Diamondback Bicycles has unleashed a new suspension design, Level Link on it’s lineup of full suspension trail bikes. Bred from a long tested 4-bar linkage and fine tuned for modern riders and bike geometries, Level Link is ready for anything.
Diamondback Bicycles has just released two new exciting bikes and a new suspension design which rejuvenates their 2016 line of full suspension mountain bikes. The two new bikes released today, the “Catch”, Diamondback’s new 27.5+ wheeled trail machine and the “Release” their 27.5 bike both sport 130mm of rear suspension via Diamondback’s newly designed, Patent-Pending Level Link platform, a short-link, four-bar type design.
Tested. Refined. Perfected.
According to Michael Brown, Diamondback’s VP of Development the new system isolates the horizontal pedaling forces and controls the bike’s chain growth throughout the ride and keeps the suspension from feeling unbalanced throughout the ride. Keeping the chain growth in check helps keep the rear wheel planted in technical climbs yet is supple and offers excellent small bump compliance (via a rearward axle path) without feeling overwhelmed when taking bigger hits on the trail, making a versatile set of bikes that are a joy to pedal on the XC loop and comfy enough to be thrown at more aggressive trails, no questions asked. The new bikes also adopted the new Boost 148×12 rear axle “standard” and come spec’d in a range of builds including top of the line Rock Shox or Fox Shox front suspension, KS dropper posts, RaceFace cranks and Sram X1 1×11 or GX 2×10 drivetrain.
We, at Jenson, were stoked to hear that we’d be seeing some new products from Diamondback coming through the shop and we were even more stoked when we found ourselves with a private demo fleet of their new bikes and the chance to get out on our local trails with our Diamondback Rep and world famous Eric Porter, to learn about them. Diamondback provided us with their Release 3 and Release 2 models to test out and here’s the skinny:
Featuring a long top tube and slack geometry, the hallmarks of progressive trail bikes, the Release is a quiver killer, providing a stable ride at speed and power on climbs. The highlight of the 27.5-inch Release line is the Release Three, which features a 150mm Rock Shox Pike RCT3 fork and Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair in the back, SRAM X1 drivetrain, and SRAM Guide brakes. MAP pricing for the Release Three is $3,900. The Release Two and One are priced at $3,500 and $2,500, respectively.
Right away we were surprised that a bike as slack and low looking as the Release could climb as well as it did. Out of the gate we rode over to one of the steeper climbs that we have at our local trails. One of our testers remarked at the ease of the pedaling both in and out of the saddle and as we continued throughout the day it became fairly evident how at home this bike was when pointed up hill even over rougher and rutted out climbs.
Jenson Will-Call employee, Nick, putting Level Link to the test.
Jackie made sure that these bikes are lady-friendly… they most definitely are.
Pedaling uphill was efficient and stable with no unwanted pedal-bob or sluggish feel, we didn’t even have to mash in this steepest bits. Continued traction, thats the name of the game. After reaching the top we pointed the bikes back down the hill. Our other testers were stoked when the reached the bottom of the trails. The longer top tube (660mm XL) and short rear chain stays (425mm) kept the bike sharp in twisty corners and the slack 66 degree Head Angle didn’t feel sloppy or lazy like other bikes with similar geo but felt confident at high speeds and over chunkier rock sections. The smooth controlled ride definitely gave us a confident feeling in the descents and we were continuously surprised when we reminded ourselves that the seemingly bottomless rear suspension was only 130mm.
Eric Porter has proven that the new Level Link was dialed for railing trails.
Designed for adventure, the Catch features the emerging oversized 27.5+ wheel/tire combination, which delivers incredible traction and flotation when the trail gets loose. The Catch Two features a 130mm Fox Float 34 fork, Rock Shox Monarch RT3 shock, SRAM GX drivetrain, and SRAM Guide R brakes. The Catch Two retails for $3,500, and the Catch One, featuring SRAM GX and DB3 components, retails for $2,500.
While we thoroughly enjoyed our test of the new Release, we were unfortunately unable to test out the Catch, but if the performance of the Release, Diamondback’s new Level Link suspension and numbers like a 68 degree head angle combines with similar top tube and chain stay lengths (660mm XL, and 446mm respectively) are any indication of this bike’s capability and fun levels we are definitely excited to see it out on the trail.
Level Link is Jenson approved.
Check out the whole press release here:
Diamondback Launches Level Link Suspension, Achieving Unmatched Performance in Catch, Release Trail Bikes
KENT, Washington (March 1, 2016) — Diamondback Bicycles, one of North America’s most well-known and respected cycling brands, unleashes Level Link, a patent-pending short-link, four-bar suspension system, in two new mountain bike models available today: the Catch 27.5+ and 27.5-inch Release.
“Working with suspension visionary Luther Beal, we set out with a clear mission: to make the best pedaling trail bike on the planet,” says Michael Brown, Diamondback’s VP of product development. “The Level Link platform isolates horizontal pedaling forces and controls chain growth, maximizing traction on technical climbs and cornering performance. This allows the Catch and Release to climb like cross-country bikes without compromising their ability to charge the most aggressive lines, all at accessible price points that deliver unmatched value in today’s off-road market.”
Whether flowing through rolling singletrack or accelerating hard out of tight corners, the Catch and Release deliver speed and traction everywhere. Level Link is fully responsive on the trail, offering excellent bump compliance, predictably soaking up both small and large hits. On climbs, the rear wheel stays planted, delivering grip on long fire roads and punchy technical sections.
Level Link achieves this with a lower link that stays parallel to the chain, and an upper link that is in optimal position to react to the trail, especially while pedaling. The Catch and Release transfer power with very little energy disappearing into the suspension, and soak up large and small hits with ease. In short, the patent-pending Level Link design delivers tons of efficient traction and a supple, aggressive ride.
Diamondback Release – Featuring a long top tube and slack geometry, the hallmarks of progressive trail bikes, the Release is a quiver killer, providing a stable ride at speed and power on climbs. The highlight of the 27.5-inch Release line is the Release Three, which features a 150mm Rock Shox Pike RCT3 fork and Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair in the back, SRAM X1 drivetrain, and SRAM Guide brakes. MAP pricing for the Release Three is $3,900. The Release Two and One are priced at $3,500 and $2,500, respectively.
Diamondback Catch – Designed for adventure, the Catch features the emerging oversized 27.5+ wheel/tire combination, which delivers incredible traction and flotation when the trail gets loose. The Catch Two features a 130mm Fox Float 34 fork, Rock Shox Monarch RT3 shock, SRAM GX drivetrain, and SRAM Guide R brakes. The Catch Two retails for $3,500, and the Catch One, featuring SRAM GX and DB3 components, retails for $2,500.
About Diamondback Bicycles: Born in Camarillo, California, in 1978 and today based in Kent, Washington, Diamondback designs and builds performance bicycles for every rider at every level. With roots in the BMX world, and ongoing innovations in road, triathlon, and full-suspension mountain technologies, Diamondback continues to build a legacy of quality, service, and community. For more about Diamondback Bicycles, visit www.diamondback.com.