Mission Pro

“If you could only have one bike”… You hear it all the time. But what would you look for in that bike? A great pedaling platform? Got it. A balanced ride? You bet. Increased bottom out resistance and a ton of perceived travel for any hit? Done deal.

With 6 inches of front and rear travel, the 2012 Mission series caters to the all mountain/Enduro riders. Super D’s and single track, up and down… the Mission continues to be the go to steed for almost any situation.

“I spend 90% of my time on my Mission. It’s the bike that got me excited about Diamondback. It can be set up to do everything. If I could only have one bike in my quiver, it would be my Mission,” states Diamondback DF5 Pro Factory Rider Kyle Thomas.

Diamondback’s Design Philosophy is a no-nonsense approach to building quality bicycles. We want our bike designs to be straightforward: their hardware accessible and their suspension simple.

The 2012 Mission All Mountain 6" frame is created from 6061-T6 Weapons Grade Aluminum and features a hydroformed top tube, a butted and formed downtube seatstays, seatstay bridge, a tapered headtube, ISCG 05 tabs, a 142×12mm E-Thru Axle drop out and Diamondbacks legendary Knuckle Box Suspension technology.

The Knuckle Box, or bell crank, is the core of our single-pivot four-bar suspension platform. Optimally placed pivots equate to a low leverage ratio, and ultimately to superior pedaling efficiency and small-bump compliance. This also allows the shock to work more efficiently and reduces pedal induced motion. It also reduces overall load on the system which will lead to improved shock and bearing life.

Placing the Knuckle Box low within the frame, situates the greatest weight of the bike closer to the bottom bracket, which lowers the bike’s center of gravity and allows it to better track and corner.

Wheel-rate is also one of the most significant aspects of a suspension system. Wheel-rate is the effective spring-rate when measured at the wheel. A benefit of our four-bar linkage is increased control over the wheel-rate. Obtaining the spring-rate curves in shocks from Fox is necessary to allowing us to determine the wheel-rate. Working closely with Fox, we’re able to optimize the wheel-rate to be linear-to-slightly progressive. This results are superb small-bump compliance, more perceived travel and excellent bottom-out protection. For this application we’ve chosen to run a 160mm Fox
Float RP23 Air Shock with Adaptive Logic and Boost Valve Technologies. The extra volume “XV” 216×63mm air shock with rebound adjust and all new 3 position “adaptive logic” Propedal Platform keeps the rear riding plush without too much sacrifice on the pedal uphill. The RP23’s patented Boost Valve technology provides a feeling of endless travel and plushness like that of a downhill rig, but with XC pedaling efficiency.

Where the Mission comes to life in on the descent. On previous versions of the mission, we’ve run both 150mm Fox 32’s and 160mm Fox 36’s. Time and testing have proven to us that a 160mm fork with larger 36mm stations and a 20mmthru axle are by far the best fit for this All Mountain steed. A 160mm fork up front allows the front end to sit slack at a capable 67 degrees. The slacker front end eats obstacles with ease and ads more stability on the descents but doesn’t compromise ones climbing ability too negatively. You can certainly run the bike with a 150mm fork if a steeper front end is desired. But for this application we’ve gone with the Fox 36 Float R air. With 160mm of travel, external rebound, a tapered steerer, 36mm Easton aluminum stanchions, and magnesium lowers, this is a fork that means business.

In addition to the top notch Fox Suspension, the complete Mission Pro drivetrain is comprised of a Sram XO rear derailleur, X-9 shifters, a PG-1070 10spd Cassette (11-36t), and Shimano XT dual pull, top swing 34.9 front derailleur for crisp and precise shifting every time. The Raceface SIXC AM carbon 10spd crankset with outboard bearing bottom bracket and bash guard (24/36/AM) provide just the right combination of stiff, light and durable to make this the all mountain riders dream set up. A Rockshox Reverb 125mm dropper post with remote raising and lowering a WTB Silverado saddle are simply icing on the cake here folks.

Stopping power is adequately supplied via the Hayes Prime Pro Hydraulic disc brakes (8” front/7” rear) and Easton Haven components grace the Handlebars, stem, and UST wheelset.

Mission frame features & Characteristics:

Tapered Head tube – Today’s longer travel forks generate more stress on the head tube. Add in today’s more aggressive rider and the need for additional strength in that region becomes imperative. Thus the 2012 Mission Pro frame is equipped with a tapered head tube for enhanced steering and extra strength.

142×12 mm Thru Axle – Employing Shimano’s new 142×12 mm E-Thru design makes for a stiffer and stronger rear-end on the bike.

Single-Sided Hardware – Single-sided oversized heat treated hardware is used for the three main pivot points allows for easy access to your 14 high-quality Enduro Max bearings simply with standard tools. No more removing the crankset to tighten or service your pivots.

Knuckle Box Technology
LOW AND TIGHT – The Knuckle Box platform was designed specifically to be low and tight:

  • Low center of gravity: All suspension parts are positioned farther down on the frame for a stable and balanced ride.
  • Low leverage suspension design: Lower air pressure results in longer shock life, less frame loading and better pedaling.
  • Tight, compact linkage system of the Knuckle Box bell crank isolates and cradles the rear shock.
  • Tight and large anodized aluminum hardware, matched with Force-Rated Enduro Max Bearings: Withstands higher loads and better handles oscillating motion.

