Diamondback Release

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Release Year
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
11, 12, 10
31.0, 32.4, 32.0, 31.3 lbs
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Frame Material

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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User Ratings

88/100 based on 32 ratings
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