Release 1

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Release 1

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The Release 1 is a trail bike we’ve only been able to dream about, until now. Built around our new Level Link suspension system, every part of this bike works to improve your performance. The patent-pending short-link four-bar system isolates chain forces from trail inputs, resulting in our best-pedaling mountain bike ever. And with the rest of the bike designed to get the most out of the suspension, the Release 1 rides like it has much more travel than upon first look.

We used hydroformed aluminum for the frame: predictable, durable, and light. With a long top tube and short rear end, this bike’s modern geometry allows it to be very stable at speed yet still stay balanced while dealing with technical sections. Long and low without being sluggish, it’s a bike for all-day excursions and quick rides alike. A 150mm Rockshox Yari RC fork, 1×11 SRAM drivetrain, 148mm thru-axle rear end, and SRAM Level hydraulic brakes round out the parts build.

The Release 1: for riders that earn their turns and seek speed everywhere. Ready Ride bikes are shipped 95 percent assembled. Typical bike assembly is time-consuming and requires technical know-how. Ready Ride reduces the time and skills needed for the final, four-step assembly.

Frame Release 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 R DebonAir, 200x57mm
Fork RockShox Yari RC, 150mm Travel, w/ Rebound and Compression Damping, 35mm Stanchion, 1.5" Alloy Taper Steerer, w/ 110x15mm Boost Thru-axle
Headset FSA No-57E Taper 1.5 /1-1/8" Standard Cups, Sealed Cartridge
Cranks SRAM NX 1x, w/ X-Sync 30T Chain Ring
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX X-Horizon, 11 Speed
Shifter SRAM NX 11 Speed X-Actuation Trigger
Cogset SRAM PG1130, 11 Speed, 11-42T
Chain KMC X11EL, 11 Speed
Front Hub 32h Alloy,110x15mm BoostThru-axle, Sealed Cartridge Bearing, w/ CNC Disc Mount
Rear Hub 32h Alloy, Boost 148x12mm Thru-axle, 4 Sealed Cartridge Bearing, Cassette
Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
Rims Diamondback Blanchard 28R, Tubeless Compatible, 32h
Tires Schwalbe Hans Dampf, Performance, 27.5x2.35"
Brakes SRAM Level Hydraulic Disc, w/ 180mm Front / 180mm Rear Centerline Rotors
Brake Levers SRAM Level Hydraulic Levers w/ Tooled Reach Adjust
Pedals DB4L Alloy Platform w/ Replaceable Pins
Handlebar DB35 Alloy, 780mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 35mm Bar Bore
Grips DB4L "Lock on" 135mm Kraton
Stem DB35 Alloy, 40mm Reach, 35mm Bar Bore
Seat WTB Volt Comp
Seatpost DB Alloy Micro Adjust, 31.6mm
Extras Owner’s Manual, Assembly Guide, DB Shock Pump, Tubless Valves, DB Torque Wrench w/ 3mm/ 4mm/ 5mm/ T25 Hex Bits, Diamondback Mud Guard, Extra Derailleur Hanger
Bike Weight 32.1 lbs
Accessories Release 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" - 6'2" XL/21" / Rider Height: 6'2"-6'6"
Seat Tube Length 394mm 432mm 483mm 533mm
Stand Over Height 739mm 740mm 743mm 749mm
Top Tube Length 585mm 610mm 635mm 660mm
Stack 584.4mm 593.6mm 602.7mm 611.8mm
Reach 406.3mm 428.5mm 450.7mm 473.3mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Head Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Seat Angle 73° 73° 73° 73°
Wheel Base 1133mm 1160mm 1186mm 1213mm
Chain Stay Length 425mm 425mm 425mm 425mm
Fork Offset 44mm 44mm 44mm 44mm
BB Drop 14mm 14mm 14mm 14mm
Stem Length 40mm 40mm 40mm 40mm
Handlebar Width 780mm 780mm 780mm 780mm
Crank Length 170mm 175mm 175mm 175mm
Seat Post Length 350mm 350mm 350mm 350mm

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Overall Quality

It was great to ride

Review by OJ
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This bike replaced my hardtail and is great

(Posted on 12/8/2017)

Great great bike right out of the box

Review by MTB rider
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I've owned a Release 1 for about 3 months now and have about 300 ish miles of trails on it. NOTHING has not lived up to expectation. Sold geometry, component package was spot on ( yari , monarch debonair, Sram 1x, tubeless ready and GREAT house brand parts). This bike rides as nice if not nicer that some 'boutique' named bikes on the market right now. The only immediate change I did was to go tubeless right away and installed some trial clipless pedals.

