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Equipped with quality components and designed with comfort and performance in mind, the Diamondback Podium Sport is a road bike ready to tackle your first ride or first century. Constructed of lightweight aluminum, the Podium Sport is designed with Diamondbacks EPG or Enhanced Performance Geometry. EPG features a taller head tube that will put the rider into a more upright position that will suit riders that find Diamondbacks carbon competition Podium platform too aggressive. The component selection on the Podium Sport handpicked to balance performance and value. Shimano 105 handles the shifting front and rear, while FSA provides the Omega cranks, headset and chain. Diamondback’s proprietary components round out the bars, stem, seat, post and wheels.
  • Frame: DBR Custom Butted 7005 Alloy EPG Enhanced Performance Geometry Frame,
  • Formed Top Tube, w/Intgrated Headtube, BB30
  • 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 Omega Compact 50/34
  • Bottom Bracket: PRESS FIT 30
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 105, Clamp-on
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 10spd
  • Shifter: Shimano 105 Dual Control 10spd
  • Cogset (Cassette/Freewheel): Shimano CS-4600 12-30T
  • Chain: FSA CN910 10spd
  • Wheels: DBR Equation RS Wheels
  • Tires: Michelin Dynamic Sport 700x23c
  • Brakes: Tektro R540 dual pivot
  • Brake Levers: Shimano 105 Dual Control 10spd
  • Handlebar: DBR Drop Bar Road 31.8
  • Grips: DBR Race tape w/Gel
  • Stem: DBR 3D forged, +/-7 degree, 31.8
  • Seat: DBR Competition Road with NiCro Rails
  • Seat Post: DBR Performance Post, Alloy Micro Adjust, 27.2mm
  • Weight: 20.7 lb. 54cm no pedals
      Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
      Seat Tube Length 470.0mm 490.0mm 510.0mm 530.0mm 550.0mm 570.0mm
      Standover Height 747.0mm 762.0mm 780.0mm 802.0mm 826.0mm 849.0mm
      Head Tube Length 125.0mm 145.0mm 160.0mm 180.0mm 200.0mm 220.0mm
      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 175.0mm 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 Sport Road Bike '12
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (5)
  • Comfortable (4)
  • Good geometry (4)
  • Good value (3)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable seat (5)

Best Uses

  • Casual riding (4)
  • Serious training (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Amazing deal on a serious bike

By JD

from Edmond, OK

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Good Geometry
  • Handles Well
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Serious Training

Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

I bought the 58cm Podium Sport for myself as an upgrade over my initial lower-end road bike. I had looked at tons of bike shops in my area at brands such as Trek, Giant, Felt, and Specialized. The $750-850 bikes in those brands had Sora or lower groups and weighed a ton. I was not impressed with the value for the money ratio, so I went with the DB Podium Sport with the solid Shimano 105 set up. I couldn't be happier. This bike is fast and the Shimano components are solid as a rock. This bike looks great too. Very clean welds and graphics. I did have to put a shorter stem on it and a more comfortable saddle, but I love this bike. I can see this being my go-to ride for years to come. Just buy it!

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5.0

Good bike good price, but need upgrade

By Edward

from Boston, MA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good value

Cons

  • Brakes Could Be Better
  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Exercising

Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

I have been ridding mountain bikes a lot since 2008. I rode about 600 miles since I bought my first mountain bike in two weeks. The most fantastic trip I had made is a bike trip to Tibet. It took me 27 days to ride about 1500 miles and went across 12 mountain passes at altitude more than 13000 feet, and 2 of them are more than 16000 feet.

After come to the U.S. for half a year and the weather in Boston is getting warmer, I could not wait to buy this road bike.I found the bike components in the U.S. are about 20% more expensive than them in China. But this bike has very good value and nice looking. I have a lot of experience at fixing bikes and it took me an hour to assemble. But I think it would take much more time for fishes to do it. It also took me a couple of days to upgrade and adjust.

