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    Release: Any owners yet?

    I'm in the market for a new bike. I LOVE my El Oso, so I'm looking at the Diamondback brand and saw the new "Release". All of the professional reviews online seem nit-picky (complaining mostly about the paint scheme). Well, I'm not that vain. I'm much more concerned with how it rides than how it looks.

    So...any owners out there with a REAL review?

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    I purchased the Release 2 a couple of weeks ago and just got my first ride on it yesterday. This is a great all around bike. It climbed, cornered, and descended better than my previous bike (2010 Yeti 575). I live on the Colorado front range where we have a lot of loose rock and rough trails.

    The bike was very playful. I was able to comfortably jump it and throw the bike through quick S turns with ease. For this past ride I set the suspension up per the manufacturers specs and it handled well. On rutted out turns, the bike held its line and didn't waiver. The bikes geometry definitely inspired confidence on the descent.

    On climbs there was no noticeable pedal bob. The rear wheel held traction in both slick gravel and through rough rocks as long as I was doing my part.

    My only complaint would be the dropper post. Since I bought the Release 2, it came with the externally routed cable. On the descent I notice the seat creep up a little. I suspect this was due to the cable getting tugged by the tire as the rear goes through it's travel. With a little cable routing and a few zip ties I believe I can fix this so it won't be a long term issue.

    This bike seems to have a solid build quality. All of the suspension's pivots are built and engineered well.

    Overall, I am very pleased with the bike's performance and hope to get a lot of good miles out of the bike.

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    Thank you so much for the review! How about some pics?

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    I'll try to post some up later. The light was fading last night so the pics wouldn't have come out very clear with my camera.

    I can say that the color scheme looks a lot better in person than it does on the product page. I know a lot of people were ragging on the 2 tone but I think they did it well. The orange on the rear triangle and wheel has a light metallic flake in it that give a nice shine in some lights.

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    What made you chose the 2?

    What size did you order? How tall are you? Inseam? How's the fit?

    Throw it on a scale yet?

    Aren't you glad you responded? :-D

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    I chose the 2 because the price point was right for me. I felt I was getting a good component set for my money. The 3 was tempting but I didn't feel like it was necessary.

    I'm 5'11 with a 31" inseam. It is definitely the fit I was looking for in a bike.

    I did throw it on a scale. With the platform pedals and tubes installed it came in at 32.1 lbs. To compare, my yeti 575 was at 31.1 lbs with pedals. This bike is significantly more rigid than my old one so the weight should be worth it in durability and ride.

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    Fair enough. The 2 looks like a really solid build.

    Which size did you go with? We sound pretty similar in stature.

    I bet you can drop a bit of that weight with tubeless if you desire.

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    Sorry, failed to mention that I ordered a large.

    I have outfitted it with the tubeless setup that came with the bike. Just had to purchase some sealant. This probably dropped about 1/2lb of rotating mass off the bike.

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    I just got a Release 3, it's still in the box. Once I get it out on it, I lay out a review. From what I can see it looks well built. The color scheme is MUCH better in person. I do plan to throw some red grips up front for a bit of color balance. The spec is great, and ticks all the boxes I was looking for. Hopefully it rides well. Time will tell.

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    To FNUSS and Ichno, could you comment on cable routing on the bike? On the stock pictures, the bunching of cables, particularly under the rear shock looks just terrible. Super busy. If you can post the actual photo, it would be great.

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    Sure thing. My isn't out of the box just yet, but I totally get the concern. I've noticed a few bikes that run the cables in a similar fashion, in that the cables don't follow a tube, (like Niner Rip 9), it's just not as obvious since the shock on the Rip 9 is vertical, which sorta of masks it. It would have been nice if the dropper stayed totally internal rather than coming out of the downtube and into the seat tube. I'm coming off a Scott with all kinds of cables, so it doesn't bother me much. But, I'll post a pic/vid walk around in the next few days for you to judge yourself.

