Diamondback Mason FS Review

Apr 2, 2013
by Mike Levy  
 
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Diamondback
Mason FS
WORDS Mike Levy
PHOTOS Ian Hylands

While the words 'long-travel' and 'twenty niner' are not often married together in the same sentence, with the 5.5''/140mm travel Mason FS, Diamondback is looking to shake up our perception of where and how we see the big-wheelers being ridden. Yes, there are a handful of other 29ers out there that can match the Mason FS in the suspension department, but for the time being at least, the category is limited to only a few other major players. And those other options have received enthusiastic nods of approval from testers, which is why we were so keen to see Diamondback's take on the same breed of bike. There is also more to the Mason FS than just how much travel it has, though, with important updates to their Knuckle Box bell-crank rear suspension layout, and relaxed geometry figures that let potential owners know that this is a bike for the brave. If you are finding yourself a bit worked up at this point, cool your jets because the Mason FS is slated as a 2014 production bike, although you can expect it to ship well before we close down our current year.


Diamondback Mason FS Details

• Intended use: trail/all-mountain
• Rear wheel travel: 5.5''/140mm
• 'Knuckle Box' rear suspension
• Tapered head tube
• ISCG-05 chain guide tabs
• 12 x 142mm rear E-Thru-axle
• Dropper post cable routing
• FOX Float CTD shock, Kashima
• FOX 34 140 CTD, Kashima
• Weight: 31.8lb
• Sizes: sm, med (tested), lrg, xlrg
• Frame only MSRP: TBA
• MSRP: TBA

Squeezing 5.5'' of rear wheel travel into a chassis designed for 29'' wheels takes a bit of doing, and you can see by looking at the Mason FS that Diamondback has gone to great lengths to create a package that allows this to happen. A stubby 4'' tall head tube fitted with an integrated headset helps
to keep the cockpit relatively low given the 5.5'' of fork travel, and the bike's top tube drops away sharply to allow for some crotch-level safety room. Interestingly, rather than the common junction up front, the head tube itself is mated nearly entirely to the massive front section of the down tube, with the top tube being attached to the top of down tube with a massively long weld. The same sturdy looking theme runs through the front triangle, with the shock mounting taking place at a welded-on bridge that spans the top and seat tubes. In order to make room for the rear wheel as it comes to the later stages of its travel, an exceedingly curved seat tube is positioned far forward from where one would expect to see it, although this ties saddle height together with cockpit length due to it changing more than usual depending on height. Bolt-on aluminum cable guides hold the bike's lines in place, including the routing for a dropper post that is tucked in under the top tube, and a set of ISCG-05 chain guide tabs make it possible to add a single or dual ring guide.

Out back, long 18.2'' chain stays (also to allow for rear wheel clearance) sport a 12 x 142mm E-Thru axle, as well an extremely beefy looking clevis-style pivot arrangement that appears to be lifted from a downhill bike. The Mason FS also sees a bridge tying the left and right seat stays together, an update to the layout that is permitted thanks to the clearance-adding curved seat tube. In case you haven't picked it up yet, the story line at the rear of the Mason FS is all about adding rigidity, no doubt a goal due to the added forces being applied by the larger diameter 29'' rear wheel and long chain stays.

Diamondback Mason FS
  Diamondback's Knuckle Box suspension is all about evolution instead of revolution. The bell crank layout is a proven performer that doesn't get the respect it deserves.


Clevis pivots are used out back, and the dropouts are extremely beefy.

Knucklebox Suspension Explained

We've explained exactly how Diamondback's bell crank 'Knuckle Box' suspension layout functions in previous looks at both the Mason FS and their 6'' travel Mission platform, but evolutions in the design makes it well worth taking another run through. With the rear axle attached to the main element (the chain stays), the system is essentially a single pivot layout that employs a linkage to activate the shock and control the leverage ratio. Just like with any other linkage bike, this allows the Mason FS's designers to tune the system to their requirements, which is a supple top end for small bump compliance that transitions into a slightly progressive curve that works well with the air shock that the Mason FS is fitted with. While Diamondback has admittedly taken some heat in the comments for sticking with their Knuckle Box system while competitors debut flashier designs, we applaud them for choosing to refine the system into what we have to say has become an impressive performer. Pure function over fashion with this one.

