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Diamondback Podium 6 Road Bike '12

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The key to the low weight and high strength of the Podium 6 frame lies in the properties of the carbon build process. The Advanced Monocoque Molding Process ensures that each area of the frame has the correct amount of carbon. In a nutshell, more carbon is used where it is needed and less where it isn’t. This keeps the weight down and the strength high. The process of the carbon construction is carefully controlled. The carbon plies are hand laid around a polystyrene pre-form core, using a plastic bladder in the shape of the product. Keeping a precise mold is a key objective in the carbon process and Diamondback engineers take great care in ensuring a precise fit. Silicon mandrel shells are also used to reinforce critical joint areas so as to create smoother overlapping fibers. All of these methods allowed the Diamondback engineers to design and build a frame that weighs a mere 950 grams!

Diamondback chooses to use Mitsubishi Rayon MR60 and HR40 carbon and the popular Toray T700 fibers. These fibers are incredibly difficult to work with, but because of their stiffness, the Podium can be made with very thin wall thicknesses. These fibers are bonded to together with Diamondback’s Optimum Resin Compound(ORC). Using too much resin makes a frame heavy and sluggish and using too little can result in separation and failure. OCR ensures the best ratio of resin to carbon combination and that creates a strong bonding process and an incredibly impact resistant carbon material. Diamond Back keeps quality control very high by manufacturing all their carbon fiber sheets in house unlike many competitors that buy pre-impregnated sheets.

The manacing matte black on black paint scheme is the canvas that Diamondback layered their component choice on. Shimano Ultegra 6700 components are quickly closing the gap left by the top of the line Shimano Dura-Ace group. The Shimano Ultegra group may only give up grams to the more expensibe Dura-Ace. Full Shimano Ultegra rounds out the brakes, cassette, and dual control shifters. Well thought out departures from Shimano Ultegra are the FSA SLK-Light PF 30 crankset that feature hollow monocoque carbon fiber arms and aluminum spindle. Easton provides their EA 70 wheelset along with Easton EC70 carbon fiber handlebar, and Easton aluminum stem and seatpost.

Dressed up in all black, this Diamonback Podium 6 strikes a menacing pose. Luckily, it's not just another pretty face. This is one Diamondback that will take you to the top of the podium!

  • Frame:DBR AMMP Carbon Technology, Specific Modulous, Monocoque Competition Road Frame, internal cable routing, Carbon Drop outs, w/Taper headtube, Press-Fit 30 BB, Di2 Compatible
  • Fork: DBR AMMP Carbon Competition Road Fork, Carbon Drop outs, w/Taper Carbon steerer tube, CFT Contiunuous Fiber Technology
  • Headset: FSA No.42 , Sealed ACB for Taper Headtube
  • Cranks: FSA SLK-LIGHT PF30 53,39t
  • Bottom Bracket: PRESS FIT 30
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra, Braze on
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 10spd
  • Shifter: Shimano Ultegra Dual Control 10spd Cogset (Casset/Freewheel): Shimano CS-6700 Ultegra 10spd (11-25t)
  • Chain: Shimano CN-5700 10spd
  • Front Hub: Easton Aero, 20h, V1, Cartridge Bearing
  • Rear Hub: Easton Aero 24h Alloy Cassette V1 Cartridge Bearing
  • Spokes: Black, Stainless Steel Bladed
  • Rims: Easton Aero 31mm 20h frt / 24h rr
  • Tires: Michelin Pro 3 700x23c
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra dual pivot
  • Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra Dual Control 10spd
  • Handlebar: Easton EC70 Aero, 31.8 Carbon
  • Grips: DBR Race tape w/Gel
  • Stem: Easton EA70, +/-6 degree , 31.8
  • Seat: DBR Competition Road with NiCro Rails
  • Seat Post: Easton EA70, 27.2mm
Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Seat Tube Length 470.0mm 490.0mm 510.0mm 530.0mm 550.0mm 570.0mm
Standover Height 729.0mm 755.0mm 766.0mm 786.0mm 802.0mm 828.0mm
Head Tube Length 115.0mm 135.0mm 150.0mm 165.0mm 180.0mm 205.0mm
Top Tube Length* 515.0mm 530.0mm 545.0mm 560.0mm 575.0mm 590.0mm
Head Angle 72.0 72.3 72.8 73.0 73.0 73.0
Seat Angle 75.2 74.0 73.3 73.0 73.0 72.5
Wheel Base 967.0mm 968.0mm 975.0mm 984.0mm 998.0mm 1009.0mm
Stem Length 80.0mm 90.0mm 100.0mm 100.0mm 110.0mm 120.0mm
Handlebar Width 400.0mm 400.0mm 420.0mm 420.0mm 440.0mm 440.0mm
Crank Length 165.0mm 170.0mm 172.5mm 172.5mm 175.0mm 175.0mm

WARRANTY

Jenson USA is an authorized Diamondback retailer and this product is covered by Diamondback's warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. The warranty term varies by model. To see the full, printable warranty statement, please click here.

In the event of a warranty claim, the retailer (Jenson USA) will be your primary point of contact and will facilitate the claim on your behalf. Call us at (888) 880-3811 x149 or click "Email Us" from our Help Desk page and select "Warranty Claim" as the reason for the inquiry.

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Diamondback Podium 6 Road Bike '12
 
4.0

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4.0

Great bike for the money

By Hot Carl

from Houston, Tx

Pros

  • Internal Cable Routing
  • Light
  • Stiff

Cons

  • Carbon Pf30 Bearing Sleev
  • Carbon Seats For Headset

Best Uses

  • Road Racing

Comments about Diamondback Podium 6 Road Bike '12:

I have the Podium Pro (same eact frame but with slightly altered componentry), the bike is very comfortable compared to other race oriented carbon bikes I've ridden while staying stuff enough to feel very responsive and fast. The BB30 bottom bracket and FSA carbon cranks make for a very stable pedal platform as well. My only worries are with longevity of the frame. Since it is ALL carbon, with no metal sleeve for the press fit bearings in the BB or metal sleeves for the bearing races to sit in, there could be some fit issues down the line...especially with the headset since its integrated and sitting on a carbon shelf. Make sure that your headset isnt creaking or loose, or you may be eating away at your bearing seats! Also, be very careful when routing cables both through the frame and along the bars as friction is a BIG enemy of the current generation of Shimano kit (DA, Ultagra and 105 all have the same issue since cables are run under the tape). Also using coated cables or good cable lube makes things work much nicer. If you are looking for a solid carbon bike for less $$$ than some of the other big brands, take a hard look at the DB road bikes...you might get some funny looks from people that remember the BMX heritage, but that'll go away when you pull away from them in the sprint!

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