On the Road with Diamondback - Video

Jun 29, 2012
by Justin Olsen  
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This spring, I had the chance to get back out with the Diamondback crew for the annual team trip. The main point, or excuse, for the trip is to shoot photos of the DF5 team riding the new bikes. The unintended result of the trip is always the same though, hang out, ride some bikes, make some jokes, mock each other, and generally just act like idiots; it is your basic testosterone driven mountain bike trip. Good times for sure.

We spent 5 days in Bend, and 2 days in Hood River riding Post Canyon; and experienced all types of riding conditions along the way. It rained, it snowed, the dirt went from moon dust to snot slick mud, it was cloudy, then there were more clouds, then a 5 minute window of light, it was hot, then cold, then hot again. In a nutshell, it was Oregon.

We had a good time, got a ton of photos, and were able to ride some of the best MTB trails in the northwest. Nobody got seriously injured, nobody ended up in jail, and nobody got any speeding tickets. The trip was a success on all fronts.


Eric Porter and Simon Lawton have both been in the game for a while now and it is easy to see why. I explained to them the shot I was hoping to get in this meadow and figured it would take them a few tries to get the timing right. They nailed it first try. Pro.
  Eric Porter and Simon Lawton have both been in the game for a while now, and it is easy to see why. I explained to them the shot I was hoping to get in this meadow, and figured it would take them a few tries to get the timing right. They nailed it first try. Pro.

The River Trail in Bend is a classic. No matter what type if riding your prefer to do the River Trail will leave you smiling. Kyle Thomas sheds the DH gear to test out the 2013 Diamondback Mission all-mountain destroyer.
  The River Trail in Bend is a classic. No matter what type if riding your prefer to do, the River Trail will leave you smiling. Kyle Thomas sheds the DH gear to test out the 2013 Diamondback Mission, all-mountain destroyer.

If you are riding through the woods with your buddies and happen to find a perfect rope swing waiting for you at the end of the trail should you take advantage I guess for most it would depend on the day and the temperature. One thing is for sure Charlie Sponsel isn t afraid of cold water.
  If you are riding through the woods with your buddies, and happen to find a perfect rope swing waiting for you at the end of the trail, should you take advantage? I guess for most it would depend on the day and the temperature. One thing is for sure, Charlie Sponsel isn't afraid of cold water.

These unsuspecting tourists got an extra special treat on their rafting trip. Their guide was able to turn the boat around just in time to see the local wildlife emerging through the trees. I hope they left him a good tip.
  These unsuspecting tourists got an extra special treat on their rafting trip. Their guide was able to turn the boat around just in time to see the local wildlife emerging through the trees. I hope they left him a good tip.

Don t ever get into a table top contest with Billy Lewis. Just don t do it. This was one of his warm-up tables. You have been warned.
  Don't ever get into a table top contest with Billy Lewis. Just don't do it. This was one of his "warm-up" tables. You have been warned.

The McGazza loves to chase things. His wheel his dreams the ever elusive gnarwhale...
  The McGazza loves to chase things. His wheel, his dreams, the ever elusive gnarwhale...

After 3 days of shooting in flat light and cloudy conditions it looked like the sun finally might come out. We headed out the the trail with our fingers crossed and it paid off. Jon Kennedy riding the storm out.
  After 3 days of shooting in flat light and cloudy conditions it looked like the sun finally might come out. We headed out to the trail with our fingers crossed, and it paid off. Jon Kennedy riding the storm out

Most team managers base there sponsorship decisions on many different things. For Jon Kennedy of Diamondback the ability to catch a gummy bear in your mouth from 20 feet away is definitely a deciding factor.
  Most team managers base there sponsorship decisions on many different things. For Jon Kennedy of Diamondback, the ability to catch a gummy bear in your mouth from 20 feet away is definitely a deciding factor.

The Mcgazza seals the deal
  The Mcgazza seals the deal!

The Mckenzie river trail never disappoints. Imagine perfectly flowing single track a lush green forest and the sound of a raging river whispering through the trees. Now add the Diamondback prototype Mason 29 er to the picture and you may never come back... Billy Lewis gets lost in the moment.
  The Mckenzie river trail never disappoints. Imagine perfectly flowing single track, a lush green forest, and the sound of a raging river whispering through the trees. Now add the Diamondback prototype Mason 29'er to the picture and you may never come back... Billy Lewis gets lost in the moment.