The evolution of the Knuckle Box design focuses in on the bell crank itself, with it now being located directly on the down tube instead of sitting above the tube on a welded-on extension as still seen on their other models. The bell crank's aluminum main pivot axle passes directly through the down tube and, just like elsewhere on the bike, aluminum hardware holds it in place. This change in location has allowed Diamondback to widen the bell crank unit, an update that, along with the new seat stay bridge, should add even more lateral stiffness to the rear of the bike.



Avid's powerful four piston X0 Trail brakes slow the Mason FS down.
Component Spec

Our Mason FS test bike is expected to be a 2014 model year bike (although availability should happen in late 2013), so although we don't expect the production bike's spec to change drastically, it may differ from what you see here. Having said that, we hope it doesn't change too much. Diamondback has fitted a set of Race Face's spectacular SIXC carbon cranks, complete with a dual ring and bash guard setup that suits the bike's intentions well, and a clutch-equipped SRAM Type 2 X0 derailleur to keep noise and dropped chains to an absolute minimum. Easton's high-end Haven lineup figures in proudly, with their tubeless compatible wheels and stealth bar/stem combo present. A bike like this demands a dropper post as stock equipment, and we fully expect (and hope) to see the production Mason FS come with the RockShox Reverb that our test bike was fitted with. FOX's top tier Kashima-treated Float CTD shock is coupled with an equally deluxe FOX 34 CTD Talas fork, making for an all air sprung suspension package.

Specifications
Release Date 2014
Price
Travel 5.5''/140mm
Rear Shock Fox Float CTD
Fork FOX 34 140 CTD w/ Talas
Cassette SRAM PG-1070 10spd 11-36
Crankarms Race Face SIXC
Bottom Bracket Race Face
Rear Derailleur SRAM X0 Type 2 10spd
Chain SRAM 10spd
Front Derailleur SRAM
Shifter Pods SRAM X0 10spd
Handlebar Easton Haven
Stem Easton
Grips DB4L Lock-on
Brakes Avid X0 Trail
Wheelset Easton Haven
Tires Kenda
Seat Diamondback
Seatpost RockShox Reverb
Diamondback Mason FS




Riding the Mason FS


  The Mason FS is a surprisingly energetic climber that won't punish its rider for hard out of the saddle efforts.

Climbing
Having spent time on Diamondback's 152mm travel, 26''-wheeled Mission Pro last season, we expected the Mason FS, which uses the same Knuckle Box suspension layout, to be a relatively efficient climber from the the get-go. The big Mason FS not only met those expectations but easily surpassed them, surprising us with how the bike quietly went about ascending without fuss. Regardless of gear choice, the rear end simply refused to be upset by pedalling influences, remaining remarkably calm and level, even with the FOX Float's CTD lever flipped to the wide open 'Descend' setting. This was the case regardless of what chain ring we were using, allowing us to put our focus on getting to the top of the climb rather than reaching down to flick the CTD switch to a firmer setting. There is, of course, no getting around the fact that the Mason FS is no flyweight fighter, but we have to say that when faced with a long grinder of a climb we'd likely pick the Mason FS before any number of boutique trail bikes that weigh in at five and six pounds less. How's that for surprising?

  Big days in the saddle didn't feel quite so long thanks to how well the Mason FS pedals.

