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Gallery: Diamondback jumps into road racing with Optum

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Diamondback is jumping into the road racing game for the first time with Optum Pro Cycling

Diamondback is jumping into the road racing game for the first time with Optum Pro Cycling
(Image credit: Brett Wilhelm)
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Pros' stems are generally considerably longer than stock

Pros' stems are generally considerably longer than stock
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FSA headsets go into the Podium Equipe

FSA headsets go into the Podium Equipe
(Image credit: Brett Wilhelm)
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As the name suggests, SRAM Force 22 is an 11-speed group

As the name suggests, SRAM Force 22 is an 11-speed group
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Force 22 features SRAM's yaw front derailleur, which allows eliminates the need (and ability) to trim the front derailleur

Force 22 features SRAM's yaw front derailleur, which allows eliminates the need (and ability) to trim the front derailleur
(Image credit: Brett Wilhelm)
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The Diamondback Podium Equipe has a press-fit bottom bracket

The Diamondback Podium Equipe has a press-fit bottom bracket
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Keeping track of geometry details for two teams is a task best done with spreadsheets

Keeping track of geometry details for two teams is a task best done with spreadsheets
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The Diamondback Podium Equipes are built up with SRAM Force 22

The Diamondback Podium Equipes are built up with SRAM Force 22
(Image credit: Brett Wilhelm)
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Like many teams, Optum races on tubulars and trains on clinchers

Like many teams, Optum races on tubulars and trains on clinchers
(Image credit: Brett Wilhelm)
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Can you guess which companies provides wheels for Optum Pro Cycling?

Can you guess which companies provides wheels for Optum Pro Cycling?
(Image credit: Brett Wilhelm)
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Will Routley is one of the riders on the team that took the 2013 NRC title

Will Routley is one of the riders on the team that took the 2013 NRC title
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Carbon road bikes are relatively new for Diamondback, which began with BMX bikes before moving into mountain bikes

Carbon road bikes are relatively new for Diamondback, which began with BMX bikes before moving into mountain bikes
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Cable stops screw into the frame. Having a small panel that detaches makes servicing the cable easier

Cable stops screw into the frame. Having a small panel that detaches makes servicing the cable easier
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The new Diamondback Podium Equipe carbon frame features internal routing

The new Diamondback Podium Equipe carbon frame features internal routing
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Mechanics in Optum Pro Cycling's service course in Golden, Colorado, were busy in December building up bikes

Mechanics in Optum Pro Cycling's service course in Golden, Colorado, were busy in December building up bikes
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Once built, the bikes were loaded up into Optum's trucks

Once built, the bikes were loaded up into Optum's trucks
(Image credit: Brett Wilhelm)

Born in California as a BMX brand in the 1970s, Diamondback is not known for its road bikes. With the 2014 sponsorship of the US domestic squad Optum Pro Cycling, Diamondback is hoping to change that.

Optum Pro Cycling has a men's and a women's team. Both will be racing in the US and Canada on Diamondback’s Podium Equipe, which BikeRadar reviewed last year.

Diamondback is part of the Accell Group, which owns more than 20 bike brands, including Lapierre, Raleigh, Redline and Torker in North America, and Ghost, Batavus and others in Europe.

“Diamondback has made a significant commitment to our program and is working very closely with our staff and athletes to deliver the most competitive racing machines available,” Jonas Carney, Optum Pro Cycling men's performance director, said in a press release. “Diamondback’s willingness to support us, and to collaborate in the areas that will help our riders get the most out of their racing, will be a major asset in 2014.”

Women’s performance manager Kevin Field said Diamondback designers are taking rider feedback for new frame improvements.

Optum was the number one men's team on last year's USA National Racing Calendar (NRC). The women's team won the USPRO Road National Championships with rider Jade Wilcoxson.

Sprinter Alex Candelario said he knows Diamondback from the brand's roots in mountain biking: “So to now be sponsored by such an American icon is truly something to be proud of."