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  1. #1
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    Diamondback Release 5c vs BH Lynx 6

    Hello all,

    I have the experticity prodeal which gives me a pretty amazing discount of BH and Diamondback and I have tried to do as much research on both models to decide what would be a better bike for me. I understand that the 5c is an "all mountain" bike and the Lynx is enduro, so this is not completely apples to apples.

    In my mind, the main detractions from the Lynx is that my this is an older frame (2015 build) and some reviews have indicated that the head tube geometry is not desirable. BH also doesn't have as many reviews on their bikes, but some are more positive than others on the Lynx 6.

    But, the lynx 6 has stock weight of 27.8 lbs coupled with high end components. With experticity, I can get this bike for $3500

    The main detraction for the diamondback 5c is the weight, coming in at 32 lbs, especially considering it has more quality components and less travel when compared to the Lynx 6. The diamondback release 5c seems to have really good reviews, probably better than the lynx and is considered one of the best deals out there. with my pro deal I can get it for $3500.

    What do you think mtbr?

    Here are the specs for the 5c:

    Carbon Release 27.5, Monocoque Carbon Front and Rear Triangle, 130mm Travel, Level Link Suspension Platform, Euro Standard Threaded BB, ISCG-05 Tabs, Boost 148x12mm Maxle Drop Out, 1.5" Tapered Headtube, Post Mount Disc Tabs
    REAR SHOCK: Fox Performance Elite Float DPX2, 3 Position Lever w/ Open Mode Adjust, LV EVOL, 200x57mm
    FORK TYPE: Fox 36 Performance Elite Float, 27.5", 150mm Travel, Fit4, 3 Position Dampener, Rebound Adjust, 1.5" Tapered Steerer, 110x15mm Thru-axle
    HEADSET: FSA No. 57 Sealed Cartridge
    CRANKS: Truvativ Descendant Carbon, w/ 34T Eagle Chainring
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: MRP XCG V2 Alloy Bash Guard, 30-36T, ISCG-05
    REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM XO1 Eagle, 12 Speed
    SHIFTER: SRAM XO1 Eagle 12 Speed X-Actuation Trigger
    COG SET: SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12 Speed, 10-50T
    CHAIN: SRAM XO1 Eagle, 12 Speed
    FRONT HUB: Novatec XD641, 32h Alloy,110x15mm Boost Thru-axle, Sealed Cartridge Bearing
    REAR HUB: Novatec XD642, 32h Alloy, Boost 148x12mm Thru-axle, 4 Sealed Cartridge Bearing, w/ CNC Disc Mount, XD Cassette Body
    SPOKES: 2.0/1.8/2.0 Butted Stainless Steel
    RIMS: RaceFace Arc30, Tubeless Compatible, 32h
    TIRES: Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5x2.5" EXO, WT, TLR, Folding / Maxxis Minion DHR 27.5x2.4" EXO, WT, TLR, Folding
    BRAKES: SRAM Guide RS Hydraulic Disc, w/ 180mm Front / 180mm Rear Centerline Rotors
    PEDALS: DB4L CNC Platform, Sealed Cartidge Bearing w/ Replaceable Pins
    HANDLEBAR: Raceface ffect R, 780mm Wide, 20mm Rise, 35mm Bar Bore
    GRIPS: Ergon GE1 Lock-On
    STEM: Raceface ffect R 35, 40mm Reach, 35mm Bar Bore
    SEAT: WTB Volt Race
    SEATPOST: KS LEV Integra Internal Dropper, w/ SouthPaw Remote, 31.6mm, SM/MD = 125mm, LG/XL = 150mm
    EXTRAS: Owners Manual, Assembly Guide, DB Shock Pump, Tubless Valves, DB Torque Wrench w/ 3mm/ 4mm/ 5mm/ T25 Hex Bits, Diamondback Mud Guard, Extra Derailleur Hanger

    Here are the specs for the Lynx 6.0:

    Tech Specs

    Suspension Travel: 160/160mm
    Group: SRAM XO
    Frame: Lynx 6 Carbon
    Rear Shock: Fox Factory Float 3 Position lever w/DPS and EVOL; 15mm thru
    Fork: Fox Factory 36 Float FIT w/HSC/LSC
    Stem: Easton HAVEN 35 (60mm/S, M; 70mm L)
    Headset: FSA No.42 1.125-1.5"
    Shift Levers: SRAM XO trigger
    Rear-Derailleur: SRAM XO 11spd
    Crank Set: Race Face Turbine Cinch 32T (170mm/S; 175mm/M, L)
    B-B. Set: Race Face PF92
    Cassette: SRAM XG 1175 10-42T
    Chain: KMC XL11
    Front Brake: Shimano XT Trail 203mm rotor
    Rear Brake: Shimano XT Trail 180mm rotor
    Wheelset: Easton Heist 30, tubeless ready
    Tires: Maxxis DHF 60TPI, 27.5x2.3"(front)/DHR 60TPI, 27.5x2.3" (rear)
    Saddle: Prologo Nago X10
    Seatpost: Kind Shock LEV Integra (125mm/S, M; 150mm/L) w/SOUTHPAW lever
    Handlebar: Easton HAVEN 35 (750mm w/40mm rise)
    Specifications are subject to change are the specs on the bike:

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    Ive been trying to find a frame weight on the release, because all the builds on it are pretty heavy. Im wondering if thats an ~8-9lb frame or something. Its got a solid 3-4 pounds on comparable bikes. That's sort of a lot.

    I like VPP quite a bit. Thats a big advantage to me.

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    The VPP is a Yeti technology though.

    These two bikes have either the link level suspension (dB) or split pivot technology (BH)

    I guess I would feel more comfortable going BH if I heard from more guys about their personal experiences with the lynx 6

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    VPP is Yeti?

    Level Link is VPP. I have an aluminum Release 2 and I love it. It pedals amazing. I don't feel the weight, and I've cleared climbs on it I didn't clear on other bikes I've had. I really feel this bike is a hidden gem.

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    My bad VPP is Santa Cruz. I believe the patent or that technology expired though so now DB and other manufacturers have copied it.

    Anyone have any feedback on the split pivot technology on BH bikes vs VPP?

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    Any thoughts on geomertry comparisons? The main criticism on the BH lynx 6 I found online from was that the geomerty was short - HTA is slacker, chainstay and reach are too short:

    So I went ahead and compared side by side geometry of the 5c, lynx 6, and sb6 (just for reference) to see how these bikes compared:

    Lynx 6
    Release 5c

    615 440 100 67 73 335 430
    610 432 110 66 73 350 425 1160
    606 445 121 65 73 345 442 1188

    So it appears to me that the geometry issues spelled out in the bike radar review for the Lynx 6 are really not that significant, or even non-existant - but I am no bike expert.

    Thoughts on the geometry of the BH Lynx 6 and if you see any red flags?

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    Go for the Release 4c and just upgrade as needed later.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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