Lab data: 19/20 (.46 BB deflection; .58mm head tube deflection)
Pedaling response: 12/15
Overall score: 84.9
The Podium Vitesse is an all-arounder in every sense of the word. Though it has aero cues, it strikes a balance similar to that of the old Trek Madone, refusing to give up on ride quality for the sake of a few grams of drag. It avoids excessive integration and sticks with components and geometry we know work in the real world.
For the price, it would be difficult to find anything better suited to American race courses than the Podium Vitesse. Classic 73-degree head angle combined with a 45mm-rake, all-carbon fork? Check. Stiff out of the saddle and when yanking on the bars? Check. Aerodynamically tuned tube shapes? Check.
The massive, Kamm-tail down tube is the backbone, literally and figuratively, of the Vitesse. It gained its shape through hours in the wind tunnel with HED, which also supplies most of the top-notch components. The collaboration with HED was an excellent decision on Diamondback’s part.
Slender, curved seat stays offer a unique look (they curve up, now down like we’re used to seeing) and seem to take some of the sting out of rough roads. Testers noted both the carbon fiber Vitesse’s snap out of the saddle and surprisingly comfortable ride. Note, though, that “surprisingly comfortable” isn’t exactly the same as “comfortable.” It’s not bad for a race bike, but those more interested in compliance than efficiency should still look elsewhere.
The massive down tube logo shouts DIAMONDBACK a little larger and louder than we’d like, but it’s not the company’s fault its name has so many letters.
Component highlights: Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, HED Ardennes Plus wheelset, HED cockpit, Prologo Zero II saddle
Weight: 16.1 pounds