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    I test rode a Release 3 on one of my favorite trails this weekend. I loved it. The suspension was not set up right for me but it still felt very plush but no boggy either. It just carved the corners very well with out the floppiness that I am used to with my 29er hardtail. It did not feel heavy either. It just worked well. I immediately rode the same trail with my hardtail to compare. Wow! It has been a while since I rode on a full suspension, but it blew me away on how well it smoothed out the trail! Last year I test road a $6k Pivot 29er full suspension and was not nearly as impressed. The Release's slack head angle took some adjusting but only visually. It worked very well as it felt both stable and maneuverable.

    I tested a medium but the seatpost was near max height, so I am going to test a large and see if it still fits well. I may get one soon. Those free bike demos get you everytime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    I test rode a Release 3 on one of my favorite trails this weekend. I loved it. The suspension was not set up right for me but it still felt very plush but no boggy either. It just carved the corners very well with out the floppiness that I am used to with my 29er hardtail. It did not feel heavy either. It just worked well. I immediately rode the same trail with my hardtail to compare. Wow! It has been a while since I rode on a full suspension, but it blew me away on how well it smoothed out the trail! Last year I test road a $6k Pivot 29er full suspension and was not nearly as impressed. The Release's slack head angle took some adjusting but only visually. It worked very well as it felt both stable and maneuverable.

    I tested a medium but the seatpost was near max height, so I am going to test a large and see if it still fits well. I may get one soon. Those free bike demos get you everytime!
    How tall are you/inseam to get an idea of the sizing?

    I've called all over, I can't find anyone who will stock one to check fit or demo .

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    I am 5'9" and my inseam is about 31, I kinda have long legs for my torso. I rode the large and it fit well. I test rode the Release 1 and almost maxed out the stock seatpost, which is short, I think 300mm.

    I test rode it at Performance Bikes near me. I local shop (WA state) sponsored the free demos on the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    I am 5'9" and my inseam is about 31, I kinda have long legs for my torso. I rode the large and it fit well. I test rode the Release 1 and almost maxed out the stock seatpost, which is short, I think 300mm.

    I test rode it at Performance Bikes near me. I local shop (WA state) sponsored the free demos on the weekend.
    I called the closest Performance Bikes to me. They said they have no intent on stocking the bike and could order one for me with a deposit. No demos planned.

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    Check with REI if there is one near you, some of them carry the nicer Diamondbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    Check with REI if there is one near you, some of them carry the nicer Diamondbacks.
    Called both. They claim they are "bike shops" as their store specialties. Neither intends to stock.

    I don't know how diamondback plans to sell $4k bikes when the stores will only stock ATROZities.
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    That is a shame but given Diamondback's history of selling very cheap bikes, I can see why bike shops would have resistance to stocking them. Have you checked the Diamondback site itself for their dealer locator?
    Diamondback seems to be pushing the direct to buyer sales for their better bikes, but it does suck when you want to test them out first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    That is a shame but given Diamondback's history of selling very cheap bikes, I can see why bike shops would have resistance to stocking them. Have you checked the Diamondback site itself for their dealer locator?
    Diamondback seems to be pushing the direct to buyer sales for their better bikes, but it does suck when you want to test them out first.
    Tried their dealer locator. ***** Sporting Goods, REI came up and 2 LBS. I called both LBS's and they basically scoffed and laughed about Diamondback. In fact, based on my experience calling them, I would strip their dealership if I was DB.

    I understand their direct to buyer approach, and I think it works well enough for something like a $500 hard tail. A $4k bike? I'd like to touch it. Check the fit. Etc. They need to figure out how to put a couple sizes at some local stores or get aggressive with the demo truck to get these bikes out there if they are as amazing as they claim. REI/Performance don't need to stock a Release 3. A Release 1 in Med and Lrg would answer the mail for a large portion of their market. Then those of us that want the higher spec could special order them with confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    Called both. They claim they ate bike shops. Neither intends to stock.

