Diamondback Mason: On Test- by Guitar Ted
Twenty Nine Inches would like to announce the opening of our test/review on the Diamondback Mason. This bike is representative of a movement within the 29″er field to produce hard tails with short chain stay dimensions and slack head angles which support longer travel forks and a more aggressive riding style suitable for anything from Trail riding to All Mountain and Park riding styles. Bikes within this realm would include the Transition two9, (seen here), and bikes like the recently reported on 2Souls Cycles Quarterhorse, (seen here).
We first laid eyes on the Mason at Interbike 2011. (The bike was then dubbed the Dixon, which was found to be a name already in use by Devinci Cycles, so a name change was necessitated.) We were impressed to the point that we gave it Best of Show, and we indicated an interest in possibly testing a sample at that time. At this year’s edition of Interbike, we got to demo the bike, (impressions seen here), and now finally we are pleased to have a previously demoed sample here for a longer term test.
The Mason features the short chain stays, (433mm/17.05″), and slack head angle, (66.5°), which are hallmarks of this genre’ of 29″ers. Featuring a Fox Talas fork set to 140mm, this should prove to be a good indication for us if these types of bikes are more versatile beasts or one trick ponies.
Stay tuned for an Out Of The Box post coming soon.
Note: Diamondback sent over the Mason for test/review at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches. We are not being bribed, nor paid for this review. We will strive to give or honest thoughts and opinions throughout.