Braking: Modern braking performance and a solid suspension
platform make the Release 3’s braking attributes hard to nitpick.
The SRAM Guide RS brakes provided optimal performance, as
they usually do, and the Level Link’s active suspension delivered
braking forces to the ground well, preventing our rear tire from
locking up. Slowing down should be the least of your worries
aboard this Diamondback, so release your brakes and let this
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
The Release 3 has external cable routing, making it a mechanic’s dream to work on, but the mix of cables running the upper
length of the downtube and the large Monarch Plus shock make
mounting a water bottle next to impossible. In fact, there are no
water bottle cage bolts anywhere on the frame, forcing riders to
use a hydration pack or other water supply. Other than this small
complaint, the Release 3 has a great setup right out of the box.
Buyers should be satisfied with this build kit for years to come.
At first glance the Diamondback Release 3’s nontraditional, mismatched color scheme may be a shocker; however, this trail ripper
should not be overlooked. The Release 3 not only packs a punch,
32. 4 pounds
Medium ( 17")
RockShox Pike RCT3
RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir
Diamondback Blanchard 28R
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 27.5x2.35"
W TB Volt Pro
KS LEV Integra
DB35, 780mm, 15mm rise
SRAM Guide RS
SRAM X1, 11-speed
SRAM X1, 11-speed
Race Face Turbine
Race Face Narrow Wide, 30T
SRAM XG1150 ( 10-42)
None ( Weighed with Diamondback DB4L)
DIAMONDBACK RELEASE 3
Bottom bracket height
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
Suspension travel (front)
Suspension travel (rear)
but with its high-end components and impressive value, it also has
a solid-feeling geometry, tested and perfected by Diamondback’s
top pro riders. The 150 millimeters of travel up front is more than
enough to tackle just about any trail, and the 130 millimeters of
travel in the rear will surprise you with its climbing efficiency and
downhill prowess. Diamondback’s latest creation is no catch-and-release; it’s a keeper. ❏
A great combination: The
Level Link suspension and
ground-hugging Hans Dampf
tires make the Diamondback
excel in high-speed corners.
Seriously, just let this thing rip;
it will handle it.
A chain’s 11 best friends: SRAM’s X1 groupset and a Race Face
Turbine crank made up the Release’s 11-speed drivetrain. A 10-42
cassette and a 30-tooth chainring were an unstoppable match for
any steep climb.