We won't shy away from saying the Release Three is the best trail bike we've ever made. Designed to deliver our new Level Link suspension platform to the public, it's our dream machine come to life.
The frame's geometry was engineered to get the most out of our new suspension. The lines reflect today's mountain bike: a shorter rear end and longer top tube make for a quick bike that stays stable at speed. With 130mm of rear travel and a 150mm RockShox Pike up front, this bike gobbles up rough sections like a much bigger bike. And as an extremely efficient pedaler, it blazes up climbs and rolling singletrack just as well. Hydroformed aluminum tubes make up the low-slung and semi-slack frame.
We chose top notch parts to finish off the build. 11-speed SRAM X1, a KS LEV Integra dropper post, SRAM Guide RS hydraulic brakes with 180mm rotors, and our new wide Blanchard rims. For riders who look for speed at every possible moment, the Release Three is the bike.
|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||Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir, 200x57mm|
|Fork||Rockshox Pike RCT3, 150mm Travel, w/ External Rebound, 3 Position Compression Damping, 35mm Stanction, 1.5" Alloy Taper Steerer, w/ 110x15mm Boost Thru-axle|
|Cranks||Raceface Turbine, 30T Direct Mount "Narrow Wide" Single Ring, Boost Compatible|
|Bottom Bracket||Raceface Outboard Bearing|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X1 X-Horizon, 11 Speed|
|Shifter||SRAM X1 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, SnakeSkin, TL-Easy, Folding, 27.5x2.35"|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide RS Hydraulic Disc, w/ 180mm Front / 180mm Rear Centerline Rotors|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Guide RS Hydraulic Levers|
|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 Pro|
|Seatpost||KS LEV Integra Dropper, w/ SouthPaw Remote, 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||31.0 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|
|Seat Tube Length||394mm||432mm||483mm||533mm|
|Stand Over Height||739mm||740mm||743mm||749mm|
|Top Tube Length||585mm||610mm||635mm||660mm|
|Head Tube Length||100mm||110mm||120mm||130mm|
|Chain Stay Length||425mm||425mm||425mm||425mm|
|Seat Post Length|
Customer Reviews Write Your Own
Couldn't be happier!Review by RedWings44
Very satisfied with my purchase! I ordered it and it shipped the same day. It also shipped for free which was a huge bonus! It arrived 2 days later, mostly assembled as they stated. I was able to assemble it fully, myself, with the assistance of the assembly videos Diamondback has on the website.
Seeing this on SethsBikeHacks (YouTube channel) was a huge reason for me looking more seriously at this bike. After months of research, I could not find any reason to not like it. Especially when I see repeated comparisons to top of the line bikes like the Santa Cruz Bronson, but for half the price! Granted, this bike isn't made of carbon, but I've not yet found a reason to justify purchasing a carbon bike. I'm nowhere near the level of a professional who would need such a bike. If material is not an issue, look no further.
The level link suspension does exactly as they say. I have never had an easier time climbing hills. It is a full suspension so climbs aren't as easy as a hardtail, but they're damn close. A hardtail won't soak up bumps and keep your tires in traction as well as a full suspension though.
This bike also came with a lot of freebies that most bikes do not. Pedals, shock pump, tubeless valves if you wanted to convert to tubeless, and even a spare derailleur hanger (those who've ever had to replace one on a bike know how hard it can be to get one for your specific bike). Could not be happier!(Posted on 4/28/2017)
Release 3Review by KYLE
I just bought the release 3 this bike is worth the money. A couple of parts I'd change after buying the bike handlebars ( too low for my comfort maybe 35mm rise upgrade) seat isn't the most comfortable thing out there made some changes after the second ride. Huge difference! Pedale may change after time... all and all I'm very glad I bit the bullet and went with the release 3 I was contemplating between the other two models. Shipping was amazing order it at 3 pm Tuesday and got it next Wednesday (ca)(Posted on 4/1/2017)
Up To The TaskReview by Sandstone Cycles
In 2016 we raced four enduro events on the Release 3. Two rounds of Scott Enduro Cup and a couple local events. We can only recall bending two spokes on the rear Blanchard wheel, we trued it one time (its still holding up well!) and replaced tires for a more aggressive tread on big mountain stages. Outside of those minor things we kept this bike the way it came in the box for the remainder of the season, and the machine held up great! (Keep in mind we raced it in a open/pro catagory) so there were no easy days on this bike. Along with 1400 miles of trail riding throughout the year (March 1st - Dec. 1st). We still have this bike and use it as a practice bike... Bottom line, the Diamondback Release 3 is up to the task! And its our weapon of choice for the 2017 Scott Enduro Cup Series! - Sandstone Cycles(Posted on 3/13/2017)