Release 3

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Release 3

We won’t shy away from saying the Release 3 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 system. 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 3 is the bike.

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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 Plus RC3 DebonAir, 200x57mm
Fork RockShox Pike RCT3, 150mm Travel, w/ External Rebound, 3 Position 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 Turbine, 30T Direct Mount "Narrow Wide" Single Ring, Boost Compatible
Bottom Bracket Race Face 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
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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Overall Quality

Its a bike you want to own

Review by Steve
Overall Quality

I recently got into mountain biking and found some of the trials near me to rough for my Diamondback Line so I looked at full suspension bikes. This had the highest specs for the price and it looked good. Since I got it I've taken it about 30 miles and it makes hitting rough rock garden easy. On my hardtail I'd often have to slow down a lot then get stuck on rocks but on this I can push myself at a much faster pace. Tires/rim come tubeless ready and are easy to setup. I'm a road biker who loves climbing and I actually find this easier to climb in then my Line. So far it seems like a great bike and it really helped me push my limits to what I thought was comfortable.

(Posted on 6/16/2018)

I do everything with this bike

Review by Colin
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I got this bike in November of 2017, and I have since put about 600 miles on it. I take it everywhere with me and regularly hit downhill tracks, cross country trails, and shred the local dirt jumps with it. It fits my size perfectly, I got a medium and I'm 5'9. Suspension always feels nice and maintenance is easy when it needs to happen. I ride really aggressively and have only put a minor dent in the rear wheel because I ran too low of a pressure once, and yet all the spokes are still taught and the wheel is true, even after all my moto whip attempts! Fantastic bike, especially for the price, from a great brand.

(Posted on 6/11/2018)

Amazing bike, but prone to washing out

Review by Matt
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I love the playful feel of this bike. It pops around on the trail like an excited puppy. Climbs really well and can handle pretty rough descents. For the price, you really can't beat the overall package on this bike. Oh, and the DB wheels are super strong. I even took a big impact denting the rear, and it is still true and the spokes still have good tension.

Unfortunately, on my first ride I washed out the front and took a good spill on a familiar trail. I chalked it up to the front tire. So I put a 2.5 DHF on it. It helped a little. Then I had my cousin ( a pretty strong rider) try it. He said he really liked the bike, but really had to get his weight over the front to keep it from washing out. So although I think it is an amazing bike, the tendency to wash out is making me go back to my old bike.

(Posted on 5/22/2018)


Review by Chad
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Take this bike anywhere and ride anything. Climbs like a hardtail with more traction and descends like a big bike. FUN

(Posted on 3/16/2018)

Deal of the Century! Almost a better deal than a Costco hotdog.

Review by Release 3 in NE Fla
Overall Quality

I rode a 26" Specialized Hardrock almost 8 years. Rented a 27.5" Santa Cruz 5010 in Ashville, NC. Fell and in love with full suspension. Spent some time doing research. Seth's Bike Hacks pretty much sums it all up. That dude bombs the trails on ANY Diamondback all day. The greatest ambassador DB has to the brand, and a testament to the quality DB is producing. If the bikes can handle him, then they can handle YOU and anything you throw at it. The price for what you get is extremely competitive, practically a no-brainer. You can't go wrong with the build kits that DB offers versus other manufactures. Only thing that I would like to see in the future is more color options for individual bike models.

(Posted on 3/14/2018)

Hardtail DB to Full Suspension DB

Review by Nick
Overall Quality

30 something guy with BMX background, looking for a rowdy trail bike. I got into mountain bike per a friend's recommendation 3 year ago. I bought a DB Axis pro and still have it to this day with a few upgrades. I finally ordered the release 3 in February of 2018. I am 6'1" with 32" inseam and so far bike feels comfortable. The suspension components are top of the line, drivetrain is quick to shift, the fit and finish is phenomenal and the price point is reasonable. DB put thought into the release 3 and made sure you would have everything you would want out of the box (aggressive platform pedals, mud guard, quality chainstay protector, torque wrench for assembly, fork and even bottomless tokens for the fork). Only thing I'm going to order for it is bottomless rings for the rockshox monarch shock. Unfortunately with the miserable weather in the Northeast I have not had a chance to ride the release 3 on trails but from unboxing and assembly I have been thoroughly impressed. From my past experiences with the DB brand I have high expectations this bike will be quality for years to come.

