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Diamondback Podium Equipe SRAM Red 22 Complete Road Bike

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Description

Ride all-American.

What do the riders who claimed victories at Ardeche, Tour of the Gila, Road Nationals, Canadian Crit Nationals, and a top ten at their first World Time Trial Championships all have in common? They all ride the Diamondback Podium. More specifically, the Podium Equipe SRAM Red 22 Complete Road Bike is the choice for these riders. This one is red, just for you.

Diamondback's Podium Equipe frame is handmade using its AMMP process. This Advanced Monocoque Molding Process uses a polystyrene pre-form core, with a plastic bladder that has been designed in the shape of the frame. Using Clean Core Technology, Diamondback creates a form that minimizes rough edges on the inside of the mold. It prides itself on workmanship and, unlike some other manufacturers, does not use a cosmetic layer to cover structural carbon. It is as proud of the inside as of the outside of its frames. The carbon fibers you see are the structure. Individual carbon fibers are hand wrapped around this core so that each piece is laid precisely where engineers want it. Additionally to ensure that the mold is precise, the emerging product is surrounded with a plastic cavity. Now, even though the AMMP process allows the frames to be designed with specific load designs in different regions, silicone mandrel shells are placed at critical joint areas so as to create smooth overlapping fibers and additional reinforcement at vital junctions — such as the head tube and the bottom bracket. Once the frame is placed in the final mold, a proprietary Optimized Resin Compound is used for optimal adhesion of the carbon fibers. As a side note, Diamondback does not buy pre-impregnated sheets of carbon; it insists on making all of its carbon in-house to maintain full control over quality and consistency.

Now, not all carbon fibers are the same. They are designated by both tensile strength and modulus, and high tensile strength doesn't always mean high modulus — the same is true in reverse. Therefore, Diamondback used several fibers by two industry leaders. The MR40 and MR60 fibers were sourced from Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd., and T700 fibers are from Toray Industries. Higher strength fibers are more difficult to manipulate and require highly skilled carbon fiber designers, but once in place they allow the creation of frames with thinner walls. Following along these lines of logic, thinner walls equate to lighter weights. The frame used for the Podium Equipe is even more featherweight than that used in either the Vitesse or E'Tape. This was accomplished using a fiber with a greater tensile strength and elongation properties. Being able to utilize a fiber to wrap a larger area while maintaining strength results in weight savings — in this case to the tune of 100 grams.

Once the monocoque portion of the frame is formed, the front triangle, seatstays, and chainstays are bonded using a dynamic co-bonding technique. Completed frames are then tested by Diamondback's professional riders. Feedback from them allows Diamondback's engineers to go back and adjust the stiffness, comfort, and strength to find the optimal balance. This is one of the many benefits of working with carbon fiber and making the frames by hand. The final Podium frame for 2014 is being touted by team riders as more aggressive than the 2013. Be prepared to fly.

This version of the Podium Equipe is complemented by a full SRAM Red 22 Group. SRAM has been continually redesigning the Red group to place it at the top of its component groupsets. The marriage of the Diamondback Podium and SRAM Red 22 puts two American names together to create a steed that is worthy of the best riders in the US. The crankset is a standard 53/39t and it is paired with an 11-26t rear cassette. The Podium Equipe rolls on a set of HED Stinger S4 Carbon SCT Tubular Wheels that have been paired with Schwalbe Ultremo HT Race tires. The cockpit features Easton's EC90 SLX3 Handlebar, Diamondback's stem with a +/- 7 degree rise, and the Diamondback ODC carbon seatpost. For optimal comfort, you'll sit on a Prologo Zero-II Carbon Nack rail saddle. The frame features full internal routing and carbon dropouts. The Fork is Diamondback's Carbon Competition Road Fork with carbon dropouts and a tapered carbon steerer tube. The Bottom bracket is a PressFit30.

The Diamondback Podium Equipe SRAM Red 22 Complete Road Bike is available in even sizes from 52cm to 60cm in the color Red.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
DBR AMMP Sl carbon (Toray T700SC, Mitsubishi MR60, HR40)
Fork:
DBR AMMP Carbon Competition Road Fork
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Headset:
FSA No.42 tapered
Shifters:
SRAM Red 22
Front Derailleur:
SRAM Red 22
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM Red 22
Crankset:
53 t 39 t SRAM Red Exogram
Crank Arm Length:
[52cm frame] 170 mm, [54cm frame] 172.5 mm, [56cm frame] 172.5 mm, [58cm frame] 175 mm, [60cm frame] 175 mm
Bottom Bracket:
PF30
Cassette:
11 t 26 t SRAM Red XG-1090
Chain:
SRAM Red 22
Brake Levers:
SRAM Red 22
Brake Calipers:
SRAM Red Aero Link with Swisstop Pads
Handlebar:
Easton EC90 SLX3
Handlebar Width:
[52cm frame] 40 cm, [54cm frame] 42 cm, [56cm frame] 42 cm, [58cm frame] 44 cm, [60cm frame] 44 cm
Stem:
Diamondback 7050 AL
Stem Length:
[52cm frame] 90 mm, [54cm frame] 100 mm, [56cm frame] 100 mm, [58cm frame] 110 mm, [60cm frame] 120 mm
Saddle:
Prologo Zero II - Carbon Nack Rail
Seatpost:
Diamondback ODC Carbon
Wheelset:
HED Stinger S4 Carbon SCT Tubular Wheelset
Tires:
Schwalbe Ultremo HT Race guard
Tire Size:
700 c x 25 mm
Extras:
chainstay protector
Claimed Weight:
[frame only] 900 g
Recommended Use:
road racing, road riding
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

Geometry chart

Diamondback

Geometry Chart

 

Podium
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
50cm 47.0cm 51.5cm 51.8cm 37.2cm 72.9cm 11.5cm 72.0° 75.2° 7.3cm 40.5cm 96.7cm
52cm 49.0cm 53.0cm 53.9cm 37.6cm 75.5cm 13.5cm 72.3° 74.0° 7.3cm 40.5cm 96.8cm
54cm 51.0cm 54.5cm 55.2cm 38.0cm 76.6cm 15.0cm 72.8° 73.3° 7.0cm 40.5cm 97.5cm
56cm 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.7cm 38.7cm 78.6cm 16.5cm 73° 73.0° 7.0cm 40.5cm 98.4cm
58cm 55.0cm 57.5cm 57.9cm 39.8cm 80.2cm 18.0cm 73° 73.0° 6.8cm 40.5cm 99.8cm
60cm 57.0cm 59.0cm 60.3cm 40.2cm 82.8cm 20.5cm 73° 72.5° 6.8cm 40.5cm 100.9cm

Geometry Chart

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4 5

Great Ride!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While Diamondback may not be the first brand that comes to your mind when thinking about road bikes, they did an excellent job on this frame.

Fit - with slightly less aggressive geo than a full fledged race bike, this frame has all day comfort while still maintaining quick handling and incredible stability on descents.

Ride - the Podium frame does a great job with balancing performance and comfort. While the frame didn't have superbike acceleration, it was quick to respond when getting on the pedals and turning the bike. Generally, I'd expect a bike with this type of response to be less compliant than the bike actually was, which ultimate made this frame a great balance of performance and all-day comfort.