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    Diamondback Mason, another slack All-Mountain long travel hardtail (full specs)

    Seems like a solid build. Can't seem to find a price, but I'm going to say $2500ish.

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    Saw this get loaded onto JensonUSA's site today: Diamondback Mason 29Er Bike 2013 > Complete Bikes > All-Mountain & Trail Mountain Bikes | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop. They have it one penny below $2500. Looks like you could maybe run an FD if you have weak legs like me. I'd be interested in the frame, but it doesn't look like they're a frame only option on either Diamondback's site or Jenson's.

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    Nice find on the pricing.

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    For what it's intended for, but for a few personal preferences (brakes, grips,saddle), it looks like a great build.
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    Rather fetching, like the specs, SLACK , but I love my Yelli to much.
    Wonder if it can take a double ring?

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    Slacker HT angle compared to Paradox and Yelli. But both Paradox and Yelli have shorter chainstays.

    66.5 maybe too slack. I had a 26er with a 66 HT angle and it was not that great handling for xc.

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    Hit the nail on the head there old son

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    very strange tire choice, but other than that, pretty legit.

    wobbem, in the pic above there seems to be a cable stop high on the seat tube, and of course it already has the direct FD mount, so yeah double ring compatible.

    although having done plenty of 5k feet climbs on my yelli 1X10 on steep singletrack, I don't see the need for a double ring up front on a hardtail. YMMV and all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renovatio View Post
    Slacker HT angle compared to Paradox and Yelli. But both Paradox and Yelli have shorter chainstays.

    66.5 maybe too slack. I had a 26er with a 66 HT angle and it was not that great handling for xc.
    And yet the Kona Honzo has still the shortest CS length of any non-custom AM frame.

    Quote Originally Posted by frorider View Post
    although having done plenty of 5k feet climbs on my yelli 1X10 on steep singletrack, I don't see the need for a double ring up front on a hardtail. YMMV and all that.
    I concur. Even with a 1x9, I'm finding plenty of gearing with a 12--36 cassette and 32T up front. Never going back to running a derailleur up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by padrefan1982 View Post
    Saw this get loaded onto JensonUSA's site today: Diamondback Mason 29Er Bike 2013 > Complete Bikes > All-Mountain & Trail Mountain Bikes | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop. They have it one penny below $2500. Looks like you could maybe run an FD if you have weak legs like me. I'd be interested in the frame, but it doesn't look like they're a frame only option on either Diamondback's site or Jenson's.
    The Diamondback site says it will be available frame only:
    "The Mason comes in a Raw Red paint scheme and is available as a frame only or a complete bike in four sizes: SM (15.5"), MD (17"), LG (19"), XL (21"). With all of the new 29ers on the market, isnít it great to know that our gravity oriented friend can play too?"

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    Other than the questionable HA the Mason HT is my nephew's ultimate all-mountain ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    And yet the Kona Honzo has still the shortest CS length of any non-custom AM frame.


    I concur. Even with a 1x9, I'm finding plenty of gearing with a 12--36 cassette and 32T up front. Never going back to running a derailleur up front.
    Yeah but its a Kona

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renovatio View Post
    Yeah but its a Kona
    Your point, there is none. I love my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Your point, there is none. I love my bike!
    I know I don't have a point, I own a Kona (Big Unit) too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renovatio View Post
    Slacker HT angle compared to Paradox and Yelli. But both Paradox and Yelli have shorter chainstays.

    66.5 maybe too slack. I had a 26er with a 66 HT angle and it was not that great handling for xc.
    At first glance, the 66.5 degree head angle may seem too slack...but...consider this:

    The 29er that I built and ride has a 67.3 degree head angle with a Fox 34 set at 110 mm. With the fork set at 140, it's 66.5, but I never ride it that way.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/29er-bikes/we...il-760939.html

    This may be the same as the DB with a 34 - although you may be able to run it at 140, many may prefer to run it at 110.

    But back to that slack number. Note that the 34 has a 51 mm rake, whereas the normal Fox 29er 32 mm forks have a 44 mm rake (my memory may be slightly wrong, but it's close).

    When I built my blue 29er, I wanted it to have the same trail figure as my other 29er. That bike has a 68.5 degree head angle with the 32 fork set at 95 mm. The end result is that they both have the same trail but with very different head angles.

    This also means that the DB's trail with a Fox 34 @140 is the same as a 29er with a 68.5 degree head angle with a Fox 32 @ 95 mm.

