Diamondback Mission 2 Mountain Bike Review

Diamondback Mission 2 Review

Price

Around $3,500 - Available on Amazon.com

Pros​​​​

Suspension, easy to assemble, lightweight, strong

Cons

Price

Summary

An excellent all-round mountain bike with good suspension, perfect for trail rides.

Our Rating

90/100

Manufacturer

The Diamondback Mission 2 is a top-of-the-line all-mountain mountain bike with an incredibly strong frame, top-quality components, and superior front and rear suspension.

The full-suspension design ensures that the bike can soak up anything and everything the trails can send its way. From rough trails and steep descents to huge drops and big jumps, the Mission 2 eats it all up.

The Mission 2 is best suited for aggressive mountain bikers that want the very best in performance.

Tech Specs

FRAME SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, and Extra-large
BRAKE TYPE: Shimano SLX Hydraulic Disc Brakes
SHIFTER: Shimano SLX 1x11 Drivetrain
RIMS: Diamondback Blanchard 28R Tubeless Compatible Rims
TIRES: WTB Vigilante Race Tires
PRICE RANGE:  ​$2,799 - $3,500

This Diamondback mountain bike is a work of art in many ways.

For starters, every aspect of the full-suspension bike has been gone over with a fine-toothed comb to make it one of the best all-mountain models that money can buy.

It combines the best Diamondback components with a wide selection of the best aftermarket components. This leads to not only a durable all-terrain machine, but one that is stable, fast, smooth-handling, and comfortable as well.

The bike is one of the most expensive mountain bikes available from Diamondback and this shows through in its overall performance and technical specifications.

Frame Size

The Mission 2 boasts a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame.

The strong, sturdy frame is incredibly lightweight and boasts a low-slung profile for aggressive riders on high-level trails.

The frame is available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes to accommodate a wide variety of riders.

Diamondback pairs the frame with FOX 36 Float 160mm front and rear suspension. This type of suspension is widely considered the best for serious all-mountain riding.

Brake Type

A bike that has the ability to travel as fast as the Mission 2 needs to be able to stop on a dime.

Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes allow it to do just that. In addition to providing top-notch stopping power, the brakes are also quite responsive to varying amounts of pressure.

Diamondback Mission 2 Disk Brakes Review

All it takes to slow the bike down is gentle force from a single finger on the handlebar-mounted brake levers.

Shifter

A Shimano SLX 1x11 drivetrain provides effortless shifting.

The shifting action is smooth and never jumps. Even when you’re racing downhill over choppy terrain at top speeds, the shifting action is effortless.

Diamondback Mission 2 Shifter Review

A wide range of gears are available so you can always find the right one.

Rims

The bike utilizes Diamondback Blanchard 28R tubeless compatible rims.

The rims are very strong to promote straight tracking and proper stability even after being bruised repeatedly by on-trail hazards.

Tires

WTB Vigilante Race tires keep the Mission 2 locked to the ground. They measure in at 27.5-inches by 2.3-inches in width.

These tires are known for their high performance in all off-road conditions including mud, wet dirt, hardpack, rock, and more. It’s easy to find replacement WTB Vigilante Race tires once the original pair wears down.  

Price Range

You can buy the Mission 2 at most independent bike shops that carry Diamondback mountain bikes. Find out if there’s a dealer near you by using the “store locator” tool on the main Diamondback website. You can also buy the Mission 2 online, from either the Diamondback website or a third-party retailer.

Prices for the Mission 2 vary, but the current online MSRP price is:

  • ​Diamondback Mission 2, $4,000

Special offers on the Mission 2 regularly appear both online and in brick-and-mortar stores.

What We Like

There’s not enough good things to say about the Diamondback Mission 2 mountain bike.

For a full-suspension all-mountain model, the sheer quality of the components and overall performance is hard to beat. Needless to say, a bike this expensive is an expert-model only and isn’t generally suitable for beginners.


Here’s what we like most:

  • ​Strong, lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum frame
  • ​FOX 36 Float front and rear suspension
  • ​Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes and drivetrain
  • Aggressive profile for expert riders
  • Hand-built by the folks at Diamondback

​What We Don’t Like

It’s almost impossible to deny that the Diamondback Mission 2 mountain bike is a top performer, yet there are still some negatives we must discuss.

It’s essential to state again that this is an expert-level mountain bike. It’s meant for aggressive riders that intend to leave it all out on the trail. The bike is uncomfortable and unwieldy for beginner riders.

Here’s what we don’t like most:

  • ​Expensive (but you get what you pay for)
  • ​Current model has problem with sticky brakes
  • ​Stiff suspension for most trail riding

​Buying Advice

The Diamondback Mission 2 is one of the best mountain bikes available for those interested in high-speed downhill runs paired with huge drops and big jumps.

It’s created from the ground-up with expert riders in mind. The hand-built nature of the bike means that Diamondback forgoes many of its own components in favor of the best versions built by leading aftermarket brands.

The full-suspension bike features very stiff suspension that’s great for soaking up big impacts but not so great for beginner riders on more mellow trails.

Another notable feature is the bike’s durability.

You can throw this thing down and crash hard with nary a scratch. Of course, damage is possible, but in general this bike is very long-lasting, even when it’s put through the ringer.  We believe this is a great option for those looking for an aggressive all-mountain full-suspension mountain bike to consider.  

Conclusion

The Diamondback Mission 2 is hand-built to tackle the entire mountain, from the fastest singletrack to the roughest trails to the biggest jumps at the park.

It’s very stable in all conditions, handles well even at high speed, soaks up the biggest impacts, and can survive serious crashes without much damage.

Though beginners should stay away from this bike, advanced intermediates and experts will love the fact that they can push the boundaries of mountain biking to the next level on this model.

Simply put, the Diamondback Mission 2 is what aggressive, big impact, high-speed mountain bikers require in a bike.

This post was last updated on April 14th, 2018 at 12:28 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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