Diamondback Knuckle Box

Performance Bicycles is proud to present 8 brand new models of 2010 Diamondback full suspension all-mountain bikes.

With industry-leading technology and on-trend graphics, Diamondback has delivered two lines of bikes that are both high performance and great values. Diamondback Sortie bikes have 5″ of travel to tackle any trail while Mission bikes step up to 6″ of travel for all-mountain fun.  Both feature a new, revised Knuckle Box suspension design.

Knuckle Box is “Perfect Suspension Made Simple”:

Even More Efficient than Before: Diamondback designed Knuckle Box to pedal efficiently with long-travel suspension. For 2010, Diamondback dialed in a bit more efficiency by reducing the bike’s overall leverage ratio. The bikes are buttery-smooth on small bumps, but accelerate and climb even better than before.

Stiffer In all the Right Places: It’s easy to build a bike that’s stiff and heavy. Same goes for light and flexy. Building a frame that’s stiff and light? That’s the challenge. The Knuckle Box design has always boasted one of the best stiffness-to-weight ratios on the market. For 2010, Diamondback engineered even more stiffness into each frame without adding an extra ounce.

Excellent Maneuverability: Rail a tight switchback on one of these bikes and it’ll hit you—this bike tracks like it’s on rails. There’s a good reason for that. The Knuckle Box design has an exceptionally low center of gravity, which boosts stability. It’s basic physics and the same reason Indy 500 race cars look like more like go-karts and less like monster trucks.

Wickedly Smooth: Diamondback wanted this suspension to have that perfect “endless travel” feeling, yet didn’t want to blow through all that travel when they rode off something stupid-big. That’s why they spent two years collaborating with the engineers at Fox to build the perfect rear shocks for their Knuckle Box bikes.

Need a visual breakdown about Knuckle Box?  Check out this video with the lead suspension designer for Diamondback:

Knuckle Box Suspension video

We feature 4 versions of both the Mission and Sortie, ranging from top of the line component packages to entry level:

The 2010 Diamondback Mission 4 is packed with great components and features:

  • Fox 36 TALAS RC2 FIT air fork with 160, 130, 100mm travel and Fox Float RP23 “XV” rear shock provide all-mountain access
  • Easton EA70 handlebar, stem and seatpost keep you solidly anchored in the cockpit
  • Revolutionary Truvativ Hammerschmidt 2 speed/single chainring transmission improves ground clearance and shifts flawlessly under load
  • Avid Elixir CR Carbon hydraulic disc brakes give you the confidence to go all out
  • SRAM X-0 9spd trigger shifters and PG-970 9 speed cassette unleash the flawless power of the Hammerschmidt 2 speed/single chainring transmission
  • The 2010 Diamondback Sortie Black is ready to roll with dynamite spec:

  • The Diamondback Sortie Black mountain bike features the NEW Weapons Grade Aluminum Sortie 5″ Travel Frame w/ Knuckle Box Suspension Platform. It’s strong and responsive, so you can count on getting up the trail and back ride after ride
  • Fox 32 Float RLC FIT Air 130mm fork and Float RP23 rear shock let you blast through uneven terrain
  • SRAM X0 rear derailleur and levers for fast, reliable and precise shifting
  • Truvativ NOIR Giga X Pipe crankset delivers flex-free power to the pedals
  • Mavic Crossmax SLR rims and WTB Wolverine tires stand up to serious trail obstacles
  • Hayes Stroker Gram hydraulic disc brakes give you the confidence and control you need to ride all out
  • See the full range of Diamondback Missions and Sorties right now at performancebike.com.

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