Diamondback Bicycles Release 29.2 Mountain Bike (October 2020)

Diamondback Bicycles Release Mountain Bike

Diamondback Bicycles Release Mountain Bike

  • ✔ Level Link Design Rear Suspension
  • ✔ Lightweight, Exceptionally Strong Carbon Frame
  • ✔ Boost Maxle Dropout Shock Absorber
  • ✔ 11-Speed SRAM NX Eagle 11-50T Gearing System
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ProductDiamondback Release 29 2 Bike
Model Year2019
Riding TypeTrail
RiderUnisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL
Wheel Size29″
Frame MaterialAluminum
Frame Material DetailsHydroformed alloy tubing, internal cable routing for dropper post
Rear Travel130mm
Rear ShockFOX Float DPS EVOL LV, Performance, 3-position lever, 200mm x 57mm, 22.2mm mounts
ForkFOX Rhythm 34 29″, GRIP, sweep adjust, 110mm x 15mm thru-axle
Fork Travel140mm
Head Tube DiameterTapered
HeadsetFSA No. 57 sealed cartridge
HandlebarDiamondback 35 alloy, 780mm width, 15mm rise
StemDiamondback 35 alloy, 50mm length
GripsErgon GE10 Evo lock-On
BrakesShimano SLX M7000 with 180mm rotors
Brake LeversShimano SLX M7000
Drivetrain1x
ShiftersShimano SLX M7000 Shadow Plus, 11-speed
Front DerailleurN/A
Rear DerailleurShimano SLX M7000 Shadow Plus, GS, 11-speed
ISCG TabsYes
ChainguideNone included
CranksRace Face Aeffect Cinch, 175mm length (170mm length for size S)
Chainrings30 tooth, steel, direct mount, narrow wide
Bottom BracketRace Face, outboard bearing
PedalsDiamondback CNC platform, sealed cartridge bearing, replaceable pins
ChainKMC X11EL, 11-speed
CassetteShimano SLX M7000, 11-speed, 11-46 tooth
RimsDiamondback Blanchard 28R, tubeless ready, 32 hole
HubsAlloy, sealed cartridge bearing, Center Lock, Boost 110x15mm front, 148x12mm rear
Spokes14g stainless steel
TiresFront: Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.3″ EXO, TLR, Folding
Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR II 29 x 2.3″ EXO, TLR, Folding
SaddleWTB Volt Comp
SeatpostTranzX YSP32FL internal dropper, trigger remote, 125mm (S), 150mm (M), 170mm (L, XL)
Seatpost Diameter31.6mm
Seatpost ClampStandard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions12mm x 148mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage MountsYes (one on bottom of downtube)
ColorsPistachio Matte
Warranty5 years main frame, 1 year swingarm and Diamondback components
WeightN/A
MiscellaneousLevel 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.”