With the new suspension design and frame, the release can always be a Diamondback Trail motorcycle.
Never before have I remembered the tremendous status of improving the bike in building a brand with its new grip and release model in Diamondback. The Kent, Washington-based brand suspends a new level link. Get a platform that combines some very well-crafted geometries and components to completely restore its bike in a model year. Make no mistake – this is not an up-to-date update or evolution of an existing platform, but a completely new over-the-top cycle that lives at the forefront of mountain bike technology.
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The design of this new bike, three years in the making, was possible by the end of the Santa Cruz Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) patent. Like VPP and severe JSAD suspensions, the label link is used to make short, dual counter-rotating links a floating instant center. The biggest visual difference is how low links in the surface links are very high and in line with the chain. Another important patent-pending feature is the dependency of the upper link on the lower link on a single feature. Controlling the bump helps ease the suspension of the tumping forces and overcome the pedaling forces during tamping, Diamondback says. Beefy 17mm low and closed with 15mm upper link hardware colt style bolts in place.
For my first ride on a Release 3, I looped the XC-ish Camuesa Connector Trail north of the Santa Barbara backbone. The road maintenance of the fire highlights the magnificent climbing potential of the surface link: not once did I feel the need to reach out and strengthen the shock. Also under any pedaling load, the rough section is well tracked. The singletrack descent was mostly smooth, but the bike was still a motorcycle without such smoke cents getting on long trains on such trails.
It wasn’t until I dropped this Santa Barbara, which might be my favorite route on the Cold Springs Trail, that I really understood what this bike was like. I usually ride this trail on a 160mm travel bike, so I expect to struggle with a few high-speed, luminous bullocks, but the release handles it all expertly. I was surprised to find that at the end of the 130mm journey the 150mm was fitted with a travel fork. The bike also has great pop, it’s easy to pump the shape of the driveway.
Prior to the official launch, we also had a proposal release at our Pennsylvania headquarters. Tester editor Mike Youssef spent this month last month, and his experience on the slow Central East Coast-style rocky trails seemed to be my mirror. He found that overall, it runs well and climbed great. Even with the slow geometry, it had no issues at all which ended the release on slower aspects and harder switchbacks. He also thought he did a great job of handling big hits and hooks.
Perhaps most striking is the fact that in the rocks of this bike I chose to ride my second favorite Santa Barbara trail, the day after Jesus launched: an extraordinarily difficult technical climb. After an unusual fun technical race. This was important because the warm carbon inside my car had amazing bikes that started to ride. This bike is twice as high as the maximum release. Is this a better bike? Indeed. Is it twice as good? No, the closest. I sprinkled the release because I genuinely realized the magic that I had done the day before, and I had no regrets.