Updated: A Look at Diamondback’s 29er Future

Diamondback's 29er hardtail built for descending.

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Jon Kennedy, Diamondback’s marketing guru and mastermind behind the Dixon, runs through some of this new bike’s features.

Diamondback’s view of the 29-inch-wheeled future–a bike tailor-made for aggressive descenders who want to take full advantage of the larger wheel size. Expect a production version of this bike as soon as 2013. You heard about this first here (sorry Levy, early bird gets the worm).

Not only is the head angle slack at 66 degrees, but the inset headset allows for a low-slung cockpit. The bike is currently called the Dixon, but that name may change before production (as Devinci Cycles already has a bike with that model name).

The bike will come equipped with ISCG tabs and direct front derailleur mount for plenty of options.

Short 426-millimeter chainstays and a dope graphics scheme. Diamondback chose to use 135-millimeter dropouts to keep the bike accessible for all buyers.