    I don't know how diamondback plans to sell $4k bikes when the stores will only stock atrozities.
    Ate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatLakesWaterman View Post
    Ate?

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    "ARE". Stupid auto-correct.

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    Holy cow, I just ordered my Release 1! I am going through their direct sales site, as I have a connection through Diamondback Corporate. I guess it pays to be near their headquarters! First time i'v purchased a bike online! But I am glad I got to test it out pretty well beforehand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    Called both. They claim they are "bike shops" as their store specialties. Neither intends to stock.

    I don't know how diamondback plans to sell $4k bikes when the stores will only stock ATROZities.
    Performance Bike had some in stock in Charlotte NC.

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    Rode one that my buddy just got the other day. Damn good bike

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    Rei ships to store free. With the awesome return policy... Just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatLakesWaterman View Post
    Rei ships to store free. With the awesome return policy... Just saying.

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    I'm not a member but I guess that would be worth joining over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    I'm not a member but I guess that would be worth joining over.
    Yes, join. The shipping to store is free for non-member, too. Join for the massive dividend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    Holy cow, I just ordered my Release 1! I am going through their direct sales site, as I have a connection through Diamondback Corporate. I guess it pays to be near their headquarters! First time i'v purchased a bike online! But I am glad I got to test it out pretty well beforehand.
    Diamondback Corporate is the way to go if you have access to their discounts, and you do not need to be near their headquarters. I'm on the other side of the country, but have access to them through work. Just got my Release 3 with free shipping. I haven't seen anyone who can come close to their price. Unfortunately, I'm now working out of town, so haven't had a chance to ride it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Right Coast Rider View Post
    Diamondback Corporate is the way to go if you have access to their discounts, and you do not need to be near their headquarters. I'm on the other side of the country, but have access to them through work. Just got my Release 3 for and free shipping. I haven't seen anyone who can come close to that price. Unfortunately, I'm now working out of town, so haven't had a chance to ride it yet.
    I thought one of the major stipulations of that program wad that you didn't publicly share the pricing. ..

    I get special pricing through work but they don't accept returns.

    DB also charges sales tax on that program. Fwiw
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    Yes DB does charge sales tax but had free shipping. I also think you may want to edit that price out so as not to upset the corporate people.
    My bikes already shipped and now I have to bear the long wait! (only 5 days).

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNUSS View Post
    Sorry, failed to mention that I ordered a large.

    I have outfitted it with the tubeless setup that came with the bike. Just had to purchase some sealant. This probably dropped about 1/2lb of rotating mass off the bike.
    Are you able to get proper seat height? I'm concerned with a size large that it comes with a 150mm dropper and I won't be able to get the seat low enough with the dropper fully extended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    Sure thing. My isn't out of the box just yet, but I totally get the concern. I've noticed a few bikes that run the cables in a similar fashion, in that the cables don't follow a tube, (like Niner Rip 9), it's just not as obvious since the shock on the Rip 9 is vertical, which sorta of masks it. It would have been nice if the dropper stayed totally internal rather than coming out of the downtube and into the seat tube. I'm coming off a Scott with all kinds of cables, so it doesn't bother me much. But, I'll post a pic/vid walk around in the next few days for you to judge yourself.
    You get that beauty out of the box yet? Can't wait for your pic/vid/review!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Right Coast Rider View Post
    Diamondback Corporate is the way to go if you have access to their discounts, and you do not need to be near their headquarters. I'm on the other side of the country, but have access to them through work. Just got my Release 3 with free shipping. I haven't seen anyone who can come close to their price. Unfortunately, I'm now working out of town, so haven't had a chance to ride it yet.
    \

    More input!

    What size did you get? How tall are you/inseam? How's the fit?

