Diamondback's Sortie series is Diamondback's approach to the quintessential trail bike. Designed to be responsive enough for challenging epic trail rides or those all day XC grinders, the Sortie is designed to strike a balance of agility and stability. Add 29" wheels to the 120mm travel platfrom, and you have a smooth rolling, lightweight machine fit for conquering the longest of rides. The Sortie is available in 3 standard versions of varying spec and price, and also this "Black" version which is absolutely top shelf head to toe, and retails for $6,999.
Sortie 29 Frame The Sortie features a 6061-T6 aluminum frame with a formed top tube, a formed and butted down tube, a tapered head tube, a seatstay bridge, and a 142×12mm Maxle drop out. Single-sided hardware allows for ease of bearing maintenance without the removal of the crankset. The Sortie Black comes in any color you want, as long as it's black, and is available as a frame only or a complete bike in four sizes: SM (15.5"), MD (17"), LG (19"), XL (21").
Sortie's efficient Knucklebox suspension optimizes pedal power with minimal input to the rear shock. Sitting low within the frame, the Knucklebox linkage keeps the bike's center of gravity down by the bottom bracket for enhanced cornering performance.
Component Spec Sortie Black 29" is specced to the brim with everything you'd find on a XC race bike. 4.5" of rear wheel travel courtesy of a Fox Float RP23 CTD air shock with Kashima Coat, Adaptive Logic, and Boost Valve Technologies pairs up with a Fox 32 Float CTD adjust 29 FIT RLC 120mm travel air fork with taper steerer. A full Shimano XTR package includes XTR 10spd Rapidfire shifters, XTR derailleurs (front and rear), HG980 XTR 10spd Cassette (11-36t), XTR Hollotech Dyna-Sys 10spd Crankset w/ XTR BB (26/38t), HG94 10spd chain, XTR disc brakes with ICE technology 180mm front / 160mm rear rotors. Easton parts round out the spec with a 24-hole EA90 XC, 29" Clincher/UST compatible wheels, an EA90 Stem, an EC70 Carbon post and XC CNT LoRise Carbon 31.8mm wide handlebars. Sortie Black 29 leaves nothing to be desired.
Diamondback pro rider Eric Porter shows off his Sortie 29'er in front of the lens of Justin Olsen on some epic Utah singletrack:
The Sortie 29 has become my go to bike for XC. It climbs awesome and is ripping on the descents, too. - Eric Porter
Win It! Diamondback is giving away a 2013 Sortie Black 29'er to one lucky winner! Visit www.diamondback.com/2013-sortie29-launch to take a quick quiz which enters you to win a 2013 Diamondback Sortie Black 29'er!