Our impressions aren't quite so flattering when it comes to tackling a technical climb where line choice matters much more, with the long Mason FS requiring a lot of forethought as to where we wanted to place its tires. This wasn't unanticipated, and the approach required to close the deal on the trickiest of ascents is to understand and make the best use of the Mason's strengths. That is, leaving the FOX shock set to wide open to allow for maximum traction and forgiveness (remember, the Mason FS is impressively efficient), staying seated to weight the long 18.2'' chain stays, and thinking ahead - plowing straight up a pitch and riding like you're angry at the world will very likely get you and the Mason FS into a clutch situation that the long and slack-ish bike may not able to maneuver out of. It goes without saying that giving the FOX 34's Talas dial a turn in order to steepen the front end and speed up the handling will benefit your cause.

Diamondback has never been a company to produce mega-lightweight mountain bikes, but rather no-nonsense and sturdy machines that often make sense for many riders. This approach may not be as sexy as a carbon fiber trail bike that comes to the ring with a fighting weight of a cross-country race bike, but the Mason FS proves that there are far more important factors than bulk. A climber that rivals the efficiency of much shorter travel bikes, although not the best overall package for ultra-technical terrain, the 5.5'' travel Diamondback is best suited to those riders who depend on access roads and less-technical climbs to get to their descents.

  With big 29'' wheels and a long wheelbase, the Diamondback feels comfortable pointing it down the worst of the worst.


The key to getting the most from the Mason FS is to commit to the corners.
Handling
Solid and predictable are two words that come to mind when trying to summarize the Mason FS's personality, although, on the other side of the coin, the bike lacks that stimulating personality that some riders thrive on. Chunky, stepped terrain is swallowed up in a way that had us continually getting faster on the bike as we grew more confident in its abilities, no doubt a trait that can be traced back to its long-ish wheelbase and forgiving suspension, and we quickly learned that the Mason FS rewards a bit of a 'monster truck' approach to getting through the worst of the worst. Naturally, a playful rider will be able to jump on the Mason FS and have a lot of fun, but the Diamondback certainly has a more subdued ride quality to it than some other options. That sort of observation could easily be taken as a negative mark on the bike's report card, but it also made for a very self-assured ride in situations where other bikes may not be so sure-footed.
We rode the Mason FS back-to-back on the same trails as a number of other 29ers, a few 650B-wheeled bikes, and even a few 26" (gasp!) trail bikes, all of which have handling qualities all their own. Of the bunch, the Diamondback certainly asks its rider for a bit more input when it comes to cornering. Much like when approaching a technical
climb, we found that we had to initiate the corner a bit earlier on the Mason FS, and with a touch more body English, in order to feel the bike want to open up and carry more speed. This is to be somewhat expected given that the Mason FS is heavier, longer, and has a slightly slacker head angle than the others. It is for this reason the bike really starts to come into its own as the speeds pick up and the ground gets rougher, and this is also where we really took notice of just how stiff the new Mason FS chassis really is. We often found ourselves with the front end in the air as we chose to manual into the chunder and let the rear end deal with it, although the bike's long rear-to-center length meant that it could take a serious pull to get the front up.




Suspension
With its 140mm of rear wheel travel mated to a 140mm stroke FOX 34 fork, the Mason could certainly be considered a long-travel 29er, and it offers a ride that challenges the notion of what 29ers are capable of. Much like when we tested the Mission Pro last year, the Knuckle Box suspension and FOX Float rear shock seem to be tailor made for each other, offering a ride that literally had us neglecting to be take note of exactly what the rear of the bike was doing under us. It has been said that suspension you forget about in use is well set up, and that is certainly true when it comes to the Mason FS. As mentioned previously, the back of the bike remained peaceful and undisturbed under pedalling load, but it also brushed off anything we could throw at it on the downs. Hard and sharp impacts were well muted without much of the expected jarring being fed through to us, and we didn't feel a single hard bottom despite running 35% sag out back.