    Did you get to ride it yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    Yes DB does charge sales tax but had free shipping. I also think you may want to edit that price out so as not to upset the corporate people.
    My bikes already shipped and now I have to bear the long wait! (only 5 days).
    It's been 5 days... :-)

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    I would have had it today if the idiots at Fed Ex had not misdelivered it!!!!!!!! I should get it tomorrow, so they say.
    I test rode a size large and it felt good. I am 5'9" with a 31 inch inseam, if that helps. I will be sure to give more info once I get my bike. Can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    I would have had it today if the idiots at Fed Ex had not misdelivered it!!!!!!!! I should get it tomorrow, so they say.
    I test rode a size large and it felt good. I am 5'9" with a 31 inch inseam, if that helps. I will be sure to give more info once I get my bike. Can't wait!
    Dirt bags!

    Once you get it setup, let me know how the seat height works out. That's the only sticking point before I order mine!

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    Finally got it! I just put my pedals on and pumped up the tires. I will go for a ride later today and will report! The seatpost is just a ballpark of my preferred height but it seems to fit me well.
    (reflectors have been removed now, I will not be seen on the trail with such a fashion faux pax)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    Finally got it! I just put my pedals on and pumped up the tires. I will go for a ride later today and will report! The seatpost is just a ballpark of my preferred height but it seems to fit me well.
    (reflectors have been removed now, I will not be seen on the trail with such a fashion faux pax)
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    Congrats on the ride!

    I see your model didn't come with a dropper. If you could, let me know what seat height you wind up settling on. That's a large? So the BB to seat clamp should be 19"?

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    I'll sling a leg over a medium and a large in a day or 2

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    Release: Any owners yet?-ak0vfuth.jpg

    Wow I love this this thing! I did a short 4 mile ride to dial in suspension pressure, but was amazed on how natural it felt and how smooth it was! Coming from a 29er HT is a huge difference. My old Spec. Enduro (2001) also feels so primitive! I'll give more details as I go on more rides, but so far it is great!

    Yes the size large is 19in BB to top of the seat tube. I am running the seat height at 27 inches BB to seat rails (8 inches of seat tube showing). I will be transferring my old dropper post and 1x gear soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
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    Wow I love this this thing! I did a short 4 mile ride to dial in suspension pressure, but was amazed on how natural it felt and how smooth it was! Coming from a 29er HT is a huge difference. My old Spec. Enduro (2001) also feels so primitive! I'll give more details as I go on more rides, but so far it is great!

    Yes the size large is 19in BB to top of the seat tube. I am running the seat height at 27 inches BB to seat rails (8 inches of seat tube showing). I will be transferring my old dropper post and 1x gear soon!
    Definitely keep the details coming.

    Great news about the seat height. I think the dropper minimum seat height is ~210mm so just a tad over 8". Is 31" your "jeans inseam" or your "REAL inseam"?

    The bike looks great in the wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    You get that beauty out of the box yet? Can't wait for your pic/vid/review!

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    Finally out of the box. I didn't get a pic snapped just yet. First impression of the Release 3: Nice spec, feels like a good build. Cable routing looks much better than in the pictures. I compared the weight, via the heft method compared to my Scott Spark 750, and it was fairly indistinguishable. I'll try to get it on a scale. Assembly was easy, just attach the wheel and hook up the dropper. Probably took longer to remove the packing material than anything. It comes with a shock pump, pretty decent looking pedals, some spare zip ties, and a few manuals for the fork, shock, and dropper. I started to get the shock setup but with 2' of snow on the ground I couldn't do much more than that. I will say the paint looks much much nicer in person as well. I'll be headed out with it this weekend to Fruita, CO. I'll get some video and pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    Finally out of the box. I didn't get a pic snapped just yet. First impression of the Release 3: Nice spec, feels like a good build. Cable routing looks much better than in the pictures. I compared the weight, via the heft method compared to my Scott Spark 750, and it was fairly indistinguishable. I'll try to get it on a scale. Assembly was easy, just attach the wheel and hook up the dropper. Probably took longer to remove the packing material than anything. It comes with a shock pump, pretty decent looking pedals, some spare zip ties, and a few manuals for the fork, shock, and dropper. I started to get the shock setup but with 2' of snow on the ground I couldn't do much more than that. I will say the paint looks much much nicer in person as well. I'll be headed out with it this weekend to Fruita, CO. I'll get some video and pics.
    Thanks for a quick update; definitely snap few photos/video if you can.