(Posted on 2/18/2018)

Feels like cheating

Review by Handcuffcharlie
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I had preciously purchased a Sync'r Pro to get back into mtb. After four months of riding I decided to purchase the Release 3 to give me more confidence during my ride. I was completely blown away by the fit and finish of the bike. The welds looked good, the paint was unmarred, and the derailleur was properly adjusted out of the box. I immediately used the included tubeless valves to switch to tubeless and had zero issues. Upon my first ride I noticed that the suspension easily soaked up the rocks and roots that I previously had to micro-manage on my hardtail. The included shock pump worked perfectly and the included cable management clips were an unexpected bonus. I absolutely love this bike and you will too!

(Posted on 1/28/2018)

Sub $2,000 Bike With All the Bells And Whistles

Review by Release 3 in Arizona
Overall Quality

I picked my R3 up about a month ago and have put ~60 miles on it so far. AZ is a lot of rocky, tough trails with challenging DH too. I'm beyond stoked with the bike. The upgraded brakes and drivetrain (compared to R1, R2) are legit. The level link has been nothing but a pleasure on climbs and that is saying a lot since I came from a 2017 Marlin 7 Hardtail.

The bike is 31lbs, its sturdy but also can be tossed around easily. The full combo of the R3 should suit anyone looking for a FS bike that doesn't cost $5k. Set your sag, let 'er eat.

(Posted on 1/21/2018)

You’ll be missing out if you skip this bike.

Review by med556
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Wanted a bronson, but settled for this since my wife would’ve killed me. For what I paid, I feel like I stole the bike. All the components are top of the line. To get a comparable spec on a SC or yeti you’d be looking at $8k+.

I’ve been riding this bike for four months now, from trails in FL, to CO, and it handles them all exceptionally well. This bike climbs reasonably well, and once you’re at the top it gives you the confidence to take the questionable lines, all with a smile on your face. I was skeptical about the Blanchard wheels, but despite the rock gardens and gnar in CO, they are still holding true.

Out of the box, the bike is ready well within an hour if you know what you’re doing. Only changes I made were switching the tires for Maxxis Minions, going tubeless, and RaceFace Chester pedals, cause I wanted blue to match. The wheels come pretaped for tubeless, but it’s 50/50, had to retape my front wheel. Also added two volume tokens to the fork and 4 bands to the shock for a more progressive feel, and the suspension feel perfect.

My only gripe is the rubber chain stay protector doesn’t have enough coverage, the chain has chipped away a bit of paint. However, this is easily alleviated by buying or making your own protector out of an old inner tube.

If you’re reading this, then I know you’re comparing this bike to others trying to get the best deal. I looked all over, from SC, yeti, Canyon, to YT, and trust me, you can’t pass this up. Absolute steal on a killer set up, you won’t regret it.

(Posted on 12/26/2017)

Send Wagon

Review by Colin
Overall Quality

This bike freaking shreds!!!! Bomber on the uphill with the dropper and the level link suspension platform, and tears jumps and berms when bombing downwards. The value for this bike cannot be matched!

(Posted on 12/3/2017)

Santa Who?

Review by Nick
Overall Quality

I was looking to buy a new dual squish bike. I looked at the normal candidates and almost settled on a Santa Cruz but I started watching Seth's Bike Hacks on YouTube. He has a Release 3 and took it out on the Porcupine Rim trail. (Seth does not baby his bikes) "WOW!", I thought, if this bike can handle that it can handle anything I'll throw at it. I've put many miles on this bike and I love it! I am so thrilled to own such an awesome steed. This bike is hands down the best value out there. I'm a Clydesdale and the bike has worked wonderfully for me. The only things I have changed on the bike so far are the pedals (Race Face Chesters) and I swapped out the DebonAir air can for a standard volume Monarch air can as I weigh enough that I don't need the extra help moving through the first third of travel. The bike rides like a dream! The Level Link suspension is the best platform that I have ridden EVER! Pedal bob is virtually non-existent yet it still soaks up all the bumps. The X1 group set works flawlessly as you would expect and the Guide RS brakes just work. Great. Every time. No thinking required. If you're still in doubt about buying this bike go check out Seth on YouTube and watch him ride with the Diamondback group in Seattle. Everyone in the DB group rides the Release 3 and they SHRED IT!

