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    Buying My First FS Bike

    Hello All,

    I'm currently in the marketing for my first FS trail bike and looking for some insight between a couple of bikes I'm debating between. To give you a quick background, I currently ride a Giant Talon 29er HT and have been for about a year now.

    The two bikes I'm debating between are the Diamondback Release 1 and the Diamondback Mission 1. Why? I get a pretty significant corporate discount and don't want to break the bank just yet as I still consider myself a beginner.

    I've done quite a bit of research on both but thought it best to collect recommendations from those who've ridden/ride them or from more experienced riders in general. Thanks in advance!

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    I'd go with the release. You don't need the amount of travel on the mission. 130mm rear/150mm front makes a good mid travel trail bike..a little heavy but a very good choice to start on. Good luck.

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    OK sounds good. Thanks for the info and your recommendation!

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    I have the Catch 2 and it uses the same rear suspension link as the Release which so far I like. Works well in rough terrain. The Release according to the specs is also has boost hubs so can always go with wider tires if you want in the future.

    Release is definitely a good choice but the Diamondback bikes are on the heavier side so keep that in mind.
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    OK Perfect. Thanks for the info!

    I went ahead and ordered the Release 1 yesterday and should be arriving within the next few days. Looking forward to getting it out on these PNW trails!

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    Where do you live in WA? I live in Tacoma.

    My buddy has a Mission 1 (brand new) and he can't seem to unload it. He has it on sale for $1400 OBO (posted for months) and I'm not entirely sure why people aren't interested in it.
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    I'm in the Kirkland area.

    One reason why your buddy might be having trouble unloading their Mission 1 could be due to Diamondbacks corporate and military discount programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthorn86 View Post
    I'm in the Kirkland area.

    One reason why your buddy might be having trouble unloading their Mission 1 could be due to Diamondbacks corporate and military discount programs.
    Yeah it's hard to say. He got it with a REI employee discount.
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    As I understand it, if you buy the bike direct from Diamondback, I've read many stories on here about suspension pivots not being lubed, torqued, etc.

    Make sure that you take it apart and grease things that need grease and torque things that need to be torqued before you ride it. Simple stuff to do and you still end up saving heaps of money.
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    if you're willing to look elsewhere, marin hawk hill. i just got one.
    marin offers three different versions for 2018, one being only $1499:

    https://www.pinkbike.com/news/marin-...view-2017.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthorn86 View Post
    I'm in the Kirkland area.

    One reason why your buddy might be having trouble unloading their Mission 1 could be due to Diamondbacks corporate and military discount programs.
    Where can I get more info on the Military Program? The Release looks like a pretty good bike on paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by askibum02 View Post
    Where can I get more info on the Military Program? The Release looks like a pretty good bike on paper.
    You could try Google:
    Diamondback | Military.com

    Also Scotts discounted through:
    US Military Endurance Sports

    These are actually good bikes, but even discounted, more $$$.

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