"New" is such an overused term. Still, there's the Diamondback Mason Bike 2016, and you've got to use the word. For one, this edition of the bike is rolling on 27.5+ wheels, and uses Boost, which is no longer emerging. It's here. So on the one hand, you can say that the Mason has the same stance it's always had. But in reality, you've now got the massively better traction afforded by a 27.5+ setup, and the stiffness provided by Boost. Grip, and no flop. It's a win- win.
Elsewhere, you'll find the other reasons you've loved the Mason all this time. It's built upon a low-slung and slack butted and hydroformed frame, with a 120mm Rockshox Reba fork. Shifting comes through SRAM X-5 10-speed (with an X7 derailleur on the rear), and the power via Raceface Ride cranks at 36/22T. Brakes are Avid DB1 hydraulic with 180mm rotors front and back, and the wheelset used tubeless compatible DB OffPiste rims tied to Boost hubs on both ends, Thru Axle 110/15mm front, 148x12mm rear. DB comes through with most of the remaining gear, including their DB35, 760mm wide handlebar.
If you were a Mason fan before, you might have seen this one coming. The bike always had the tight rear end that favored a big wheel setup like this, and the Boost 27.5+ configuration Diamondback chose this time around makes it feel like this bike is on the right path.
|Frame||Mason 27.5" Plus 6061-T6 Weapons Grade Aluminum w/Formed Top Tube, Butted / Formed Down Tube / Seatstays, Tapered Head Tube, ISCG, 148x12mm Boost Spec Dropouts|
|Fork||Rockshox Reba 27.5+, 120mm, Air, external rebound adj. w/turnkey lockout, Magnesium Lowers, Alloy 1.5 Tapered Steerer Tube|
|Headset||FSA No57 Taper 1.5 / 1 1/8" Alloy cups, Sealed Cartridge|
|Shifters||SRAM X5 10spd|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM X5 High Direct Mount|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X7 Type 2.1|
|Crankset||Raceface Ride 36/22T|
|Bottom Bracket||Raceface Outboard Bearing|
|Chain||SRAM PC-1031 Power Link - Gold|
|Cassette||Shimano HG50 10spd (11-36t)|
|Brakes||Avid DB1 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm/180mm Centerline Rotors|
|Wheelset||DB OffPiste32 Doublewall Disc, 32h Tubless Compatible |
Front hub is Alloy Disc 32h Boost 110x15mm Thru Axle, Sealed Cartridge Bearing
Rear hub is Alloy Disc 32h Boost 148x12mm Thru Axle, 4 Sealed Cartridge Bearing - Using 14g Stainless Steel spokes
|Tires||Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5x2.9" Performance, Folding, Tubless Compatible|
|Handlebar||DB35, 760mm, 15mm rise, 35mm barbore|
|Stem||DB35, 60mm, 35mm barbore|
|Grips||DB4L "Lock on" 135mm Kraton|
|Seatpost||DB Micro Adjust 30.9mm|
|Saddle||DB Race M-series saddle|
|Intended Use||Trail, All-Mountain|
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
|Size||Small ||Medium ||Large ||Extra Large |
|A: Seat Tube Length||394 |
|B: Effective Top Tube||571 |
|C: Stack|| - || - || - || - |
|D: Reach|| - || - || - || - |
|E: BB Height||330 |
|F: BB Drop|| - || - || - || - |
|G: Head Tube Length||109 |
|H: Head Tube Angle||66°||66°||66°||66°|
|I: Seat Tube Angle||74°||74°||74°||74°|
|J: Standover Height||775 |
|K: Chainstay Length||432 |
|L: Wheelbase|| - || - || - || - |
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