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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?

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
    "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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