Diamondback 2012 Podium 1 Road Bike Review

Updated May 31, 2013
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Diamondback 2012 Podium 1 Road Bike
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Reviewers agree that this is a great bike for starters, balancing performance, quality and value with a smooth ride. Bestcovery.com ranks it its No. 3 pick for "best aluminum/composite road bike." The components are impressive for an entry-level bike, including a lightweight 7005 aluminum frame, a DBR Carbon Podium fork, FSA Tempo triple crankset and Shimano Sora rear derailleur.

Performance

Stable ride. Owners are pleasantly surprised by quality that's better than expected for what they pay. The Diamondback Podium 1's triple crankset, rear derailleur and 2300 eight-speed dual-control shifters are good components for an entry-level bike, but if you prefer higher-quality components, you can upgrade them easily. Reviewers say an increased wheelbase provides a stable ride and the higher headtube reduces back strain without sacrificing speed.

ProsLightweight and fast, Handles well, Good frame geometryConsUncomfortable seat, Brakes could be better

While some assembly is required, owners call it "intuitive" and all needed tools are provided. The gears will probably need to be calibrated before you ride it, and users suggest you take the bike to a local bike shop to have it tuned. Brake pads are often a cost-cutting point for lower-end bikes, and a few owners say the Podium 1's brakes could use an upgrade.

Comfort

"Smooth and fast." Most riders are extremely pleased with the Podium 1, with a number of reviews noting how smooth, fast and solid the bike is once it's calibrated correctly.

The only major complaints about this Diamondback refer to its stock seat. Although it looks good and stays firm, owners say it feels too stiff and uncomfortable for long outings. Many say they replace the stock seat early on with a more cushioned option.

Durability

A good alternative to expensive carbon frames. This road bike is constructed around a lightweight 7005-aluminum frame with a DBR Carbon Podium fork. Experts say aluminum/composite road bikes with carbon-composite front forks traditionally provide good shock absorption, making them a lightweight and less expensive option for non-competitive riders compared to their all-carbon counterparts. While the Podium 1's aluminum frame isn't as stiff as carbon, it provides adequate flex resistance for the entry-level rider.

Customer Service

Easy assembly. Diamondback offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and a one-year warranty on components, finish and labor. Assembly is easy, users say, but the gears need to be calibrated before you start riding.

Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Diamondback 2012 Podium 1 Road Bike, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013

Owners weigh in on recent purchases, giving them a score of up to 5 stars. The Diamondback 2012 Podium 1 Road Bike gets positive feedback and an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 from about 30 customers. Users frequently compare it to more expensive models.

2. Buzzillions.com

Diamondback Adult Podium 1 Road Bike 2012, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of June 2013

Buzzillions.com compiles user reviews from a variety of online retailers and bike manufacturer websites. Most of the Podium 1 comments here are brief but positive, calling the bike comfortable and fast. Some owners take issue with the seat and brakes, but are pleased with the bike overall.