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Release 1 (2018)

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A modern trail ripper.
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The Diamondback Release 1 begins with our Level Link suspension system, which isolates chain forces from trail inputs. Or to employ less tech-geek speak, the suspension doesn’t bob when you stomp on the pedals, yet becomes extremely plush the moment your wheels start smacking roots and rocks. Thru-axles front and rear add stiffness to improve steering precision when the trail gets rough.

The 27.5” Diamondback Blanchard wheels are tubeless compatible, so you can install tubeless tires for even more traction and control. For all-day adventures, bike park outings, and all-round trail ripping, the Release 1 trail bike is ready for action.

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 X-Fusion 02 Pro R Large Volume w/ Rebound Adjust, 200x57mm
Fork SR Suntour Aion, 27.5", 150mm Travel, Air Spring w/ Rebound Adjust, 35mm Stanction, 1.5" Alloy Taper Steerer, w/ Boost 110x15mm Thru-axle
Headset FSA No. 57 Sealed Cartridge
Cranks FSA Comet Direct Mount 1x, w/ 30T Steel Chain Ring
Bottom Bracket FSA Sealed Outboard
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore M6000 Shadow Plus, 10 Speed
Shifter Shimano Deore M6000, 10 Speed
Cogset Shimano HG500 Cassette, 10 Speed, 11-42T
Chain KMC X10EL, 10 Speed
Front Hub 32h Alloy, Boost 110x15mm Thru-axle, Sealed Cartridge Bearing
Rear Hub 32h Alloy, Boost 148x12mm Thru-axle, 4 Sealed Cartridge Bearing, Cassette
Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
Rims Diamondback Blanchard 28R, Tubeless Ready, 32h
Tires WTB Vigilante, 27.5x2.3"
Brakes Shimano BR-M395 Hydraulic Disc, w/ 180mm Rotors
Brake Levers Shimano BL-M425
Pedals DB4L Alloy Platform w/ Replaceable Pins
Handlebar DB35 Alloy, 780mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 35mm Bar Bore
Grips Ergon GE10 Lock-On
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, Tool Kit, RD Hanger, Shock Pump, Fork Mud Guard
Type configurable
Bike Size SM/15.5" Rider Height 5'4" - 5'7" MD/17" Rider Height 5'7"- 5'10" LG/19" Rider Height5'10" - 6'2" XL/21" Rider Height 6'2" - 6'6"
Seat Tube Length 394.0mm 432.0mm 483.0mm 533.0mm
Stand Over Height 739.0mm 740.0mm 743.0mm 749.0mm
Top Tube Length 585.0mm 610.0mm 635.0mm 660.0mm
Stack 584.0mm 597.0mm 603.0mm 612.0mm
Reach 406.0mm 429.0mm 451.0mm 473.0mm
Head Tube Length 100.0mm 110.0mm 120.0mm 130.0mm
Head Angle 66.0° 66.0° 66.0° 66.0°
Seat Angle 73.0° 73.0° 73.0° 73.0°
Wheel Base 1133.0mm 1160.0mm 1186.0mm 1213.0mm
Chain Stay Length 425.0mm 425.0mm 425.0mm 425.0mm
Fork Offset 44.0mm 44.0mm 44.0mm 44.0mm
BB Drop 14.0mm 14.0mm 14.0mm 14.0mm
Stem Length 40.0mm 40.0mm 40.0mm 40.0mm
Handlebar Width 780.0mm 780.0mm 780.0mm 780.0mm
Crank Length 170.0mm 175.0mm 175.0mm 175.0mm
Seat Post Length 350.0mm 350.0mm 350.0mm 350.0mm

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DONT BUY THIS FOR CROSS COUNTRY OR TRAIL

Review by Luke
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Let me say i love this bike... but NOT for cross-country mountain biking. it is a lot of bike to lug up a hill and a pain to ride on flat sections. this bike is better suited for smashing rock gardens and going really fast. The head angle is steep as balls and the reach is super long. I suggest following the size guide because i went one size up thinking i would grow into it and it is just too big.

