Diamondback Bicycles, one of North America’s most well-known cycling brands, debuts a bold, new super bike, dubbed the Andean, at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, with Olympian and multiple-time Ironman winner Michael Weiss.
Diamondback introduced its first triathlon/time trial bike, the Serios, in 2014. That model helped Michael Weiss set three course records at Ironman 70.3 Boulder, 70.3 Timberman and most recently the 70.3 Santa Cruz .
In designing the Andean, Quan and Diamondback took a systems approach, fully integrating HED’s Jet 6 Plus wheels into the frame design, planning for a 24mm tire in the front and 26mm in the rear. The frame, featuring an ‘Aero Core’ design to minimize drag, has integrated storage to allow riders to neatly carry three water bottles, three bars, 10 gel packets, tools, and a spare tube.
The Andean is available for pre-order at Diamondback.com with many drivetrain, wheel, cockpit and component options to choose from. The top-shelf Andean is availalable with the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain complete with Dura-Ace hudraulic disc brakes and HED Jet Black 9 wheels for $8,069.99. The base model, available for $4779.99, features the SRAM Force X1 drivetrain and HED Ardennes Plus wheels. Each Andean model is assembled in Diamondback’s exclusive in-house build studio by professional mechanics and is scheduled to start delivery at the end of January 2017.