    And thanks to Darth Pinche for his posts, too - Release 1 does not look too bad either (much better than the stock pics). Decisions, decisions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    Finally out of the box. I didn't get a pic snapped just yet. First impression of the Release 3: Nice spec, feels like a good build. Cable routing looks much better than in the pictures. I compared the weight, via the heft method compared to my Scott Spark 750, and it was fairly indistinguishable. I'll try to get it on a scale. Assembly was easy, just attach the wheel and hook up the dropper. Probably took longer to remove the packing material than anything. It comes with a shock pump, pretty decent looking pedals, some spare zip ties, and a few manuals for the fork, shock, and dropper. I started to get the shock setup but with 2' of snow on the ground I couldn't do much more than that. I will say the paint looks much much nicer in person as well. I'll be headed out with it this weekend to Fruita, CO. I'll get some video and pics.
    What size did you order? What are your dimensions?

    I really look forward to your pics/vids!

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    Well that's one way to solve the sizing question! Baller!

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    I'm 5'6", so I went with a small. I went into a performance and sat on a medium and felt too stretched out, the bars are really wide. If I have to get a slightly longer stem on the small it's not a big deal. Oh, the rims are pretty darn wide, and give the tires a pretty sweet profile. Can't wait to get on this puppy tomorrow.

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    Release: Any owners yet?-0dqjffah.jpg

    Yes the 2.35 tires are huge with the wider rims! I went out to weigh the bike and using my bathroom scale it is about 33 pounds with my pedals (347grams). The reviews said the release 3 was 30 lbs, so I assume the fork and drivetrain makes the difference. I'll lose a little going to 1x10 and maybe tubeless, but will add a little with my eten dropper. I do want to transfer my old seat though. The oem WTB has a nice shape but it is very grabby vinyl. I prefer my ancient WTB ti railed Rocket V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNUSS View Post
    Sorry, failed to mention that I ordered a large.

    I have outfitted it with the tubeless setup that came with the bike. Just had to purchase some sealant. This probably dropped about 1/2lb of rotating mass off the bike.
    Do the tubeless rim strips come already installed? Mine came with the tubeless valves in the box of goodies, but no rim strips in the box. Cool mud fender though (along with shock pump and keychain)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
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    Yes the 2.35 tires are huge with the wider rims! I went out to weigh the bike and using my bathroom scale it is about 33 pounds with my pedals (347grams). The reviews said the release 3 was 30 lbs, so I assume the fork and drivetrain makes the difference. I'll lose a little going to 1x10 and maybe tubeless, but will add a little with my eten dropper. I do want to transfer my old seat though. The oem WTB has a nice shape but it is very grabby vinyl. I prefer my ancient WTB ti railed Rocket V.
    33 is about what I'd expect. Most of those reviews alluded that the Release 3 was MORE than 30 lbs. I don't think they ever want to spec a specific weight.

    What size dropper are you installing?

    What method of 1x10 are you planning?

    Those tires do look mean.

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    I am transferring over my KS eten 100mm remote dropper. I am also moving over one of my Raceface narrow wide rings. For now I'll use my 24t and mini bash ring but later when I get a new wide range cassette I'll put in my 30T NW ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    I am transferring over my KS eten 100mm remote dropper. I am also moving over one of my Raceface narrow wide rings. For now I'll use my 24t and mini bash ring but later when I get a new wide range cassette I'll put in my 30T NW ring.
    You'll have no trouble getting proper seat height with a 100mm dropper.

