Diamondback Release

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31.0, 32.4, 32.0, 31.3 lb
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Diamondback Release. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • The Release is priced low, to undercut comparable competitors.
  • There are many appraisals of this bike’s long and slack geometry.
  • Users tell that the Release is an eager climber and efficient pedaller.
  • Cornering is described as natural, fast and fluid, assisted by wide bars.
  • On high-end models, Maxxis Minion DHR tires tackled mixed trail conditions.
  • Hydraulic braking delivered a smooth and seamless experience.
  • The Shimano SLX 11-speed drivetrain received only positive responses.
  • The Release is delivered 95% assembled, with great shifting out of the box.
  • It's said to be an all-terrain all-rounder, tackling trails, jumps and bike-parks.
  • Experts say the Release 5C's componentry needs no upgrades.
  • The 5C comes with extras, including flat pedals, a front fender, spare hanger, multi-tool, torque-wrench and bash-guard.
  • On the 5C, the 12-speed drivetrain easily propelled this 30-pound bike up hills.
  • Owners remarked on the Release’s ‘beautiful’ design and paintwork.

8 reasons not to buy

  • At 31 pounds (average), it's heavyish and for some, a difficult climb.
  • Diamondback's tarnished name offers owners few bragging rights.
  • Riders wanted a dropper-post upgrade from 125mm to 150mm.
  • Without spacers, the rear shock often bottoms out on blockier trails.
  • On the Release 3, stock Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires underwhelmed.
  • To some, the 73° seat-angle was old-fashioned and not suited to descents.
  • On the Release 3, experts felt SRAM RS brakes lacked bite.
  • Many an owner decried the absence of a bottle boss in the front triangle.

Bottom line

Diamondback was a prestige marque for a number of decades, before falling to the wayside as a mid-range, mass-production brand. Now that they are again competing with high-end manufacturers, models such as the Release offer outstanding performance at a lower price than most others. This bike comes in a wide range of models, from the slightly-lower-geared Release 1, up to the 5C – which most reviewers described as needing no componentry upgrades at all. As an impressive all-rounder mountain-bike, it’s likely that there’s a model to suit most budgets. This is a direct-order bike that will arrive with an honestly attested 95% complete assembly. Unlike dirt-cheap options, your Release will have trued wheels and gears that almost always shift without need for adjustment.

Expert Reviews

82/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews

Diamondback Release 5c Review

A surprisingly and nicely priced carbon trail bike that looks and performs like bikes costing 50% more.

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Diamondback Release 3 Review

Any of the three bikes in Diamondback’s Release line would be a good place to start for the rider looking to swap a hardtail for their first full-suspension mountain bike.

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Ridden and Rated: 4 Trail Bikes Under $3,000

The Release is designed for the pointier end of all-mountain, with modern numbers and a tough aluminum chassis.

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Gear Patrol

The Best Mountain Bikes of 2019

This is the bike for an enthusiastic rider who wants to progress quickly or a rider who wants to ride hard but isn’t ready or able to commit to a bike that’s double the price.

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Bike Magazine

First Ride: Diamondback Release Carbon 5c

So not only does the Release Carbon enter Diamondback into the running among other top-end bikes … it does it in a way that isn’t simply trying to take a piece of an already crowded pie.

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Freehub Magazine

Diamondback Release 5C Bike Review

Bottom line, the Release is a damn fun bike. And if blazing new lines through the woods, hopping over logs and nose-bonking rocks is your kind of style, this bike will be a fine complement to that.

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Bike Magazine

Diamondback Release Review – 2018 Bible of Bike Tests

The Singletrack Sampler

Carbon, Under 4.5K, and… Shreds? Testing Out the New Diamondback Release 5C

Bike Check | 2017 Diamondback Release 3

Gear Patrol

Review: Diamondback’s New Mountain Bike Leaves the Brand’s Mass-Market Reputation in the Dust

The Release 3, and Diamondback’s Level Link platform as a whole, has the ability to shed the mid-level stigma and bring the brand to the forefront of the trail-bike market.

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Diamondback Release 3 – Review

There always seems to be a little handling in reserve to ease you out of a risky situation. You’ll run out of suspension long before you’ll run out of confidence.

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First Ride: Diamondback Release Mountain Bike

With a new suspension design and frame, the Release might be the best Diamondback trail bike ever.

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Bike Magazine

Review: Diamondback Release Three

This is a bike that matches a confident demeanor with an enthusiasm for playful riding – even on mellower terrain.

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Bike Magazine

Diamondback Release vs. Yeti SB5 LR

The Release is a very able climber, but it truly hits its stride descending. The front and rear feel perfectly matched, and the geometry strikes a balance between maneuverability and capability.

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Diamondback’s Carbon Release 5c – Review

In capable hands, the Carbon Release 5c can hit the big stuff, but all it really needs is dirt and a line to shred. It makes me feel like I’m free riding again.

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Diamondback Release Carbon Launched

…the short rear end makes popping the front wheel off the ground easy, while the slack front end engenders confidence on steep drop-ins and fast chunder.

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The Diamondback Release 29 2 is a Lively Big Wheel Trail Bike

…in all, the Release 29 2 is a great all-mountain bike that’ll meet the needs of many riders.

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The Best Mountain Bikes of 2018

…really, it’s tough to find fault with a bike this good that costs half as much as the competition.

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The Best All-Mountain Bikes

The consummate all-mountain machine, the Release 5C Carbon is Diamondback’s finest mountain bike venture to date and … it does all of that at approximately half the cost of the competition.

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Gear Patrol

Diamondback’s Release 5C Is the Best Deal in Mountain Biking

The Release 5C is for anyone who wants a rowdy carbon trail bike, but doesn’t want to spend $6,000. If you’re a discerning trail rider that appreciates modern geometry and a high-end parts spec, you’ll find the 5C well worth your money.

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First Ride Impressions: Diamondback Carbon Release

Diamondback launches a lighter, stiffer Carbon Release trail bike…

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Diamondback Release Carbon 5C Review

With a 32-pound claimed weight, the Release Carbon 5C isn’t as light as some competitors, but honestly who cares. The bike pedals so well uphill I would have guessed it to be a couple pounds lighter than it actually is.

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Review – Diamondback Release 3 (2016)

…for riders looking for something a little different, a rugged all-rounder with very efficient pedaling performance, the Release might fit the bill.

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User Ratings

88/100 based on 32 ratings
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