Diamondback Mission 1£2,000.00

Solid all-mountain frame and shock set-up for future upgrading

BikeRadar score2.5/5

The Mission (previously the Goat) has been available for years in the US and comes in four versions. Unfortunately, Raleigh UK only brings in the cheapest version.

You still get a hydroformed frameset including externally reinforced tapered head tube, ISCG (International Standard Chain Guide) tabs and two-piece welded Knuckle Box Commencal-style rocker linkage. The cockpit is well shaped to match the relaxed geometry.

The long 63mm stroke Fox XV RP23 shock means the 150mm travel back end feels controlled. Open bath damped Fox forks benefit from a tapered steerer tube, but tip stiffness is let down by the QR (quick release) wheel. The double wall rimmed wheels contribute over 12lb to its 33lb weight.

Suspension is steady under power, but climbing and acceleration are made harder by the flexy Power Spline axle on the Truvativ double and bash chainring. White cables and spokes can’t disguise lows such as X5 shifters and powerful but blunt Hayes brakes.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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