Diamondback Mission Mountain Bike Review

4.55 out of 5
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By Greg Heil    on Oct 6, 2014

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Diamondback Mission 1
Diamondback Mission 2
Diamondback Mission 3
Diamondback Mission 4
Diamondback Mission Pro
Diamondback Mission Pro 27.5
Diamondback Mission 1 27.5

July 5, 2018
Model/Year: 2017

Pros: Lots of travel in front and rear Dropper post 1x11 gear train Tubeless Components

Cons: None

Recommendation: I've ridden the whole enchilada in Moab and the hardest downhill courses on big sky resort. This beast keeps up with the full dh bikes on runs, it's got everything you need and youve still got the dropper post and gear train for climbing. I feel like Diamondback is an untold secret for bikes.cheap enough that you don't go broke ( especially if you've got expertcity)

July 31, 2017
Model/Year: 2017

Pros: -Durability -The ability to go anywhere and ride any trail -Frame geo is modern and plows over everything with the slack head angle -Great part spec for the price -Comes with a good dropper post, with southpaw remote switch -Fork and shock are just a step below the top performing components for a fraction of the price -Tubeless conversion possible straight out of the box

Cons: -Heavyweight bike (32 lbs) -Gear shifting feels a little heavier than other groupsets

Recommendation: This bike is amazing for the price I paid for it ($1900 with change). The component spec is something you'd find on a much higher priced bike from other manufacturers, and the whole package has beautiful performance right out of the box after the initial setup. I converted my tires to tubeless fairly easily using the pretaped wheels and valve stems included with the bike. The bike geometry is perfect for the kind of riding I do, which is a different trail and terrain type every time. This bike eats up rock gardens, climbs, descents, rooty trails, and drops with no problems. It's a bit tough to pedal uphill because of the weight, but the downhills are where this bike really shines, where you can just point it and go wherever you want, letting the suspension do its magic. The dropper is very useful for trails with constant elevation changes as well. Overall, I'm incredibly happy with this bike, and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a high performing FS bike for a much lower price than other manufacturers.

March 30, 2016
Model/Year: 2016 Mission 2

Pros: 160 mm travel both ends; hugs fast corners like a dream, climbs surprisingly well. Love this bike-balanced and fun to ride, I like the looks of it too. So damn glad I bought this bike!

Cons: nothing so far

Recommendation: absolutely- this bike is rad

November 28, 2015
Model/Year: Mission 1 27.5 2015

Pros: -Suspension travel is 150mm and can handle anything I throw at it. It is adjustable with 3 different presets that truely make this an all-mountain bike.
-Brakes handle great (hydraulic/ disk).
-nice and light for such a large bike.
-1x11 drivechain is standard on the mission.
-Dropper post ready.
-Price is amazing for what you are getting.
-Tires are sticky and will keep you on track.
-The 27.5 wheel size is very versitile.

Cons: -Does not come with pedals but this is minor
-Too many logos on the bike
-Not a huge fan of the rim color

Recommendation: Get this bike if it is in your price range because it truely packs a great value.

February 25, 2015
Model/Year: 2015 Mission 1

Pros: -Pretty good built kit for the price.
-The Fox Float CTD suspension is very supple (not to mention endless travel) for the price.
-Geometry is definitely confidence-inspiring on descents.
-The frame is super burly and will probably last longer than the Diamondback name suggests.

Cons: -Upon assembling the bike one of my brake levers was already leaking fluid. This is more a knock on Shimano's M447 brakes (and I plan to replace these with XT's soon anyway) but would have preferred not to put in a warranty claim on the first day!
-This is a heavy bike and although it pedals well, Diamondback went a little cheap on the cassette (10 speed instead of 11)
-The wheelset is super heavy but I guess that is to be expected in this price range.

Recommendation: This is a great line of bikes and only got better for 2015. If you don't mind having to push yourself a little harder climbing for the reward of an extremely confident ride on the way down, this is an excellent choice. It's a lot of bike and not perfect, but Diamondback has built a great starter-AM bike.

October 6, 2014
Model/Year: 2015 Mission Pro 27.5

Pros: Super aggressive, super plush, point-and-shoot style. Light for an aluminum framed 6" travel bike, too

Cons: Not as great of an uphill pedaler, but it's not really supposed to be.

December 21, 2013
Model/Year: 2010

Pros: Low and fast, reliable climber, super fun descender.

Cons: The original build was not great. The fox 32 fork was flexy. The sun ringle equalizer rims bent fast. The geo was great for speed, but hard to whip or jump with.

Recommendation: This is a good fun bike. Pretty much what most enduro bikes are these days. Great at going down, reliable going up. I took it to the bike park, rode xc, and did whatever I felt like on it. I loved it every time the trail turned downward.

October 21, 2013
Pros: Aggressive descending, solid construction

Cons: No fun on the climbs.

Recommendation: This is an aggressive all-mountain bike that definitely leans toward the descending side of the AM spectrum.

December 11, 2010
Pros: I have the 2010 Mission 3 and it does everything need it to do. From riding long singletrack to techincal rocky trails with 4 foot jumps. This bike does it all and it may weigh a little bit more than other bikes of this status but want let you know when you want to bomb of something. Great job Diamondback.

Recommendation: All Mountain , Trail ride.

December 10, 2010
Pros: The Hammerschmidt on a bike at this pricepoint is rare. It can shift standing still and makes for a clean chainline. Along with the knucklebox suspension it leads to a capable AM bike.

Cons: I've never been a fan of the Talas.

Recommendation: Can't find fault in the bike. I've seen them ridden hard and they just keep coming for more.

Diamondback Mission 4.55 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.