Diamondback Mission 1 review

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£2000

Diamondback Mission 1

BikeRadar verdict

50.0 out of 5 stars

"The complete bike struggles on spec and on the scales"

Sunday, March 20, 2011 12.00am By

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.

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Specification

Name:
Mission 1 (11)
Brand:
Diamondback Bikes
Price:
£2000

Available Sizes:
17" 19" 21"
Bottom Bracket:
Truvativ Power Spline sealed cartridge
Brakes:
Hayes Stroker Ryde hydraulic V8in (F), V7in (R) rotors
Cassette:
SRAM PG-950 11-34, 9spd
Chain:
KMC-Z99
Cranks:
Truvativ Blaze, 36/24T double and bash
Fork:
Fox 32 Float RL TPR, 150mm
Frame Material:
'Weapons grade' aluminium
Front Derailleur:
SRAM X7 9spd (R), Shim Deore (F)
Grips/Tape:
DB Mission, 130mm D2 Kraton
Handlebar:
DB SL318b riser, 680mm
Head Angle:
68
Headset Type:
FSA No55 taper
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM X7 9spd (R), Shim Deore (F)
Rear Shock:
Fox Float RP23 XV, 150mm
Saddle:
WTB Laser V Comp
Seat Angle:
72
Seatpost:
Easton EA30, double-bolt clamp
Shifters:
SRAM X5, 9spd
Stem:
Easton EA30, 90mm
Weight (kg):
15.03
Weight (lb):
33.13
Bottom Bracket Height (in):
13.7
Chainstays (in):
17.3
Seat Tube (in):
17
Standover Height (in):
29.5
Top Tube (in):
23
Wheelbase (in):
43.7
Tyres:
WTB Prowler MX 2.5in front, Stout 2.3in rear
Front Wheel:
MX260D Doublewall disc rim on MX260H hub
Rear Wheel:
MX260D Doublewall disc rim on MX260H hub

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