HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Suspension setup: Diamondback spec’d the Release Carbon
with Fox Shox’s new Performance Elite suspension, which has
dampers similar to their Factory suspension components but with
black anodizing on the upper tubes instead of Fox’s Kashima
coating. Suspension setup tips can be found at RideFox.com. We
decided to use the base setting following Fox’s recommended sag
of 20 percent in the fork and 30 percent in the rear.
Moving out: The Release Carbon is a confident trailbike with
modern geometry and attention to detail. Diamondback focused
on spec’ing parts that avid riders would really want, such as an
aftermarket SouthPaw dropper remote, MRP chainguide and a
shuttle guard to protect the downtube from becoming scratched by
tailgate pads. Diamondback also included a mud fender, a shock
pump and a spare derailleur hanger to help get and keep its
customers out on the trails.
Climbing: The Release 5C Carbon has an efficient pedaling
platform thanks to Diamondback’s Level Link suspension design
and Fox’s DPX2 shock. While the shock may be a little too plush in
the open setting for out-of-the-saddle climbing, Level Link shines
during seated technical climbs. Long fire-road climbs required
some of our test riders to flip the three-position compression
lever one click for a firmer and more efficient platform. As we
approached steeper climbs, we noticed our front end tracked the
ground well, and the short stem and wide bars placed our riders in
a comfortable position.
Cornering: The Release 5C Carbon takes full advantage of
its wide Maxxis tires and Fox suspension when railing turns. Our
test riders were pleased with the aggressive tread pattern on our
Minion tires and found the bike felt well balanced despite the
difference in travel from the front to the rear. The long, slack and
low geometry also contributed to the Release’s ability to quickly
navigate the trails.
Descending: Diamondback’s Level Link suspension design may
only give the Release Carbon 130 millimeters of travel, but it feels
like a lot more. Our test riders found themselves charging into trail
features without fear, knowing the Release would take care of any
uneven ground that got underneath them. Riders who push their
rear suspension hard may want to look into adding volume spacers
to the shock to prevent a harsh bottom-out; however, we rarely, if
ever, bottomed out our bike during our testing.
Braking: The Release 5C Carbon uses SRAM Guide RS brakes,
and while we’ve had our battles with these brakes in the past,
Glued to the trails: The Release
Carbon uses its wide tires and
active suspension to help keep
its riders glued to the trails.
Spread your wings and soar: SRAM’s new 12-speed Eagle
drivetrain removes any doubt riders previously had about 1x
drivetrains. Eagle provides more than enough gearing on both
ends; however, the best part of it all is that Diamondback was
able to offer this top-notch drivetrain while keeping the Release
Carbon at just $4400.
Going wide: The Release 5C Carbon is ready to shred any local
trail with its 2.5-inch-wide front tire. We wouldn’t exactly call this
tire plus-sized, but it sure hugs the ground well and allowed us
to run lower tire pressures.