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Diamondback Podium Optum Road Bike 2014

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Diamondback Podium Equipe Optum Pro Team Road Bike 2014

For the 2014 Racing season Diamondback proudly announced it’s role as the sole bike sponsor for the Optum Presented By Kelly Benefit Strategies Pro Cycling Team. The Optum Pro Team is one of North Americas most well-known and respected men’s and women’s UCI professional cycling teams, and have also become one of the most successful and top ranked cycling teams on the domestic race campaign. For the women's team, the 2013 inaugural season resulted in a first-ever USPRO Road National Championship title won by Jade Wilcoxson, and on the men’s front Tom Zirbel captured the USPRO Time Trial National Championship. Diamondback now provides the horses these athletes will ride atop during North America’s biggest races, which happen to be some of the biggest races in the world as well, including the Tour of California, USA Pro Challenge and the Tour of Alberta. The team machine? None other than the Diamondback Podium Equipe

Your heart rate climbs, muscles burn and ache, the buzz of hundreds of cogs spinning in a giant swarm fills the air. With every movement your bike responds like it's reading your every thought, guiding you as you cut your way through the raging peloton. You ride up and down mountain passes, over cobblestones, dodging fanatical spectators and unruly media vehicles—you're on your way to the finish line. The roar of the crowd startles you back to reality and you find that you've been daydreaming again; yet another colorful vision just out of reach. The Diamondback Podium Equipe is the kind of bike daydreams are made of, the caliber of road race machine that demands admiration and respect. Designed to be a top-of-the-line carbon competition bike, the Podium Equipe has everything you need to take your riding to the next level. Whether you're a weekend warrior looking to add some pro style and performance to your bike stable, or a seasoned racer that needs a bike that will respond flawlessly and deliver the kind of performance that reinforces your well-honed skills, look no further than the front of the pack—the Diamondback Podium Equipe.

In initial development meetings, one thing was abundantly clear: Diamondback was determined to create the ultimate road frame. From the aggressive carbon shapes to the latest internal cable housing design, no expenses were spared in the production of the Podium Equipe. The process began with many discussions on how to make a carbon road bike more user and performance friendly not just for the top racers of the world but also the weekend road warriors that ride thousands of miles per year. At the same time, Diamondback strives to maintain the ride quality that is a trademark of Diamondback Podium bikes. The handling, feel, weight, geometry of each frame and each size is taken into account to ensure that every product embodies the signature Diamondback feel.  Diamondback sets clear and concise goals to ensure that the Podium is a world-class frame, utilizing conceptual sketches, 3D Modeling, and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) before the first steel mold is even made.

The Podium is handmade using Diamondback's Advanced Monocoque Molding Process (AMMP). AMMP ensures that each piece of carbon ply is laid precisely where the engineers want it. These carbon plies are hand-wrapped around a polystyrene pre-form core, using a plastic bladder in the shape of the product. To achieve a precise mold during this layup process, the emerging product is surrounded with a plastic cavity, guaranteeing a perfect fit. Silicone mandrel shells are then used to reinforce critical joint areas, this process helps create smoother overlapping fibers at these vital junctions—such as the head tube and the bottom bracket. Each silicone shell is joined together prior to placing the product in the steel mold. In this final mold, a proprietary coating is used for optimal fiber adhesion.

For the Podium, Diamondback chose to use the latest MR60 and HR40 fibers produced by carbon fiber leader Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. and industry workhorse T700 fibers by Toray Industries Inc. The Carbon SL frame featured on the Podium Equipe’ is a lighter version of the Carbon Competition frames (Podium Vitesse and E’Tape). The difference is the addition of higher modulus material which is stronger with greater elongation and tensile strength. Adding these properties makes frame thinner while maintaining and increasing stiffness because of the additional material properties. Because it’s thinner, it’s lighter, 100 grams lighter to be exact.

Another critical material is the resin used to bind the fibers together. Diamondback's signature Optimized Resin Compound (ORC) is used to bind the carbon fibers together with precision alignment during the heating process. Using too much resin makes a frame feel heavy and sluggish. Too little resin can result in fiber separation and frame failure. Optimizing the resin-to-fiber ratio allows for the enhancement of the ratio of material weight-to-strength. The result is an exceptionally impact-resistant frame as the ORC not only bonds the fibers together but also reinforces the strength of the thin carbon walls from collisions.

Unlike other companies that buy pre-impregnated carbon sheets with resin from a supplier factory, Diamondback makes all of it's carbon sheets in-house. This allows for full control over the quality and consistency of how much resin is applied onto each piece of carbon ply. Each piece is cut to the specific shapes and sizes needed. This gives Diamondback the advantage of having complete control of the carbon from the point that it’s in yarn form to the lay-up process. Only the highest quality of carbon is used as it cures in a low-heat oven and is then stored in a temperature and humidity controlled storage space to maintain optimal quality until needed.

Clean Core Technology ensures a clean inner core devoid of rough edges and excess material. When the product mold goes into the heat press, the air bladders are pressurized within the polystyrene pre-form core. This fills out the interior crevices and forces the fibers to conform to the shape. The heat softens the carbon plies making them malleable to the mold, and the excess resin is forced out. This makes for a product with light and consistent weight throughout and produces a smooth surface—inside as well as out.

