|Product||Diamondback Release 29 2 Bike|
|Sizes and Geometry|
S, M, L, XL
|Frame Material Details||Hydroformed alloy tubing, internal cable routing for dropper post|
|Rear Shock||FOX Float DPS EVOL LV, Performance, 3-position lever, 200mm x 57mm, 22.2mm mounts|
|Fork||FOX Rhythm 34 29", GRIP, sweep adjust, 110mm x 15mm thru-axle|
|Head Tube Diameter||Tapered|
|Headset||FSA No. 57 sealed cartridge|
|Handlebar||Diamondback 35 alloy, 780mm width, 15mm rise|
|Stem||Diamondback 35 alloy, 50mm length|
|Grips||Ergon GE10 Evo lock-On|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX M7000 with 180mm rotors|
|Brake Levers||Shimano SLX M7000|
|Shifters||Shimano SLX M7000 Shadow Plus, 11-speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano SLX M7000 Shadow Plus, GS, 11-speed|
|Cranks||Race Face Aeffect Cinch, 175mm length (170mm length for size S)|
|Chainrings||30 tooth, steel, direct mount, narrow wide|
|Bottom Bracket||Race Face, outboard bearing|
|Pedals||Diamondback CNC platform, sealed cartridge bearing, replaceable pins|
|Chain||KMC X11EL, 11-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano SLX M7000, 11-speed, 11-46 tooth|
|Rims||Diamondback Blanchard 28R, tubeless ready, 32 hole|
|Hubs||Alloy, sealed cartridge bearing, Center Lock, Boost 110x15mm front, 148x12mm rear|
|Spokes||14g stainless steel|
|Tires||Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.3" EXO, TLR, Folding|
Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29 x 2.3" EXO, TLR, Folding
|Saddle||WTB Volt Comp|
|Seatpost||TranzX YSP32FL internal dropper, trigger remote, 125mm (S), 150mm (M), 170mm (L, XL)|
|Seatpost Clamp||Standard single bolt|
|Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions||12mm x 148mm|
|Max. Tire Size|
|Bottle Cage Mounts||Yes (one on bottom of downtube)|
|Warranty||5 years main frame, 1 year swingarm and Diamondback components|
|Miscellaneous||Level Link suspension platform|
Includes: tool kit, shock pump, tubeless valves, mud guard, chainstay protector, carbon paste
The Release 29 2 is the lankier sibling of the Release and Catch full-suspension mountain bikes. Designed for high-mileage days with a high shred factor, this aluminum trail ripper is built on the same 130mm travel Level Link suspension platform as its smaller-wheeled siblings. We’ve adjusted the geometry for 29-inch wheels while keeping the same playful attitude that our Level Link bikes have become known for.
The Fox Float DPS Performance shock is outfitted with an EVOL LV air sleeve for excellent responsiveness and a bottomless feel to soak up the worst on steep, technical terrain. A 140mm travel Fox Rhythm 34 fork, Shimano SLX drivetrain, and hydraulic stoppers let you stay focused, no matter what the trail dishes out.
The Release 29 2 on the other hand features a Fox Float DPS Performance shock with EVOL LV air sleeve and Fox Rhythm 34 fork with Grip Damper up front. A Shimano SLX 1 x 11 drivetrain with RaceFace crank propels the bike and SLX hydraulic brakes slow things down. Diamondback Blanchard rims are wrapped in Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 29×2.3″ EXO tires, and a KS E30i dropper rounds out the build.
Squishing around on 140mm and 130mm of front and rear suspension respectively, the Release 2 29er looks like another solid offering from the long-running Diamondback brand. The 446mm chainstays are a bit on the long side for a 29er trail bike, and coupled with the shorter 449mm reach on a size large, these measurements should provide a stable and glued-to-the-ground ride. The 67.7° headtube angle leans 1.7° steeper than the original 27.5-inch-wheeled Release, giving the impression that Diamondback redesigned more than just the rear wheel spacing for this new frame.
The Release 29 2 features 130mm of rear travel through Diamondback’s Level Link system, and a 140mm travel Fox Rhythm 34 fork, giving you plenty to work with for almost any trail.
Diamondback continues using their Level Link Suspension, which is a linkage driven four bar design that was originally designed to limit chain grown and decouple pedaling input from suspension performance. It is similar to other VPP designs with a very short lower link that remains parallel to the chain line. The suspension is designed to be very sag dependent as it will spend most of it’s time in the middle of the stroke.
Some current owner comments
"Amazing, love this bike!"
"Always been a Diamondback fan."
"What a monster of a bike."
"Huge respect to Diamondback, I love my new bike."
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