Diamondback’s Knuckle Box suspension design, used on their Mission and Sortie mountain bikes, is being expanded into the slopestyle and all-mountain arena with a new and very limited edition bike called the Scapegoat. Originally a concept bike developed for Interbike, the production models were created as interest in the show model increased.
The Scapegoat’s frame is essentially a Mission frame with a more robust straight gauge downtube for increased strength, a 1.5-inch headtube, an ISCG chainguide mount and a mount on the seat tube for a Brake Therapy floating brake caliper adaptor. The layout sounds like it should make for a fun and capable new platform, but unfortunately the initial production run calls for only 20 of them to be built so you should consider yourself lucky just to see one let alone ride it, at least for now. “The Scapegoat is an all-mountain/park rider’s dream bike,” said Diamondback Marketing Coordinator Trevor Knesal.
The frame features 6-inches of travel in back with 6.3-inches in front via a Fox 36 TALAS RC2 fork. The highlights of the build include a Fox DHX Air 5.0 rear shock, Truvativ Stylo cranks, Sram X.0 shifting, Mavic Crossmax SX wheels and Avid Code brakes.
More information on the Scapegoat project can be found at www.diamondback.com