Diamondback unveils 2009 XTS and XSL models

Sabbath-inspired tweaks

Diamondback has lifted the lid on its 2009 XTS and XSL models, giving us a sneak peek at some prototypes before the EuroBike Show.

According to Diamondback, the popular XTS model has been undergoing some big changes for 2009, including a lighter frame, adjustable head angle and bottom bracket height via sliding shock mount, Sabbath-inspired geometry and hydro-formed top tube, plus the switch to 30mm pivot bearings.

“The XTS has been a year in development and testing process by our riders; all this has proven worthwhile as the bike in both its Freeride and DH form rides sweet,” said Mike Sanderson, Diamondback Product Manager. Targeted retail is £1,700 for the Moto and £1,400 for the Freeride.

Diamondback XTS Moto prototype

Diamondback XSL

The XSL is the perfect trail centre bike, its 5” travel and single pivot swing arm set up provide a great climbing and better descending bike. This year the bike has a new stiffer swing arm inspired by the new XTS frame, the front triangle is the same as the new 2009 Axis and Apex.

"The production XSL will be setup with top end parts from Rock Shox, WTB, FSA, Quad…" Sanderson added. "Look out for the full production models soon." The XSL range will retail from £1,000 - £1,800.

Diamondback XSL prototype

For more information, visit www.diamondback.co.uk.

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