Diamondback Mission 1 Review

Diamondback Mission review

Price

Around $2,000 - Available on Amazon.com

Pros​​​​

Excellent grip, suspension, hydraulic brakes

Cons

​Color might not be for everyone, no water bottle mount

Summary

The Diamondback Mission 1 is a viable entry point for intermediate mountain bikers wanting to take that next progression to a full suspension experience without breaking the bank.

Our Rating

86/100

Manufacturer

The Diamondback Mission 1 is a full suspension mountain bike designed for avid riders who take on the challenges of steep hills and rugged terrain. 

Just under the professional or competition-level, this bike offers some of the latest and more advanced shock absorbing engineering.

Full suspension mountain bikes can climb to the $5000 range or even more; the Diamondback Mission 1 provides a top value for around $2000 less.

Tech Specs

FRAME SIZE: Small, Medium, Large
BRAKE TYPE: SRAM Lever Hydraulic Disc
SHIFTER: SRAM NX- X-Horizon 11-speed Rear
SADDLE: WTB Volt Comp saddle
RIMS: Wind resistance via the frictionless fan
TIRES: WTB Vigilante Enduro
PRICE RANGE: $1,899 - $2,599

It’s important to understand that the Diamondback Mission 1 features a full suspension frame and forks. Most mountain bikes are categorized as hardtail bikes because of their solid frame with a suspension fork on the front. The Diamondback Mission 1 doubles-clown on this concept.

On the Diamondback Mission 1, you are riding a full suspension mountain bike with a traditional suspension fork out front. However, it's designed with a front triangle and rear triangle linked together with pivots.

The two sections on a full-suspension bike like this move independently. A “shock absorber” controls their movements. The suspension you need depends on the terrain and the style of riding you want to do. Mountain and trail bikes have between four and six inches of suspension and are made to handle tougher terrain

Bringing this all together on the Diamondback Mission 1 is a bit of engineering called link level suspension. With this feature from Diamondback, it activates suspension to give you better pedaling control and traction.

This patent-pending mechanism places lower linkage inline and much higher than other bike brands and in line with the chain. Its purpose is to keep your center of gravity stable while your bike descends. This “Knucklebox” is designed to assist you when riding rapidly downhill.

Riders claim it has protected them from the hazards of quick turns and unexpected debris along the trail.

The Diamond Mission 1 has 150mm of front and rear suspension delivering an extensive reach to help you traverse most any kind of extreme landscape or rock outcroppings.

The Diamondback Mission 1 includes 27.5 wheels that give it greater ability to negotiate rugged terrain more readily than the smaller 26-inch size. And unlike the more common 29-inch size, the mid-range wheels are easier to maneuver.

Frame Size

The Diamondback Mission 1 adjusts to your needs. That 150mm of front and rear suspension has three different presets that can be set to respond to your specific ride environment.

Here’s an interesting note, you don’t need steel or titanium to be strong for mountain bike frame It’s why the Mission 1 has a lightweight frame made of weapons-grade aluminum.

Brake Type

On the Diamondback Mission 1, disc brakes fore and aft help bring smooth, almost instant stopping capabilities with little squeeze pressure from the rider. The Diamondback Mission 1 has an SRAM lever hydraulic disc with 180mm front and 180mm rear centerline to give you more leverage when maneuvering the toughest single tracks and abandon fire roads.

Diamondback Mission 1 Break Review

Shifter

The SRAM NX- X-Horizon 11-speed rear derailleur allows for near-silent shifting. Also, the integrity of SCRAM products is very well known and respected among mountain biking enthusiasts.

Diamondback Mission 1 Gear Review

Saddle

The Diamondback Mission 1 features DB alloy micro adjust, 30.9mm seatpost and WTB Volt Comp saddle.

Rims

The Mission 1 has a wheelset hub made of 32H alloy with a 15mm thru-axle, sealed cartridge bearing to withstand intense uphill assents. Diamondback Blanchard 28R tubeless rims offer a wide stance and are ready to take on any terrain or weather.

Tires

The Diamond Mission 1 has 160mm of front and rear suspension to give you the best ride no matter where you roam. UST tubeless tires made from high-quality WTB Vigilante Enduro measure 27.5 x 2.3″ to provide you with better traction.

Price Range

The Diamondback Mission 1 2017 has a list price of, $2599.99, although you can get it discounted on the Diamondback website, from online mountain bike retailers, and during sales at your local bike shop.

It can be considered an excellent deal for a mountain bike under $3000 because it provides all the features a non-competitive biker needs – hydraulic brakes, lock-on grips, a Race Face Turbine 32-tooth crank and lots more.

What We Like

The 6061-T6 aluminum frame of the Diamondback Mission 1 combined with the KnuckleBox suspension provides a super stiff ride that is also ultra-durable.

The Knucklebox suspension system keeps you safe even at high speeds.

The bike is lightweight but is built with SRAM components and other high-quality parts.

At 33 pounds, it’s relatively svelte for a bike this large with so many mechanical components.

Pros

  • ​Tires grip and keep you on track
  • ​Versatile 27.5-wheel size
  • ​160mm Fox suspension travel (front and rear)
  • Dropper-post ready
  • Hydraulic brakes

​​​​What We Don’t Like

Too many logos and goofy color rims may not be everyone’s cup of tea.  

Cons

  • ​May not climb uphill well enough
  • ​Some feel frame quality could be better
  • ​No place to mount water bottle on frame

​Buying Advice

If you’re a hard-core rider ready to enter the world of full suspension, The Diamondback Mission 1 is an outstanding starting point. But remember this is a different writing experience with the multi suspension points the frame may feel a little floppy under certain lighting conditions.

With the Diamondback Mission 1 you can climb up most any hill with few issues, and the extra traction tires can even handle rocky trails in ways you may never have experienced before.

Many riders claim on the Diamondback Mission1 they can pedal faster without sacrificing control.

All Diamondback mountain bikes have features you can’t get in generic hardtail bikes. I like the flat handlebars, aluminum frames and hydraulic brakes.

The Mission 1 is feature-packed with several other additional attributes that make it a great, all-around value.

Conclusion

The Diamondback Mission 1 is a viable entry point for intermediate mountain bikers wanting to take that next progression to a full suspension experience without breaking the bank.

Many well-seasoned riders claim that you can’t fully explore trails with a standard bike; you need a one specially made for the twists and turns of the trail terrain.

If you are curious as to how engineering has enhanced the evolution of mountain biking, then you owe yourself a Diamondback Mission 1.

This post was last updated on May 22nd, 2018 at 12:36 pm

About the Author Max Shumpert

Over the last few years, I’ve taken my love of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, trekking and exploring to the next level by starting this site. I started a bike shop in Denver, CO, and have seen amazing growth over the last few years. Getting paid to do what I love has been a dream come true for me. That’s also what led me to start BikesReviewed.com. In my shop, I spend a large amount of time helping people find the perfect bike for them and the style of biking they’re going to be doing. It only made sense that I expanded my reach and got online, making it possible for me to help people all over the world. If biking and staying fit is your priority, too, you’ve come to the right place.

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