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Diamondback Podium(5 posts)

Diamondback PodiumRick S
Oct 22, 2001 9:13 AM
Hi!

My LBS is blowing these out. I've always wanted to take a stab at 'cross - and at the pricepoint the are selling it at I can justify buying a third bike (to go with my road and mtb). There aren't any reviews posted - does anyone have experience with this make/model? Any riders out there? What's your take on this bike?

Thanks!
re: Diamondback PodiumAhimsa
Oct 22, 2001 6:54 PM
I read one article about it awhile ago and they claimed that the frame was not well tuned (ie: bad ride, poor handling) but that is all I have heard. A fellow rider has one, but uses it for flat commuting and she is very light. She says she likes it, but she has not been riding long. Sorry I couldn't help more, but I thought I'd at least mention what little I do know.

A.
Do you know where it was reviewed?RickS
Oct 23, 2001 7:23 AM
Thanks for the reply! Do you recall where you saw the review?

I appreciate your help!
I'm sorryAhimsa
Oct 23, 2001 6:31 PM
I've looked around and can't seem to remember. If I find it I'll post it under the title "Podium Review" here on this board.

A.
re: Diamondback Podiumozzie
Nov 1, 2001 9:25 PM
You can review an article at
http://www.bicycling.com/magazine/buying/bike/report0006.shtml

I recently purchased a Podium for a general purpose bike/commute bike and added mech. disk brakes to it just for fun. Between my "stealth" mountain bike and this, I am having the time of my life. However, since I have not done true "cyclocross" I couldn't give a comparison there.

What I can say is if you compare all the components (ie 105's + ultegra rear, Mavic cxp-21's, etc) for the $750 I paid, it may be worth a shot. But they are going fast and not many left.

What convinced me was the shop owner who is a master mechanic and used to be a mechanic on a competition team bought one and said it was the best deal for the price.

My 2 cents worth for what it's worth...