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Diamondback Podium Equipe Road Bike 2014

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Diamondback Podium Equipe Road Bike 2014

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.

Let the new King be crowned for there is none higher—the 2014 Diamondback Podium Equipe Competition Road Machine

BIKE SPECS
Sizes
50cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm
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
Cranks
Sram RED Exogram hollow carbon arms, 53,39t
Bottom Bracket
PRESS FIT 30
F. Derailleur
Sram RED22 YAW cage braze-on w/ chain spotter
R. Derailleur
Sram RED22 Exact actuation, ceramic bearing, 11spd
Shifter
Sram RED22 Zero Loss, individual reach adjust, carbon lever, DoubleTap 11spd
Brake Levers
Sram RED22 DoubleTap 11spd
Brakes
Sram RED Aero Link multi pivot Brakes w/Swisstop Pads
Cassette
Sram RED22 XG-1090 11-26t
Rims
HED Stinger S4 Carbon SCT tubular wheelset, 1380g set
Tires
Schwalbe Ultremo HT Race guard Tubular 700x25c
Handlebar
Easton EC90 SLX3, 31.8 Carbon
Stem
Diamondback 7050 AL, 3D forged, +/-7 degree , 31.8
Seatpost
Diamondback ODC, Optimal Density Carbon post 27.2mm
Seat
Prologo Zero-II, Carbon Nack Rail
Headset
FSA No.42 , Sealed ACB for Taper Headtube
Chain
Sram PC-RED22 11spd chain
Hubset
Front: HED Stinger S4 Carbon SCT, tubular
Rear: HED Stinger S4 Carbon SCT, tubular
Spokes
HED Stinger S4 Carbon SCT, tubular
Grips
DBR Race tape w/ gel
Extras
Owner’s manual, Chainstay Protector, Clear Coat, H20 bottle mounts
Note: Specifications subject to change at any time

GEOMETRY
Size
50cm
52cm
54cm
56cm
58cm
60cm
Seat Tube Length
470mm
490mm
510mm
530mm
550mm
570mm
Standover Height
729mm
755mm
766mm
786mm
802mm
828mm
Top Tube Length
515mm
530mm
545mm
560mm
575mm
590mm
Stack
518mm
539mm
545mm
560mm
575mm
590mm
Reach
372mm
376mm
380mm
387mm
398mm
402mm
Head Tube Length
115mm
135mm
150mm
165mm
180mm
205mm
Head Angle
72º
72.3º 72.8º 73º 73º 73º
Seat Angle
75.2º 74º 73.3º 73º 73º 72.5º
Wheel Base
967mm
968mm
975mm
984mm
998mm
1009mm
Chain Stay Length
405mm
405mm
405mm
405mm
405mm
405mm
Fork Offset
45mm
45mm
45mm
45mm
45mm
45mm
BB Drop
72.5mm
72.5mm
70mm
70mm
67.5mm
67.5mm
Stem Length
80mm
90mm
100mm
100mm
110mm
120mm
Handlebar Width
400mm
400mm
420mm
420mm
440mm
440mm
Crank Length
165mm
170mm
172.5mm
172.5mm
175mm
175mm
Seat Post Length
300mm
300mm
300mm
300mm
300mm
300mm

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