Spend some time tuning the suspension for what works for you via tokens/ pressure and sag and have FUN

In all honesty I did make a couple personal changes to the bike , Ergon grips, some lights for the darkness, a 28 tooth chain ring (6mm offset works JUST FINE) and a new pair of tires ( Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR) cant ask for more.

(Posted on 12/8/2017)

You Get What You Pay For!

Review by Jambi_Sch1sm
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You get what you pay for...what exactly does that mean? Exactly that! For under 2000usd you get the best components possible in that range. Diamondback does an excellent job in getting the consumer the best parts for the money, which at the end of the day is what really matters. The components that keep your bike rolling. So lets get on with the review. You get a surprisingly lightweight aluminum frame with a pretty aggressive geometry (thats what all the kids are raving about these days). With a slack-ish head tube angle, I managed to climb up techy steep shite and roll down some loose sketchy shiznaq like a boss! One thing to note is the low standover height across all sizes, Its much lower than I've ever had in a bike. So standover height is out the window when trying to find your size, these bikes are low (Nutsaver). I would go with reach and top tube length on this one. I am 5' 11' with daddy long legs and gorilla arms and I chose a medium, it fits great!. To summarize this review, you get a wicked cool bike with 1x11 drivetrain, super fat chunky tires, tubeless ready wheels, boost spacing, aggressive geo, decent rear shock and front fork for less than any other brand out there. All you really need is a dropper post and some tire sealant and youve got a killer ride. I would also like to add that Ive dealt with Diamondback Customer Service multiple times and they are by far the best that Ive came across! Try getting any of these components, suspension travel, and customer service with another other bike at the same price...let me know. Ill wait.

(Posted on 12/5/2017)


Review by A.T.
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I bought this bike in July of 17. I have been riding it for a few months now about 3 to 4 times a week. I couldn't be happier with how the bike has performed. The rides have been fairly hard and it has not let me down once. The bike seems to be firmly planted to the ground and has helped inspire confidence in my riding.

(Posted on 10/23/2017)

Great Design and Durability

Review by B. Morey
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This bike replaced my single pivot full suspension bike that I had previously. I took it to Big Bear to ride Snow Summit and it absolutely killed it on the harsh terrain the trails had to offer. Excellent overall quality and well-paired components take your skills to the next level. This is a bike that I know I will be keeping for a long time without any doubt that I may get bored of it.

(Posted on 9/18/2017)

Great Bike Until it Wasn't

Review by Anthony
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I love the bike, but after a few rides it developed a creak that seemed to be coming from one of the pivot points. I watched the pivot point maintenance video and set to re-greasing them today. The first pivot point I did (upper rear) went off without a hitch. The second (upper front) has been a nightmare. When I got the axle fully unscrewed it would not come out no matter how I tweaked the swing arm. It would also not go back in. I disconnected the rear shock so I could get more play, but it was still stuck. I ended up having to go in through the screw side with a large allen and giving it a whack to get the axle out.

With the knuckle out of the way, I attempted to slide the axle between the to bearings as it typically sits. To my dismay, the axle will not pass through both bearings. It seems like the two bearings are not perfectly aligned within the frame. If I whack the axle with a mallet it will slide into place, but then it is off center on the screw side of the knuckle and thus will not screw in. The bearings also feel very gritty. It seems like the axle was forced into place at the factory which ended up hurting the bearings and likely caused the creak I was experiencing. My 1-month old Release 1 is now un-rideable.

I contacted Diamondback and was told to submit a warranty claim through the website which I did. I know that manufacturing defects happen, it was just bad luck on my part. My hope is that Diamondback will help me get this issue resolved quickly so I can get back to riding this fantastic bike.

(Posted on 8/18/2017)


Review by Zach
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On a whole different level from my Trek 3500 starting bike. The single gear at the crank is so much better than multiple gears. It's far easier to ensure you're in the optimal gear for whatever you're doing. It climbs exceptionally well and has massive grip. There were many times where I was convinced I was going to lose it on a poor landing and I was shocked that I was able to keep moving.

If the seat is too long, cut it minimal length necessary. When you're on this bike, people will know you're serious.

(Posted on 7/18/2017)

Excellent Value and Fun!

Review by Ron Swanson
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This is the perfect all around, do all bike. It replaced a well regarded 26" FS bike I sold. The geometry inspires immediate confidence, climbing is very good, and downhill is great. It pedals faster than the more XC oriented FS bike I had, it may climb a little slower, but I still find it to be a much better climber. I like the 650b wheels. Component spec is great for the price range and I love the simplicity of the 1x drivetrain. If you are a frugal biker who doesn't get paid to ride a bike, then this is probably the best deal you will find.