(Posted on 7/10/2019)

First bike

Review by Littlerock
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I read the reviews, and compared the release one to others Diamondback is offering. I knew I wanted a full suspension bike, I wanted a tough as nails bike that can carry my 225lbs in hopes I can get to 200 or even 185 again. I had this shipped to a local bike shop, and it was here FAST. I had to do adjustment to the suspension myself because the local bike shop had nothing to go on as far as who I was.
I’m a firm believer in buy the right tool once and you’ll save money in the end. So for my first bike I went a little advanced for my skill. In hopes that my skill will catch up to the bike.
I cannot speak to the specific parts that the Release 1 has installed, but having ridden random rear suspension bikes and the bounce you get when peddling hard, the release one eliminates that issue. Every peddle is sent to the rear wheel.
Breaking, amazing.
Shifting is intuitive and super smooth.
It just feels well built. And I’m a proud Diamondback owner.
As far as upgrades. Eventually I’ll be getting a Dropper. I had no idea there was such a thing, and it is now in my radar.
Anyway, 41 going on 28, and I can’t wait to see where this thing takes me.

(Posted on 6/1/2019)

Great bike!

Review by Daniel
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This bike is awesome also you’re able to upgrade it as much as you wish! I’ve beat this thing senseless for about 6 months now and I’ve only felt the need to change out the rear shock to a float dpx2 because the x fusion isn’t really much of anything.

(Posted on 4/22/2019)

More Fun for Less Funds

Review by Riley
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The Diamondback Release 1 really shows the value you can get from choosing the right company. Originally it seemed that a used bike would be the way to go with a budget around $2000, but this bike fit all the criteria and was just in budget. As a trail rider that often has long and tedious climbs the level link appealed to me and it works even better than expected. The shocks absorb what I throw at them with smaller jumps, big roots, lots of rocks, and I have the pressure relatively low so I could increase it and hit harder trails. The indexing was not perfect and the WTB Vigilantes are technically not tubeless, however those are small features that are easily overlooked with the 1x10 drivetrain, responsive brakes, Blanchard rims, Shimano Deore shifters, and overall comfort. The geometry is just right to be able to climb one minute and desend the next, all while maintaining control. As far as the pedals and grips, they will be staying on the bike because they give me what I need, unlike most companies that give you plastic pedals and bare bars for grips. Going on, Diamondback will be the company I stay loyal to and a unicycle might be in my future.

(Posted on 1/11/2019)

Amazing bike for the price

Review by First full Sus
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My first bike was an overdrive expert and I have always had amazing experiences with Diamondback and the durability on my overdrive so that is why I chose this bike. I have also rented and ridden specialized and intense bikes before and I have to say for this amazing price I cant notice a whole lot of difference. The frame is solid, long and ready to take on anything. Just because the front fork is Suntour dont let that fool you. The Aion works amazingly. The biggest possible negative I have is the rear shock. I say possible because for my riding, a lot of climbing, it's perfect. It is stiff and doesn't engage super regularly, like the rockshox shocks which are super spongy. This means for climbs it almost feels like a hard tail. Now when you do hit a large bump or drop it engaged perfectly. I love this bike. The 150/130 travel will keep you nice and planted for rocky trails and soak up bumps down hill, while being nice and stiff for the climbs. The rear shock doesn't have a lock out, but you really dont need it. Biggest problem is finding accessories other than black to match! Incredible bike, would buy again!

(Posted on 10/13/2018)

Great entry full suspension bike

Review by Gruff
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I rented a release 2 and it road awesome; so I was going to order one myself. However, DB was out of stock on the release 2 for longer than my patience would allow; so I ordered the release 1. The bike has road well and I have no regrets. The fork did make a small rattle noise at first, but once I took the fender off it seemed to stop. Whether that was a coincidence or it actually caused the rattle I can't really say. All in all I'm very pleased with how this bike rides and love taking it out.

(Posted on 9/19/2018)

Bike is good, but fork is not

Review by Bob
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The fork on this bike has made a rattle noise that is super annoying every time I've been on singe track trails. It doesn't make any noise on smooth trails, but the first little bumps you hit and it makes a rattle noise. I've tried checking everything from cables to brakes to the headset. The noise stops once the fork is lockout; so I'm pretty sure it is the fork. When I brought up the issue with DB I was told to contact Suntour. Any way other than the fork the bike rides good, but I recommend getting something else.

(Posted on 9/13/2018)

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