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Diamondback Podium 1 opinions?

Old 07-09-13, 12:08 PM
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Diamondback Podium 1 opinions?

Hi all! Just joined the forum today! I am about to buy a new road bike, still a beginner in road biking. I am looking at a few bikes, and was wondering if i could pick your brains for a second. Basically, i dont know a ton about bikes, but i know a few things and have been looking at the specialized allez for a while. Just recently i ran across the Diamondbacks, and from the component lists they seem to be comparable at a lower price. Is there something i am missing? Are the Diamondbacks good bikes? I know neither of them are extremely great bikes, but i am looking for something that will be solid for a while, and be more enjoyable to ride than a typical walmart bike. Thanks for the help!

Here are the two bikes i am looking at:

https://www.diamondback.com/podium-1-...endurance-road

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...zcompact#specs
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Old 07-09-13, 12:34 PM
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The Diamondback bikes are great for the $$. Biggest difference is branding and perhaps the amount of money that Specialized puts into their R&D and legal departments.
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In Louisiana i would much rather have the 2x8 drivetrain than the 3x8, but not sure what terrain you live in. If i lived in colorado i would probably rather the 3x8
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I have the 2012 Podium 1. I'm satisfied with it. The only issue is that they like to autoshift to smaller gears in the rear during ascents if the derailler cable guide is dirty and or new.
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So far it seems like it might be the best bet then! Thanks guys! And i live in OK, so pretty flat for the most part. What would make the 2x8 better than the 3x8?
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Originally Posted by thecalv10 View Post
So far it seems like it might be the best bet then! Thanks guys! And i live in OK, so pretty flat for the most part. What would make the 2x8 better than the 3x8?
Less weight. In flat terrain, you probably will not be using the granny gear anyway.
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Old 07-09-13, 02:01 PM
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Gotcha!
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Gotcha!
It's a valid point, for sure, but not one that should really sway your decision away from the Diamondback. As a newbie, and also a fattie at the time, I really appreciated having a triple when I started riding road bikes, especially once I started getting into doing long rides of 75-100 miles.
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Originally Posted by MegaTom View Post
It's a valid point, for sure, but not one that should really sway your decision away from the Diamondback. As a newbie, and also a fattie at the time, I really appreciated having a triple when I started riding road bikes, especially once I started getting into doing long rides of 75-100 miles.
That makes sense. If i decided that i wanted to trim the weight, i could always swap it later as well, right?
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Originally Posted by thecalv10 View Post
That makes sense. If i decided that i wanted to trim the weight, i could always swap it later as well, right?
You certainly could, but by then you'll probably want a whole new and better bike anyway! That would make the most sense financially as well. Upgrading bikes of that stature, as fine as they are, rarely pays off in the end. In any event, I would't put too much thought into that until you've got a couple thousand miles turned out.
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You certainly could, but by then you'll probably want a whole new and better bike anyway! That would make the most sense financially as well. Upgrading bikes of that stature, as fine as they are, rarely pays off in the end. In any event, I would't put too much thought into that until you've got a couple thousand miles turned out.
Good point. Basically, i just want this first bike to last 3-4 years while i finish up college. Once i get a job, i will be able to afford something a little better and by that time hopefully i will have enough experience to know exactly what i want.
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Originally Posted by thecalv10 View Post
That makes sense. If i decided that i wanted to trim the weight, i could always swap it later as well, right?
yeah, but you would have to swap out crankset, FD and front shifter. As far as a beginner bike it really doesn't matter. Either will be fine. If you really get into cycling you can decide about upgrading later.

Would you be buying the diamondback at an LBS or online?
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Originally Posted by Elduderino2412 View Post
yeah, but you would have to swap out crankset, FD and front shifter. As far as a beginner bike it really doesn't matter. Either will be fine. If you really get into cycling you can decide about upgrading later.

Would you be buying the diamondback at an LBS or online?
I will attempt to buy in a LBS, if i can find it. There are a few dealer listed in Tulsa on the DB website, but i havnt went in and checked if they actually have them. One is Sun and Ski, which is more like a chain store than a LBS, but they do set the bike up for you and get you fitted well. The other is a store that i dont know anything about. I am not sure if i would buy online or not to tell you the truth. If that were my only option, i think i would spend the extra money and get the specialized just to have the support of a LBS.
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I am not sure if i would buy online or not to tell you the truth. If that were my only option, i think i would spend the extra money and get the specialized just to have the support of a LBS.
That's what i was getting at. Sounds like you are on top of it.
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That's what i was getting at. Sounds like you are on top of it.
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Dunno if somebody said that, but if that's the bike you want just buy it.
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Old 07-09-13, 10:41 PM
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I have the Podium 2 and like it a lot. I think you will be satisfied with it.
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I own one that is, for now, stock. I'd say you should go on ahead and get it--upgrade the saddle, though.

Diamondback has some pretty looking, but terrible feeling saddles.

Then get the stem trimmed if you need it.

If you have any flex on the crank, take it off, grease the taper and tighten it down completely.

All you need to know about the Podium 1 -- It's been a great first full road bike for me. I moved to it from a single speed Fuji Track Classic--no, I wasn't on the hipster fixie bandwagon.

If you have any questions, any at all about the Podium 1--ask me. After a few months of owning and tinkering I would be willing to call myself pretty set about it.
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Biggest issue I had with it is overlap.

I rode the Podium 2 and liked it other than that issue -- and that's in a 56cm frame ("full-size"), which is about right for me. With my clipless pedals on the bike I had a fairly severe amount of trouble in that department.

I know some people say it's a non-issue but the fact of the matter is that for me it is, as I ride frequently where there's traffic and sometimes in tight quarters where quick, low-speed maneuvering might be necessary. If it is and you have this problem you can get screwed hard and fast.

It never comes up "at speed" but a wreck in heavy, low-speed traffic conditions can be about the worst situation imaginable as you could easily wreck and then immediately get run over by the car you were trying to dodge!

I know it's a low-probability thing, but I can't figure out why I should put up with it if I have other options that don't have the problem -- and I do.
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Even with clipless pedals on my 1970 Raleigh I've got toe overlap--you shouldn't be pedaling in low speed, tight turns.
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Biggest issue I had with it is overlap.

I rode the Podium 2 and liked it other than that issue -- and that's in a 56cm frame ("full-size"), which is about right for me. With my clipless pedals on the bike I had a fairly severe amount of trouble in that department.

I know some people say it's a non-issue but the fact of the matter is that for me it is, as I ride frequently where there's traffic and sometimes in tight quarters where quick, low-speed maneuvering might be necessary. If it is and you have this problem you can get screwed hard and fast.

It never comes up "at speed" but a wreck in heavy, low-speed traffic conditions can be about the worst situation imaginable as you could easily wreck and then immediately get run over by the car you were trying to dodge!

I know it's a low-probability thing, but I can't figure out why I should put up with it if I have other options that don't have the problem -- and I do.
Lol, I have the podium 2, in 52cm with 172.5mm cranks, 25c tires, try that for toe overlap The geometry is very similar to other roadbikes so this issue isn't exclusive to the podium range.
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I have the Podium 6 and I like it--a well spec'd bike for a really reasonable price.
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