Just one year after its introduction, the all-mountain Mission has already achieved near legendary status and has become the hands-down favorite of some of the most discriminating riders in the world. This bike put the ‘all’ in ‘all-mountain’ and the ‘mountain’ back in ‘mountain bike’ upon its introduction last year, leaving riders wondering where they couldn’t ride it and our competition wondering how to respond. Diamondback spent the time since its introduction refining the Mission and making it even better for 2008.
The Mission is an incredibly versatile, nimble, efficient and stable all-mountain bike with six silky-smooth inches of terrain-initiated travel. It is a true all-mountain bike with no bias for the type of mountain riding it does nor for the direction it goes. Its efficient Knuckle Box suspension design coupled to a Fox shock allows it to climb like a goat and descend with the same confidence and stability as its six inches of travel come to life. Its extremely low center of gravity makes it very stable. Whether it’s creeping through the most technical section on the trail, climbing, or railing wide-open through ﬂowy single track – the Mission is one bike that truly does it all. The Mission is a three bike series that are all built on the same lightweight, efficient, and torsionally rigid frame platform. They all suit your all-mountain riding needs; ﬁnd the one that also suits your budget and let the good times roll.
At the heart of the all-mountain Mission is the Knuckle Box bell-crank. With its compact design and welded unibody construction, the Knuckle Box ties the rear suspension components together. It isolates, cradles, and guards the FOX air shock while providing a smooth near-linear suspension ratio through the entire six inches of travel. This low and tight design gives the Mission a lower center of gravity than most all-mountain designs on the market today, resulting in the most balanced and maneuverable bike Diamondback has ever produced. The Knuckle Box is truly the “heart” of the design.
If the Knuckle Box is the heart, then the Mission’s front triangle is the backbone. The low-slung Hooded Hydroformed top tube wraps and reinforces the head tube and provides more stand over clearance. An uninterrupted seat tube that eliminates the need to cut seat posts also makes the Mission’s front triangle strong, light and stiff.
The Mission’s rear end features chain stays joined with a unique one-piece forged yoke that is very stiff. The seat stay assembly is joined and reinforced with a unique inverted arch bridge and precision sealed cartridge bearings are used at all of the Mission’s pivots. By joining these assemblies to the Mission’s front triangle and Knuckle Box, the Diamondback Design Team has created a six-inch travel all-mountain bike with a low center of gravity, plenty of stand over clearance, and a ride quality that magazine test editors have described as “awesome,” “nimble,” and “just plain fun!” Diamondback couldn’t have said it better!
|Bottom Bracket:||Truvativ PowerSpline|
|Brakes:||HAYES STROKER RYDE Hydraulic V7" frt / V6" rear rotors|
|Cassette:||SRAM PG-950 9spd (11-34t)|
|Crankset:||Truvativ Blaze PowerSpline 3.1 AL-66 Arms, AL-7075 Outer Ring, 44/32/22t|
|Frame:||Mission All Mountain 6" Hydroform Top Tube, Butted Formed Down Tube, Butted Formed Seatstays, UnderArch Seatstay bridge, Knuckle Box Technology|
|Fork:||ROCK SHOX TORA 318 Solo Air 130mm travel, with Motion Control damping, external Rebound/Compression adjust w/Lock out, Hollow Forge Crown|
|Rear Shock:||FOX FLOAT R 200x51 Air w/rebound adj and Propedal Platform|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano Deore, Dual Pull Top Swing|
|Handlebar:||Easton EA30 MidRise 31.8|
|Headset:||Zero Stack 1-1/8|
|Hub:||Alloy with CNC Disc Mount (front) Alloy Disc Cassette with CNC Disc Mount (rear)|
|Pedals:||MTB Alloy Platform|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano LX|
|Saddle:||WTB Pure V Sport|
|Seatpost :||Easton EA30 double bolt clamp 30.9|
|Shifters:||Shimano Deore Rapid Fire 9spd|
|Stem:||Easton EA30 31.8|
|Steerer Material:||HAYES STROKER RYDE Levers|
|Suspension System:||Knuckle Box|
|Tires:||WTB Prowler MX 2.3 Front, Prowler SS 2.3 Rear.|
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