Release 5C Carbon

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Release 5C Carbon

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You can’t have it all… Really? Nobody told that to the Release 5C. 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 5C, 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 Performance Elite Float fork and Fox Performance Elite Float DPX2 rear shock, an ultra-precise SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, a wheelset with e*thirteen TRS Plus 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 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, 22.2mm Eyelet Width
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 SRAM Descendant 7K Eagle w/32T Direct Mount
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB Outboard Bearing
Front Derailleur MRP XCG V2 Alloy Bash Guard, 32T, ISCG-05
Rear Derailleur SRAM GXEagle, 12 Speed
Shifter SRAM GXEagle, 12 Speed
Cogset SRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 12 Speed, 10-50T
Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12 Speed
Spokes 2.0/1.8/2.0 Butted Stainless Steel
Rims e*thirteen TRS Plus 30mm Aluminum Rim TRS Plus Aluminum 32h
Tires e*thirteen TRS Race SS 2.35 Tire Tubeless Ready Single Ply Apex Aramid Reinforced, Slow Rebound, Dual Compound
Brakes SRAM Guide RS Hydraulic Disc, w/180mm Front / 180mm Rear Centerline Rotors
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RS
Pedals DB CNC Platform, Sealed Cartidge Bearing w/Replaceable Pins
Handlebar Raceface Turbine R, 780mm Wide, 20mm Rise, 35mm Bar Bore
Grips Ergon GE10 Evo Lock-On
Stem Raceface Æffect R 35, 40mm Reach, 35mm Bar Bore
Seat WTB Volt Pro
Seatpost KS LEV Integra Internal Dropper, w/SouthPaw Remote, 31.6mm, XS/SM = 125mm, MD/LG/XL = 150mm
Extras Tool Kit, DB Shock Pump, Tubeless Valves, DB Mud Guard, Chainstay Protector, Carbon Paste
Type configurable
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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Review by JScrizzle
Overall Quality

I came from a full carbon XC HardTail with a 100mm travel Fox Evo fork, XT 1x11 (32 chain ring with 11-46t cassette) tranny and SLX brakes. I rode this for about a year until I started learning more about the latest 'contemporary geometry' on MTB, and really wanted to go full suspension too. I had a blast on this bike, but as I submerged myself in more and more research and ‘GMBN’ videos, I couldn’t help but be tempted for something that I learned was more ‘appropriate’ for my needs and intended purpose. I preferred to stick with Carbon, but the options were limited without going $5k+ in a hurry. I wanted carbon to try and keep the weight somewhat in check, although with the Enduro style build of the Release, my 5C still comes in at 14.5 KG according to my bathroom scale. I read and watched everything I could find about the full Release line, and Level Link as well. I come from a dirt biking background, so I was ok trading a little weight penalty to get the 36mm fork and DPX2 shock. It also came with eThirteen LG1+ Enduro wheels, which, I kind of wish would have been the TRS+'s spec'ed in the online description, to perhaps save a few grams, but they are great and match the rest of the spec of the bike's Trail/ Enduro build.
When the bike arrived, it was packaged very well. Zero scratches and no issues. After a quick build and tune for my preferences, off we go for a test ride. I was blown away. I stared at the upper pendulum linkage of the Level Link as I pedaled and swear I can't see it move at all due to pedal bob, yet it is indeed very active over bumps and while climbing, just like the reviews describe. I live near a small ski resort and have both peddled up it for the ensuing blast down, and I've taken the gondola up as well. The Fox Spec on both ends is awesome. It is firm but compliant and feels confident and composed 100% of the time. I work only 10km from the office and have started commuting on it now as well. It is 90% sidewalks and 10% is dirt trail that parallels the road. I still watch the Linkage for movement under heavy pedaling in both low and high gears, and bob just isn't there. Super cool.
I've had the bike for 4 mos now and I absolutely love it. I would buy it all over again. As everyone says; the parts spec for the value is unbeatable, and I agree. You can find some bikes that come close as DB has slowly increased the price over the last two/ three years, but you will still find lower spec on the fork/ shock, tranny, brakes, etc that always puts this back to the front for the spec to value ratio. However, with that said, one qualm I have is with the KS LEV Integra dropper. It sticks, every time, when dropping. I have a Fox Transfer (non-Kashima) on my XC, and it drops easily every time. The KS binds and you can get it to drop, but I have to shift my butt to the rear of the seat and make sure I weight it in the exact same direction as the 73˚ Seat Tube Angle, or else it binds and won’t move. I’ve played with the torque on the seat tube clamp and that’s not it. You can work around this as described, but it was nice to have the Fox Transfer post drop with ease regardless of the angle.
I wanted to share my experience with the bike as there is limited-ish press on this thing, so that if you were like me and read everything twice (or more), here is another review and testimonial for you. If you are on the fence, make the purchase, I still love throwing my leg over it every morning, even if it means I’m just heading to the office.

(Posted on 9/22/2019)

Self Destruction

Review by Crasher
Overall Quality

I rode this bike for a season in Oregon. Very capable bike that climbs decently. Spec was very good. The price point is higher than the 2018 model with no visible upgrades from year to year. I return my bike to REI st the end of the season. Rocks get stuck in the linkage. When the suspension gets compressed the rocks get crushed into your carbon frame chipping away paint first then slowly on the carbon itself. DB warranty suggested I put a old inner tube in this location to protect the frame and reminded me this would not be covered under warranty. I immediately returned the bike after receiving this news from DB. Great bike if you ride in a place that doesn’t have loose rocks or you don’t care about adding an inner tube to your frame.

(Posted on 7/14/2019)

Great bike!

Review by Johnny road rico
Overall Quality

Great all mountain bike, pedals up hill like a dream and handles the downhill darn good. I feel right at home on this bike, and only made little changes tuning the suspension. Theres little to complain about on this bike, the one thing that sticks out is the ks integra dropper post. Right out of the box it didn't work, contacting ks suspension was a joke, poor rude customer service. A fox dropper post would be the smarter decision! Other than that I'm very happy with my purchase.

(Posted on 6/19/2019)


Review by Bike
Overall Quality

The paint is way better that anything I have seen it is beautiful and I think you should still bring back the red

(Posted on 6/17/2019)

So Solid, So Sexy

Review by DM
Overall Quality

Black on black on black. This thing looks so good in person. So black/black, it's hard to see the branding, and have folks asking what it is all the time. Very few upgrades required on this build, and priced so far below anything else out there at this value. Climbs with ease and really playful on the descent. Excited to put as many days possible on this steed.

(Posted on 6/17/2019)