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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on this bike. 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.
Expert Reviews80/100 based on 4 expert reviews
Diamondback Release 5c Review
A surprisingly and nicely priced carbon trail bike that looks and performs like bikes costing 50% more.
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.
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.
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.
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.