What if there was a gas station with a bar inside of it What if it was right at the end of the trail What if they would let you ride your bike inside so you could fill up a growler with your favorite micro brew and never leave the saddle That would be pretty amazing right In Oregon some dreams do come true..
  What if there was a gas station with a bar inside of it? What if it was right at the end of the trail? What if they would let you ride your bike inside, so you could fill up a growler with your favorite micro brew and never leave the saddle? That would be pretty amazing right? In Oregon some dreams do come true...

Kyle Thomas rallying the Diamondback prototype DH bike through the log bumps on the Cline Butte trail.
  Kyle Thomas rallying the Diamondback prototype DH bike through the log bumps on the Cline Butte trail.

After 2 days of riding and shooting on the Cline Butte trails the sun finally peeked out from behind the clouds for 5 minutes. Kelly McGarry taking full advantage of the window of light.
  Kelly McGarry taking full advantage of the 5 minute window of light.

Team manager Jon Kennedy know how to throw a post ride trailside chill. You can t go wrong with beers and brats.
  Team manager Jon Kennedy know how to throw a post ride trailside chill. You can't go wrong with beers and brats.

This is mountain biking.
  This is mountain biking.


Video- Kevin Philbin
Still Photos- Justin Olsen
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71 Comments

  • 19 0
 Cant wait until Sunday to demo one of these bikes at the Black Rock demo day the trails here are in prime condition.
  • 1 0
 ill see you there! ^
  • 1 0
 Me too! It shall be the sickness.
  • 2 0
 f*ck I hate You guys i broke my caller bone racing at ski-bowl and know I'm bumbed i can't go there and demoFrown
  • 1 0
 Sweet Edit, KevMo!
Iten and Tanner, see you at Black Rock on Sunday! I'm driving up from SF tomorrow. Tanner, are you buddies with EB in B'ham? Your name sounds familiar..
Headed to Bend after the 4th, Via Post Canyon, or Sandy ridge. pretty stoked.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the comment Iten! I didn't know about the demo day, but now I'll be there!
  • 15 5
 Dear Gravity;

Make a DM stem in that insane neon yellow/green colour for Kelly so his DH bike doesn't look stupid and his bars don't twist.

Sincerely, everyone.

(On topic: awesome photos, amusing video. Looks like they had a sick trip!)
  • 9 0
 Brilliant...
  • 7 0
 That was a really fun video, the orange bike at the end is hot too!
  • 8 1
 Hey I know those guys!!!
  • 5 1
 Eric aside, me too!! Rippers and solid folks - very good range of personalities for sure.
  • 1 0
 Hey one of those dudes is my neighbor!
  • 6 0
 I don't think they brought enough bikes with them.
  • 6 0
 super entertaining video to watch along with some fun riding!
  • 3 1
 Never wanted a 29er until seeing the Mason a couple months back. Think it would be a real fun bike to ride......still want one.
  • 1 0
 The anticipation of its release is killing lol.
  • 1 2
 diamondbacks are really heavy though in my opinion ... iv never rode there dh bike or fr bike but there xc bikes and 29ers weigh a ton
  • 1 0
 My mission is 35 lbs with a lyrik fork, slx crankset and SOS wheels. Not too shabby in my opinion. I don't know what the framesets weigh, but keep in mind they are all pretty long travel, even the sorties are 5+ inches, and depending on the model you rode it might have had some heavy wheels.
  • 1 0
 @musclemilk: You should try out a new Mission or 'Goat. My size XL Mission is a hair under 30lbs w/ Mavic Crossmax STs, Noir cranks, Float 32 15QR XTR Trail pedals. No jokin'. My Sortie Black was a great XC bike and it was a hair over 28lbs.
  • 2 0
 Man I can't wait to have 4 grand extra hanging around to buy a new mission or goat (can't make up my mind which I'd rather have.)
  • 2 0
 @taletotell I don't think you can go wrong with either! Me, I prefer the lighter mass of the Mission, but the Goat's a great all-rounder if you don't have a park bike (but need one).
  • 2 0
 As it stands I hit the parks maybe 2x's a year but I have to think 5 years out with every bike so who knows?
  • 3 0
 what a place, excellent video and everything, and Im starting to like the DB bikes again, after +10 years!
  • 2 1
 How is there a Growler of Craft Beer and a High Life in the same photoset? Craft Beer (Especially Hoppy NW Beers like Rogue Black IPA) > High Life or Pabst no matter how you look at it!
  • 4 0
 Growlers don't survive shuttle trips nearly as well as blue-collar canned offerings. Smile
  • 3 0
 Yeah, craft beers are great. Sometimes you just drink shitty beer though because....well sometimes you don't want to drink craft beers or it's not the right time to drink craft beers. After a day of hard riding, if we end up at a buddies place to pound down some beers, most of us don't want to pound down some expensive crazy flavored concoction. Not to mention.... ya know, it's cheap. But then again, I love all forms of beer, they all have their time and place.

