Diamondback has done well with their Catch & Release series, and for good reason – the bikes offer an impressive level of performance for the price. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Release C4. So much so, Michael was very sad to send it back. One thing missing from the lineup however was the ability to run bigger wheels. Until now, of course.
With the introduction of the Release 29, Diamondback is moving their Level Link suspension into larger wheeled territory. Running 130mm of rear travel and 140mm of travel up front out of Fox 34 suspension forks, the Release 29 should be solidly in the trail/All Mountain category. We expect similar performance out of the Level Link suspension system, which is to say excellent pedaling with ample control on big hits.
Like the initial Release release, the Release 29 is only available in aluminum… for now. We’d have to assume that a carbon frame is in the works, because why not?
Release 29 3
Offered in four sizes, the top end Release 29 3 includes a Fox Performance Float DPX2 rear shock and Fox 34 Performance Float fork with Grip damper. Other highlights include a 1×11 Shimano XT drivetrain with XT hydraulic brakes, DB Blanchard rims with Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 29×2.3″ EXO tires, and a KS LEV Si dropper for $3,299.99.
Release 29 2
The Release 29 2 on the other hand features a Fox Float DPS Performance shock with EVOL LV air sleeve and Fox Rhythm 34 fork with Grip Damper up front. A Shimano SLX 1 x 11 drivetrain with RaceFace crank propels the bike and SLX hydraulic brakes slow things down. Diamondback Blanchard rims are wrapped in Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 29×2.3″ EXO tires, and a KS E30i dropper rounds out the build for $2,699.99.
Both bikes will be available this April.