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
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
year. At the same time, Diamondback strives to maintain the ride
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
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
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
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,
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
to test all of their products and give valuable feedback.
For 2014, this entire process has resulted in a frame with the
- 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
- 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.
||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
||DBR AMMP Carbon Competition Road Fork, Carbon drop outs, tapered carbon steerer tube, CFT Continuous Fiber Technology
||HED Stinger S4 Carbon SCT tubular wheelset, 1380g set
||Schwalbe Ultremo HT Race guard Tubular 700x25c
||Sram RED Aero Link multi pivot (mechanical)
||Sram RED22 DoubleTap 11spd, Carbon
||Sram RED22 Zero Loss, individual reach adjust, carbon lever, DoubleTap 11spd
||Sram RED22 YAW cage braze-on w/ chain spotter
||Sram RED22 Exact actuation, ceramic bearing, 11spd
||Sram RED Exogram hollow carbon arms, 53/39t, 172.5mm crankarm length
||PRESS FIT 30
||Sram RED22 XG-1190 11-26t
||Sram PC-RED22 11spd chain
||Easton EC90 SLX3, 31.8 Carbon
||Diamondback 7050 AL, 3D forged, +/-7 degree , 31.8
||Prologo Zero-II, Carbon Nack Rail
||Diamondback ODC, Optimal Density Carbon
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
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