(Posted on 7/3/2017)


Review by Bambam
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Wow what an amazing bike. We just picked up the 2017 release 1 for our teenage son who has been riding a diamondback overdrive for the last 5 years. The smile on his face said it all after his first ride on the release. He couldn't wait to get it to the local MBP to put it thru its paces. Once he returned all he could talk about was how the bike could bomb thru a rock garden and handle anything he thru at it, in turn scaring the heck of his mother and I while listening to his new adventures on his Release 1. So if your in the market for a great all around MB for yourself or one of your kids, don't hesitate to give the Release 1 a shot, you won't be disappointed.

(Posted on 6/14/2017)

Great bike it is!

Review by Erik
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I bought the 2017 Release1 about a month ago and have ridden it numerous times since then. First, I've been riding hardtail bikes for about 30 years now and used to work in a bike shop. I was hesitant to commit the money on a full suspension bike but DB has really done their homework on the suspension design of the Release. Right away I noticed that there is essentially no pedal bob, even when pedaling aggressively. The suspension absorbed everything it went over while pedaling and breaking. The frame geometry does feel quick and stable. On the first ride out, I noticed myself getting faster than I normally would as I got more comfortable on the bike. Compared to my 29er hardtail, this bike seems to want to carve turns, fly over jumps, speed up on ascents and rocket down hills. I have the XL size frame and it is about as big and heavy as they come, YET, with the 1x11 gearing and quick handling geometry it feels light and nimble when riding and generally feels faster, better, and more dialed into the trail than any other bike I have ridden. While the Release1 isn't spec'd with top tier components, they're more than enough for my style of riding - I would upgrade if I raced but otherwise I feel they're good to go. I test rode numerous other full suspension bikes from Trek, Specialized and Giant and without a doubt the Release1 is much better than it's nearest competition. The bikes from Specialized and Giant felt almost pogo-sticky when compared to the smooth and controlled travel of the Release - it just felt more dialed in, precise, and refined than the others. I would highly recommend this bike as it is the sleeper deal in the current mtn bike market.

(Posted on 6/4/2017)

Brake side swapping

Review by Larry
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The front brake hose is not long enough to switch to the right-side lever, a new hose is needed. The rear brake hose can be shortened to fit the left-side lever. Because SRAM Level brakes are so new, there isn't good info on-line to know which new parts will fit and which bleed kits will fit, or how to bleed the calipers.

(Posted on 5/22/2017)

Best pedaling bike I've ridden

Review by Bdilled
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This is the best full suspension bike I've ever ridden. I've had a diamondback mission and specialized enduro and this rides better than both of those. It has the perfect amount of travel and I couldn't help but smile riding it. Yes, it's on the heavier side, but it doesn't feel like it at all when pedaling. I would never have guessed it's weight had I not known prior to riding it. And this is a great value for such an efficient suspension platform and solid components. Don't think, buy it!

(Posted on 5/12/2017)

Bang for your Buck Trail Monster!

Review by William

This bike is great for anyone. From beginners to someone looking to upgrade it has everything you need to get out and ride with confidence. The NX 1x11 and Level Link suspension gets you up any incline like an XC bike would and the slack geometry along with the 150 Yari fork makes it a downhill champion. All the other components don't leave you lacking either. The grippy and wide Schwalbe tires are a match for any trail and the Sram Level brakes will stop you in a hurry. After about a month of ownership I am really happy with this bang for the buck bike. My only wish is a dropper post but having internal routing options for one is perfect for myself to install my own.

(Posted on 4/30/2017)

Hands down the best mtb I've ever ridden.

Review by Jason

I coming back after a five year hiatus, much has changed. I did months of extensive research before pulling the trigger on the Release. I was hesitant partly because I wasn't convinced that such a bike could be had at this price point. I've had bikes at more than twice the price that can't begin to keep up with this thing. Biggest factors for my decision was suspension design and apparent build strength as I tend to bend bikes easily. I haven't stressed it on the downhill yet so I can't attest to brute strength, but the best descriptor to sum it up would be to call it a two-wheeled rock crawler however nimble like a well engineered sports car. It arrived on my doorstep in professional packaging with all the little nits and bits included. I set up the front tubeless with a homebrew sealant (never experienced tubeless before), easy as Diamondback has already done all the hard work for you. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

(Posted on 4/3/2017)

Great Bike!

Review by Chris

Being a veteran cyclist I honestly was a little hesitant to buy a DB, I was under the impression that DB had poor quality and were cheap. I read numerous reviews online and everything was positive, so I decided to give them a shot. The bike came when promised, was packed very well, instructions and set up were a breeze and the bike is awesome! The only so called negative is the stem feels to short and wish there were some options to trade it out or customize parts during purchase. Other than that its great and I will be recommending DB to friends.

(Posted on 3/23/2017)

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