While the immensely forgiving suspension was certainly a benefit when riding the bike aggressively, it was also likely an attributing factor in the Diamondback's desire to stay planted to the ground. It is for this reason that we found ourselves running the Mason FS with a touch less rebound damping than we usually would, giving a bit more spring to the life of the bike. Up front, we preferred a firmer setting for the FOX 34 fork, along with a quicker rebound speed that matched the back of the bike.

While we admit that we were mightily impressed with how well Diamondback's Knuckle Box worked in conjunction with the FOX Float CTD shock fitted to the bike, our final day on the Mason FS ended with a blown shock and no damping near the end of a ride. We literally can't recall the last time a FOX shock failed on us, and Diamondback has assured us that the bike's leverage ratios are very close to their other Knuckle Box-equipped bikes, meaning that we are putting the issue down as an aberration.

Other Ride Notes
• While the spec on our test bike isn't exactly what will be on the production Mason FS, it was pretty close. We're hoping that the bike's lightweight Race Face SIXC cranks are on that list - light, stiff, and with bearings that spin and spin, they are among our high-end favorites.

• As we've mentioned before, clutch-equipped derailleurs make for a massive improvement when it comes to noise and dropped chains. The Mason FS was very quiet, which the SRAM Type-2 derailleur plays a major role in.

• The Easton Haven wheels on our test bike employ a sealed rim bed that makes tubeless conversions a cinch, although they will likely ship with tubes from the factory. Do yourself a favour and pour some Stan's fluid into each tire to prevent the majority of flat tire issues that may arrise by using tubes.

• We've now spent quite a bit of time on Avid's X0 Trail brakes (expect a review soon), mid-weight stoppers that use four pistons and large pads to increase power, and many riders will compare them directly to Shimano's four piston, DH-oriented Saint brakes. Our thoughts? Saints are still the outright king when it comes to power, but we have to say that the X0 Trail package has more a more useable feel in light to medium force scenarios. That is the large majority of braking moments, which means less accidental skidding and more control.



Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesThe ideal Mason FS owner would be a rider who takes charge of their bike on the downs and isn't afraid to hang it all out there in the name of speed. The bike is deceivingly effective on hard terrain, so much so that it is a bit of a sleeper; many well-to-do riders partial to boutique brands will likely underestimate just how capable it is. That is their loss, though, because those aggressive riders who are in the know will be able to get the most from this bike. Sure, it probably wouldn't be our first choice if all of our climbing took place on technical singletrack, or if we spent most of our time descending on ultra-smooth terrain, but the big Diamondback is a great choice for rough and challenging trails that might make a fly-weight 29er cower. - Mike Levy


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87 Comments

  • + 22
 Any chance you guys could stick with either Imperial /or/ metric for measurements please?
  • + 0
 + 1 for that.
  • + 7
 Yeah that is odd. They should just always give both, or stick to metric.
  • + 4
 Always both, then you can always compare geometry to similar bikes.
  • + 4
 Metric!! This is an international site isn't it? Wink
  • + 2
 When you have to get your conversion calculator out somethings wrong! Step up your game PB Razz Metric plzz
  • + 2
 Systeme internationale.
  • + 2
 can the world just stick to metric? Damn...5280 feet in a mile...why are we still doing that?
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  • + 14
 I demo'd this at JensonUSA in Riverside. It outright felt confidence inspiring like a DH bike, yet was much easier to pedal. I thought it was a trampoline out of the saddle though. Both Masons (FS and HT) had seriously stiff front ends, which I *really* like. It was like a bull, charging head first into everything. You could be on the front brake, in a forward position on a steep DH section, and it would feel really comfortable and in control, able to let you turn if you wanted to. The sleeper effect is its downside though; it makes stuff *too easy* and if you don't have something to challenge it, it won't really be that fun. For the trail I rode it on, I eagerly pedaled it back up since it allowed me to experience the downs in a way I never before imagined. It's one of the few bikes I demo'd that I actually want to ride again--it's a rather unique ride I haven't felt from any other bike before. I basically called it a honey badger, as it just didn't care when you sent it speeding through rough sections, eating up obstacles so smoothly that you barely even felt them. It's not one of those responsive flickable bikes... I don't know how to really sum it up. It's just really a f'ing capable beast of a bike that seems like it'd be home on a big mountain with big FR lines. I'd call it a Yeti ASR7 in 29er form, but this seems to be ready to go even bigger and faster.
  • + 2
 I haven't had a chance to give this bike a full ride yet, but I did hit up a long day on trail with Diamondback rider Eric Porter on his Mason FS last month. He was absolutely charging everything - from technical descents to jump lines to tight switchbacks to sustained double-track climbs.
  • + 3
 WHY CAN'T ALL COMMENTS BE LIKE THIS?! Thank you for the helpful firsthand info. The whole time I was reading the article I was dreading getting to the comments and having to wade through all the "dur 29ers at so gay" bullshit just to find some worthwhile input, I'm seriously considering a diamondback frame as our shop is a dealer. Thanks again.
  • - 6
 looks like a trek session



































