2013 Diamondback - Sortie Black 29 - Win One!

Jul 26, 2012
by Brad Walton  
 
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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.

2013 Diamondback Sortie Black 29 er

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.

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Eric Porter sliding around on his Diamondback Sortie 29 r on his home trails

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.

2013 Diamondback Sortie Black 29
Eric Porter rides the Diamondback Sortie 29 er

Diamondback pro rider Eric Porter shows off his Sortie 29'er in front of the lens of Justin Olsen on some epic Utah singletrack:

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Eric Porter rides the Diamondback Sortie 29 er

bigquotesThe Sortie 29 has become my go to bike for XC. It climbs awesome and is ripping on the descents, too. - Eric Porter

Eric getting some early morning light on his Diamondback Sortie 29er

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!

For more info, visit www.diamondback.com
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88 Comments

  • + 18
 It is so cool to see DB making so many believers. When I got mine 2 years ago all the locals where pretty shocked. My older brother only just started appreciating my mission's beauty
  • + 1
 your mission looks great! i would go single up front with a 10 or 9 speed in the back. i did it to my mission an i love it
  • + 2
 I did for a while, but I have to climb to much to stick with it. I need my granny
  • + 5
 ok nice bike and components, but would you really pay 7K for an aluminum trail bike? i'm just saying, at that price it should be carbon. ok haters, let the neg props come in!
  • + 1
 After 4k's it all seems relative
  • + 4
 I'm not going to neg prop you on that. I completely agree. I feel the same way about a lot of the Norco range. If it's over $5K I want the strength of carbon. I'd mention weight as well, but I'm not a weight weenie, taking a dump before a ride for me effectively negates the 1/2 - 2 lbs difference in frame weight. Wink
  • - 1
 My frame gets nailed by big rocks several times a week. Is carbon going to take that for years on end? What about the used bike amrket? I don't want a used carbon frame, but I'd buy these all day long.
  • + 2
 @taletotell Have you seen this first video? They say Sven Martin had the white nomad for two years before they did the test on it.

www.pinkbike.com/news/Video-of-the-Month-February-2012.html
  • + 3
 Someone seems to be a little late to the party. Carbon's stronger than aluminum, welcome to 2012.
  • + 2
 I have seen that video and yes in that way it is true, but solid pointy impacts crack resin. Easton makes baseball bats out of the stuff. They are great, but they last two seasons max. The aluminium bats get passed on to children's children.

I am not worried about a colossal fail. I am worried about it cracking and then being useless.

And i know bikes aren't bats, but my point about the resin still stands. Am I wrong about this? Is resin not harder but more brittle than aluminum? If I am wrong then okay, but even the bodies of supercars are worse for wear from road pebbles.
  • + 1
 Im not completely sure but I do believe that Aluminum has a higher tolerance to Impact force whereas carbon is stiffer and has a higher tensile strength. How much do decent carbon down tube protectors weigh?
  • + 1
 And that is a valid consideration, but for me it means that aluminum is still a viable high end material.
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  • + 13
 I will soon be able to sell those bikes with all that diamondback knowledge
  • + 8
 still havent gotten my "email" from the last diamondback win it entry, any one else in the same boat?
  • + 3
 Same here, been waiting since yesterday Razz
  • + 1
 i havent gotten the email for any of the quizes....
  • + 1
 Ive done all four quizes, passed them all, still no email after a day or two...
  • + 1
 Same here...
  • + 1
 It states one entry or you get voided, is that more than one entry per bike? Btw, i just received my confirmation email for the scapegoat
  • + 1
 I did, but it took a couple days...
  • + 1
 Im assuming its one enrty per bike...
  • + 2
 Took a day, but I got my email. Also, nockiseo, according to the rules each bike is separate drawing, so you can go ahead and do one for each! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Yup, got my first one after 2 days haha
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  • + 6
 Are people actually buying/riding DB bikes? I live in Italy and haven't seen one anywhere.
  • + 1
 The only DB bikes coming into Australia are being sold in supermarkets.Having raced there BMX stuff in the early 80's through to the 90's i have been looking for one here to buy for nostalgic reasons but after seeing there new stuff i want one coz they are bloody nice.
  • + 1
 Yeah, just looked at the local website available from big W! Woohoo!
  • + 1
 It is really hard to find a high end DB on the east coast of the USA, let alone outside the country. I bought mine through the shop I worked at that only sold low end. You can buy them off of Amazon and pay an arm and leg for shipping. As more people want them I am sure distribution will grow.
  • + 1
 That's a shame. My first mtb was a diamond back ascent, for my 18th my parents bought me some RST mozo pros to put on there (ditched the elastomers asap and went to springs) quickly upgraded to lx v brakes, sun rhino lite rims and IRC missile tyres. The thing was terrible, but the thought of owning another DB is enticing for sure
  • + 2
 Never seen one in BC either. DB was a very strong brand when I was growing up in Toronto.
  • + 9
 Italy is a company called 42 cycles. they will be distributing all the range for 2013 and will have stock in Nov 2012. Any other Euro DB questions Im your man!
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  • + 3
 Hey all… We apologize if you have not received the confirmation email from us. Our web team is working to ensure that you all have this now and you should be receiving this shortly. The email confirmations go out in batches each day. If you have not received your confirmation email, you may want to check your spam filter as it’s likely that it landed there. Those who still not get one may have typed in their email address incorrectly.

