler and it was leaps and bounds ahead of the Fisher. The Heckler had 150mm travel, disc brakes, 2.35" wide tires and could tackle the local terrain like a beast. It was a great bike but it was getting a little old and I was itching to try something new. I had originally set my sites on the Diamondback Release but a friend of mine had just bought a Specialized Stumpjumper in the 'plus' size and he absolutely loved it. This led me to the Catch (2). The purchase was a great decision. The plus size tires give you SO much better control and stability in loose and rocky terrain. On the way up they roll over rocks and roots much better than the old 26" tires I was used too. I was a little worried that the bigger tires would really sap my energy on the uphill but it simply was not the case. Right out of the gate I was besting some of my Strava PR's that I had set with the Heckler. I figure it must have been due to the fact that the rear linkage setup is better on the Catch and I can somewhat lock-out (at least stiffen) the rear suspension with a flick of the switch. Up front the Pike fork handles admirably. Even though it is only a 130mm travel shock it handles the bumps better than my old 150mm RS Sektor. The Catch also comes with a dropper post--how did I ever live without one of these?! If I had anything negative to say about this bike it may be that it is a little trickier in tight turns than my old bike. I am sure this is mostly due to the fact that it is running 27.5" tires versus 26". It isn't bad enough to make me miss my old bike but I do notice the difference on occasion. Overall this bike was the most bang for the buck I could find out there (especially with a corporate discount). I have ZERO regrets about buying this bike. I love it. Way to go Diamondback!

(Posted on 9/8/2017)

Excellent trail bike

Review by Ride sandstone
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I was at first skeptical of going with a plus bike. I was worried about rolling resistance being noticeable in longer rides. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the catch 2. This is the first level link bike I have ridden and boy does the level link work well. It climbs so well I barely have any bob when doing long climbs. And descending is so fun it feels like the faster you ride the more in control you feel. Oh and plus tires are good in my books. If your a strava geek I have pr'd all my segments in this plus bike compared to a regular 650b. Both ascending and descending! Cheers!

(Posted on 9/7/2017)


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