I could say, 21 year old single malt scotch > beer. But again, that has it's time and place too.
  • 2 0
 on the last photo - looks like marzocchi fork with a fox 40 bump stop...???
  • 1 0
 I wish I won that contest so I could hang with them in Park City and then take my pick of bikes from DB. Has anybody heard who won it?
  • 2 0
 Looks to me like Mc Gazza shut it down with that one foot table. He's the man, wheelies/manuals everywhere!
  • 2 0
 They have yet to announce the winner.
  • 1 0
 But they said it was gonna be announced on the 22nd! That would be sick if I won . . . . .
  • 3 0
 We all feel that way
  • 4 4
 Nice commercial for Diamondback.

Isn't Justin Olsen the photographer who screwed up some trails in BC just for an "epic shot"? What an arrogant fool. Why use his pictures? Lots of photographers in the world.
  • 3 0
 Bend is awesome just moved out here in December. Sooo rad.
  • 3 0
 awesome video!!!
  • 2 0
 what dh bikes where those
  • 1 0
 @damixtape "Diamondback Prototype DH"
  • 2 0
 Gotta love Sideshow Bob's wheelies
  • 3 1
 So this is what we pay for when buying bikes...
  • 3 0
 And Red Bull and Clif Bars and Maxxis Tires and Shimano parts and SRAM parts and gummy bears and FOX forks and Marzocchi forks and Rock Shox forks and....
  • 3 0
 BEATERS!
  • 2 0
 those trails and bikes were premium
  • 1 0
 This is one of the most entertaining thing I've watched in a while, well done!
  • 2 0
 Now i really want to move to oregon Drool
  • 1 0
 Nice to see DB on the right track. Whoever in HQ is responsible for making this come back happen, thank you.
  • 1 0
 That thumbnail is awesome haha!
  • 7 2
 Siri, add Bend Oregon to list of places to ride.
  • 4 0
 It's like the sure for men advert... Smile Not sure if its UK only though..
  • 2 0
 Deodorant ad where Vanderham chases his front wheel down a trail?
  • 1 0
 Kelly love his reaqr wheel!
  • 1 0
 MISIOWE ŻEEELKIII !!! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 So who won that contest? never saw the winner get posted on PB
  • 1 0
 at 6:26 the guy blocked the other guy from high fiving
  • 1 0
 Great pics, and no shortage of laughs. Nice post, DB!
  • 1 0
 porter and mcgary are on diamondback? great Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Congrats Simon, trip of a lifetime with those dudes.
  • 1 0
 when's the announcement for the Diamondback Contest?
  • 1 0
 fucking sweet. all there is to say about this video
  • 1 0
 shouldve went to black rock!!
  • 1 0
 why u no come to ashland!!?
  • 1 0
 del..
  • 1 0
 Only gazza...
  • 1 0
 Helal hacılarım
  • 1 0
 High Life > Pabst
  • 7 0
 nope. nothing > Pabst
  • 1 2
 I like squeeky brakes broken forks and hubs
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  • 1 0
 Song??
  • 1 0
 the rodentz the italian stallion
  • 1 0
 full moon from Kelly....
  • 2 4
 I like squeeky brakes broken forks and hubs . . ORIGINAL stuff!!

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