After the layup process, separate formed pieces such as the front triangle, chain stay and seat stay sections are bonded using Diamondback's dynamic co-bonding technique. The frame is then removed from the curing process, cleaned, drilled, polished and painted. Now ready to test ride for road feel, the Podium is moved into the prototype phase. This part is one the most crucial steps in the process. In the final testing stage, Diamondback recruits pro team riders to test all of their products and give valuable feedback.

For 2014, this entire process has resulted in a frame with the following features:
  • Continuous Fiber – Diamondback’s Continuous Fiber Technology uses full-length carbon strands to manufacture the fork that extend from the top of the steer tube to the bottom of the drop outs. Using that same AMMP technology employed in the Podium frame, Diamondback created one of the stiffest forks available. With a lower integrated crown race that’s completely carbon, the need for a separate aluminum race is eliminated. This makes the overall system lighter, stronger and more responsive.
  • Tapered Head Tube – 1.5 Tapered head tube provides front end torsional stiffness for precise steering and control.
  • Compliant Stays – Seat tube and seat stays are designed to work together to produce an optimally compliant ride.
  • Pressfit 30 –An oversized BB shell coupled with a larger down tube and chain stays provides increased rigidity for out-of-the saddle-sprinting, maximum acceleration, and optimal efficiency.
  • Closed Circuit Cabling – Closed Circuit Cable routing provides a clean, uncluttered, and sleek finish to the frame.
  • Replaceable Front Derailleur Hanger – lightweight and easy to mount in the correct position… every time.
  • The Podium Equipe comes out of the gate with a pro-caliber SRAM Red set up. SRAM Red cranks, derailleurs, shifters, cassette, & brakes offer the very best money can buy.
  • HED Stinger 4 FR carbon tubular wheelset offers a relatively wide, stiff and exceptionally light ride while an Easton EC90 SLX3, 31.8 Carbon bar and a DB 7050 alloy stem finish off the cockpit with ergonomic elegance. And to top it all off a DB ODC (optimal density carbon) seatpost proudly cradles a DBR Competition Road saddle with carbon rails offering a light yet comfortable package.

It's no wonder why the Podium Equipe is the choice rig for the Optum Pro Cycling Team. In Optum team colors, let the new King be crowned for there is none higher—the 2014 Diamondback Podium Equipe Optum Pro Team Road Machine.

Tires do not come pre-glued to the rim. Tires will need to be glued to the rim before the Podium Equipe is to be ridden. Failure to do so can result in serious injury or death.

SPECIFICATIONS
Frame DBR AMMP SL Carbon Technology, Specific Modulous, Monocoque Competition Road Frame, internal cable routing, Carbon drop outs, tapered headtube, Press-Fit 30 BB, Di2 Compatible
Fork DBR AMMP Carbon Competition Road Fork, Carbon drop outs, tapered carbon steerer tube, CFT Continuous Fiber Technology
Wheelset HED Stinger S4 Carbon SCT tubular wheelset, 1380g set
Tires Schwalbe Ultremo HT Race guard Tubular 700x25c
Brakes Sram RED Aero Link multi pivot (mechanical)
Brake Levers Sram RED22 DoubleTap 11spd, Carbon
Shifters Sram RED22 Zero Loss, individual reach adjust, carbon lever, DoubleTap 11spd
Front Derailleur Sram RED22 YAW cage braze-on w/ chain spotter
Rear Derailleur Sram RED22 Exact actuation, ceramic bearing, 11spd
Crankset Sram RED Exogram hollow carbon arms, 53/39t, 172.5mm crankarm length
Bottom Bracket PRESS FIT 30
Cassette Sram RED22 XG-1190 11-26t
Chain Sram PC-RED22 11spd chain
Handlebar Easton EC90 SLX3, 31.8 Carbon
Stem Diamondback 7050 AL, 3D forged, +/-7 degree , 31.8
Saddle Prologo Zero-II, Carbon Nack Rail
Seatpost Diamondback ODC, Optimal Density Carbon

Note: Components are subject to change without notice.


GEOMETRY
Size 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Top Tube Length 530mm 545mm 560mm 575mm 590mm
Seat Tube Length 490mm 510mm 530mm 550mm 570mm
Standover Height 755mm 766mm 786mm 802mm 828mm
Stack 539mm 552mm 567mm 579mm 603mm
Reach 376mm 380mm 387mm 398mm 402mm
Head Tube Length 135mm 150mm 165mm 180mm 205mm
Head Tube Angle 72.3° 72.8° 73° 73° 73°
Seat Tube Angle 74° 73.3° 73° 73° 72.5°
Wheelbase 968mm 975mm 984mm 998mm 1009mm
Chainstay Length 405mm 405mm 405mm 405mm 405mm
BB Drop 72.5mm 70mm 70mm 67.5mm 67.5mm
Stem Length 90mm 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Handlebar Width 400mm 420mm 420mm 440mm 440mm
Crank Length 170mm 172.5mm 172.5mm 175mm 175mm
Seatpost Length 300mm 300mm 300mm 300mm 300mm
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