The 105 parts are good. But the problem is the best parts of 105 are cranks and brakes. This bike has neither of them. The R540 brakes are ligter but not strong enough for braking and the hand feeling is not good.So I upgrade it to 105 5700 brakes. I bought size 56cm and the cranks is not 175mm but 172.5. They are usually 172.5 for 56cm and I feel it is OK to use. The cranks are Ok to use, but much heavier than the 105 cranks. The saddle is not comfortable and I bought another one. I highly recommend to buy this bike, but you need to upgrade brakes, saddle at least. I recommend to also upgrade the pedals. Another thing is I do not like the white spokes. And 20 pounds is not very light for 105 parts. I think it is because the cranks and wheels. It is easy to upgrade the wheels and lose weight.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An outstanding value, great experience

By RivannaHipSnap

from Charlottesville, VA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Components
  • Fast
  • Good Geometry
  • Great value for the money
  • Handles Well
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

  • Exercising
  • Serious Training

Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

So I might not be the best person to write a review for a road bike, but I'll describe where I'm coming from so you can judge for yourself whether or not my point of view is helpful to you.

My last road bike was a 10-speed roughly 30 years ago when I would pack up with camping gear and go for days at a time. In the past 7 years I've gotten back into the sport and have been riding a Diamondback Edgewood hybrid as my kids have grown and started riding. That is also a great utilitarian bike but now that I've been taking longer and longer solo rides for fitness and conditioning, I just got a bit tired of feeling like an inefficient windsock and wished I could cover more miles in the time I have available.

I spent ~8 months researching road bikes (I was in no hurry.) I visited local bike shops, researched online, and asked many, many people what I should look for in a road bike. I tend toward performance gear in other sports (Kevlar kayaks, etc.) so I didn't want to buy something too cheap that I'd quickly regret and/or outgrow nor did I want to drop a ton of cash to buy a top-of-the line, full-carbon bike when I have no intention of racing or competing with but I do want to join on group rides and be as efficient as possible (within budget.)

I had come to terms with the fact that I would probably have to drop $1-$1.3K for the right bike so I put the decision on hold because that just seemed like a serious amount of cash for what is, afterall, just a bicycle.

But then I found this bike on sale at Jenson, did a little more quick homework, and 10 days later it was on my doorstep.

I've got a couple hundred miles on it now and I love it! I didn't even try the original seat based on others' reviews (and the reality of how painful it looked when it came out of the box.) I used the original seat from the Edgewood that I replaced when it was new and the combo works great. Others might laugh at me when they see the seat but I'm the kind who will just grin and laugh back.

Like I said, I haven't really tinkered with bikes in over 25 years but assembling this out of the box was straight forward. Add the front wheel, mount the brakes, put in the seat, clamp on the handle bars, and that was about it. Sure, I took some tools with me on my first few rides to make adjustments...but there weren't any other than seat position.

This bike turns out to be more bike than I thought I could afford. Great component package for the price, looks awesome, feels great. Gears were fine out of the box without adjustment (once I learned how to use these darned modern shifters and also learned there is a 'halfway' click for the front sprocket.) I had a Podium 3 in my cart for quite a while at sumotherzon online retailer just waiting for the price to drop, but then this Podium Sport came along and my decision was rather quick and easy at that point.

My rides are now longer, faster, and more efficient and I find I'm getting back into the sport more and more. And that's just on my lunch hour and weekends. I can't wait for ~good~ weather and longer days to really get out there and enjoy this ride.

Oh, and it comes with peddles that have toe clips. I immediately replaced those with $12 cheapies without clips. They'll be good enough for me until I get comfortable with this new-fangled bike technology and I figure by then I'll have talked with enough people and gotten enough opinions to know what peddles and shoes to buy.

I did a ton of research and don't think there is anything comparable for less than about $1200.

I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. No regrets.

If you are a performance athlete I have a hunch you'll find faults with this bike and be put off by the name on it. If you are not a performance athlete, this bike will make you feel and look like one.

I hope this review helps you.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Value

By TMAke

from Conway, AR

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Excellent value
  • Good Geometry

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding

Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

I bought this based on the excellent choice of components (105 drivetrain) for the price, and other reviews posted here. Bike was in great shape when received, however the seat clamp broke as soon as I tried to tighten it. JensonUSA sent a replacement within a week. (Great service.)

I replaced the seat before I even road it. (see other reviews.)

One of the pedals had a tight bearing (outside nut was too tight), but I had already bought replacement pedals, so I installed those.

Brakes take a little more effort than my other road bike (Trek Pilot 1.0)

No adjustments to the drive train were necessary for smooth shifting.

Overall great value.

