Diamondback Podium 7

Diamondback Podium 7

Diamondback Podium 7     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Iconoclastic roadies.

THE TEST: Many testers scoffed at the idea of a road racer by Diamondback. Then they tried it. The Podium 7 is as balanced-feeling as a Colnago, as responsive as a Bianchi, and as sexy as a Pinarello—and it’s cheaper by a long shot than comparable models from those three. It has the hard edge of a race bike (in a good way), but the subtly arcing top tube and thin seatstays add just enough compliance to cut the harshest road noise. The SRAM Red parts on our test bike (Campagnolo pictured here) performed better than past iterations, though not everyone loved all the Diamondback logos.

THE VERDICT: Race ready and well priced. 14.6 lbs

HANDLING: 5  
RESPONSIVENESS: 4.5

Brand: Diamondback $7,200

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