(Posted on 10/26/2017)

Loads of fun

Review by Ash
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I've ridden the Release 3 for about 100 miles in very difficult and mountainous terrain and this thing has been a blast. It is a beast on the downhills and does a good job climbing if you lock the suspensions. The brakes have been fantastic and so has the suspension. The only thing I would like to see is a few pounds shaved off for those grueling climbing and hike-a-bike days.

(Posted on 9/12/2017)


Review by MULLET156
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Got this bike about 6 mos ago on a smokin good deal. I would feel ungrateful to not share my positive feedback.

The components are similar to many other high-end builds on the market like the SC Bronson-cc. Upon receiving the bike I questioned a few part choices like the Hans Dampf over a Maxis DHF and the use of such a short stem. I additionally was worried the "mere" 130mm of travel would not be enough.

After riding for a bit I realized the short stem and wide bars really made the bike feel small and lively. You can really flick this bike around. The short chainstays make this bike extremely easy to manual and jump around on. After comparing DHF to Hans Dampf I can see that cornering the Hans Dampf is wayyyyy better. These guys really picked the perfect build kit, they know what they are doing. This bike has never held me back after riding it on numerous bike parks including Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole and Single track rides in Utah and Oregon.

I recently had the opportunity to demo "better" bikes by SC, EVIL, and YETI at a bike festival. I enjoyed the opportunity but honestly felt ungrateful to the vendors, as the demo only made me long to get back on my diamondback that I had ridden much better the day before.

Other things to mention: The diamondback made wheelset has given me zero issues and I have taken some tough landings. The guide brakes provide superior modulation to the comparable Shimano brakes that I can't stand. I decided to keep the included pedals instead of using my existing $120 platform pedals as I have never had a single pedal slip since using them and my shins are in love with them. Best pedals I have ever used.

What I have replaced: Organic brake pads replaced with Sintered, Diamondback Lock-on grips replaced with ODI Rogue grips for a thicker feel. Added volume reduction spacers to the debonair can (since I'm a big guy), added some 3M Rubber Mastic Tape as a chainstay protector.

Improvements: Provide an integrated chainstay protector similar to the other guys. That's it.

Diamondback has stepped up their game. I hope to see them venture into the carbon frame realm in the near future.

(Posted on 9/7/2017)


Review by Smidge
Overall Quality

Diamondback is no longer a "knock off brand", and they've proved it with the creation of the Release 3. This bike was built to play with the big boys.

My first ride on the Release was a completely captivating experience. The SRAM X1 1x11 drivetrain shifted flawlessly, even when strained on the steepest ascents. The crisp shifting of X1 is easily comparable to the famous Shimano XT. Hydraulic Guide brakes from Sram only required a tap when coming to a stop, which made me feel safe and confident while descending. A dropper post is a must have feature on any bike, and the KS Lev Integra performed very well after hours of use on a slightly muddy and wet trail. Overall, I'm happy with components and how they performed.

The Release weighs in at 31 pounds, which may seem heavy to the weight weenies out there, but it climbed like a goat. The Level Link suspension technology basically eliminated any kind of pedal bob and the lock out on the Rockshox made for easy climbing. Diamondback has been labeled as a heavy brand, but if you take a look at the Santa Cruz 5010, their aluminum model weighs just about the same as the Release. The frame of the bike seems to be extremely rugged and durable, which I believe is a plus even if it means an extra pound or two. On the downhills, 130mm of travel seemed more like 150mm. Riding off 5-10 foot drops was no problem on the Release.

And for those worried about the 1x11 system, don't be. The cassette offers such a wide range of gears that even the steepest hills(up or down) won't stop you. For this amazing price, you can get so much bike. With other brands you'd be paying thousands more for the same thrilling and care free experience the Release has to offer. Any doubts I had about the bike were completely washed away the second I got in the saddle. Congratulations to Diamondback for putting together an exceptional mountain machine.

(Posted on 5/23/2017)

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 3

Review 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 Task

Review 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)

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