Diamondback Sortie 2 Mountain Bike Review

4.40 out of 5
By Jeff Barber    on Dec 13, 2010

By Greg Heil    on Aug 4, 2013

By Greg Heil    on Aug 30, 2013

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Q: What would the travel be for the rear shock on a small sortie two? -Guest

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Diamondback Sortie Black
Diamondback Sortie 1
Diamondback Sortie 3 29er
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Diamondback Sortie Comp

October 10, 2018
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: strong frame, great shocks. awesome brakes and components.

Cons: wheels could be stronger, but they held me at 300lbs, now im 260 and they are fine. Tires are ok. not the best.

Recommendation: get a dropper post, change out the stem, add some nice pedals, better tires to fit the trail you like, I love this bike. It has held my heavy body like no other bike. I love hard tails, but after full suspension the last 5 years and still holding strong. I cannot complain at all about this bike. DB is under rated by so many. they stand tall and hard against all brands. Keep it up DB. and no, they do not sponsor or pay me. I just love DIAMONDBACK.

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May 15, 2015
Model/Year: 2010 sortie 1

Pros: Very Smooth great climbing. the 26in is very nimble and the frame well it can take a beating

Cons: might be just me but for the price point non

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March 8, 2014
Model/Year: 2013 Sortie Comp

Pros: Great components, 5" of travel, low center of gravity, very little pedal bob while climbing, handles rough downhill with ease

Cons: Weight, this isn't a light bike but there are heavier out there.

Recommendation: Very well built bike that handles whatever you through at it. I have over 600 hard miles on mine and haven't had any issues. Fox and shimmano XT all around.

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October 21, 2013
Pros: Great geometry, low center of gravity, solid components spec, great performance, handling, and durability

Cons: Weight for the price isn't all that good. Rear tire clearance needed improvement (fixed for 2014 model). No carbon frame available.

Recommendation: Very solid 29er trail bike! Check out my final review here: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-reviews/final-review-diamondback-sortie-3-29er/

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June 10, 2013
Model/Year: 2013 Diamondback Sortie 1.0 29er

Pros: - Very durable in tough rocky / tough conditions.
- Shimano brakes are excellent and robust
- Shimano Deore Rear Derailler is solid and reliable
- Suspension with Fox rear and front shocks is excellent, reliable, and comfortable

Cons: Shimano SLX Front Derailler is ok...some missed shifting, needs frequent adjusting.

Recommendation: I recommend buying this bike as an introductory full suspension bike with great features at modest cost.

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December 10, 2010
Pros: The value of the components at the pricepoint.

Cons: Not a fan of the Octalink cranks. I've had trouble with rounding the taper.

Recommendation: Great bike for the money but if you can find a better speced one like the Sortie 3 on sale do it.

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December 10, 2010
Pros: Great kit for the money! As a mechanic at a Diamondback dealer I've built one along with other Sorties. They are such a great value for the money. You get a fox float 15qr with rebound and compression adjust and threshold adjust. You get high end mavic or now for MY11 XTR wheels. The knuckle box is extremely supple and keeps the rear end firmly planted.

Cons: I'm not a fan of the current color scheme. Also I'm a SRAM man but the new XTR is looking promising.

Recommendation: A great 5inch race/trail bike that can compete with much pricier bikes like the Ibis Mojo!

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Diamondback Sortie 2 4.40 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.