Diamondback Podium 4 Road Bike

5/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $1249.99

Product Description

Made from lightweight DBR custom butted 7005 aluminum the Podium frame features state of the art tube shaping to concentrate material where it is really needed, and remove material were it isn't. The outcome of this process is a frame tha...

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stryker a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2011

Strengths:    Ultegra components at 105 price, stable yet nimble ride. Great balance of stiffness and compliance from the carbon fork. I normally can't get along with OEM seats, this one was very comfortable. I haven't had to true the wheels yet, they're also very aero smooth.

Weaknesses:    The frame is not the lightest out there, the seatpost should go carbon ASAP for a 4+ ounce savings. The included pedals are MTB pedals, reliable and easy to use but heavy.

Bottom Line:   
After doing a lot of comparison shopping, nothing was close at the price range or performance. The Fuji Roubaix was close in price, but only a 105 mix. The Podium 3 was similar parts wise to the Roubaix but below my target. The Podium 4 comes with Ultegra 10spd shift/brake levers, brakes, ft and rr derailleurs, chain and cassette. The cranks are hollow arm FSA Energy Compact on a BB30 bottom bracket, tires are Michelin Dynamic. The Shimano RS10 wheels are an unexpected upgrade from the generic hub Alex wheelsets at this price. This is DB's top of the line performance aluminum frame and rides better than you’d expect. I really love this bike and the guys at Sport Chalet were a big help in picking it and the right size out.

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Favorite Ride:   LA to SD

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Sport Chalet

Similar Products Used:   2008 Marin Portofino, various bikes borrowed from friends and all those test ridden leading up to this purchase.

Bike Setup:   Stock plus Easton carbon seatpost, Crank Bros Eggbeater pedals and Michelin Pro 3 tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sasha a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2011

Strengths:    Mavic Aksium Race Wheels
Ultegra Rear Mech
Decent Other components
Killer Paintjob (better than photos online)
I got if for nothing (1/3 list price)

Weaknesses:    Seat is fine, but nothing special.
Brakes are Tektro, so probably need to be upgraded. One broke during shipping.
39x25 is to high for large hills, so may need to downgrade.

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike as I was looking for a second hand bike with 105 components or higher. This was a fantastic price, for a great looking bike! I have not been to focussed on weight, but despite all upgrades being budget one (ie plastic pedals, water bottle cage, pump etc), its still under 21lbs.

She is a joy to ride, and whats more looks great. She is not from a major manufacturer, so people often wonder what the bike is, but then you blow past them, and they are impressed.

Ultegra in the back is great, very smooth, dependable etc, while the FSA SLK front mech works well to! I would rather have a smaller bottom chain ring, for longer climbs, but thats probably because I am relatively new to the sport. Mavic Aksium wheels are sweet as well!

I don't have much to compare this bike to, but its a great ride, and I love her to death!

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Favorite Ride:   Central Park Loop

Price Paid:    $630.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Crappy Hardtails (also Diamondback Sorrento)
Mongoose Single Speed

Bike Setup:   Standard, but with
Tiagra front brake,
E3 Saddle,
Ascent Carbon Seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bdoc132 a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff frame, great drive train, love the 3 cog up front for the big hills here in CO.

Weaknesses:    The original seat is very hard and not comfortable for long rides. Same with the handlebars. I dont like shimano pedals that came on it, hard to clip in. Cheap fixes all and all

Bottom Line:   
I was in the market for a bike in the 1500 range looking at specialized rubeaux(sp?) trek 1500 and some others when i came across this bike. Same components as these much more expensive bikes and half the price. Could use lighter wheels, but they stay true. Carbon fork looks good, i think its dampens the road somewhat. First good road bike for me, wanted it mostly for mountain bike training but after buying i want to get into racing these too

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Favorite Ride:   Mormon Lake, Flagstaff AZ

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Flagstaff Cycle

Similar Products Used:   None, other bikes are Specialized stumpjumper and jamis dakar xlt.

Bike Setup:   Stock now, will be replacing the seat, pedals, and bars this winter

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TOM STANTON a Commuter

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2008

Strengths:    stiff frame

Weaknesses:    braking

Bottom Line:   
very good ride, fast and able to withstand the extra wieght i'm carrying

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Favorite Ride:   tamarack

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   countrysidecyle edin

Similar Products Used:   trek 7200

Bike Setup:   original

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Monster800 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2007

Strengths:    Handles well. Fast. Carbon frame absorbs bumps well. Large cockpit to stretch out on.

Weaknesses:    Gear high for recreational riding.

Bottom Line:   
Test road this bike after drulling over it in the bike shop. Was pleasantly surprised. Road and handle better than expected. Great ride compared to Aluminum bikes. Beat trek and specialized bike to pieces in ride and speed wise.

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Favorite Ride:   cranberry glades WV

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Bob's Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Sirrus.

Bike Setup:   Shimano 105 breaks. Shimano ultegra rear derailuer. FSA crank that i am going to change to campy triple. Michelin tires that do well.

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