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    Cool Diamondback Starts a War

    An aerodynamic road bike war, episode II.

    Aero War II.

    Here is their offering, the first shot of the war:







    I Love it. I really love what they've done here. Great opening bike to start the new wave.

    https://www.bikerumor.com/2017/10/03...ero-road-bike/

    It's called the IO

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    Sure makes me happy that I'm a Luddite.
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    Is it 4.8% faster than their old one?



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    It's definitely interesting. Let's see if they can compete with or beat the pricing on the new Giant Propel and Orbea Orca Aero, which has some similar features.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .je View Post
    Is it 4.8% faster than their old one?

    Obviously it was inspired by this, their Tri bike. I like both of them.
    I'm not a fan of disc brakes personally, but for go fast bikes I think they're fine.
    I'm not a go fast bike kind of guy, never owned any aerodynamic frames of any kind, but I like what this company is doing.

    As for pricing:



    Diamondbacks are known for going on sale at times too, I think the company just eliminated their MAP. MAP is a rule that manufacturers force upon retailers, it's Minimum Advertised Price, making them unable to have crazy sales. But now any DB retailer can do just that, have crazy sales.
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    It looks like it will be priced similarly, starting around $4000. The propel starts at $3700 and the Orca Aero starts at $3300, I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Sure makes me happy that I'm a Luddite.
    me too.

    I'd feel conspicuously out of place riding that bike...unless I was in the latest Tron movie sequel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    It looks like it will be priced similarly, starting around $4000. The propel starts at $3700 and the Orca Aero starts at $3300, I believe.
    At $4k, probably not getting comparable components.

    Although DB could have hit a more competitive price point by not specing zipps on the di2

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    if they used a non-round seat post... it might have been ok to look at. They have UCI legal seatpost from another bike... wonder why they did not use it. The serois or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spdntrxi View Post
    if they used a non-round seat post... it might have been ok to look at. They have UCI legal seatpost from another bike... wonder why they did not use it. The serois or something.
    I'll admit it looks wrong on the bike.

    But one thing I've found is a non selling point for me is a proprietary seat post.

    I understand the reason to have D shaped ones or aerofoil or whatever, but in terms of livability over the long term, you just can't beat a round post. Lets me use whatever the hell I want from whatever brand at whatever setback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    I'll admit it looks wrong on the bike.

    But one thing I've found is a non selling point for me is a proprietary seat post.

    I understand the reason to have D shaped ones or aerofoil or whatever, but in terms of livability over the long term, you just can't beat a round post. Lets me use whatever the hell I want from whatever brand at whatever setback.
    Same thing could be said for Stems.

    Getting all of the cables out of the way looks great, and obviously improves aerodynamics, but damn those things are a pain the arse to work on. I just swapped handlebars on my RoadMachine, which has a nearly identical stem design, and wow, what a hassle. If I were one to be tweaking my cockpit on a frequent basis, I'd seriously be regretting that design choice. Fortunately, I'm not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Sure makes me happy that I'm a Luddite.
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    God I didn't think bikes could get uglier. Shows what I know.

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    I really don't like the looks of this bike. However, I like the fact that a company like DB is willing to get this radical with design.

    More broadly, I'd say DB is on a bit of a roll with their offerings. I recently bought a Sync'r Pro MTB and it's a damned good hardtail by any measure. The Release mountain bike is very well reviewed and the new carbon version is apparently a benchmark bike. The Haanjo is a highly regarded gravel bike. The Andean tri bike is one of the more radical and respected offerings in the tri community. All of these bikes also have very good pricing, especially if you use the DB corporate discount (which anyone can do).

    It's clear DB is looking the challenge their current "budget bike" perception and has the engineering chops to do some interesting things.

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    DB finally admitting that going to WallyWorld wasn't exactly financial genius?

    I like the new bikes. I scoped out the Haanjo and value for dollar it was great. The new aero bike is really sharp.

    I won't be buying them .. but I bet they will be selling them. Since they are not "Big Four" they can afford to play with the pricing.

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    I got to put about 30 miles on a Diamondback Andean yesterday evening!

    Pretty sweet ride, but not really for me


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    [QUOTE=.je;5188752]

    [IMG]http://www.slowtwitch.com/articles/images/9/149279

    That thing looks like it was designed by NASCAR.

    The integrated cabling in the stem is nothing new, Trek has been doing it with their Madone for at least two years. And the Madone's direct mount brakes with the aero flaps on the front looks pretty sleek compared to that disc setup. And that's not even their TT bike.

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    That bike is ugly as sh*t, I don't care how slippery it is. And disc brakes on an "aero" bike? LOL. . Just stupid as hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notvintage View Post
    That bike is ugly as sh*t, I don't care how slippery it is. And disc brakes on an "aero" bike? LOL. . Just stupid as hell.
    Yea...being able to modulate your braking on deep carbon rims is so stupid as hell.
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    Those are so freaking ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    me too.

    I'd feel conspicuously out of place riding that bike...unless I was in the latest Tron movie sequel.
    It's like driving a sports car, you gotta go fast. Otherwise, yes, you look ridiculous. But unless I'm taking the girlfriend for a ride I've never understood the point of riding a road bike at anything below the fastest you can go. Taking it easy is what the beach cruiser is for.

    The round seatpost and disc brakes are odd choices. I get why they specced discs even though I disagree with it but the round post is just plain puzzling.

    So does this thing conform to UCI mass start rules or not? If not would it be the first non-UCI legal drop bar bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt View Post
    It's like driving a sports car, you gotta go fast. Otherwise, yes, you look ridiculous. But unless I'm taking the girlfriend for a ride I've never understood the point of riding a road bike at anything below the fastest you can go.Taking it easy is what the beach cruiser is for.
    You have a to learn about training then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    You have a to learn about training then.
    I'd rather not. Training is for fitness geeks. I'm a bike rider and ride bikes because it's fun. Going fast is fun and going faster is more fun. If I get in better shape and that lets me go even faster than all the better. That's why I specialize in technical races where it's not just a test of who has been doing the best excercising.

    I realize others on here ride for different reasons but this bike seems aimed at riders who want to see how fast they can go.

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