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  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

LOVE IT

By PRH

from Hillsdale NJ

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Geometry

Cons

  • Had To Get It Assembled
  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Entry Level Triatholon
  • Serious Training

Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

great components for a great price. I love the way it looks and handles. Seat could be better but its an easy thing to replace. I am very happy with this purchase. I searched and searched this was by far the best deal for the money. great components for a very good price.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just Buy It

By CycleTM

from Kentucky

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • feel
  • GEOMETRY
  • Looks
  • Shimano 105 Groupo
  • value

Cons

  • Horrendous Saddle
  • Hubs

Best Uses

  • Distance
  • Recreation
  • Road

Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

This is my first road bike. I have owned this bike for a little over a month now and have put approximately 250 miles on the bike. The stock saddle is horrendous!! I replaced the saddle after 50 miles, three rides. You will do the same, so plan on this in your budget. The groupo shifts excellent and was tuned perfect from Jenson right out of the box. Jenson did an awesome job on the gold bike assembly which made the final assembly very easy. Before purchasing this bike I test road numerous top brand bikes (not to mention names) for several hundred dollars more. The geometry on the podium fits me very well. I am 5'7" and I bought the 52cm which is a perfect fit. For the money you will be hard pressed to find a better bike…Go ahead and make the purchase!
PS. Two weeks after I purchased my Podium Sport from Jenson they dropped the price $50.00 and with one email and no questions asked they credited my card $50.00. Way to go Jenson USA!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great starter bike for a roadie newbie

By Climbfordays

from Point Reyes Station, CA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • 105 Parts Are Great
  • Epg Geometry
  • Fast
  • Light enough
  • Look and feel
  • Tires

Cons

  • Cranks
  • Hubs
  • Saddle

Best Uses

  • Dualathlon
  • Fitness training
  • Road Recreation
  • Triathlon

Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

I am at heart an MTB rider but now dabbling in Tri & Dualathlons I needed a road bike to get me started that wouldn't break the bank.Jensons Podium Sport fit the bill to the Tee. The Podium sport is essentially the Podium 3 with a couple of part changes none of which makes it less than the podium 3 but the price difference was huge.The Podium Sport is exclusive to Jenson Usa and the only changes are in paint scheme red not blue and the headset FSA not Cane Creek. This bike delivered was easy to put together a little longer to set up to my body type and the bronze build left the bike shifting well but I did adjust the front derailer a bit and the brakes as well. I took my time unpacking and assembling the bike as it is my first road bike. I will replace the saddle ASAP because the stock one has no cut out and hurts like hell. The hubs don't role as smooth as the could if they used some shimanos but thats ok had to budget part it there. So far I've had it about a week and put 60 miles on it and really feel the bang for your bucks goes far here. I feel bike snobs will probably laugh at the make of this bike but I could really care less about those geeks. So if you want something solid to put some miles on you should consider this bike it rocks. P.S. 2 parts were slightly damaged on this bike and Jenson stepped up and sent the parts to me no questions asked, now thats customer service. Way to go Jenson USA !!

 
5.0

the best deal for your money

By resendiz74

from chattanooga tn

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Best buy for the money
  • Exelent Frame Geometry
  • Good components

Cons

  • Sadle Uncomfortable

Best Uses

  • Fitness
  • Weekend warrior

Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

exelent bike with good choice of components very impressive this is the best bang for the money

 
5.0

Awesome bike period

By Charles

from Las Vegas, NV

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • 105 Groupset
  • Looks Fantastic

Cons

  • Saddle

Best Uses

  • Recreation

Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

This is my first road bike and i cant be any happier. I did a bunch of research on bikes, and for the money this one blew away the competition. Buy this bike, you will not regret it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Bike!

By Max

from St. Louis, MO

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fast
  • Great Design
  • Shimano 105 Components
  • Unbelievable price

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

    Comments about Diamondback Podium Sport Road Bike '12:

    This bike is amazing! It looks good and performs great! I'm new to the sport of cycling and before I purchased this bike, I was planning on buying a Giant. I ride to work and back everyday and with friends on the weekends. The Giant that I wanted had a Shimano 105 component set but was way out of my budget. This bike performs just as well and looks way better. I took some advice from others and purchased a Velo seat because the seat that comes with bike is pretty uncomfortable. A very good inexpensive seat that I ordered with the bike. This bike is an incredible deal at this price!

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