B$Z: Diamondback Unveils Redesigned Podium Series of Competition Road Bicycles
Diamondback Bicycles redesigns the Podium line of bikes from the ground up to create a bike that is engineered to deliver speed, performance, and outstanding ride quality. Created in collaboration with the Optum Pro Cycling Team, the bike is completely new in every aspect. Extensive computer modeling, wind tunnel testing, and real world input revealed promising new directions – some of which ran counter to conventional bicycle industry opinion. The design and testing efforts that went into the recently-released Diamondback time trial frame, the Serios, bled into the Podium’s development process, helping create a world class aero road frame. Ideal for anything from short training rides to racing a long grueling mountain stage, these performance increases benefit road riders of any level. The result is a product that is 100 grams lighter, much stiffer, and 50% more aero across all yaw angles than its predecessor.
“We set out to create the best race bike possible using input from our sponsored teams and keeping the end user in mind,” said Michael Brown, Diamondback’s Director of Product. “An aero bike can offer benefits in cheating the wind, but a more well-rounded approach that emphasizes compliance and light weight is much better for the rider than simply trying to make the fastest bike in a wind tunnel.”
On the manufacturing side, Diamondback has grown their expertise and are in full control of the process from beginning to end. From preliminary sketches with the design team to the head of the pro peloton, they stay deeply connected to their bikes. Utilizing their AMMP SLP process, the new bike uses a combination of unidirectional and woven carbon to optimize strength, weight, and stiffness. Unidirectional is used as much as possible, with weaves for reinforcement and extra strength without extra weight. For more detail and information on the process visit http://www.diamondback.com/podium-launch/default.aspx.
While many bike companies tout their partnerships with pro teams, Diamondback entered the Podium project with a clean slate and open mind to feedback from the riders of Optum Pro Cycling. Working closely with the team was a strategic goal for maximizing the bike’s performance, and the plan has paid off: the team has already been winning on it in the 2015 season, including Phil Gaimon’s win at Redlands Classic and several stages of the Tour de Gila.