u mad bro?
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  • + 12
 18.2 inch stays? So much for manuals... Other than that, way to DB,nice.
  • + 2
 this thing is a stretch limo for sure. I think that is where the confidence and lack of technical climbing ability come from. All the DB full sus rigs are long, but this takes all the cake.
  • + 13
 Get over the chainstay lengths... lots of bikes have had long stays and riders have still been able to manual them. You either adapt or you weren't any good at riding them to begin with.
  • + 2
 Im with dee. I rode Rocky's RM bikes for years with 18inch+ chain stays... Does'nt make it a "playfull" bike but you get used to it. And a lot of it also has to do with your body position over the rear wheel. Sometimes stability prevails. This is not the kind of bike you buy to hit the skatepark with, know what I mean?
  • + 8
 no deeeight the point isnt that its impossible to manual with long stays, it just isnt fun. My enduro has 16.5" chainstays and its a blast to ride. I have ridden bikes with stays 1-2" longer and can still manual them but it just is not nearly as fun to ride on the trail.
  • + 5
 Different bikes though call for different geo's. I know the trend has been to shorten the holy hell out of chainstays on trail bikes, and Im in support, so long as it's an "all-mountain shredder" type of bike. Im not saying this bike should or shouldn't have 18.2 inch chainstays- I have not ridden it. I have no real opinion on it. All Im saying is that geo spec's are often taken out of "context" meaning the bike is built for a purpose and every measurement is part of the equation. It shouldnt be like "oh I can't ride that bike it's got a 67 degree head angle" or "the stay's are not short enough, garbage!" .......
  • + 2
 I rode a Ventana El Rey 29er setup AM style with a 130mm fork and thru axles at both ends for a season and was amazed at how well it could manual, and that frame has similar length chainstays as the Mason.....the numbers don't always mean everything.
  • + 4
 Dee, how about you get over yourself? its got nothing to do with being "good at riding them" - I AM good at riding them. Shorter stays turn sharper and are more playful. Of course it will still manual, just not as readily as something like the Enduro...

I actually think its a pretty cool bike, just thought the stays are kinda long, sheesh. Can't have an opinion that's not kissing something's arse.
  • + 0
 @jerry... get over yourself... you think that ONLY shortening the stays makes a bike turn sharper? The head angle and fork trail has no bearing? How about the actual wheelbase ? For that matter, this is a 29er... they handle differently. What works for your bike won't for some other bike. Compared to other 29ers in this travel category, the toptube lengths are much shorter, and the standover heights are lower also.
  • + 0
 This bike seems like it would be a blast to ride! looks kinda like a Giant Trance X 29er to me. www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/trance.x.29er.0/11514/55872
  • + 8
 For hopping and manualling CS length isn't the only thing that matters, bb drop is at least as important and that's where wheel size comes into play.

