Diamondback Bicycles was founded as a BMX brand in 1977 by Western States Imports in Newbury Park, California, which sold bikes under the Centurion (bicycle) brand. Since 1979, many riders have successfully competed under the sponsorship of Diamondback, which began with BMX and expanded to mountain bikes with the creation of Diamondback Racing (DBR) in 1993. In 1999, Diamondback Bicycles was purchased by the Derby Cycle Corporation, which also owned the Raleigh Bicycle Company, and merged Raleigh and Diamondback together. In 2001, Derby Cycle Corporation sold Raleigh and Diamondback, and currently both brands continue to share the same owners, Accell North America. Diamondback is a partner with several advocacy groups which includes the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the Cascade Bicycle Club, Bikes Belong, and the International Mountain Bike Association.
One of the innovations pioneered by Diamondback is the Knuckle Box suspension, which is found on its Sortie, Mission, and Scapegoat full suspension mountain bikes. Currently Diamondback manufactures road, mountain, trail, downhill, cyclocross, gravel and urban bicycles. Some of their best road bikes are the Podium Equipes, the same bicycles are ridden by Rally Cycling, a USA National team. They have won a multitude of titles and achieved what others have not. With riders such as Rob Britton, Brad Huff, and Evan Huffman securing stages in Tour of California on the Podium Equipe.
Diamondback also shine in the mountain bikes area. With all mountain models like the Release 3, with enough travel to make any rock terrain a walk in the park, and the Catch 2 is at the leading edge of current trail bikes, with Diamondback’s new Level Link suspension and 27.5 Plus wheels. The Overdrive Carbon Comp is a classic hardtail in the tradition of cross-country trail bikes it’s made for riders who relish all-around speed, light and fast, it is perfect for cross country or an everyday ride. Diamondback also went to venture on to fat bikes, with a bicycle such as El Oso, made to crush sand and snow, or just a spin at on your everyday trail to work.
Diamondback bicycles offer an even wider array of bicycles, made for the commuter, everyday rider and the competitive cyclist. They also offer an array of economic options both for adults and kids, and for the urban commuter, Diamondback offers plenty of options powered by you or by an electric motor to ease and speed up your errands. They have something for everyone!
Although Diamondback originally cut its teeth in the BMX world, they have since become synonymous with quality road bikes. Incorporating industry-leading technology while offering the smoothest of rides, Diamondback road bikes offer best-in-class technology mixed with cutting edge design.
A History of Diamondback Road Bikes
Diamondback as a company emerged on the scene in 1978 into the world of mountain bike racing, winning several championships in the early 1980s.
The company worked to develop several key new models of BMX and mountain bikes, leading the way with several innovations.
With the advent of the 1990s along with several changes in ownership, Diamondback began introducing road bikes into its inventory. Some of the flagship Diamondback road bikes included the Prevail, a design that featured thin gauge tubing for responsiveness and handling.
Now owned by Accell North America, the same company which owns the Raleigh line of bikes, Diamondback has been introducing well-engineered road bikes that in many cases are cheaper than competing models.Current Diamondback Road Bike Models
Today, the company offers several key models.
The Century series, a set of road bikes that retail in an entry-level price point offering a good mixture of affordability and usability. These include:
Diamondback Century 1, an entry-level aluminum-framed road bike excelling in both speed and comfort. The Shimano drivetrain is perfect for long rides as well as races. It's consistently rated one of the best road bikes you can buy for under $1,000.00.
Diamondback Century 2, another economical Diamondback road bike incorporating a Shimano 105 drivetrain with 50/34 chainsets that give you multi-terrain versatility. The customizable aluminum frame makes for great weight distribution, making the Century 2 an outstanding touring bike for under $1,000.00.
Diamondback Century Sport Disc, another popular bike for under $1,000 incorporates an aluminum alloy frame making it exceptionally lightweight with good handling and control. The Shimano drivetrain provides smooth performance and is augmented by the Avid Disc brakes.
The Podium series, a set of carbon tube bicycles that promise increased aerodynamics mixed with outstanding performance. Well-engineered and made, these bikes excel on the road. They include:
Podium Equipe, the result of extensive computer modeling and wind tunnel testing that the company claims is its most aerodynamic model yet. Powered by a Shimano Dura-Ace group, the bike has won several championships including the top ranking on the Continental Circuit by the Rally Cycling pro team.
Podium Vitesse, constructed of hundreds of finely engineered carbon fiber pieces, this bike is noted to be incredibly fast with a smooth performance and operation. Internal cables lend to the aerodynamic properties of the bike and it's the perfect choice for racing.
Podium E'tape, the entry-level bike of the Podium series, the bike offers a carbon fiber frame with a tapered head tube for extra aerodynamic performance. The traditional Shimano drivetrain lends an extra smoothness to the operation, and working in conjunction with the shape delivers exceptional speed.
Why Buy Diamondback Road Bikes From The Racery
Every bike sold at The Racery comes with a story, many of which have been ridden in races and have won championships. Each bike has been through our rigorous 55-point inspection program and has been lovingly reconditioned, so you always know you'll get an outstanding ride.