    Nice plan on the 1x.

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    I bought a cool Raceface Ride crankset a few months ago for my 29er but can't transfer it because it is not Boost compatible. Oh well, the wife gets a free upgrade for her bike!

    FWIW, the Diamondback recommendations for psi are pretty good. Body weight +10 for the shock and 50% body weight for the fork. Both are working pretty well so far for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatLakesWaterman View Post
    I'll take picks when they are opened.

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    You get those open yet?

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    Not yet. I won't see them until Monday or Tuesday. Sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatLakesWaterman View Post
    Not yet. I won't see them until Monday or Tuesday. Sorry

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    Fair enough. You could have sent them to me to watch after for the weekend...I would have assembled them and sized them up for you :-)

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    Ha! Indeed

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    Well, I set my seat on my El Oso to what I believe would be the equivalent minimum height for a Large Release and took it for a ride tonight. It looks like that height would work well for me so I think I'll be ordering up a Large on Monday!

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    I added my dropper and my 1x gear! I love this bike. I rode faster and longer than I usually do on my favorite trail. It just feels so planted, smooth, nimble and fast! Since my dropper is externally routed, I chose to route the cable along the top tube. The Release 2 has the cable go down the downtube and up the seat tube from behind. I tried that by found that as the seat goes down, the cable bows out near the rear tire. No bueno. So along the top works just great!

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    So the big question is whether you have 50mm of exposed seat post with the 100mm dropper on the large frame or not.

    Great pic in the wild btw!

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    I measured my post and from the top of the seat tube to the top of the collar on the dropper is 85mm. On my particular dropper post, the seat tube on the medium would be below the minimum insertion line (17 vs 19 in), so large is the right size for me.

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    Just got back from Fruita/Grand Junction. I rode the Release 3 on lunch loops. Lots of technical riding on Holy Cross, and Free Lunch. Very smooth ride on the DH. I'm going to swap out the 30t front ring for a 26t. That will let me climb better, and give me a low gear ratio that's the same as when I was on a 3x10 setup. Takes a lot of power to make the longer technical climbs with current gear ratio, and the slack front end wanders a bit more than my xc bike. I'll get the feel for it before too long. Having granny gear will help. Easy to wheelie, and just fun. It's going to take some getting used to riding with wider bars, some places were pretty tight squeeze. I'm still getting it setup height wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    Just got back from Fruita/Grand Junction. I rode the Release 3 on lunch loops. Lots of technical riding on Holy Cross, and Free Lunch. Very smooth ride on the DH. I'm going to swap out the 30t front ring for a 26t. That will let me climb better, and give me a low gear ratio that's the same as when I was on a 3x10 setup. Takes a lot of power to make the longer technical climbs with current gear ratio, and the slack front end wanders a bit more than my xc bike. I'll get the feel for it before too long. Having granny gear will help. Easy to wheelie, and just fun. It's going to take some getting used to riding with wider bars, some places were pretty tight squeeze. I'm still getting it setup height wise.
    Still waiting for the pics!

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    I was surprised how fast I got used to the wider bars. I was riding with 720mm before but the 780's feel very good. I did hit one bush on my last ride, but I am sure I will adapt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Szy_szka View Post
    Still waiting for the pics!
    Only got one. Not sure how to rotate the view. Doh!
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    Nice photo! Looks you are using all of your fork travel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    Just got back from Fruita/Grand Junction. I rode the Release 3 on lunch loops. Lots of technical riding on Holy Cross, and Free Lunch. Very smooth ride on the DH. I'm going to swap out the 30t front ring for a 26t. That will let me climb better, and give me a low gear ratio that's the same as when I was on a 3x10 setup. Takes a lot of power to make the longer technical climbs with current gear ratio, and the slack front end wanders a bit more than my xc bike. I'll get the feel for it before too long. Having granny gear will help. Easy to wheelie, and just fun. It's going to take some getting used to riding with wider bars, some places were pretty tight squeeze. I'm still getting it setup height wise.
    Looks great. How does the suspension work? On the 3 you have really premium component spec!