In order to make a bike turn quickly you need the bb to be low relative to the ground, with 29 inch wheels this means having a lot of bb drop (i.e. vertical distance between bb and axles). For manualling you need quite a high bb relative to the axles (because that way the tipping point comes earlier) which means having as little bb drop as possible.

If you take 26" wheels it's possible to have a bb height that is both low enough to the ground for the bike to corner as well as high enough relative to the axles for it to hop and manual properly as well. In the case of 29" wheels there will always be a trade off - it's less easy to build a bike that can do well at both.

This is where CS length comes matters. Combining a low bb with super short CS (like my Honzo) can compensate a bit for this. For the few that are still reading, this is why you can't compare the Mason to 26ers with long stays.
  • + 1
 Why can't I edit my post?
  • + 1
 There's a time limit on edits
  • + 1
 I should've proof-read it a bit better then, as I see some small typos. Not regarding content though. The worst thing is going to uni to hand over an assignment, only to to discover small typos on the way down there when it's too late to correct..
  • + 6
 @ the geometry police: In my opinion, the stays are long for my taste. I'm not commenting about general bike design, what makes what work, pi or the age of the planet.... I'm commenting on the bike at hand and how IT works.

@ Dee: You make assumptions about my knowledge, ability and exaggerate my response - I didn't say "ONLY" for anything. And my ability to ride them good or bad is irrelevant. My bike, and "what works for it" in regards to this discussion is also irrelevant - I said nothing about 'my bike'. (you don't even know what bike(s) I am riding). But apparently, I don't know what I'm talking about...

So, what did PB say?

"the Mason FS rewards a bit of a 'monster truck' approach to getting through the worst of the worst"

"certainly asks its rider for a bit more input when it comes to cornering"

"we had to initiate the corner a bit earlier on the Mason FS, and with a touch more body English"

"as we chose to manual into the chunder and let the rear end deal with it, although the bike's long rear-to-center length meant that it could take a serious pull to get the front up"

"lacks that stimulating personality that some riders thrive on"

Its not playful (unless you're going fast - which I can appreciate) it is not a quick turning bike, and it is not easy to manual... (I'm not saying that PB says its "BAD" either, just highlighting the non playful traits). Its basically a 29er plow bike, which is pretty cool, just not my cup of tea.
  • + 3
 @jerryhazard If you read my comment you'd notice my conclusion is that short CS are essential if you want a nimble 29er.
  • + 3
 DB seems to focus on putting the rider inside this bike. This one maybe more than most. I think it will appeal to a limited crowd, but for them it will be the sweetest thing ever.
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  • + 5
 Every year I read such great reviews of Diamondback biks yet every time I bring them up at bike shops they try to push me towards a different brand. For some reason everyone has issues with diamondback around new England. Well, I'll be rocking a Diamondback mason 29er next summer, so I'll have to let them take it for a test ride, to change their attitude.
  • + 3
 Diamondback bikes don't have the best "rep" only because they didn't make top performers for several years. Myself, I try to be objective and not associate Diamondback with mid level bikes, but many can not. The truth is, these newer models over the past few years have been awesome. I have not ridden one but review after positive review and a notable progression in build quality and spec. have me wanting to try one out.
  • + 1
 I have a DB recoil comp and the thing is dope. It can handle anything you wanna throw at it from local trails to a day at highland. Wish i was rich, i'd scoop up the Mason and The scapegoat Smile
  • + 6
 The Scapegoat is a sweet rig.
  • + 1
 Take a look at my 2010 mission. I'd love the through axle, but otherwise I wouldn't change a thing!
  • + 1
 I agree, they have come along nicely as a company and I wouldn't rule them out for my next purchase.
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  • + 5
 For a bike with wide-ranging possibilites, I don't mind a slack seat tube. When the seat is up and you want to pedal, the cockpit is nice and stretched-out. When the seat is low and its technical, the cockpit is shortened and you have all the room in the world. The downside is it when the seat is up there is more leverage on the rear suspension, but who doesn't mind a cushy ride on anything but an XC race bike?

