BIKE TEST / DIAMONDBACK RELEASE
The Release goes carbon
RELEASE 5C CARBON
The Diamondback Release was first launched in 2016, and later graced the cover of our July issue due to its value-driven price and its ability to tackle rough terrain.
The following year Diamondback made a few spec changes and
added a few more color options; however, behind the scenes,
Diamondback was working on a new addition to its fleet—the
Release Carbon. We met up with the Diamondback crew to see
this new machine in person and to bring it back to the MBA
testing lab. Miles and miles of singletrack later, the verdict is in
on the all-new Release 5C Carbon.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Release Carbon is a capable trailbike built for the rider who
wants to explore new trails and shred familiar ones. Diamondback
designed the Release with short chainstays, a slack head tube
angle and mixed travel, which gives the bike a flickable feel and
allows riders to turn the trails into a playground. Riders best suited
for the Release are ones who enjoy climbing as much as they do
descending and flow trails as much as technical, rocky ones. The
Release is a well-rounded, do-it-all bike perfectly tailored for the
trail rider who demands versatility.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Release Carbon features a monocoque carbon frame
with internal cable routing, a threaded bottom bracket and
Diamondback’s Level Link suspension design. The bike has 130
millimeters of travel along with a 150-millimeter-travel fork. The
longer-travel front end gives the Release a slack head tube angle
and enough travel to conquer larger trail features, while the
shorter-travel rear end aids in pedaling performance. The Release
has Boost hub spacing to increase stiffness and comes spec’d
with an MRP chainguide attached to its ISCG-05 tab.