A ;little over three years ago Diamondback, hoping to spice up its lineup, turned its attention to building the ultimate trailbike with the help of top pro riders Eric
Porter and Mike Hopkins. Porter, a long-time Diamondback
rider, told the crew that he enjoyed the feeling his bike had
when he installed a slightly longer-travel fork, further slackening the head tube angle and giving the front end a plusher feel.
This longer-travel front end soon became the goal for the new
Release from Diamondback. The bike was then engineered
from the ground up with a newly designed suspension platform, allowing the bike to feel balanced with a mixed amount
of travel. Diamondback’s three years of hard work resulted in
a trailbike designed to fulfill the needs of everyday trail riders
looking to conquer any terrain.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Diamondback Release 3 is built to satisfy the needs of
trail riders with any trail-riding ambition. It’s not afraid to tackle
a steep climb, nor does it shy away from rocky descents. The
Release has a playful side, allowing it to be tossed around the
trails, but at the same time its plush front end allows riders to
charge down the middle of a trail without a second thought.
The Diamondback Release 3 was designed to shred trails by
day and allow riders to exchange high fives by night.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
In the Diamondback Release lineup you’re not going to find
a carbon superbike frame, but don’t think that holds this alloy
bike back. Diamondback’s hydroformed aluminum frame offers
a Boost 148 rear axle, ISCG mounts and a redesigned suspension system called Level Link. Level Link suspension has two
key characteristics that make it perform as well as, if not better than, Diamondback had hoped for. When the bike is sagged
for a rider’s weight, its upper link becomes perpendicular to
its lower link, providing the rider with an active feel that also
maximizes traction. The lower link, on the other hand, stays in
line with the chain, minimizing pedal feedback throughout the
bike’s travel. Level Link closely resembles several other dual-link suspension systems; however, Diamondback’s twist puts
Level Link in a category of its own.
JULY 2016 / MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION 55
RELE ASE 3
Brand new from the ground up