Nice looking bike. Looks like a tool made for a job not an exercise in marketing.
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  • + 3
 Sounds like a classic 29er. Good for more of a plowing rider who wants stability, not as good for more of a more playful finesse rider. Neither is wrong or right, just depends on your style. Myself, I think I fall into the latter group, I can't see myself enjoying a bike with almost 19" chain stays. But it'd be fun to try, that's for sure. I'm sure most will write it off because it's DB right off the bat, but I've never been one of those people...
  • + 2
 I for one am stoked about their comeback, having been around before they went walmart: one of the first 2 or 3 bikes I ever lusted over was a DB, probably before '95.
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  • + 4
 Best thing to do is test ride it. If you like it better than anything else you've test rode go for it. Dont let the local bike shops tell you what's good for you...
  • + 1
 Good advice!
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  • + 2
 I'm not considering a 29er, or for that matter a 650b, but the topic is important in the bike world. And Pinkbike does just that, report on the bike world. So ease up with the "you never", and my personal favorite, "because of this article, i'm never coming back to your site". Chill Winston....
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  • + 1
 Pretty mean looking for a niner. I respect Diamondback having seen their beginnings in BMX in the 80's. Sticking with my 26 (DH, AM, and a DJ), just don't see the point of going big and having to adjust my riding style to be a trend follower. Great bike for xc guys who grew some balls, though.
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  • + 2
 The X0 Trail is more likely to be compared to the Shimano SLX/XT/XTR lineup. The Codes remain the full-on DH brake from Avid (like the Saint for Shimano)
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  • + 2
 How's the butt clearance going down the steeps? Looks like you're practically sitting on the rear wheel.
  • + 9
 I think that's a general 29er problem. Now we get skid-marks on the outside of our shorts.
  • + 3
 Just lay off the doughnuts and you'll be fine.
  • + 1
 @mtbken Consider how steep the drop is in Mike's picture.
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  • + 4
 Holy chain stays!!!'
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  • + 2
 Sounds like a fun bike to try. But is it me or does it look kind of strange?
  • + 1
 It's pretty much the same silhouette as the other high-end Diamondbacks - the Sortie and Mission. Just modified for the long-travel and the big wheels.
  • + 1
 Despite the similar silhouettes the bikes in the DB line up have been getting very different the reviews.This is what Vitalmtb had to say about the Sortie
"Who might be a good fit for the Sortie 3 29? Someone who enjoys a super stable, comfortable ride that stays planted to the ground will delight in this ride. The bike is best suited to smooth, flowy trails with little elevation difference so you can motor along without having to worry about flex, power loss, or the ability to pick up over rocks." - not a very flattering
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  • + 1
 Dear Diamondback: Nobody cares about the 29ers!!! BALL THE F*CK UP AND PUT YOUR F*CKING DH BIKE ON THE MARKET!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 2
 Mason...What do the numbers mean?...
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  • + 2
 Talotell don't you have got a brain or do you fucked to much with your dog
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  • + 2
 I don't want the Bike. I just want the landscape.
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  • + 1
 Back with a Bang! Great looking bike!
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  • + 0
 I really dig the geometry of this bike. How the head tube/top tube/bottom tube come together is downright sexy.
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  • + 2
 Looks soo cool......NOT.
  • - 1
 AT LEAST SOMEBODY AGREES WITH ME.....thank u sir, we are some of the last true mtn bikers around
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  • + 1
 I love his matchin top and bag!
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  • + 0
 I'm ride faster than U...29er so cool.
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  • + 0
 I WANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 0
 love the 29er,they are the best for field
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  • + 0
 I like it...I'd ride her...
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  • + 0
 Thats some good masonry!
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  • + 0
 I want one!!!
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  • + 0
 Amazing bikes!
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