Hands On: Diamondback Team Replica Podium Optum Road Bike
Introduced all the way back in 2012, the Podium has been Diamondback’s top of the line road bike, and a good looking one at that. And it’s light and rides very well – a few of us have been on various versions over the years and generally liked them. For 2014, they introduced a Team Optum replica version that’s just a couple parts shy of what the team’s actually riding.
Starting with their 890g frame (56cm), the bike gets a full SRAM Red group, HED tubulars with Schwalbe 700x25c Ultremo Race tires, and high end house brand stem and seatpost (alloy and carbon respectively) with Easton carbon handlebar and Prologo carbon railed saddle. The paint scheme is team colors, but unlike most other replica bikes isn’t plastered excessively with team logos or other visual cues that mark you as a fan boy. In other words, it’s a bit more timeless should sponsorship and pro colorways change next season.
Hands on detail photos and more below…
The frame uses their AMMP molding process, which results in a very smooth, clean interior. Little known fact: Diamondback controls their fibers from yarn to molding, doing their own resin impregnation to form sheets of prepreg. Most brands buy prepreg that’s already made.
The only difference between the bike available to consumers and the team build is the HED stem, handlebar and post the team’s running.
HED seems to have a pretty good relationship going with DB. Check out their custom build for Sea Otter last year for a modern/classic Campy vibe.
Frames are ready for mechanical or electronic systems, but use slightly different ports. Note the rubber grommet on the top of the chainstay for Di2/EPS.
Retail for the complete bike is $8,000 and frameset is $2,100.