When Diamondback set out to design the new Podium the goal was simple: make the best road bike possible. They set aside any preconceived ideas and investigated every potential increase in performance, allowing results to speak for themselves. The results? Well, that’s easy as the bike delivers speed, performance, and outstanding ride quality.
Three things set this Podium apart from any bike that came before it: its design process, influences, and construction.
After the rousing success of the Serios TT bike, they collaborated once again with the guru of very fast carbon fiber bicycles, Kevin Quan. With Quan on the design team, Diamondback was able to dramatically improve the Podium’s ride, weight, and aerodynamics. Being able to borrow from the Serios paid off—you can see some of the same lines in the Podium’s truncated airfoils and tube shapes. Hours in the wind tunnel produced a Podium that’s 50% faster than its predecessor. This decrease in drag has the effect of saving a rider approximately 100g over any previous Podium – that’s up to ten watts – across all yaw angles. To boil it down, this bike cuts through the air like few road bikes ever have.
Being good in a sterile wind tunnel is one thing but the real question to ask of a bike is, “how does it ride out in the real world?” They also enlisted the help of Team Optum pro riders for this step. They put prototypes through their paces and gave Diamond tons of feedback along the way. Their input was invaluable: these are guys who are accustomed to long and difficult days in the saddle and are very in-tune with their machines. These cyclists demand a bike that’s compliant to ride all day yet can react instantly to accelerations and attacks. When the dust settled, this bike does that and more–Optum’s already grabbing wins on the bike.
The $2,700 Podium Etape is a lightweight and aero race-ready steed for competition or your next gran fondo. The most aerodynamic road bike Diamondback has ever made, its carbon fiber frame features their Advanced Monocoque Molding SLP process. Each frame is hand built according to a detailed layup schedule to ensure a compliant and responsive ride for long days in the saddle. Equipped with a Shimano 105 groupset, this bike is ready for riders looking to take their results to the next tier.
- Hand built AMMP SLP carbon frame utilizes an advanced mix of carbon to achieve an unbelievable ride
- 11-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain
- HED Flanders C2+ wheelset
- Unidirectional monocoque carbon fork with Continuous Fiber Technology, tapered steer tube, and carbon dropouts
- Internal cable routing is clean and aero
The Vitesse translates to speed: something the Diamondback carbon fiber $4,500 Podium Vitesse knows all about. Utilizing their Advanced Monocoque Molding SLP construction, each Podium frame is hand built using signature Optimized Resin Compound and hundreds of pieces of carbon fiber laminate—each individually and painstakingly placed according to a meticulously engineered layup schedule. The result is a precisely crafted frameset that stands up to the demands of professional racers and everyday cyclists alike. Outfitted with a full complement of Shimano Ultegra components, the Vitesse is designed for no-nonsense racing all season.
- AMMP SLP carbon fiber racing frame is stiff where you need it, compliant where you want it
- Full 11 speed Shimano Ultegra group
- HED Ardennes Plus clincher wheelset
- Internal cable routing removes clutter and aerodynamic drag
- Continuous Fiber Technology unidirectional carbon fork has tapered steer tube and carbon dropouts
Do you dream of the epic mountain passes and fan lined promenades of big European stage races? The $7,500 Podium Equipe exudes this spirit of competition. Designed in collaboration with some of the greatest minds in the business, this is Diamondback’s fastest and most aero Podium to date. The Advanced Monocoque Molding Process SLP carbon construction creates a sub-900 gram frame that is built for elite competition. Its unique layup uses over 300 individual pieces of carbon laminate, with a mix of characteristics to optimize ride and performance: it’s plenty compliant to go the distance, yet stiff enough for out-of-the saddle climbs and do-or-die sprints. The Continuous Fiber Technology fork and tapered head tube provide unbeatable steering precision, delivering confidence in a nervous peloton or high speed corners. With its unmatched ride quality and a superior build, the Podium Equipe is a world class road race machine.
- AMMP SLP carbon construction, hand built frame weighs in under 900g
- Full Shimano Dura-Ace 11 speed group
- HED Stinger Carbon Tubular wheelset
- Internal cable routing is aero and clean
- Continuous Fiber Technology monocoque unidirectional carbon fork with tapered steer tube and carbon dropouts