Roc D'Azur 2012: Diamondback
Oct 13, 2012
Quietly lurking at the back of the hall, the Diamondback crew had a few gems tucked away on their stand...
| This is their prototype 4-Cross slopestyle bike (yeah, the name confused us too). It's short at the front and back to make it flickable, fun bike.|
| It's built burly though, look at all the bracing out back and a 142x12 rear axle will help keep things in place. The suspension is Diamondback's Knucklebox system that they use throughout their mid and shorter-travel bikes. They weren't giving away many more details at this stage...|
| This is one of the first production version of the DB8 downhill frame, don't expect to see a lot of them though as numbers will be strictly limited. In the UK there will be just 15 of these in circulation, and not a huge number more over in the States. It's got a full 200mm of travel out back and RRP is around 3,000 Euros (with shock, seatpost, rear hub and spare hanger). They are built to last too, with some great details like bearings instead of bushings in the linkage and integrated bumpstops behind the headtube. The pivot is higher and further back than you find on most bikes, so we are intrigued to see what this means out on the trail.|www.diamondback.com
| Diamondback aren't missing out on the 650B bus, although they are staying fairly restrained, with just this Axis hardtail for the time being.|