Diamondback Mason 2

Diamondback Mason 2 Review: How Good is It?

When the original Diamond Mason 1 was introduced into the market, it became a massive success! It was a 29er hard tail that could hit all kinds of trails with the level of aggressiveness only comparable to that of a full-suspension model.

And now, in 2018, Diamondback has re-engineered the bike to make it even better while still retaining all the original, unique traits that made it sooo popular.

The name of the new bike is Diamondback Mason 2!

In the following post, we’ll take you through a complete review of this new bike from DB to help you understand what it comes with and how it compares to the previous models.

Diamondback Bicycles Mason Plus Complete Mountain Bike
  • 6061-T6 aluminum frame with 148x12 Boost dropouts
  • Reba 120mm 27.5+ fork w/rebound and lockout control


  • Solid frame
  • Comes in multiple size options
  • Stylish appearance
  • Larger wheels with excellent traction
  • Easy to assemble


  • A bit pricey for the budget-conscious riders
  • 11 speeds sound insufficient for an average mountain bike

Features and Benefits of Diamondback Mason 2

As usual, we start by taking you through a list of the top features and benefits that you’ll find in this bike.

These include:

Rugged Frame

One thing we can all agree on is that Diamondback does not disappoint when it comes to quality across all their bikes (regardless of the cost).

The brand carries on their reputation in this particular bike as it’s made using weapon-grade 6061-T6 aluminum alloy metal. This makes the frame super-strong while at the same time reducing the weight of the bike (in fact, this bike weighs lighter than its predecessor).

Other parts of the bike are also made of quality materials to enhance its overall durability and make it hold up well to various terrains. For instance, the forks are made using a tapered steerer tube and alloy rims.

Powerful Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Another prominent feature people love in this bike revolves around its superior braking system.

No mountain bike is good enough without superior bikes that will enable you to make them abrupt stops where the emergency situations arise.

DB has equipped this bike with the SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes. These offers you plenty of stopping power so that you can make stops with the ultimate ease—even when riding on slippery in muddy surfaces and rainy conditions.

Larger, Sturdier Wheels

Probably the key feature that draws the REAL difference between Mason 2 and the original Mason is the type of tires they come with.

Talking of Mason 2, it features larger tires measuring 27.5+ inches. The tires 2.8 inches wide, something which helps the bike deliver an insane amount of traction and grip ability on all surfaces, including the rugged and terrains.

With increased traction, you’ll enjoy even greater control of your bike.

A Variety of Sizing Options

It would be a miss for Diamondback not to make this bike available in many sizes, given that different riders all over the globe want to have a “taste” of it on all kinds of terrains.

As they’ve always done in all their bike models, the owner has designed this bike in FOUR main sizes to meet the needs of riders of different body heights.

These sizes include:

  • Small (15.5" frame): suitable for Rider Height: 5'4" - 5'7"
  • Medium (17” frame): suitable for Rider Height: 5'7" - 5'10"
  • Large (19” frame): suitable for Rider Height: 5'10" - 6'1"
  • Extra-Large (21” frame): suitable for Rider Height: 6'1" - 6'4"

If you have any issues regarding the size, make a point of contacting Diamondback for clarification. The support team is highly responsive and will surely assist you.

Hassle-free and Fast Assembly

Like all the other bikes from DB, this mountain bike ( see also: Our 10 Best Mountain Bike Reviews ) also comes partially assembled (up to 85% assembled). This means you’ll need to do the installation of some parts to make the bike ready for use as well as tweaking and adjustment of the components.

Inside the box, you’ll also get an assembly guide and user manual to show you how to do the installation without necessarily reaching out to your local bike repair professional.

However, if you feel that the assembly is a challenge to you or you fear you’ll mess it up because you’ve never done it before, feel free to take your bike to a repair shop for proper assembly.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does this bike come assembled? If no, how hard is the assembly?

These bikes come partially assembled. This is because they have to disassemble it to fit in the factory box for easy shipping. It arrives at your doorstep approximately 85% assembled, so you’ll need to complete the setup.

With the included assembly guide, setting it up and adjusting various components should be fairly easy and quick for you.

2. can women ride this bike as well?

Yes. This bike is unisex, meaning male as well as female riders can ride it.

3. how much does this bike weigh?

This bike weighs approximately 28 lbs., making it lighter than the Mason 1, which weighed around 30 lbs.

4. How many gears does this bike offer?

The bike has a total of 11 gears to help you master different terrains, including the steepest ones.

5. What’s the size of the bike tires?

The tires measure 27.5 plus inches in diameter and have a width of 2.8 inches.

Final verdict

Like its predecessor, Mason 2 also a hard tail that has capabilities of a full-suspension mountain bike model. What makes it even better than the previous model is its bigger, mid-far wheels which increase your traction and stability. And this makes it even easier to conquer any type of terrains. It also feels lighter than Mason 1, making it easier to maneuver for different riders.

As you’d expect in any other bike from Diamondback, this model has solid built frame and parts, powerful hydraulic braking system, and an array of sizes to fit the needs of riders with different body heights.

Overall, if you’re on the hunt for a hard tail that performs exceptionally on all terrains, go for Diamondback Mason 2!

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