Release 2

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$2,299.99
An all-round trail bike with Level Link suspension.
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Release 2

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When we set out to build our dream trail bike, we knew it would take more than just a new suspension platform. The goal of the Release series was to showcase our Level Link design in the best-pedaling trail bikes we’ve ever made. The Release 2 gets this done with geometry that reflects the current state of mountain biking: stable at speed, quick in corners, and excellent on climbs.

The Level Link configuration separates pedaling and trail inputs and makes 130mm of travel feel like much more. The 6061 aluminum frame features hydroformed tubes, a tapered headtube, and a stiff 148×12mm thru-axle rear end. With a 150mm RockShox Pike fork and wide handlebars, the front end is dialed: you can dive into tough sections with confidence. Our new Blanchard tubeless wheels have a 28mm internal width, giving the 27.5” Schwalbe Hans Dampfs a trail-gripping profile. Braking duties are handled by SRAM Level T hydraulic brakes with 180mm rotors front and rear. The drivetrain is a mix of RaceFace and SRAM 1×11 components, letting you enjoy your ride without chain drops or noise.

This bike is designed to be ridden hard all day long. Just raise the KS dropper post and climb up for another lap: the Release 2 is more than ready. 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 RT3 DebonAir, 200x57mm
Fork RockShox Pike 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 Race Face Æffect SL, 30T Direct Mount "Narrow Wide" Single Ring, Boost Compatible
Bottom Bracket Race Face 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,110x15mm BoostThru-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 28R, Tubeless Compatible, 32h
Tires Schwalbe Hans Dampf, Performance, 27.5x2.35"
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, 780mm Wide, 15mm Rise, 35mm Bar Bore
Grips DB4L "Lock on" 135mm Kraton
Stem DB35 Alloy, 40mm Reach, 35mm Bar Bore
Seat WTB Volt Race
Seatpost KS LEV Integra Dropper, 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 31.3 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/15.5" / 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

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Great Value

Review by Joel
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As stated in other reviews, its a great bike for this price point. I cannot justify spending $5k on a bike, but this gem keeps up with my buddies who did. The bike rides smooth as butter and nothing needs to be upgrades right away like many bikes at this level, but there are a few upgrades to make over time as the stock components age. My bike has been ridden hard from San Diego to Moab for the last 18-24 months and I love it. I only have two criticisms: The front is light and the dropper post is light duty. The front end seems light and I really need to get over the handlers on climbs and lean forward to keep the front tire planted on fast turns. The dropper post still works after significant use but I need to lube it frequently and occasionally encourage it up, but it has not actually failed me yet. The poor dropper also has a 200lb+ office jockey crushing it, so I can't fault DB for that, haha.

(Posted on 4/17/2018)

Great bike for the price

Review by Grizzy Nappy
Overall Quality

Got the Release 2 10 months ago and have put over 600 miles on it. It's been a great bike and I plan to use it for a lot longer.
The only gripe I have is the DB Blanchard wheels have been basically garbage after the first 100 miles or so, I'm at the point where they're so banged up they won't run tubeless anymore and pinch the tube about every ride.

BUT... other than that(plan on upgrading wheels) it's been a fantastic bike and has taken me from black trails in Colorado to fun flowy trails around lakes in Kentucky.

(Posted on 3/30/2018)

The best bang for buck for a legit trail bike pretty much anywhere.

Review by J. Rooney
Overall Quality

I've owned the Release 2 for several months now and I love riding it. It really is the best bang for buck trail bike around, especially since I happened to take advantage of a flash sale on Diamondback's website. I'll be honest that I had my heart set on a Santa Cruz 5010 or Bronson and went and demoed them, but could not get past the fact that even the aluminum models are quite expensive with lower end components. Well I decided to go with a Release after reading about the level link suspension (which is similar to the Santa Cruz VPP) and seeing the value of the components. For me, the 2 is great with the Pike RC fork, SRAM GX 1x11, and KS Lev integra which all perform very well. The suspension feels a lot like the SC bikes and in my opinion the DB bike looks awesome. The frame welds look great and the matte grey and reddish orange look and feel very high quality. It even comes with some very decent alloy flat pedals with actual metal traction pins and feel as good or better than my previous RF Chester pedals. The bike was packaged up very securely and arrived free of charge in 2 days, which was awesome. The only thing I have changed is the tires to Maxxis DHF/DHR because I wanted an actual tubeless tire setup and the Release 2 only comes with wire bead Schwalbe HD tires that aren't a tubeless model. Oh also about those tires...they are almost impossible to get off the rim unless you lever it off the shorter side of the asymmetrical rims, and that is only if you possess a kung fu grip to break the bead. However the tires themselves rode fine with tubes and everything, just a bear to remove. Overall the bike rides great, better than any of my friend's more expensive bikes that I've ridden. It pedals more efficiently than a Trek Remedy 9 and a Specialized Stump jumper Carbon that I've actually put time on, both of which are quite a bit more expensive. It also rails downhill very comfortably and the whole frame is super stiff. I can't say enough good things about the bike and actually get annoyed when people seem to think DB makes junk bikes because Dick's sells some low end models. People have no clue, Thanks for making an awesome bike Diamondback! P.S. If you want really good comprehensive review on the Release check out Seth's Bike Hacks on YouTube. Thats what sold me on it in end. Cheers!

(Posted on 6/8/2017)

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