SOC13: Diamondback’s Mason FS, Overdrive 29ers & Retro Carbon Campy One-Off Road Bike!
Diamondback’s Podium 7 road bike isn’t brand new, but they are giving one away built with the 80th Anniversary Campagnolo Super Record group set and HED wheels and cockpit. To celebrate, Steve Hed also built one up with one of several complete thirty year old 50th Anniversary groups he had laying around. Yes, that’s about a $5,000 retro group that still (mostly) fit on a modern day carbon bike. Even those downtube mounted friction shifters didn’t seem to be an issue!
Click on through for close up pics of the parts and a look at their new mountain bikes…
Yes, he did.
Eric Porter’s been testing and refining the Mason FS (Full Suspension) 29er for quite a while. We spotted one last summer, and everytime we see him, he’s pretty pumped on it. It’s an all-mountain bruiser with 140mm front and rear travel, 66.5° head angle and chainstays just under 18″.
It gets a revised Knucklebox suspension design with lower main rocker pivot that’s centered in the downtube for better force distribution. It also gets a stiffer seatstay bridge.
The new Carbon Overdrive Pro 29er hardtail joins the existing alloy models. Frame is based on the AMMP (Advanced Monocoque Molding Process) from the Podium 7 road bike.
Frame weight is claimed at 1000g, and the same frame is used across the three spec levels. They’ll offer three builds:
- X0 and carbon Easton cockpit
- X9 with alloy Easton parts
- X7 with house brand parts.
All bikes get Fox front forks, retail is TBD. All new mountain bikes should be out this fall.