Release 5C Carbon

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You can’t have it all … Really? Nobody told that to the Release 5 C. Our top-shelf trail bike is the embodiment of new-school technology. Thanks to our Level Link suspension, the Release 5 C absolutely levels the kind of drops and rock gardens that stymie bikes with even more suspension travel. At the same time, our patent-pending design allows the Release to accelerate and climb with the kind of blazing efficiency you’d normally expect from a wispy, featherweight race rig.

The Release 5 C, in a nutshell, is the perfect all-rounder. The bike’s modern geometry - long in the front, short in the rear, low in the bottom bracket —lends the bike stability at high speeds without sacrificing agility when the trails get tight.

What’s more, we’ve decked this machine out with a peerless parts kit that includes the absolutely bomber Fox 36 Float fork and Fox Performance Elite Float DPX2 rear shock, an ultra-precise SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, a wheelset with Race Face ARC 30 rims and Novatec hubs, and quick-stopping SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors. A KS LEV Integra dropper post and Race Face Aeffect R cockpit components round out the stellar package.

Frame Carbon Release 27.5, Monocoque Carbon Front and Rear Triangle, 130mm Travel, Level Link Suspension Platform, Euro Standard Threaded BB, ISCG-05 Tabs, Boost 148x12mm Maxle Drop Out, 1.5" Tapered Headtube, Post Mount Disc Tabs
Rear Shock Fox Performance Elite Float DPX2, 3 Position Lever w/ Open Mode Adjust, LV EVOL, 200x57mm
Fork Fox 36 Performance Elite Float, 27.5", 150mm Travel, Fit4, 3 Position Dampener, Rebound Adjust, 1.5" Tapered Steerer, 110x15mm Thru-axle
Headset FSA No. 57 Sealed Cartridge
Cranks Truvativ Descendant Carbon, w/ 34T Eagle Chainring
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Front Derailleur MRP XCG V2 Alloy Bash Guard, 30-36T, ISCG-05
Rear Derailleur SRAM XO1 Eagle, 12 Speed
Shifter SRAM XO1 Eagle 12 Speed X-Actuation Trigger
Cogset SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12 Speed, 10-50T
Chain SRAM XO1 Eagle, 12 Speed
Spokes 2.0/1.8/2.0 Butted Stainless Steel
Rims RaceFace Arc30, Tubeless Ready, 32h
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5x2.5" EXO, WT, TLR, Folding / Maxxis Minion DHR 27.5x2.4" EXO, WT, TLR, Folding
Brakes SRAM Guide RS Hydraulic Disc, w/ 180mm Front / 180mm Rear Centerline Rotors
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RS
Pedals DB4L CNC Platform, Sealed Cartidge Bearing w/ Replaceable Pins
Handlebar Raceface Æffect R, 780mm Wide, 20mm Rise, 35mm Bar Bore
Grips Ergon GE1 Lock-On
Stem Raceface Æffect R 35, 40mm Reach, 35mm Bar Bore
Seat WTB Volt Race
Seatpost KS LEV Integra Internal Dropper, w/ SouthPaw Remote, 31.6mm, SM/MD = 125mm, LG/XL = 150mm
Extras Owner's Manual, Assembly Guide, Tool Kit, RD Hanger, Shock Pump, Fork Mud Guard
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 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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Very happy with my custom Release 5C

Review by Houston
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My wife and I each got release 5C custom bikes in Feb 2018. The bikes are awesome and have really helped me improve as a rider. We get compliments on our bikes nearly every time we are out. A great bike at an unbeatable price!! bye bye boutique bikes!!

(Posted on 8/26/2018)

Funnest Bike I Have Ever Ridden

Review by Sebastian
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I was just had the opportunity to demo a bunch of other bikes this weekend including yeti, evil, and giant but ended up just riding my 5c! So ridiculously fun to ride. Couldn't be happier with my purchase. Only problem I've had with it is a creaky crank arm.

(Posted on 6/15/2018)

Just pick a size and buy it

Review by Matt
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If you like bragging about how much your bike costs, and not how well it rides, then this bike isn't for you. There are a ton of online reviews of this bike, so I won't beat this to death, but it delivers as promised. It climbs great, descends like a madman and is super fun to jump. I've been riding this bike non stop for a month and I have ZERO complaints about it. You can also have a ton of fun on this bike without even riding it. Many grins are had by laughing at bike shop jersey, fan boy, who paid $7K+ for his Yeti with the same spec that doesn't ride any better than my DB. As far as sizing goes, I am 6'1" tall and I have long legs. 35" inseam. I went back and forth on ordering a L or XL, and I decided to get the XL. The XL fits me really well with the dropper almost all the way in the seat tube. I could probably ride either size just fine, but if I'm between sizes I prefer a bigger frame. I like to feel like i'm "in" the bike, as opposed to feeling like i'm ridding "on top" of the bike with a smaller frame. Hope this makes sense and helps someone else out with sizing.

(Posted on 5/29/2018)

Not for the bike snob elite

Review by Peakguru
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I got my 5c 2 weeks ago after reading review upon review that glowed about the 5c's build spec, its suspension and linkage performance, its climbing and descent ability, and its overall awesomeness. My first few rides here in CO on steep, chunky, techy climbs and descents whole-heartedly endorse the on-line reviews. This bike's setup, spec kit, and linkage system are on par with $7k elite brands. If you are an elitist snob who only cares about name recognition and bike shop approval, stay away from this bike. If you want sheer fun, ability, quality, and performance from a bike thats 1/2 the price, here's your Huckleberry.

(Posted on 5/13/2018)

The 5C Delivers on the Promise!

Review by Mad Dog 6771
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I received my Release 5C on May 3, 2018. Packaging was excellent. Assembly was a breeze. Took the maiden voyage an hour ago. I am pleased to report that I am 100% convinced I made the right purchase! I was looking at Santa Cruz Tallboy and Scott Spark 710. The component package on this bike is of higher quality all around. I am 6" Feet Tall, 200 pounds. I purchased a Large. Fits perfectly. I read every review I could find: The Loam Wolf, Bicycling Magazine, MTBR, Mountain Bike Action, Seth's Bike Hacks, etc., etc. They are all On Point: This Is An Excellent Bike and an Incredible Value. Outstanding climbing efficiency, super fast downhill, very agile and nimble. Total Satisfaction. And lastly...a big thanks to Eric Porter for his vision. I Am Proud to state I am On the Diamondback Bandwagon...I am a Believer!

(Posted on 5/5/2018)

My demo

Review by Vinny
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I rode this thing in Sedona, what a blast. Hoping to get one by the end of the summer. I went there wanting to choose between a Bronson and a Process 153 and left going to buy a Diamondback.

(Posted on 3/22/2018)


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