The $2,500 Diamondback Launch 29.1 Path Bike is in for Check
Diamondback launched the Release 29 about a year and a half ago, which could as nicely have been a lifetime. The bike dropped with two construct choices, and this fall the model is including an much more reasonably priced, entry-level construct dubbed the Launch 29.1. I simply acquired one in for check, and right here’s a preview of what I’ll be taking a look at over the following couple of months.
Framing the dialogue
Priced at $2,500 (accessible on-line from Amazon and Diamondback), this full suspension mountain bike isn’t going to be for everybody. First time mountain bike patrons will probably contemplate it costly, whereas skilled riders will skeptically assume it’s not a really succesful bike. Like most issues, the reality is probably going someplace within the center.
Let’s begin with the information: the Diamondback Launch 29 options 140mm of suspension journey up entrance, and 130mm within the rear. That locations it solidly within the path bike class, and the part choice outlined under matches with the bike’s intent. The aluminum body and budget-friendly elements mix for a 35.5lb. weight, with out pedals, for the scale additional giant I’m testing.
Trying on the geometry, the numbers aren’t notably progressive with a 67.7° head tube angle and a reasonably lazy 73° seat tube angle. Nevertheless, contemplating different bikes on this shopper class, it’s not unusual to see, for instance, head tube angles across the 68° mark, probably as a result of it’s a reasonably impartial angle and presents a place new riders discover comfy.
The Launch 29 options Diamondback’s Stage Hyperlink suspension design, which the model claims presents a “playful angle.” It’s clear this bike is designed for having enjoyable on the path, versus say racing, so I’m trying ahead to experiencing the journey really feel for myself.
Apart from the inlet for the dropper cable, the Launch 29.1 body doesn’t characteristic inside cable or hose routing. The upside is less complicated upkeep and restore down the road, whereas the draw back is a barely unkempt look. Sadly, it additionally means there aren’t mounts for a water bottle cage contained in the entrance triangle, solely alongside the underside of the downtube.
The paint colour seen right here known as ‘Russet Brown Matte.’ So, it’s a potato. I’ll editorialize a bit right here by saying that whereas it’s not the flashiest or prettiest colour, a minimum of it received’t present dust like a lighter, brighter colour may.
Beginning on the entrance, Diamondback chosen the SR Suntour Aion fork, with 140mm of air-sprung journey. Whereas SR Suntour is probably not one of many two hottest mountain bike suspension manufacturers, their gear tends to supply an excellent worth. This explicit fork boasts adjustable rebound and 35mm stanchions which shouldn’t really feel too flexy. The included SR Suntour Edge shock additionally options rebound adjustment. Shifting as much as the dearer Launch 29.2 construct will get a Fox Rhythm 34 fork and Float DPS shock.
Consumers might be stoked to get a 1×12 drivetrain at this value with a SRAM SX cassette, shifter, and crank set. The 32T chainring might be slightly laborious for some new riders to spin — generally bikes on this class go together with a 30T — however swapping it out is simple sufficient.
TRP Slate brakes tick the hydraulic checkbox, although not surprisingly they’re the 2-piston model entrance and rear. It’s nice to see a TranzX dropper submit with a 1x distant on a construct at this value level, and the one on my XL check bike measures 150mm of journey. Sitting atop the dropper is a WTB Coda saddle, and after simply a few fast spins I feel I’m in love. Like, the place have you ever been all my life, Coda!?
The Launch 29.1 rolls on Diamondback-branded Blanchard rims which can be mentioned to be tubeless-ready. Mine shipped with tubes put in, however I plan to take away them to check these tubeless claims shortly. Two-dot-three-inch WTB Vigilante tires entrance and rear are a secure selection for many riders and in most situations.
Lastly, the aluminum, Diamondback-branded handlebar and stem characteristic a 35mm clamping diameter for stiff, managed steering. Flanged, lock-on Diamondback grips give riders a deal with.
I’ll be hitting my native trails on the Diamondback Launch 29.1 this fall so keep tuned for the complete assessment.