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    For me, the optimal height of the seatpost while climbing is with the dropper extended fully and the post clamped about 1/4" out of the frame.

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    Did you set the shock sag at 40 percent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNUSS View Post
    For me, the optimal height of the seatpost while climbing is with the dropper extended fully and the post clamped about 1/4" out of the frame.
    5'11 with a 31" inseam on a Large just to confirm what was posted earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatLakesWaterman View Post
    Did you set the shock sag at 40 percent?

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    For the shock, I tried 40% but it felt too soft, but it still did not bottom out. 30% sag worked very well for me. I am running about 20% sag on the fork but it still feels a little stiff for me. Maybe it still needs to break in? My old Manitou Minute became more compliant after 5-or 6 rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    Check with REI if there is one near you, some of them carry the nicer Diamondbacks.
    REI will order the bike as if you are going to buy it and if you ride it and don't like the fit they will take it back no questions asked.

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    Hey just a heads up to any owners, check the bolts on your rear derailleur hanger.

    I was talking to the Diamondback mechanic at my local park where they do demos and he said some bikes coming from the factory (direct buy) have had loose bolts on the hangers. I never bothered to check, he did and they were really loose. Everything else was solid. Loving this bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatLakesWaterman View Post
    Not yet. I won't see them until Monday or Tuesday. Sorry

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    Did you get to see them?

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    I placed my order yesterday for a Large 3. I'm stoked! I plan to go tubeless day 1 and then ride it as-is. I'm hoping by starting with the 3 I won't have to mod much.

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    Congrats! Please post about how easy it is to go tubeless. I read one review that said the rims make for a very tight fit. Going tubeless is on my upgrade list next.

    New photo!:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    Congrats! Please post about how easy it is to go tubeless. I read one review that said the rims make for a very tight fit. Going tubeless is on my upgrade list next.
    Looks great!

    I'm hoping the rims come pre-taped and all I need to do is swap out the valves and throw in a few ounces of sealant.

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    Mine came with the tubeless valves in the box of accessories, so I also assume the rims are pre-taped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    Mine came with the tubeless valves in the box of accessories, so I also assume the rims are pre-taped.
    Straight from the source:
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    Rim tape is already installed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    Looks great. How does the suspension work? On the 3 you have really premium component spec!

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    Sorry for the slow response. The suspension is great. Very little bob pedaling, and felt soooo good on the going down hill. I did very little by way of setting up the suspension, aside from setting up the rear sag. It was a last minute trip, and literally pulled it out the box at 8pm the night before. I wanted a first run to see how it felt. I'm a bit out of shape so the climbs were rough, especially in the heat. I did order at 26t chainring for the front, so my granny gear would be the same as when I was on a 3x. I've never had trouble getting speed downhill. It's the slackest bike I've ridden. Very easy to get the wheel up over obstacles, and did I mention it was really fun downhill? I traded the grips for red ones, and I should be getting the new ring tomorrow. I'll post pics when it's all setup- I think the red grips look pretty badass if I don't say so myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    Sorry for the slow response. The suspension is great. Very little bob pedaling, and felt soooo good on the going down hill. I did very little by way of setting up the suspension, aside from setting up the rear sag. It was a last minute trip, and literally pulled it out the box at 8pm the night before. I wanted a first run to see how it felt. I'm a bit out of shape so the climbs were rough, especially in the heat. I did order at 26t chainring for the front, so my granny gear would be the same as when I was on a 3x. I've never had trouble getting speed downhill. It's the slackest bike I've ridden. Very easy to get the wheel up over obstacles, and did I mention it was really fun downhill? I traded the grips for red ones, and I should be getting the new ring tomorrow. I'll post pics when it's all setup- I think the red grips look pretty badass if I don't say so myself.
    Great review. I'm completely stoked to get mine hopefully next week. As I contemplated the 2 vs 3 level (I wanted a dropper so the 2 was as "low" as I could go) I made a list of all the differences:

    Monarch RT3 Debonair to Plus RC3
    Pike from RC to RCT3
    Crank from Affect SL to Turbine
    Derailleur and shifter from GX to X1
    Tires from Performance to Snake Skin
    Brakes from DB5 to Guide RS
    Seat from Race to Pro
    Dropper from Supernatural external to Lev Integra

    It all seemed like a worthy upgrade package for the price difference.

    I can't wait to see your pics. Any chance you bought a red chainring?

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    I almost went red for the chainring, but stuck with black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    I almost went red for the chainring, but stuck with black.
    That 26T is going to go on the 64mm BCD? Does it compensate for the change in chainline?

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    The Race Face cranks use cinch, so pretty easy change. I ordered the ring, and the park bb tool that was recommended. I'll have to adjust chain length I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    The Race Face cranks use cinch, so pretty easy change. I ordered the ring, and the park bb tool that was recommended. I'll have to adjust chain length I'm sure.
    Oh, even easier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    Oh, even easier!

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    So they say! It arrives today, and it's cold and wet, so pretty much a perfect day for working on it. I'm really impressed with the build kit overall. I do need to fuss with the rear derailleur a bit, could shift better. After the first ride the headset loosend up a bit too, but that's not uncommon compared to other new bikes I've been on. The Guide RS brakes are great, I really like them. It was funny, in Fruita some guys had carbon frames, fancy rims, but I had better components. Definitely a little fork and drive train envy coming from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    So they say! It arrives today, and it's cold and wet, so pretty much a perfect day for working on it. I'm really impressed with the build kit overall. I do need to fuss with the rear derailleur a bit, could shift better. After the first ride the headset loosend up a bit too, but that's not uncommon compared to other new bikes I've been on. The Guide RS brakes are great, I really like them. It was funny, in Fruita some guys had carbon frames, fancy rims, but I had better components. Definitely a little fork and drive train envy coming from them.
    Maybe check the rear derailleur hanger? There were reports some were loose from the factory. That's an X1 back there, should shift great!

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    Several chain guide bolts and cable guide bolts have been loose.

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    They were a bit loose.

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    New chainring installed, and new grips. The chainring wasn't as easy as the videos made it out to be (is it ever?). I still probably need to remove a link or two to compensate for the smaller ring though. Didn't have a chance to ride it after the work. I don't plan on any more changes.

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    Looks great. The red grips really work to balance out the rear.

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    Has anyone weighed the stock Diamondback 35 bar and stem? I wonder if they are heavy and worth upgrading?

    I find them a little low so an considering a bar with more rise.

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    Just got word from my LBS that the Large Release 3 is back-ordered until June .

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    How about ordering online? REI or similar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    How about ordering online? REI or similar?
    I confirmed the back order with DB directly. Even ordering through them is backordered I was told.

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    Sorry you have to wait, but nice to see the bike being a success so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Pinche View Post
    Sorry you have to wait, but nice to see the bike being a success so far!
    Or they only made a few. LOL

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    Just got off my first ride on a familiar trail. They chainring swap was certainly worth it. I am VERY pleased with how the bike climbed. In the middle setting, zero bob. Downhill was really fun and smooth. Sucker wants to run. I still need to mess with some suspension settings, but wanted a ride or two before doing so. Nonetheless, I'm very happy with the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichno View Post
    Just got off my first ride on a familiar trail. They chainring swap was certainly worth it. I am VERY pleased with how the bike climbed. In the middle setting, zero bob. Downhill was really fun and smooth. Sucker wants to run. I still need to mess with some suspension settings, but wanted a ride or two before doing so. Nonetheless, I'm very happy with the bike.
    Sure, just keep rubbing it in. LOL

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