Diamondback seems to improve their offerings year after year while still managing to keep their prices low. We’ve always been pleasantly surprised with how they perform on the trail, so we were excited when Diamonback sent us the Release 29. The Release 29 is Diamonback’s budget 29er trail bike with 130mm rear wheel travel and 140mm up front. A majority of the cost savings come from the aluminum frame and lower spec component group. Still focusing on performance however, Diamondback choose to stick with higher end suspension so aggressive riders could get the best experience possible and make smaller, more affordable drivetrain upgrades as they wore out parts. At only $2,800, with free shipping, we were curious to see if this budget mountain bike would be able to hang with the pricier options on the market?


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