The majority of entrants have already received theirs though. I can confirm that.

Thanks for your patience.
  • + 2
 Good on you guys for responding to the community about it and for how much you've turned around in years past. Loving the new lineup. If I ever get a 9er, it's going to be that Mason. The thing is damn beautiful.
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  • + 7
 i think it's most beautiful niner i've ever seen.
  • + 0
 oh, i ment the same as you linked. I thought it's the same model, just another colour finish. so this link is nr.1 and then this. Smile
  • + 0
 haha yeah the other one is the mason fully this is the sortie black Wink
  • + 2
 Agreed,this is as good as i have seen....I still like the Bandit 29er but i think this is just as good in the looks dept
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  • + 1
 I reckon the reason you don't get an email is because when you sign up there's a box at the bottom saying something along the lines of "send me emails on product updates etc"... so, if you don't tick that box you won't get emails, including the one for this, no?
  • + 1
 Nope, it just takes a few days.
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  • + 1
 So am I just out of it, or is the "knuckle box" the same as the last gen commencal bikes? Not to say there is anything wrong with it, because i have more product respect for the commencal brand, and if its good enough for them, then a DB might not be so bad...
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  • + 4
 Well now been 24 hrs and still have no confirmation email back? Anyone know what the deal is?
  • + 5
 2nd diamond back comp i've entered - no emails for both
  • + 4
 I've entered everyone of these free bike giveaways with Diamondback and have yet to receive any kind of confirmation at all.
  • + 2
 be interested to know if anyone else has?...
  • + 1
 i have. for all three..
  • + 2
 i've entered all three and had no emails
  • + 1
 @sethd What browser did you use? Maybe that makes a difference?
  • + 1
 no emails for any of them here
  • + 1
 i used google chrome
  • + 1
 It took them 4 or 5 days for them to send me the confirmation emails, and i got all 4 at one time. When they say sit tight they mean go do other stuff and check your email later.
  • + 1
 Cept they said 24 hours. I probably disqualified myself by doing it again. Oh well
  • + 1
 yeah i got the emails in the end
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  • + 1
 So i contacted diamondback to find out whats the dealy-o. They said they only respond if mars lines up with jupiter on the third tuesday of a full moon...... Just playing they only do a bunch of responses a day and to sit tight and you will get a response. Also check your spam folder. Uuuuummmm ssspppaaammm.
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  • + 5
 they've managed to make a good looking 29er. class.
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  • + 1
 Not sure what I'm doing wrong with these comps. I can't get to the web page. (Macbook Air with OS X using Safari). I get stuck on a digital certificate page and can't get past it.... :-(
  • + 1
 im using my macbook pro and ipad 2..i just downloaded google chrome since safari blows. try chrome
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  • + 3
 first photo: that seat post is nasty and the stem looks like it came right from an argos bike!
  • + 4
 (walmart bike to people who live outside the UK)
  • + 0
 haha, agreed about that seatpost. what the hell.... everything else, as in all the work diamond back has done, looks nice!
  • + 3
 Sooo, I'm kinda dark about diamond back here in aust, I just had a look at their local product line at
Www.diamondback.com.au
Are we getting any real diamond backs here?
  • + 2
 Seriously? That's an Easton ec70 carbon post and ea90 stem. That's high end shit right there.
  • + 0
 yeah....high end shiz....and every super model is attractive right? lmao
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  • + 1
 Nice bike even though it a 29errrr. Look like you can pedal that til the cows come home. I could ride to creek from nyc on that bike. Good luck on dominion with the 29s lool...
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  • + 0
 if i win this bike can you send JUST the XTR drivetrain i have no need for everything else
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  • + 1
 I never won anything in my life! I will be so stoked if I get it Big Grin
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  • + 1
 damnnn...i'd love to ride a bike like this :S
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  • + 0
 Why doesnt DB fix the problems with the last give away instead? I'm still waiting for that email!!!!
  • + 1
 I got the emails from the other entries today.
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  • + 1
 Bahahahaa manitou
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  • - 3
 an aluminum framed $7000 bike? what has happened to mountain biking...

*sighs*
  • + 5
 Its full XTR, what exactly did you expect it to cost ?!
  • - 1
 I don't know, maybe less than 7 grand maybe?
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