The 2012 Mission frameset comes complete with:

  • Fox Float RP23 XV Rear Shock
  • Rockshox Reverb 125mm Dropper Post w/Remote
  • FSA No.55 Head Set includes both crown races for Taper or Standard 1 1/8” steerer tubes
  • 142×12 Sealed Cartridge Hub 32H with Shimano Thru Axle
  • Fitted chainstay protector and shock pump

Make no mistake; the 2012 Mission Pro frameset is built for almost everything under the sun. If you want to pedal to the top and descend back down with the confidence of a lion, then the Mission Pro is the bike for you!


  • Weapons Grade Aluminum MissionPro 6” All-Mountain Frame w/ Knuckle Box Suspension Platform w/142x12 thru Axle Drop Outs
  • Fox 36 FLOAT OB 160mm Fork / Fox Float RP23 XV Rear Shock
  • Easton HAVEN Wheels
  • SRAM XO Rear Derailleur 10spd
  • Rockshox Reverb 125mm Dropper Post w/Remote

Bike Specs

Sizes 15.5" Small  15.5" Small  17" Medium  19" Large  21" XLarge 
Frame Mission All Mountain 6" 6061-T6 Weapons Grade Aluminum w/Hydroformed Top Tube, Butted / Formed Down Tube / Seatstays, Under Arch Seatstay bridge, Tapered Head Tube Knuckle Box Technology, ISCG, 142x12mm E-Thru Axle Drop out
Fork Fox 36 Float R air, 160mm travel, open bath, w/ ext. rebound, butted Alloy 1.5 Tapered steerer, 32mm Easton aluminum stanchions, magnesium lowers, w/20mm thru axle
Rear Shock Fox Float, Adaptive Logic, RP23 "XV" extra volume 216x63mm Air, DB Mission Spec, w/rebound adj, w/NEW 3 position "adaptive logic" Propedal Platform, with On/Off lever
Cranks RACEFACE SIXC AM CARBON 10spd w/outboard bearing BB w/All Mountain guard 24/36/AM
Bottom Bracket Raceface BB
F. Derailleur Shimano XT dual pull, top swing 34.9
R. Derailleur SRAM X-0 10spd
Shifter SRAM X-9 10spd trigger
Brake Levers Hayes Prime Pro w/tool free on the fly reach, pad contact adj.
Brakes Hayes Prime Pro Hydraulic V8" frt / V7" rear rotors
Cassette SRAM PG-1070 10spd Cassette (11-32t)
Rims Easton HAVEN 24h, 26" Clincher - UST
Tires KENDA Nevegal 2.35, w/STICK-E rubber compound, Folding
Pedals DB Sound Alloy w/ molded traction pins
Handlebar Easton HAVEN 20mm Rise 711mm width 31.8mm
Stem Easton HAVEN CNC 0 degree, 31.8mm
Seatpost Rock Shox Reverb 30.9 125mm Dropper Post
Headset FSA No55 Taper 1.5 / 1 1/8" Alloy cups, Sealed Cartridge
Colors Black
Chain SRAM PC-1031 Power Link - Gold
Hubset (F) Easton HAVEN 24h, 20mm thru axle, Alloy Sealed Cartridge Bearing Disc (R) Easton HAVEN 24h, 142x12 thru axle, Alloy Sealed Cartridge Bearing Disc, w/ Shimano E-thru QR Axle
Spokes Easton SAPIM butted Spokes
Grips DB4L "Lock on" 135mm Kraton
Extras Knuckle Box Shock Pump, Sag Gauge, Owner’s manual / Mission owner's manual cover, Chainstay Protector, H20 bottle mounts
Note Specifications Subject to Change


Size 15.5" Small 15.5" Small 17" Medium 19" Large 21" XLarge
Seat Tube Length ** 15.5mm 15.5mm 17.0mm 19.0mm 21.0mm
Standover Height 29.0mm 29.0mm 29.5mm 29.5mm 30.0mm
Top Tube Length * 22.0mm 22.0mm 23.0mm 24.0mm 25.0mm
Head Tube Length 120.0mm 120.0mm 130.0mm 145.0mm 145.0mm
Head Angle 67.0° 67.0° 67.0° 67.0° 67.0°
Seat Angle 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0° 72.0°
Wheel Base 1087.0mm 1087.0mm 1109.0mm 1140.0mm 1172.0mm
Chain Stay Length 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm
Fork Offset 42.0mm mm 42.0mm 42.0mm 42.0mm
BB Height 348.0mm mm 348.0mm 348.0mm 348.0mm
Stem Length 55.0mm mm 70.0mm 70.0mm 70.0mm
Handlebar Width 711.0mm mm 711.0mm 711.0mm 711.0mm
Crank Length 170.0mm mm 175.0mm 175.0mm 175.0mm
Seat Post Length 380.0mm mm 380.0mm 380.0mm 380.0mm
* Measured Horizontally ** Measured from Center

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