climbs. Out-of-the-saddle climbing was also well-rewarded, as the
rear end didn’t seem to bob or soak up much of our energy.
Cornering: The Release 3 is excellent in a variety of corners—
from sharp switchbacks to flowy berms. Wide handlebars provided
ample leverage to lean the bike over and the Level Link suspension
stayed firm, allowing us to push out of the corners while maintaining speed. The short chainstays gave our test riders the ability to
whip the rear end around, and the slack head tube angle gave us
stability in high-speed turns. Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires hooked
up to loose sections of the trail well, making the Release 3 an
exhilarating bike to rip around corners.
Descending: The Diamondback Release is an all-around blast
to ride when the trails point downhill. Its slack head tube, wide
bars and 150-millimeter fork love to shred the trails with ease
while inspiring confidence in the rider. The rear end seemed to
float over obstacles, and although we bottomed out the shock on
a few drops and jumps, we didn’t feel that it slowed us down. The
Release is a fully automatic trail weapon ready to tackle whatever
you throw at it.
Long-travel front: Diamondback placed a 150-millimeter-trav-
el RockShox Pike up front to complement the Release’s 130
millimeters of travel in the rear. The Release’s 6-inch-travel fork
is extremely capable of blasting down chunkier trails with ease
Level Link suspension: Diamondback’s Level Link suspension
was specifically designed for the Release to optimize traction
and climbing efficiency on the way up while also rewarding riders with an active and plush feel on the way back down.
A true trailbike: Trailbikes are built to
balance climbing efficiency and downhill
capabilities with little to no compromise.
Diamondback’s new trailbike, the Release 3,
is a prime example of this balance, earning it
the right to be considered a true trailbike.