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Diamondback launches new suspension system in 27.5 and 27.5-plus

Published March 2, 2016

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Diamondback has unveiled its new suspension system — a patent-pending short-link four-bar design called Level Link — in two new aluminum-framed models available at retail next week: the 27.5-plus-wheeled Catch and 27.5-inch Release.

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Diamonback says the Catch is designed for adventure, with its oversize wheel/tire combo delivering added traction and flotation in loose trail conditions. It’s available in two spec levels.

The top-end Catch Two (MSRP: $3,500) has a 130mm Fox Float 34 fork, RockShox Monarch RT3 shock, SRAM GX 1-by-11 drivetrain, and SRAM Guide R brakes. The Catch One, featuring SRAM GX and DB3 components and 2-by-10 drivetrain, retails for $2,500.

The three-model Release 27.5-inch trail bike line has 150mm of front and 130mm of rear travel and features a long toptube — as long as 660mm in the XL size— and a slack 66-degree head angle. The top-of-the-line Release Three ($3,900) is equipped with a RockShox Pike RCT3 fork and Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir rear shock, SRAM X1 drivetrain and SRAM Guide brakes. The midrange Release 2 ($3,500) gets a RockShox Pike RC fork, Monarch RT3 DebonAir shock and SRAM GX 1-by-11 drivetrain, while the Release 1 ($2,500) is outfitted with a RockShox Yari RC fork, Monarch R DebonAir and SRAM 2-by-10 drivetrain.

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