    In short, one geo spec doesn't tell the whole story.

    While the Honzo may have the shortest CS of production 29ers, you can't use a front derailler on one at the shortest setting.
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster1200 View Post
    While the Honzo may have the shortest CS of production 29ers, you can't use a front derailler on one at the shortest setting.
    What's a front derailleur?

    I'm finding 1x9 plenty sufficient these days, one the best changes that I've made (right after switching to bigger wheels). I don't miss a front der. at all.

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    With 11 month old twins and a concurrent home remodel, I'm not in as good of shape as before...I need that smaller gear up front if I'm going to be hitting some hills!
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    This one aint a hardtail!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrniceguy42 View Post
    This one aint a hardtail!
    No, and it looks rad. Link here.

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    Just bought mine off jenson. I'm 5'10 and decided on a medium.
    Last edited by shredjekyll; 10-29-2012 at 01:44 AM.

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    Sweet! Grab some pics and let us know your initial impressions.

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    Small and Mediums should be in at the Corona Jenson store this Friday.

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    Whoever hates their mason, sell it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveagibsonsg View Post
    Whoever hates their mason, sell it to me.
    Don't think anyone has one yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredjekyll View Post
    Don't think anyone has one yet
    Yep. Still waiting on mine. I was a little pissed when I saw that Dirt Rag got a large, then I found out that it was a Demo bike making it's rounds to Mags and sites for testing. Hopefully for Diamondback the bike doesn't get too much negative press before mine ships.

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    29 inches is covering it Diamondback Mason: First Impressions

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    Sorry to revive an old thread, but it seems the best place to go. It has been long enough for some of you to have tested the Mason. What are your thoughts so far? I've read the reviews and they seem to have been done with short test rides. Also, anyone try out different tire sizes? What's the maximum size you can fit in the rear? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreuther View Post
    Sorry to revive an old thread, but it seems the best place to go. It has been long enough for some of you to have tested the Mason. What are your thoughts so far? I've read the reviews and they seem to have been done with short test rides. Also, anyone try out different tire sizes? What's the maximum size you can fit in the rear? Thanks.
    You might want to check out this thread http://forums.mtbr.com/diamondback/mason-ht-821296.html
    there is a little more info there.

    I'm going to try and do a more lengthy write up when I get a chance. But I absolutely love the Mason, it's done everything I've wanted and more. And a quick answer about the tires, I have 2.4 Ardents on mine and there is plenty of room to spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matmattmatthew View Post
    You might want to check out this thread http://forums.mtbr.com/diamondback/mason-ht-821296.html
    there is a little more info there.

    I'm going to try and do a more lengthy write up when I get a chance. But I absolutely love the Mason, it's done everything I've wanted and more. And a quick answer about the tires, I have 2.4 Ardents on mine and there is plenty of room to spare.
    Thanks for the link, that was exactly what I was looking for. Glad to hear about the Ardents. Just ordered the bike and tires.

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    Some shots of my buddy peaches slayin' on his Mason FS.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8690885387/" title="Untitled by emailsucks98, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8534/8690885387_1ff6ba777c_c.jpg" width="532" height="800" alt="Untitled"></a>


    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8692007494/" title="Untitled by emailsucks98, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8263/8692007494_8db1e89f8b_c.jpg" width="800" height="531" alt="Untitled"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8629687165/" title="Untitled by emailsucks98, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8629687165_7b2cbfe7ff_c.jpg" width="531" height="800" alt="Untitled"></a>

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    Looking good! I am so jealous, can't wait for mine to arrive.

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    How did he manage the FS? DB guy or does he work in the industry?

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    I have been riding my Mason HT since January

    Overall: love it. Does exactly what the marketing told me it would

    I live/ride in the PNW (seattle area), and the Mason has replaced my 6" travel Commencal Meta 6. I haven't missed a beat, in fact I'm riding much uphill faster, much faster on twisty singletrack, and bombing downhill almost as fast. Certainly going downhill there are times I miss the rear shock, but its not often, and the big tires have made some lines I struggled with before smooth now. On skinnies and ladders the geometry of the frame allows for a high degree of balance; you can really maneuver it well at slow speed.

    Changes I've made:
    • I put 2.35 tire on front, and switched the 2.2 Kenda to back
    • Upgraded chainring guide (highly recommended) (to MSP G3)
    • Swapped out seat (stock seat is just ok)


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