At the 2018 Sea Otter Classic, I got my first glimpse of the Diamondback Sync’r Carbon hardtail trail smasher. With 27.5+ wheels and a slack, but capable geometry, the Sync’r was memorable for a number of reasons, but mostly because it looked like a ton of fun to ride just about anywhere. I’m a sucker for 27.5+ hardtails (as the Niner SIR 9 27.5+ and Giant XTC Advanced 27.5+ will attest) and it’s easy to understand why — they offer a fun, fast and smooth ride without the fuss (and cost) of full-suspension.

Diamondback has made a name for itself in the past few years with their direct-to-consumer model and ReadyRide program, which ships nearly-assembled bikes to your door. In about 30 minutes, I took the Diamondback Catch 2 from box to trail.

2019 Diamondback Sync'r Carbon

The trail smashing 2019 Diamondback Sync’r.

Back to the new Sync’r. This new hardtail not only looks to have some serious chops all around the mountain with a slack 66-degree head tube angle combined with a steep 74-degree seat tube angle. That combination is built to handle the roughest terrain yet still climb with ease.

The best part? Well, that would be the $2999 price tag with a full-carbon frame, X-Fusion dropper post, 27.5+ tubeless rims, 140mm Fox 34 Performance fork, RaceFace Aeffect 35 riser bars and SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain. That’s tough to beat. The Diamondback Sync’r Carbon will be available in March 2019.

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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