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    Looking for my first bike

    I am looking to purchase my first bike. I plan on going to a local bike shop to get fit, but I thought I would get your opinion on what I should look for.

    I am new to triathlons, having recently completed my first sprint this past September. It was a blast and I definitely plan to do a couple a year. Looking forward I will probably stick to the Sprint and Olympic distances, but plan to complete a Half Ironman within the next 2 years. I know there are Tri-specific bikes but I am not sure I need something that specific. I plan on riding year-round (whether outside or inside) so I'm thinking a road bike might be my best option.

    I do have access to a pretty good deal on Diamondback road bikes (50% off) but that is not a name that pops up often when I read about bikes. I know they are more known for BMX/Mountain bikes. However, given the discount I can get I am wondering if their road bikes are a good option for my needs and experience level (and wallet). I would be looking at one of the three Diamondback bikes:

    PODIUM 6M-ULT
    PODIUM 6 CAMPY
    PODIUM ETAPE

    Can anyone give me an opinion on these bikes? Or others based on my experience and need?


    Any advice/input would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

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    50% off means more $$$ left in your wallet to spend on stuff or entry fees.

    Get fitted, test ride anything in your budget and buy. Nothing wrong with Diamondback especially at 50% off.

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    I rode Treks for 20+ years. I have a DB Podium Carbon bike and love it. My frame is the Pod 5, which is the same as the Pod 6 (2012). Review after review is good and I have no regrets switching brands.

    All three of those bikes, look real nice. Good luck with your decison.

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    Swim real fast and you can grab one off the rack before they get there.

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