Diamondback Podium Vitesse Disc review

Budget bike proves you don't have to break the bank to win on WorldTour

Disc Road Bike
Diamondback Podium Vitesse

The Diamondback Podium Vitesse is an all-around solid bike (and value).

Lowdown: Diamondback Podium Vitesse Di2 Disc

If you’re on a budget, but looking for a performance road bike with all the latest frills, the Diamondback Podium Vitesse Disc may well have your name written all over it. This bike is aerodynamic, stiff enough to win a sprint at the top level of the sport (see stages 4 and 7 at this year’s Tour of California), and it’s comfortable enough to ride all day long. Perhaps most importantly, all this comes at the comparatively low price of $3200. Diamondback has stuck to its roots as a value oriented brand, but its product now stacks up with some of the more expensive brands.

Stat Box
Frame: Diamondback AMMP+ Carbon Wheels: HED Ardennes Plus LT Disc
Fork: DBR AmmP+ Carbon Stem: HED Pro Tour 7050 Alloy
Headtube angle: 73 degrees Sizes: 50cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm
Chainstay length: 420mm Bike weight: 16.5 pounds
Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 52/36 Bars: HED Pro Tour 6061-T6 Alloy
Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra Price: $3200
Brakes: Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc Rating: 4 out of 5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Lightweight carbon frame
  • Wide and awkward handlebars
  • Di2 compatible
  • Bottom bracket creak
  • Flat-mount disc brakes standard
  • Internal cable routing
  • Responsive and comfortable ride feel
  • Aerodynamic

Review: Diamondback Podium Vitesse Disc

American Continental team Rally Cycling rode to their first WorldTour stage win last month at the Tour of California. What’s more, they went 1-2 in that stage, with Evan Huffman and Rob Britton sprinting to the line in a dramatic finish in Santa Clarita. Then, to prove the showing was not a fluke, Huffman took the top step again on the final stage of the California tour. And they accomplished these standout performances on the Diamondback Podium Vitesse – a bike that can be yours for far less than most other race-winning bikes on the market.

Diamondback Podium Vitesse

Diamondback has historically been a brand focused on value. Their newest range of bicycles holds true to that legacy yet stretches the bounds of value-oriented performance.

Build Highlights

Our tester Diamondback Podium Vitesse Disc came spec’d with HED Ardennes wheels that were smooth, light, and bombproof when the tarmac turned rough. Paired with Continental Ultra Sport 25mm tires, this set-up produce not a single flat in 1000+ miles of testing.

Diamondback Podium Vitesse

Fantastic pairing of value and performance across the board, with the HED Ardennes wheelset and Shimano Ultegra drivetrain.

The Shimano Ultegra shifting is faultless and light enough for all but the most discerning weight weenie. You can also get this frame paired with Ultegra Di2 if you’re interested in making the jump to electronic shifting.

The performance of disc brakes on road bikes (even mechanical setups) is so far superior to standard rim brakes it’s hard to fathom why shops still sell anything less. This setup, Ultegra RS-805 hydraulic brakes, offered all the modulation and power I could ask for, allowing me to descend with confidence and even get a bit playful when the ride took a pause. Kudos to Diamondback for pairing such high performance with a well-priced bike that weighs only slightly over the UCI weight limit.

Diamondback Podium Vitesse

The Shimano Ultegra flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes exceed road braking standards by every standard imaginable. And such braking prowess comes with little to no weight penalty on the Podium Vitesse.

Ride Feel and Performance

For the first couple hundred miles something unsuspecting stood in the way of my ability to get a good feel for this bike. Handlebars are a simple, yet critical first contact point with the bicycle and cannot be overlooked. The issue was not just bars wide width, but the awkwardly short drops, which made riding in the drops uncomfortable. Sprinting in the drops was almost impossible, with my forearms contacting the upper part of the bars during hard efforts and producing a numbing pain.

Diamondback Podium Vitesse

The Podium Vitesse features a Di2 compatible frame.

Otherwise, this bike rode well for its price. The Ultegra mechanical drivetrain is a standby for value-focused performance. Braking was confidence inspiring and this is one of the lightest disc brake road bikes I’ve tested.

Diamondback Podium Vitesse

An offset seatstay and narrow frame tubing deliver a comfortable ride without sacrificing stiffness.

Beyond the handlebars, my biggest qualm with the Podium Vitesse was the immergence of bottom bracket creaking after just 400 miles of ride time. Perhaps it was a fluke, but this bike looked unridden when it arrived and it was only tested in dry conditions, leaving me to wonder how common such an issue might be.

Diamondback Podium Vitesse

Vitesse is French for speed.

Bottom Line

Even if you happen to have shoulders as wide as Hulk Hogan, do yourself a favor and ask your dealer to trade out these bars before taking this bike home. With that critical rider-bike interface concern put to rest, and aside from a potential bottom bracket issue, this bike performs exceptionally well, and does so for far less money than many comparable race bikes.

For more information visit www.diamondback.com.

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About the author: Dillon Caldwell

Dillon Caldwell is a native of Bend, Oregon with a big heart for the sport of cycling. He grew up to be a successful junior cross-country racer but got hooked on road racing during his time at the University of Oregon, where he ran the school's club cycling team for several years. He now spends the majority of his time as a road racer for both the Audi and the Canyon Bicycles - Shimano racing teams on the regional and the national scales, respectively. On the side, he is a mountain bike tour guide for Cog Wild, a cycling coach for Wenzel Coaching, a member of the board of directors for the Tour des Chutes cancer charity, and a passionate writer.


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