Mountain Bike Action Bike Test: Diamondback Release 5C Carbon Trail Bike


with a SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. The Release 5C Carbon we tested features an e∗Thirteen TRS Plus wheelset, proven Fox Performance Elite package front/rear and SRAM components, such as a GX Eagle drivetrain. Perfectly lining up to the wheels on this rig are eThirteen TRS Race tires at 27.5 × 2.35 inches both front and rear.




Diamondback’s Level Link platform is a short-link, counter-rotating four-bar suspension system. Their major goal of this system is to isolate pedaling forces from suspension inputs. Ideally, this will provide a cross-country feel while ascending and an enduro touch on the descents.

The Level Link suspension was designed to help isolate drivetrain forces from impacts and prevent pedaling forces from interfering with suspension performance over bumps. Essentially, the system allows bump forces to have a larger influence than pedaling forces. Putting the claims to the test, we dialed in the Fox Performance Elite suspension at 25-percent sag and hit the dirt.

Striving to achieve a balance between XC and enduro, the Release remains fun and playful whether you’re hitting laps at the park or exploring local trails.


The Release is made for a rider looking for a shred-ready all-around bike. Today, riders want a bike that features modern geometry and lends stability at high speeds without surrendering agility through corners or when the trails tighten up.


The 5C proved to be stable during loose fire-road climbs, and the extra front travel didn’t hinder our ability to ascend efficiently. The seat-tube angle placed us in an excellent rider position to consistently put down power over the pedals, while the shorter-travel rear-suspension design assisted us in holding traction. After plenty of shred sessions,…

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